If you hear sirens, seek shelter, because Cesaro’s on his way.
A onetime European rugby star who was banned from league play due to excessive aggression, Cesaro applied his mercilessness in the ring, honing his skills not just in Europe but around the entire world. Upon landing in the United States, he developed a cult following exhibiting his vicious skills in tag team and singles competition alike.
But this brutally innovative grappler is not all brawn. The cultured Cesaro speaks five languages, allowing him to adapt to his surroundings while traveling the globe en route to WWE.
Upon his arrival to WWE in 2012, Cesaro immediately backed up his multilingual smack talk, racking up victories and capturing the United States Title. Along the way, Cesaro’s no-nonsense style won over its fair share of admirers, including radical manager Zeb Colter, who recruited Cesaro and paired him alongside Jack Swagger as The Real Americans. Though the patriotic duo found success in the tag team ranks, repeat miscommunications gave way to an irreparable fissure at WrestleMania 30 — the same night that Cesaro won the inaugural Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Soon thereafter he revealed himself to be a “Paul Heyman Guy,” much to Colter's chagrin.
The association seemed promising at first, despite Heyman’s insistence on spending most of his time talking about his other client, the one who conquered The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania. Eventually, however, Cesaro revealed he no longer considered himself a “Paul Heyman Guy.”
In late August, Cesaro defeated Rob Van Dam to become the No. 1 Contender to the United States Championship, setting the table for a bout against the bruising titleholder, Sheamus, at Night of Champions. On the Sept. 15 edition of Raw, just days before facing The Celtic Warrior on WWE Network, Cesaro teamed with Gold & Stardust in a losing effort against Sheamus and WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos. Though Cesaro Neutralized his Night of Champions opponent, he subsequently ate a superkick and top-rope splash from The Usos before being pinned.
With absurd raw strength and one of the most sophisticated arsenals in WWE, there’s no telling how far The King of Swing will go.