‘The Swiss Superman’ Cesaro has admitted that there was a time when he considered stepping away from professional wrestling after feeling like he wasn’t being used correctly.
For several years, the WWE faithful have been singing the praises of the former ROH standout and citing that the talent belong at the very top of the company’s mountain. However, much to their chagrin, the star has been a mainstay of both the promotion’s mid-card and tag team division.
Despite showing what he could do between the ropes in both NXT and NXT UK – in a thriller against Ilja Dragunov at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff – Cesaro has only just begun to see the light at the end of the main event tunnel after an excellent performance inside the SmackDown Elimination Chamber.
Now, the former WWE United States Champion has joined WWE’s After The Bell to discuss a time when he was ready to take a break from the business and assess where his career lay:
“I was never like, ‘Oh my god I’m over it!’ But it was a question, especially I feel within the last year. A lot of us had a difficult year for everybody because the way the whole world works completely changed so I feel like a lot of people may have had that [feeling] when they wake up like what am I doing? What I loved about pro wrestling so much is the interaction with the fans, the fact that it’s like sports entertainment. That’s what I grew up with, it’s a way to engage the audience to have them be part of your match, story, and emotion.
Losing that was kind of like whoa, this is something completely different, like what am I doing? Can I still do it in a way and to the level that I want to do it? That’s the thought process, I’ve always loved what I’m doing. Every time I step in the ring, I could have a really bad day and then I walk out and my brain and on the inside I light up. There’s never a moment I’m in the ring and I’m like I don’t like this.”
On February 21, 2021, Cesaro was one of the six competitors to step inside the Elimination Chamber for the right to battle Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship. Though the talent failed to triumph, his near thirty minute stint inside the structure and the quality of his performance only furthered fan support for an eventual main event run.
Credit for the interview: WWE’s After The Bell
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.