Cesaro has exited WWE following the expiration of his contract, ending a decade-plus tenure.
In a shocking development, PWInsider has reported the WWE departure of Cesaro. His contract has expired, with the two sides unable to reach an agreement.
Due to the nature of his one-year contract extension expiring rather than him being released early, “The Swiss Superman” will have no ninety-day non-compete clause to abide by. Legally, he can wrestle right away, so expect speculation to be running particularly rampant with this departure.
A Fightful Select report released imminently following the news breaking confirmed that this wasn’t the first time Cesaro and WWE were locked in contract negotiations. Just last year, he’s reported to have been in talks with WWE management but ultimately, this resulted in him being removed from a gauntlet match out of fears he wouldn’t be sticking around.
The report goes on to say that there were no long-term creative plans for the former Claudio Castagnoli, though he was planned for upcoming events. He’s lost his last seven televised contests, dating back the past four months, with Cesaro’s reluctance to re-sign reportedly the reason for WWE failing to push him.
Signing a developmental deal with WWE in 2011, Cesaro amassed an array of championships during his WWE tenure. He’s a former United States Champion and seven-time Tag Team Champion; five of those came with Sheamus, while he enjoyed one reign apiece with both Tyson Kidd and Shinsuke Nakamura. Furthermore, he was the victor of the inaugural Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal in 2014.
Viewed as one of the world’s most underrated wrestlers, with four straight wins (2013-2016) in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards for the Most Underrated, Cesaro will be an asset wherever he lands next.
Stay tuned to Inside The Ropes for further updates on Cesaro.