One of the standout performers from WWE Elimination Chamber was undoubtedly ‘The Swiss Superman’ Cesaro. He may not have walked away from the SmackDown Elimination Chamber match victorious but he turned in an incredible performance, lasting over half an hour before being eliminated by Jey Uso.
The former United States Champion would later post an emotional message on Twitter, thanking fans for their support and reflecting on how close he came to victory. Further reflecting on his recent exploits and WWE career to date, Cesaro appeared on WWE After The Bell With Corey Graves, where he discussed his current motivation and much, much more.
Looking back at his career, Cesaro revealed that he felt as though he got lost in the shuffle when The Bar broke up in 2019. Mick Foley had originally teamed Cesaro with Sheamus back in 2016 following a tied ‘Best of Seven’ series between the pair. The team would enjoy success throughout their run winning five Tag Team Championships across both RAW and SmackDown. Speaking about the team’s split, Cesaro would explain that he predicted exactly what was going to happen.
“I think it all started after The Bar broke up, and I kind of, I predicted exactly what was gonna happen to Sheamus,” said Cesaro. “It was like, I kind of told him exactly where exactly we [were] gonna end up in a year. And he was kinda like, ‘Nah, that’s not gonna happen, you’ll do great,’ and stuff. And I’m like, ‘No, no, just watch.’
And that’s exactly what happened. I just kind of got lost in the shuffle after the breakup and was trying to find myself, and didn’t really. And then the end of the year, I was kind of like, that’s when the “Pro Wrestling Purist,” I came up with that logo, or my buddy came up with it after some collaboration, I went back to that gear and that’s what I stuck with. And I was like okay, because that’s me, that’s what I identify with. And then I think this year, I just kind of, I dove more into that.”
Cesaro would go on to describe how he sees wrestling as like a real-life comic book, praising the diversity of characters on the current roster.
“I always say like, well, imagine like a comic come to life, and you can actually go see it, and touch and say hello to your superheroes, right?” said Cesaro. “Because that’s what it is. You watch wrestling, you find your Avengers or you know, whatever to Marvel or DC guy, that’s up to you. You find your Batman or Superman or whatever, and we actually come to your town or to your country, and you can come see us.
“That’s how I see wrestling, so the more different guys we have, different characters we have, the better, right? Because there’s a guy that likes, you know, the Fiend and the fire and the crazy cinematics, and there’s a guy that just like to see some guy wrestle. There’s something for everyone.”
Since diving into his new persona Cesaro has been on an impressive run of late winning the hearts of fans along the way. The inaugural winner of the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal returns to action the February 26th edition of SmackDown.
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h/t to Wrestle Zone for the transcription.