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Ric Flair Discusses What Held Cesaro Back In WWE

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WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair has discussed what he thinks held former WWE Superstar Cesaro back from achieving more success in the company.

News broke on February 24th that Cesaro, real name Claudio Castagnoli, had departed the WWE after his contract expired. The initial report from PWInsider noted that WWE had offered another contract extension, but that Castagnoli turned down the offer when the two sides could not come to terms, and also that the expiration of his contract meant that there would be no non-compete clause in effect, meaning that he is free to work wherever he chooses.

An update from Fightful Select provided more information, confirming that Cesaro had been working on a one-year contract extension and that WWE had attempted to get him to sign a new deal. While there had been plans to feature the performer on upcoming shows, the plans were scrapped when he didn’t re-sign with the company, and there were no long terms plans in place creatively for him unless he were to agree to a new deal.

Speaking on his Wooooo Nation Uncensored, Ric Flair shared his thoughts on why Cesaro didn’t quite the main event heights in WWE that many thought he was capable of:

“He never did [work as a strong heel]. He is such a gifted guy but he doesn’t know how to be mean. He doesn’t feel that in his heart. You got to be able to turn that switch where you just wanna – where people think you’re gonna kill a guy. When they think you’re going to kill somebody, they’re gonna watch.”

Many fans have speculated on where Cesaro could go next in his career but Eddie Kingston has commented that he doesn’t think the Swiss Cyborg “doesn’t have the balls” to go to AEW.

h/t Sportskeeda