Claudio Castagnoli (born December 27, 1980), better known by his ring name Cesaro, is a Swiss professional wrestler who is currently signed to WWE. He is previously known for his work in Ring of Honor (ROH), various independent promotions, and the Japan-based Pro Wrestling Noah.Castagnoli is an accomplished tag team wrestler, being a two-time ROH World Tag Team Champion with his partner Chris Hero as The Kings of Wrestling (where their 364-day reign ... (Read More }
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   2017/04/28

There are less than two weeks left for WWE to return to Spain. Once again we will live the best matches in the world of professional live fight on May 6 in Valencia and 7 in A Coruña. Expect a spectacular weekend, with great moments. Therefore, one of the best European competitors who have ever graced the ring, Cesaro, took a minute with WWE.com.

WWE.COM: Switzerland is a country without a great fighting tradition, so I imagine that the beginnings were difficult. Why do I choose a Swiss guy to engage in professional struggle?

CESARO: I think you are absolutely right, certainly Spain and Switzerland, two countries with good relationship, have the same problem. I saw a lot of fighting when I was a kid and I fell in love at that stage when some people dream of being astronauts or things like that, and I wanted to be a professional fighter. Already growing up and pursuing my dreams, I had the opportunity to start training at age 19 and I was fortunate to be granted American residency, so I was able to fulfill my dream and become the first Swiss Superstar of WWE.

WWE.COM: The Hardy Boyz returned in WrestleMania. What a momentazo! Do not you think?

CESARO: Yes, go ahead for them! But not for me and Sheamus. They took action and truncated our plans. It was certainly a moment of enjoyment for the fans, they were very excited and they became very noisy. Notice that when I was young I saw the Hardy Boyz and enjoyed them a lot, I loved to see them fly.

WWE.COM: Sheamus and you will face them in WWE Payback for the Raw Couples Championship. What do you think of that and how has the landscape changed in the team division after his return at WrestleMania?

CESARO: I think the pair split changed when Sheamus and I joined, as we are two of WWE’s best competitors and surely the best team. The Hardy Boyz may have the “nostalgia factor” in their favor and they are certainly a great team, but in Payback we are going to win again the championships, because I want to return to Europe, I want to return home being world champion.

WWE.COM: You have been very successful both as an individual competitor and in pairs, but how do you feel more comfortable?

CESARO: Both. I think the key to being a great WWE Superstar, to be a great fighter is that you have to be the best around. Whether in singles or in pairs you have to adapt and hit all the challenges and I think I’m doing pretty well.

WWE.COM: After the Shakes of Superstars, who would you like to face?

CESARO: There are a lot of guys who changed teams, but I would have liked some more movement in the division in pairs. I was hoping that The Uses or American Alpha would change to Raw, but I do with those who came like The Miz, Dean Ambrose … people I’ve faced before and I would not mind facing them again, but Either way I am very happy that Sheamus and I are on this side instead of the other.

WWE.COM: If you could choose someone from SmackDown LIVE, who would you choose?

CESARO: That’s a very good question. There are lots of great SmackDown competitors, Luke Harper has been on the lag lately; Randy Orton, with whom I have been in the ring a couple of times, but who is now the current champion and I always have my eyes on the championship; If we talk about teams, American Alpha, Uses, Sexy Cops [Breezango] … there are many and Sheamus and I will never say “no” to any challenge, so we will continue to step forward and SmackDown is full of many challenges.

WWE.COM: You travel a lot with Sheamus and spend a lot of time with him. What is the funniest story that has happened to you?

CESARO: Well, I have to admit that Sheamus may be a little on the road, but he is a tremendous competitor, his work ethic is bullet-proof, he works very hard and that motivates me. We motivate each other, if I am tired encourages me and vice versa. We have many funny stories, he likes to do “chicken”, I have a great time with him.

WWE.COM: From the moment you faced Sheamus seven times to the moment you joined forces with him, what changed? How would you explain it to a casual aficionado?

CESARO: If you fight many times against someone you end up having respect. Sheamus put all the meat on the grill, just like me, and we began to respect each other as athletes. We looked at each other and we said many things to the face, believe me, many things, but we respect what the other does in the ring and how good it is.

WWE.COM: What do you think about the new talents that have come up from NXT like The Revival on Raw or Shinsuke Nakamura?

CESARO: It’s good to always have new people and the people coming from NXT come stomping. For me, what they have to do is keep that step steady and steady, with high eyes, because now they have many eyes on them and I want to see if they are able to do it.

WWE.COM: How do you feel during the tours around Europe, especially when you are in your native country?

CESARO: It’s always special for me. Whenever we do tour around Europe we had a great time. To my honestly, I am delighted to go to my native country, specifically Zurich, but I also tell you that in any country we visit on European tours is like my home. The public is always very involved and has a great time even if we go a couple of times a year. Besides, they love to see me and make me very happy. But I also tell you that I am jealous of Smackdown because they are going to visit Spain again and I have never been in your country with WWE.

WWE.COM: SmackDown will be the tour that is in Spain, but you have been in our country many years ago in Pinto with Kassius Ohno …

CESARO: When I was young and handsome …

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   2017/04/26

The Swiss athlete jokes on the WWE Italian-American stereotype: “Quiet, you have a better look and I can not wait to go back to May.”

Wrestlemania 33, in partnership with his Sheamus partner, Cesaro had the opportunity to recover Raw Team Tag Team titles in the Ladder Match, then won by Hardy Boyz at WWE’s surprise return. In the coming weeks, the European couple have managed to reap the chance to compete for the Payback belts, the next Pay-Per-View, to be held on April 30 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.

Regardless of how the match will take place, there will be a new rematch at the next WWE tour in Italy, which will bring RAW superstars to Rome and Bologna (May 3 and May 4 respectively). One of the scheduled matches in the card of these two events will be just a Fatal-4 Way for the pair titles, which will see the two team teams that will challenge Payback, plus the tandem Enzo Amore-Big Cass and Gallows-Anderson .

A spectacular event and where both the pair formed by Enzo Amore and Big Cass, WWE’s “Italian-Americans”, namely that of Cesaro and Sheamus, will always have the special support of the Italian audience. Just to present the upcoming tour in Europe and talk about much more, the Swiss athlete, just hours after the start of the last episode of WWE Raw, appeared at the Sprint Center Arena in Kansas City, Missouri, to respond To journalists’ questions. And among them was the editorial staff of FOXSports.it .

Antonio Cesaro said he was immediately excited about this tour in Europe, particularly the Italian stage where he could enjoy a drink of which he is crazy and that in the United States it is very complicated to find:

The coffee. I love him and there is no one who does it as well as in Italy. It will be a pleasure for me to return, each time it is as if I were in my house. However, I also grew up as an athlete, I will never forget the meetings I made in the smaller federations before winning the “green card” and becoming a professional wrestler in all respects.

Even for his passion for Italy, every time WWE makes a stop in our country, Cesaro is always among the most acclaimed:

In Italy fans are special, very passionate. You see that they are also football fans. Every time we come to Italy we are always warmly welcomed and with great enthusiasm: the energy they are able to convey is truly phenomenal.

Enzo Amore, the Italian stereotype

This time, to make him “competition” in the ranking of fans of Italian fans, there will also be Enzo Amore and Big Cass, the two “gangster” Italian-American so much sympathy arouse in the WWE Universe. The two tamarrians, with their flashy clothes and inguardable hair (especially Enzo), represent what is in theory the American stereotype of Italian in the US . So, let’s try to ask Cesaro, that Italy really knows it, even if he sees us that way. The Swiss athlete, after hearing a laugh, tries to rethink the question:

What do you think about it? Are you really like them?

Of course our answer is no , so Cesaro bursts out again to laugh and argue:

There may be someone who identifies the Italians in that way. But I know you and I think like you. It is not the right stereotype to paint you. You have a great look, you dress well and – continues to smile – drink coffee.

An answer that makes us breathe a sigh of relief and makes us go to the next question. If one day had to fight against The Miz, as usual accompanied by the inevitable wife Maryse, what WWE Women Superstar would choose to support?

We’ll bring Sheamus!

He responds without thinking of Cesaro , which is bursting into a new laughing laugh . When we point out that it has to be limited to the only female landscape, then it adapts bitterly:

No? Are you sure I can not? I think Sheamus would be happy. Well, then at my side I would come to Natalya.

Hardy Boyz and Wrestlemania 33

Now is the time to focus on real matches, such as Wrestlemania 33 , where he and Sheamus had the opportunity to recover their title titles, but then they were overtaken by Hardy Boyz’s return :

We did not expect them to be present, we had to revisit our plans. When I was little I saw their match, they were very fun. And even now they have not lost the enamel: I have to say that it is not so nice to see a plunger on a ladder. With their return, fans have deployed on their side, but I and Sheamus are stronger. Sheamus misses only the title of Intercontinental Champion for winning all four of the main belts. Our goal is to beat them to payback to return to Europe by champions.

Highest point and future plans

Looking at the past, the most beautiful moment of Wrestlemania that remembered Cesaro is that of his first appearance in the 30th edition:

Yes, on that occasion I won the first Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal, it was great. Anyway, my victory was an important stage for my career.

He now sees it in pairs with Sheamus, looking for those Tag Team Champions belts that Cesaro has already won twice in his career . In his palmares there is only one title on the individual level, that of Intercontinental Champion:

Now I’m focused on the goals we have at Sheamus at WWE Raw . I think we’re creating funny matches, people appreciate them. And as I said before, we are determined to repay the Payback titles against Hardy Boyz. Then it is clear that in the future I would like to win something else on an individual level. One goal I have before quitting is just to become Universal or WWE Champion.

Going ahead of this step, it is not excluded that it will succeed. Meanwhile, the next goal is called Payback , then the tour will be in Italy. Here is the match card currently being played in the latter, considering that in the Pay-Per-View on Sunday night (2 o’clock on Sky First Fila) some of the titles in the game could change master:

Card of the Italian Tour

Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman

Seth Rollins vs Samoa Joe

Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt

Dean Ambrose (C) vs. The Miz w / Maryse

The Hardy Boyz (C) vs Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs Cesaro & Sheamus vs The Club

Bayley (C) vs Mickie James vs Sasha Banks vs Nia Jax vs Emma vs Alexa Bliss

And many others…

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   2017/01/31

Backstage Cesaro and Sheamus argue about the Royal Rumble. Bayley interrupts and tells them that they need to get on the same page. They have a six-person tag match later tonight so they have to make this work. Bayley says they should have a group hug. Sheamus isn’t into it, but Cesaro is! Charlotte and the Club walk in and make fun of Bayley, Sheamus, and Cesaro for being losers and nerds.

Cesaro, Sheamus, and Bayley vs Charlotte Flair, Gallows and Anderson

Bayley tries to lock up with Charlotte, but Charlotte tags in Anderson. Anderson elbows Cesaro in the head before tagging in Gallows. Gallows eats multiple uppercuts by Cesaro. Cesaro goes up top. Charlotte distracts Cesaro by blowing a kiss at him. Gallows kicks Cesaro off the top rope. Cesaro falls to the outside. After a short break, Anderson and Gallows are working over Cesaro. Cesaro manages to tag in Sheamus, who clears the ring. Cesaro and Sheamus hit their finisher on Gallows, but Anderson breaks up the pin. Gallows tags in Charlotte. Bayley and Cesaro hit a poetry in motion variation on Charlotte. Cesaro dives off the top onto everyone. Bayley hits the Bayley to belly on Charlotte for the win.

Winners- Cesaro, Sheamus, and Bayley

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   2016/12/29

Here is the Cesaro Matches that WWE Included in their Best of 2016 List

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# 22 on their list Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho vs. Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn vs. Alberto Del Rio — Money in the Bank Ladder Match (Money in the Bank)

WE SAID: If there is such a thing as a glass ceiling, Dean Ambrose had been slamming his head against it for a solid year leading up to this star-making match for The Lunatic Fringe. But to only highlight Ambrose’s ultimate Money in the Bank victory — and subsequent cash-in — would do a disservice to the magnificent performances of Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Cesaro, Sami Zayn and Alberto Del Rio, all of whom laid their bodies on the line in the most inventive fashion possible to reach the proverbial next rung. Ambrose’s victory was sweet, to be sure, but anybody here would have been a worthy champion-in-waiting. To quote one of the participants: Drink it in, man. — ANTHONY BENIGNO

THEY SAID: “I hate Ladder Matches. If I’m never in another Ladder Match again for the rest of my life, I’ll be happy. But on that night I had a job to do. Had to get up that ladder, get that briefcase. The way I figure it, every time we step in the ring, it’s some kind of gamble. So if you’re gonna roll the dice with your body and your safety, you might as well go all in and go for the big money all in one night in Las Vegas.” — DEAN AMBROSE

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# 16 The Miz vs. Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens — Fatal 4-Way Intercontinental Championship Match (Extreme Rules)

The Fatal 4-Way Match at Extreme Rules 2016 did not just put Cesaro, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens in contention for The Miz’s Intercontinental Title. It also put a quartet in the same ring after weeks of meddling in each other’s business, capping a rivalry which had been boiling over since Owens and Zayn inserted themselves into a WWE Payback 2016 battle between The Miz and Cesaro. This foursome wanted to humble and humiliate each other at Extreme Rules as much as they wanted to leave as Intercontinental Champion. They blitzed each other with clotheslines, European uppercuts and Blue Thunder Bombs. They broke up nearly every pinfall attempt, brawled all over ringside. In the end, The Miz somehow escaped with his coveted title in as dramatic a Fatal 4-Way Match as any you’ll ever see. — MATTHEW ARTUS

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   2016/12/15

Cesaro & Sheamus will have another chance to end The New Day’s unprecedented Raw Tag Team Title reign when they challenge the champions this Sunday at Roadblock: End of the Line.

Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods crossed the threshold into the history books this week, breaking Demolition’s record for the longest-reigning tag team champions in WWE history. This Sunday will mark 483 consecutive days since The New Day won the titles in August 2015. To make it this far, The New Day have had to squeeze by challengers on Raw on a weekly basis of late, including two Triple Threat Matches this past Monday — the first of which was a victory against Cesaro & Sheamus and Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson.

Yet, some observers argue that The New Day only retained their titles because they stole the winning fall from The Swiss Superman and The Celtic Warrior, who delivered a powerful performance on Raw.

Cesaro & Sheamus will have another chance to end The New Day’s unprecedented Raw Tag Team Title reign when they challenge the champions this Sunday at Roadblock: End of the Line.

Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods crossed the threshold into the history books this week, breaking Demolition’s record for the longest-reigning tag team champions in WWE history. This Sunday will mark 483 consecutive days since The New Day won the titles in August 2015. To make it this far, The New Day have had to squeeze by challengers on Raw on a weekly basis of late, including two Triple Threat Matches this past Monday — the first of which was a victory against Cesaro & Sheamus and Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson.

Yet, some observers argue that The New Day only retained their titles because they stole the winning fall from The Swiss Superman and The Celtic Warrior, who delivered a powerful performance on Raw.

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   2016/09/21

The role of an underdog is an unusual one for a 6-foot-5 muscle-bound wrestler, but it’s a role that Cesaro has been all-too-familiar with over the course of his tenure in the WWE. The 35-year-old “Swiss superman” has seemingly had to fight for every inch and accolade he has achieved on wrestling’s biggest stage, but he has faced down each challenge as it has come along — becoming a popular character in the WWE universe in the process.

This has been especially apparent over the last few weeks on Raw, as Cesaro took on Sheamus in a best-of-seven series between the two European giants. He was once again positioned as the lesser of the two superstars in going down three wins to none against Sheamus. Yet despite his character being backed into a corner with several different parts of his body encased in kinesiology tape, the series is now tied 3-3 with the deciding match set for Sunday at the Clash of Champions on pay-per-view.

Both the concept and the execution have received polarized reactions from fans, but in getting the opportunity to play out on screen the kind of uphill battle he has faced in his career, and getting to do it in a format that hasn’t been used in the WWE in upwards of a decade, Cesaro has relished the opportunity.

“I do love this kind of program,” Cesaro said during a conference call with several media outlets Monday afternoon, as part of a promotional effort for the WWE’s upcoming U.K. tour in early November. “It’s not often we get the chance in WWE to do something like that. To me, it’s the closest to the old days when it was all about the wrestling, all about me against Sheamus in the ring without anything on the outside. It has this real sports feel. I kind of had my back against the wall, you know, it’s best-of-seven. I do definitely love it.”

“Well, I feel, from a company standpoint, like there’s a lot of trust that goes into this,” Sheamus concurred before the start of the series. “Because to have seven matches, or at least a best-of-seven … there’s a lot of confidence bestowed on both of us. People know we can go. People know we hit hard. We bring a lot of realism to our matches.”

“I think over my career, if you look at it in WWE, Sheamus has always been one of my biggest adversaries,” Cesaro said, “and one of the ones I would like to say I had some very memorable bouts with. It’s definitely fun to be in the ring with him.”

The winner of the series is set to receive a title opportunity, and it could be another chance to jump-start Cesaro’s often promising WWE career. It remains a work in progress, to this point, as the 16-year veteran, who made a name for himself as Claudio Castagnoli on the independent scene in promotions such as Ring of Honor and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla before signing for WWE in 2011, tries to break through a ceiling that has kept him from reaching the very top of the wrestling world. Cesaro was seemingly on the cusp of such a breakthrough as a singles star in late 2015 when a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder halted his momentum.

He underwent surgery and returned to action in April, and Cesaro has built a growing fan base which has supported him with entire swaths of the crowd holding up “Cesaro Section” signs — establishing a persistently visible presence among Raw crowds. The Lucerne, Switzerland, native has already tasted a certain level of success in WWE, winning the United States championship, the tag-team championships with Tyson Kidd and the first Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at Wrestlemania in 2014. But it is not enough for Cesaro, who feels he has what it takes to reach higher.

“I wanted to be [world] champion by now, and I haven’t achieved that,” Cesaro said, when asked if he felt he had made the progress he wanted to since returning from injury.

Despite the tape he wears on his previously injured left shoulder, and other areas of his body at times, Cesaro is back at full strength and attempting to prove he has what it takes to grab the ball and run with it.

“The journey ahead seems still so long, but I’m happy I came back 100 percent,” he continued. “I didn’t come back 70 percent or something. I’m getting better every day. I’m just enjoying myself. Trying to approach it a little bit different. Just having more fun, especially in the ring, and letting the fans have fun with me together, from my new entrance to the whole thing.”

The ‘Swiss superman’ character Cesaro has portrayed on WWE programming since returning has been a big positive step for him. His entrance features Cesaro walking out in a suit in front of a TitanTron video that mimics the famous opening credits sequence of James Bond films; he then tears off his Velcro tux and “transforms” into the Swiss superman before walking down to the ring for his match.

Cesaro’s tale of frustration was a similar one to Kevin Owens’ early this year, as he and his former running buddy on the independent scene languished with the mythical “brass ring” seemingly just out of both men’s reach. Their perceived places in the WWE hierarchy were solidified in July during the WWE brand separation draft as Owens was drafted in the fourth round, 18th overall, and Cesaro didn’t go until Round 6, 28th overall.

That all changed with Owens’ shocking Universal-title victory on Raw in late August.

“Kevin was drafted higher than me, and he was frustrated. I’m even more frustrated than him,” Cesaro said. “He had quite the run. If you look at it, he’s been in WWE for a little over two years. The things he achieved in a very short period of time — it might be unprecedented. As a fellow colleague of his, who’s been on the independents with him — I’ve known him for over 10 years — I’m very happy with his success. He definitely deserves it.”

As Cesaro pursues similar levels of success, it’s clear he realizes that his path to the WWE’s top championships will have to be different.

“For me it’s a little bit of a different road,” Cesaro said. “But if there are mountains to climb, I think as a Swiss man you’re the proper mountaineer to do it. So that’s something I’m looking forward to.”

When you pursue the level of success that Cesaro seeks in the WWE, it’s hard not to second guess yourself sometimes. There’s no real sense of self-doubt with Cesaro, but he does acknowledge that his approach to the business and low-key demeanor don’t lend themselves to self-promotion.

“I feel like I’ve been working magic for the past four years in WWE,” Cesaro said, “and maybe it’s the European in me, or the Swiss in me, that I’m not at the forefront bragging and constantly boasting about my achievements. I let my actions do the talking, and that might take a little bit longer for people to see.”

During his WWE tenure, Cesaro has had to deal with the added pressure of trying to be as entertaining on a microphone as he is in the ring, but feels he’s undeservedly stereotyped as being a poor talker.

“I actually can talk if you let me,” he said. “That’s always funny, because people always say that I can’t, but the thing is, you haven’t seen me on the mic a lot. I don’t really get that many chances. And if I do, it’s usually pretty good.

“Certain people get maybe a reputation, and people keep repeating it, and that just becomes their stigma,” Cesaro continued. “I’m not saying I’m ‘Mr. Microphone’ over here, but I can certainly hold my own. I’ve been fortunate enough to get the chance to prove it lately, and I’m looking forward to getting to prove it some more going forward. The guys who talk are a select few, and I’m working my way to get there.”

One person Cesaro has seemingly struggled to fully win over is Vince McMahon. The WWE owner told Steve Austin on an edition of the Stone Cold Podcast in December 2014 that Cesaro was lacking in charisma, verbal skills and the “it factor,” and Austin said he did not know what Cesaro needed to do to raise his game.

WWE legends including Austin, Ric Flair and Mick Foley have all previously criticized WWE for not pushing Cesaro as a main-event talent, given his natural ability in the ring.

“I feel like I’m connecting pretty good,” Cesaro said, however. “If you see the ‘Cesaro section,’ when I go out there, it is definitely not silent, and I have a huge fan base all over the world. Of course, there’s always room for improvement. I’m the first one to always criticize myself, and I’m trying to find ways to get better. If people say stuff like that, that I maybe not agree with, I’m doing my best and working my hardest to prove them wrong.”

Again, the timing of his injury couldn’t have been much worse. He was part of a tournament to crown a new WWE world heavyweight champion, with several high-profile showdowns with true main-event talent just before going down in November.

“I got hurt when I was starting to really take off,” Cesaro said. “Now I feel like I have to start from scratch again, which I have [had] to do so often. But it definitely felt like I was on a roll. And I’m still on a roll. It’s just definitely being in the right place at the right time or being the right person. It’s kind of hard sometimes, but I feel like if I’m consistently delivering, which is what I do, sooner or later it can’t be denied.”

Whatever the future holds for Cesaro in WWE, he is still humble.

“Sometimes I have to kind of stop and take it in,” he said. “To me, I don’t like to look back, I just like to look forward. It’s such a long journey still ahead for me. Every now and then I see a picture of when I started, or I go to an arena — we were just at the O2 [Arena in London] last week, and that’s where I made my WWE debut on WWE TV. It’s just crazy to think that that was over four years ago. If I look back on when I was on the indies in the U.S., and ever further when I was in Europe, it’s just kind of amazing how I made it this far.”

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   2016/09/20

Cesaro has come back from the brink to tie Sheamus in their Best of Seven Series, but can The King of Swing complete the comeback at WWE Clash of Champions to earn a guaranteed championship opportunity?

What started as a bullheaded test of wills over the summer between The Swiss Superman and Celtic Warrior quickly became a battle to determine the next man up when Raw General Manager Mick Foley placed the heavy hitters in a Best of Seven Series and dangled a championship opportunity to the winner. The Irishman, who had been accused of coasting by The Hardcore Legend, wasted no time in putting Cesaro in a 0-3 hole, largely on the strength of brutalizing the strongman’s back.

With no option left but to run the table, Cesaro proceeded to do just that: A skin-of-the-teeth win at WWE Live in London kept The King of Swing in the game, and The Swiss Superman continued to eke out victories on consecutive Raws to bring the series to a dead heat. Lady Luck clearly has a stake in Cesaro’s future, but with his back still hurting and Sheamus in do-or-die mode, it’s time to see whether The King of Swing can deliver, or whether he’ll have no choice but to respect the hawk.

Don’t miss the epic conclusion to this Best of Seven Series at WWE Clash of Champions, live this Sunday at 8 ET/ 5 PT only on the award-winning WWE Network.

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   2016/09/16

Don’t call it a comeback. With two straight wins against Sheamus in their Best of Seven Series, Cesaro cemented his reputation as one of Team Red’s most resilient Superstars, shaking Sheamus’ confidence in the process. He’s also among the most crafty, using the ropes as leverage — when the referee wasn’t looking — to steal that second win this past Monday night.

With the score now at 3-2, The Swiss Superman is just one victory away from evening up the series. If he can defeat The Celtic Warrior just once more, he’ll force the competition to go to Match No. 7. Will Cesaro’s whatever-it-takes attitude prove effective Monday night, or will Sheamus halt The King of Swing’s momentum with one swift Brogue Kick?

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   2016/09/16

Continuing his streak from WWE London, Cesaro bested his opponent Sheamus during the opening round of the highly-anticipated WWE Manila.

The exceptionally-athletic wrestler proved his mettle even with no sleep—a fact he disclosed at a media roundtable before the first WWE house show in the Philippines in seven years. –

In the session, Cesaro discusses how his current rivalry with Sheamus is bringing the focus back on superstars and how tournaments like PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles and the Cruiserweight Classic is breeding new talent.
The Swiss Superman also talks about how he keeps up with the WWE’s grueling travel schedule and the Talking Smack segment between Daniel Bryan and the Miz.

During the draft central program with the WWE Network following the draft, you had a lot to say about being drafted on the last televised round. It’s been about two months since the draft and you’re still on Raw. Do you still feel the same way after the draft and right now?

You know, I was feeling a little bit frustrated that day. I still think Smackdown is a really, really good show—I’m just trying to make Raw the better show. That’s what I’m trying to do right now, I’m making Raw the wrestling show and I think the best of seven between me and Sheamus, that’s the best way to do so because that is just me and Sheamus and it’s about wrestling, and it’s not about the Authority, it’s not about general managers, so I figured we just get a little bit more away from that and back to focusing on the superstars which is done pretty good on Smackdown.

It’s a great rivalry and I’m happy to be on Raw.

BoLA 2016 happened. Did you have time to watch it and if you did, what was your favorite match and if you didn’t, what was your favorite year competing in it?

I don’t think it’s out on DVD yet and unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to go there live. I’ve seen some snippets online, I can’t really say which one my favorite match is because I haven’t seen it completely.

Honestly, I don’t even remember the years the years I was competing in it, but to be (in it) — it was always a very special experience. When I was competing in the independents, there was two tournaments that were big. There was the TPI (Ted Petty Invitational) in NWA South and Battle for Los Angeles for PWG. And Battle for Los Angeles is still going strong; you can see every year there’s new competitors that people discover and WWE is trying to take advantage of that with the Cruiserweight Classic on the WWE Network. You see a lot of guys that are on the indies that are competing on BoLA were actually competing on the Cruiserweight Classic as well. So you can see where the breeding ground for that talent is.

You regularly perform feats of superhuman strength on the show. Can you share your routine?

Oh, I can’t, ‘cause otherwise everybody will be a Swiss Superman. No, to me, the most important part is consistency and dedication. In order to be able to pull off the feats of strength is, just to me, to be able to pull it off in any match at any time—for example, today, we landed after (a) 13-hour travel day so I haven’t slept in 24 hours and I think I ate something and went to the gym because that’s the dedication you need to have to be as good as I am.

Would you be willing to wrestle Samoa Joe even after what happened — the incident with Tyson Kidd and the muscle buster?

Yes — maybe without the muscle buster. There’s a couple of moves outlawed in the WWE, and I think that one maybe be added. But I wrestled Samoa Joe before, and why not again?

Your best out of seven series with Sheamus is extremely interesting because it’s a mix of styles and it’s fascinating to see you two work outside the structure of championships and as you’ve mentioned, the Authority. Do you think that you can win this and in the future, get the WWE Universal Championship?

Uh, yeah, a hundred percent. Anything is possible. I was three to nothing behind. Yesterday—actually, it kind of is today—I won my first match and made it three to one and I think the momentum completely shifted. Now, I’m on a roll and it’s kinda hard to stop me once I get on a roll and with Sheamus, it’s… You know, we’re very evenly matched, I would say we’re around the same height, the same weight, we both come from a different country, we have a very physical style.

On a good night, it can go either way. That’s why the best of seven series is the best way to settle this ‘cause then we can find out who’s the better one, more physically dominant over that period of time. What is very important is to have momentum and he had the momentum from the first match, to the second match, to the third match. I was able to break that momentum. Now I have the momentum and I just don’t think he’s gonna be able to take it away from me.
And then of course, that will give me a championship opportunity and maybe I will sit here with one of these (the belt) as well.

Can you tell us how challenging it is on a daily basis to try and balance the athletic and the entertainment side of wrestling?

Monday night, we had Raw, right? Then Tuesday we flew to London which is about an eight-hour flight overnight. We wrestled that night in London. Then Wednesday morning we flew to Hong Kong, just 13 hours—can’t even think—then we flew here to Manila, we arrived here today at 11:30 in the morning, got to the hotel at 12:30, went to the gym at 1:30 and here at 4 o’clock.

That’s the side that people don’t see. They only see us be on Monday or Tuesday on television. They think, oh, they work one day a week, they have one day of curtain- no! It’s not that easy! Even in just the United States, we have Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday—all WWE events. And when you get home, you maybe have autograph signing, you have interviews, you need to stay in shape.

It is a lifestyle. It’s not just a job, it’s a lifestyle that you have to love. For me, it’s awesome. I love the travel, I love (going) to different countries. This is my first time here in the Philippines and I’m kind of sad because we’re here for, what is it, 14 hours maybe and all we get to see is the hotel and the arena. Wish we get to see a little bit more. That’s the fun of it, but you have to have a knack for it.

What’s your opinion on the divide stemming from the Daniel Bryan segment on Talking Smack? How do you plan to strike a balance between wrestling a safe, injury-free style and at the same time, being able to go out and entertain crowds and to be noticed?

I think there’s a big divide between. It’s not necessarily the styles, I think there’s a big divide between Daniel Bryan and the Miz in the philosophy of how they approach wrestling. If you look at somebody like Daniel Bryan whose been wrestling for years and I’ve known for over 10 years, going independent in Japan and everywhere, that’s his life. While if you look at somebody like the Miz, he did the Real World and he came to wrestling and he does movies and stuff, so it’s like, he approaches it more from the entertainment side while I feel Daniel is probably approaching more from the sports side.
There will always be a clash, but that’s what makes the WWE so interesting—it’s the clash of styles, that’s what makes match-ups. I love Talking Smack, I think it’s a great show, mainly because it’s live and people just get put on the spot and you get something like that.

I think it’s just a difference in philosophy and you know, there’s always that fine line that you have to walk that you wanna be performing at your best every single time you step into the ring. Through my WWE career, on average, I have 200 matches every single year. I’m one of the handful of people that actually wrestle that many matches. To me, that’s why I’m so focused on being in shape because I feel that helps me being able to perform at that level every single time I step into the ring no matter if I had no sleep, doesn’t matter.

It’s the balance you have to find. I figured, over the years, you will see who can separate themselves from the pack ‘cause they’ll be able to go out there and deliver every single time.

How involved are you in crafting the storylines?

There’s a lot of stuff that’s kind of out of our hands. I’ll just leave it at that. But everything you see me do in the ring is what I wanted to have control over and that’s what I’m trying to get the best of ‘cause there’s a lot of stuff…I guess, with everybody’s life, there’s a lot of stuff you have absolutely no control over what happens to you. You just need to take what you have control over and make it the best, and own it.

Is it a challenge in this unique situation to come up with something new to entertain the fans?
No, absolutely not. No match is ever the same. and if you watch—well, please don’t watch all of my stuff back—but if you would, you would see that it’s never the same. I get bored relatively fast, so to speak, so I always try to keep it interesting for myself and everybody else involved.

Plus, to me, wrestling is my creative outlet. If you think about it, it’s probably more of an artist type thing, as if I’m almost like an artist, and I wouldn’t wanna paint the same picture twice. This best of seven series is great. I get the chance to go in the ring and do something different every single night.

On top of that, wherever you go in the world, the fans are different. The fans in London are different than the fans here in Manila than the fans when we come over in Shanghai or on Monday in Baltimore. That’s what we always say- you feed off the WWE Universe. We feed off the WWE Universe, and the feed off us. Whatever they give you, you need to go with that. And that’s the fun part. That’s why we travel all over the world and that’s why the WWE Universe is so passionate.

It was a shocker to see Kevin Owens win the WWE Universal Championship. He works had and he probably deserves it, but will he get that shot? He got that shot. Did that give you faith that someone like yourself who really works hard will get that opportunity as well?

I think that’s two completely different circumstances. Kevin Owens won the NXT championship about a week after he got on NXT. I think it was his first NXT… He won it pretty fast after he debuted on NXT. And he came on the WWE main roster challenging John Cena right away and he won the WWE title within his first year or close to his first year. He’s been extremely successful and he definitely deserves the title.

For me, it’s been a completely different road and I’m hoping that I’ll get to the point where I’m gonna be the WWE Universal Champion. I wanna be the proof that hard work pays off.

Do you consider your win in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale as your biggest achievement in WWE?

Yes, definitely. Looking back, that’s definitely my biggest achievement. It was in WrestleMania 30 and it was the first ever. My name is always gonna be on the top of that list. So suck it, Big Show and Baron Corbin.

When Tyson Kidd comes back, do you wanna team up again?

If he comes back, a hundred percent. — AT, GMA News

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   2016/09/16

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The life of a WWE superstar may seem glamorous but its star wrestlers see it as a lifestyle that they love, or else, it would have worn them out by now.

Cesaro, 35, whose real name is Claudio Castagnoli, is one such WWE star who feels this way.

In the Philippines recently when WWE made a stop on Sept 9 in Manila for its only show in South-east Asia in 2016, he told a packed media conference: “It’s not just a job, it’s a lifestyle that you have to love.”

A former United States champion and winner of the inaugural Andre the Giant battle royal in 2014, he continued: “After Raw, we flew to London the next day, which is about an eight-hour flight overnight. That night, we wrestled in London. (The next day), we flew to Hong Kong – 13 hours. Another hour and half here to Manila.

“That’s the side that people don’t see. They only see us on Monday or Tuesday on television. They think, oh, they work only one day a week! That’s great!”

“No, it’s not that easy. Even if it were just in the United States, there are WWE events on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and when you get home, you have, maybe, autograph signings, interviews. You need to stay in shape, so it’s a lifestyle.

“For me, it’s awesome, I love it. I love to travel to different countries. This is my first time here in the Philippines.

“You have to have a knack for it. Other than that, you’re doing live events in the States, trying to squeeze in travel, the gym and the show, it’s a lot.”

Currently embroiled in a feud with fellow wrestler Sheamus who is leading him 3-2 in a best-of-seven series, Cesaro has won the last two matches.

He said: “I’m on the roll and it’s kinda hard to stop me when I’m on a roll. Sheamus and I are evenly matched.

“We’re around the same height, same weight. We both have very physical styles and so, on a good night, it can go either way.

“The best way to settle this is through a best-of-seven series. We’re going to find out who’s the better man.

“It’s very important to have momentum. He had momentum, he won the first three matches. Now I have momentum.

“WWE has given me a championship opportunity. I just don’t think he is going to be taking it away from me.”

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