WWE WrestleMania 29: Why Christian Should Return to Face Antonio Cesaro

Graham GSM MatthewsFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2013

Christian delivers a dropkick to Antonio Cesaro. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
Christian delivers a dropkick to Antonio Cesaro. (Courtesy of WWE.com)

Since returning to the WWE in February 2009, Christian has achieved quite a bit of success. From winning two ECW champions, an Intercontinental Championship and even the World Heavyweight Championship on two separate occasions, there's no questioning that Christian's comeback to WWE has been a successful one.

Despite all that, his various injuries in recent years have hindered him from becoming anything more. His time in the main event scene was short-lived, as his numerous losses to Randy Orton in the summer of 2011 relegated him back to the midcard shortly thereafter.

His amazing abilities inside the squared circle make for must-see matches, regardless of who he's wrestling against. Whether he's working as a face or a heel, Christian never ceases to entertain a crowd every time he steps through that curtain.

His latest setback occurred in the latter half of 2012, where it was reported that he underwent shoulder surgery. Although it's recently been reported that he's medically cleared to compete and ready to return, he has yet to resurface on WWE TV.

It's quite possible that the Creative team could be waiting to bring Christian back to television following WrestleMania 29, but why not now? Top stars such as Jack Swagger and Mark Henry have made their return in the last few weeks and find themselves on a clear path on the road to WrestleMania, so why not Christian?

There's still a number of notable names that have yet to engage in a feud for Mania, so it wouldn't be hard to insert Christian into a storyline at this point. With less a month left until the show of shows, there's still time for the seeds to be planted for a feud involving Captain Charisma.

One Superstar, however, that I'd like to see Christian target upon his return is none other than United States champion Antonio Cesaro.

While it may not seem like the most logical match, it actually makes much more sense than one would think. In order to see as to why that is, you'd have to take a trip down memory lane to August 2012.

In his second-to-last match before going MIA, Christian took on Antonio Cesaro on the August 10 edition of SmackDown. Christian gave Cesaro his best match up to that point, and surprisingly handed him his first loss in singles competition that same night.

As Christian was celebrating his hard-fought victory over the newcomer, Cesaro ambushed him from behind and sent him spiraling into the barricade. The former World champion would compete in one last match three days later on Raw against Damien Sandow before taking a lengthy leave of absence due to injury.

Also following that memorable match, Cesaro went on to defeat Santino Marella at SummerSlam to win the United States Championship, a title he still holds to this day. He recently surpassed his 200th day as U.S. champ, making him the fifth-longest reigning titleholder in company history.

Now that Christian is ready to return to television, I see no reason why he shouldn't be put in a program with Cesaro over the title. From The Miz to R-Truth to Zack Ryder, no one has been able to dethrone the Swiss sensation.

I, for one, am not looking forward to yet another confrontation between Cesaro and Miz at WrestleMania. Sure, it hasn't been confirmed for the event as of now, but I could very well see WWE going in that direction if neither guy has nothing to do come the spring spectacle.

Not only would the feud make perfect sense given their history together, but the match itself would be excellent. As seen in their initial outing, these two are more than capable of putting together a match worth watching.

However, don't think just because I'm proposing this feud it means I would want Christian to win. He's done it all in WWE and doesn't need a midcard title to get over, so having him put over Cesaro would be the sole purpose of this rivalry.

Cesaro scoring a victory over a former World champion would be huge for both him and the title, especially if it happened at WrestleMania. The former Ring of Honor star has done a fantastic job of restoring prestige in the star-spangled prize over the last seven months, but it's not complete until the title is defended on the grandest stage of them all.

If you can recall, the U.S. title hasn't been defended at the show of shows since WrestleMania 23, which was nearly six years ago. It's a travesty that the belt hasn't been on the line at the event since then, so maybe Cesaro can be the guy to put an end to it once and for all.

There's still time for this feud to take form, but I'm not getting my hopes up. Even still, if it doesn't happen at WrestleMania 29, I hope to see it at some point down the line.

Thanks for reading, Bleachers, and be sure to drop a comment below with your thoughts on this potential rivalry. As always, your criticism and overall feedback of my latest piece is welcomed and greatly appreciated.

GSM out.


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