Over/Under: Antonio Cesaro Will Be World Champion in 9 Months

Chris Featherstone@@CraveWrestlingFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2013


Ok, let's have some fun being interactive with this new Over/Under series that I will be doing. This will pose a broad range of topics, including releases, heel and face turns, championship victories/losses, and more. In the first installment of this series, we will talk on the subject of Antonio Cesaro.

So the question is: Will he be a world champion within nine months, or not?

Based on that time frame, this means if Cesaro is voted under, he will be a world champion before the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. This will be a huge accomplishment, especially if he retains the title leading into the most anticipated WrestleMania in history—WrestleMania XXX.

Although Cesaro has been on a major slump of late, losing clean to Sin Cara, failing to appear on Raw for weeks—as well as WrestleMania—and losing his US Championship to Kofi Kingston, all hope is not lost.

One of WWE's most exciting and unpredictable pay-per-views is coming up in July—Money in the Bank. This may very well be the official beginning of Cesaro's well-deserved main event run. Cesaro would be a top nominee to win a briefcase, most likely for the World Heavyweight Championship, and cash it in before the year is up.

I believe that the WWE made a mistake by waiting so long to cash in Dolph Ziggler's briefcase. His popularity has diminished, and his alliance with AJ and Big E. Langston has done nothing to propel his career. No matter how you slice it, Vickie Guerrero was the best thing that ever happened to Ziggler.

Because of this, I believe (well, hope) that WWE Creative will learn from this mistake and allow a wrestler to cash in the briefcase before they lose steam. Michael Cole mentioned on a recent episode of Raw that the average cash-in is a little over three months, and that statistic should remain that way.

So does this mean that Cesaro could use a manager whom can easily draw heel heat? Absolutely. This would be a perfect time to bring back John Laurinaitis full-time to be that person. Not only would this garner even more heat for Cesaro, but it would give him exactly what he needs to not be a "fly-by-night" top guy.

Cesaro has all the tools to become the next top heel in the WWE. Last summer, WWE seemed as if they had all intentions to allow him to fill that position. However, for some odd reason, that was drastically derailed.

Even with his current slump, my vote is 'under'—Antonio Cesaro will be a world champion before the year is over.

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Chris Featherstone is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, as well as a writer for WrestlingInc.com. Tune in live to the Pancakes and Powerslams wrestling talk show Tuesdays at 11pm ET.