Antonio Cesaro has more potential than almost anyone else on the WWE roster, but to get ahead, he needs to pull away from Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger right now.
He never should have been put with Colter to begin with.
Colter was brought in to boost the profile of Jack Swagger, and for a while it worked well. Their "We The People" videos struck a nerve with fans, and Swagger even ended up winning the Elimination Chamber match to become the No. 1 contender for the World title.
Unfortunately, Swagger was arrested for a DUI, which stalled his push. While he was still partnered with Colter, everything went downhill from there.
Then, for some incomprehensible reason, someone thought pairing a Swiss superstar with a patriotic bigot would help get him over.
Colter, better know as Dutch Mantell, is a valuable asset to WWE who could help the careers of many young Superstars, but Cesaro is not one of them.
Their gimmicks are just too different for the partnership to have any kind of benefit for Cesaro. Add that to the fact that Cesaro has not been pushed at all after being paired with Colter, and you start to see why this pairing is ineffective.
Unless WWE planned on making Cesaro and Swagger into a tag team to go after the titles, there is no reason to keep Cesaro in The Real Americans.
The thing that makes him stand out from the rest of the roster is his talent. He is a great wrestler who has the power and speed to compete in any kind of match with any kind of Superstar. He doesn't need Colter at all.
What he needs instead are a series of matches that highlight his attributes and maybe a different manager. Take the mic away from him and have him do what he does best, which is fight.
His strength has been on display several times against the likes of Brodus Clay and The Great Khali, and he has been able to keep step with guys like Justin Gabriel and Sin Cara.
There's nothing this guy can't do in the ring, but for one reason or another, WWE management has never quite figured out what to do with him.
Cesaro's U.S. title reign saw him have some great matches that showcased his unique moves. Why WWE fans didn't go wild for him because of his talent is a mystery.
Sure, the Internet Wrestling Community loves the guy, but the average WWE fan seems to be indifferent to him. He gets decent heat when he is in the ring delivering ridiculous uppercuts, but his promos just don't click.
Maybe it's his thick accent. Maybe it's the fact that he has only been on the main roster for just over a year. Whatever the reason, he is not reaching his potential.
Pairing him with Colter only served to slow down his already slow ascent like a lead balloon. Now he is doing nothing alongside Swagger and Colter.
Maybe Cesaro should have been the next Paul Heyman guy instead of Curtis Axel.
Heyman is an awesome manager because he knows exactly what to say and do to get his clients over, and the better his client is, the better he can get him over.
Few have Cesaro's raw talent, so just imagine what Heyman could have done with him.
Cesaro could go on to be one of the greatest World champions of all time, but he is a long way from even being in the World title scene.
There are a lot of things WWE can do to help Cesaro, but the first thing it needs to do is get him as far away from Swagger and Colter as possible.
What do you think? Can Zeb Colter push for Antonio Cesaro, or is he just holding him back?
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