Cesaro and Paul Heyman Is a Pairing Made in Heaven

Antonio Cesaro celebrates after winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal during Wrestlemania XXX at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans on Sunday, April 6, 2014. (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE)
Jonathan Bachman
Sebastian MaldonadoFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2014

What an amazing two days Cesaro is having.

The Swiss-born member of the now-defunct Real Americans made his way to the ring on the April 7 edition of Raw. He shook Hulk Hogan’s hand and accepted the “Andre The Giant 30-Man Battle Royal” trophy. Cesaro earned that after easily scooping up Big Show and hoisting him over the top rope for the victory. It was Cesaro’s first WrestleMania moment, and amazingly, it occurred at his debut at WrestleMania 30.

Cesaro’s manager, Zeb Colter, tried saying a few words for the tall Swiss wrestler. But Cesaro wasn’t having any of it and declared, “I’m not a Zeb Colter guy. I’m a Paul Heyman guy.”

The crowd erupted, and Heyman made his way out to cheers while selling his new client to the masses. The fans didn’t need to hear it. They loved the announcement, and a potentially successful duo was born.

Cesaro and Paul Heyman is a pairing made in heaven.

The differences aren’t many between Cesaro and Heyman’s former clients. In fact, there’s one big difference: the “it factor.”

Yes, Heyman’s former clientele in the past year haven’t had a great track record. Ryback and Curtis Axel struggled, seemingly carried by Heyman. The only client of Heyman’s that worked was Brock Lesnar. However, Lesnar and Heyman had already had that lasting relationship since 2002. Another fact of the Heyman/Lesnar alliance is that Lesnar appears sporadically. Lesnar’s contract allows him to appear part-time and not as a full-time wrestler.

Heyman is too valuable to stay on the sidelines. He needs someone to promote while Lesnar sits out. Enter Cesaro.

Cesaro and Heyman are quite the perfect fit at the moment. Heyman could talk for Cesaro, giving him nicknames like the newly minted “King of Swing.” But Cesaro doesn’t need someone to do his promos.

The King of Swing has already won over the WWE fans with his wrestling matches and raw strength. His big swing maneuver has made him a hot commodity in the WWE. Why else would he win that battle royal at WrestleMania?

Cesaro also has a distinct advantage over Heyman’s former clients. He has the charisma and the WWE’s superstar look to survive. Cesaro can hold his own on the microphone, if the WWE creative team allows him to do so.

Cesaro is also earning the respect of his peers. Last November, John Cena publicly praised him at a Munich house show. FW4Online.com (via WrestleZone) reported Cesaro received a standing ovation after his match with Cena before the Elimination Chamber.

Hard work does pay off, and for Cesaro, it has in dividends.

The relationship will work both ways. Heyman has a worker who came up the hard way and is ready for anything. Cesaro has a manager who can put him on a higher pedestal (with all due respect to Colter).

Paul Heyman and Cesaro are a perfect pairing. It may be just another chapter for Heyman, but frankly, it’s a huge step in the right direction for Cesaro. Let’s see how dominant Cesaro is with Paul Heyman at his side.

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