Cesaro Reportedly Done With WWE

Cesaro is reportedly finished with WWE, according to the latest reports in the wrestling media.

The news itself has not come from either the WWE or Cesaro himself, and it’s said that the Swiss Superman’s exit was quietly done. If the news is true, and there’s nothing yet to suggest it isn’t, then Cesaro is free to wrestle for any other company immediately, including AEW. That is because Cesaro did not ask for a release, but instead simply let his contract expire rather than renew it.

According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, “the two sides had been in negotiations but had not come to terms on a new agreement. One source noted that WWE did offer an extension on his current idea but that was turned down.”

While we don’t know Cesaro’s motivations for leaving as of yet, we can certainly make some assumptions based on what we know. While it appears clear that, whatever plans they had for him, WWE wanted Cesaro to stay, otherwise they would have released him at some point previous and wouldn’t have offered him a contract extension.

By virtue of the fact that Cesaro rejected the offer of an extension, we can further assume that he was not happy anymore with his current position. While it may have been an issue of money, it is reasonable to assume that Cesaro had finally enough of the stop-start booking that has been perhaps the overall story of his run with WWE. Cesaro has only wrestled five matches in 2022, and all five of those have been losses.

Cesaro caught in mid-swing on The Great Khali

This of course runs in contrast with Cesaro’s popularity with the WWE Universe (and wider wrestling audience), as well as the peak level of respect he enjoys from his peers. There have been times where WWE has seemingly gotten behind the Swiss Superman, pushing him to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX and briefly becoming a “Paul Heyman guy,” a popular run with Sheamus as five-time tag team champions The Bar and, most recently, beating Seth Rollins in a big match at WrestleMania XXXVII before entering into his first WWE main event feud, coming up short against WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns at last year’s WrestleMania Backlash PPV.

However, it seemed that every time Cesaro began to build some momentum, WWE would pull the rug from underneath him, leaving him back at square one, and quite often not on TV. Perhaps he just had enough of the tease. To be forever at the bottom of the card is one thing; to be constantly built up and torn down, though…

What’s next for the Swiss Superman? There’s already a lot of speculation that he could be on his way to AEW. It makes sense; after WWE, it’s the next biggest stage in America. It treats its wrestlers as wrestlers and allows them some creative freedom and, let’s face it, Big Tony is in major acquisition mode.

Personally, I’d love to him have a little run on the independents first and make the most of being able to wrestle opponents that were denied him via his employment by Stamford. Let him show up and have some dream matches in PWG and Warrior Wrestling. With his European style of wrestling, it would be brilliant to see him pop up in wXw in Germany or make a quick trip to the UK. I’d take it a step further in fact and suggest that the disparate environments of Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport and Jonathan Gresham and Baron Black’s Terminus might be brilliant places for Cesaro to appear at and see how far he can stretch his style of wrestling out to.

Wherever Cesaro ends up in the future, we at Sports Obsessive wish him all the best and will be watching his next moves with great anticipation.

What do you think of Cesaro leaving WWE? Where do you think we’ll see Cesaro next? Let us know in the comments!

Written by Chris Flackett

Wrestling obsessed since '91. Lived through the Monday Night Wars and is still here to tell the tale. Major fan of Strong Style, technical and Super Jr. Wrestling, as well as big versatile hosses smacking the hell out of each other. Lives in Manchester, England.

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