Backstage News on Antonio Cesaro’s Status, RAW Viewership News

Posted by Matt Boone May 14, 2013 13 Comments

- After holding the United States Championship for 240 days through last month when he was upended by Kofi Kingston, Antonio Cesaro’s standing in WWE has been greatly curtailed as the Swiss grappler has lost the majority of his televised matches. For those wondering whether his demotion is as a result of “heat” backstage, it is not. Rather, top WWE officials simply feel he lacks personality.

While addressing Cesaro’s current placement in WWE, Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio Monday night that company brass believe that the former Ring of Honor standout is “boring,” resulting in his slide down the card. Some in WWE, however, are not in favor of the demotion, and believe Cesaro should be a headliner.

While Cesaro engaged in a match with Kingston two weeks on WWE Main Event that was well-received by management, it failed to alter his standing in the organization. Meltzer noted, “They don’t see him any higher than they did two weeks ago. There was lip service paid there for a week or two, but it’s over now.”

– Monday’s episode of RAW averaged 4.05 million viewers, which is up from last week’s 3.917 million viewers. RAW did 3.79 million viewers the first hour, 4.10 million viewers the second, and 4.25 million viewers for the final third hour.

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    • Save_Us.Y2K

      He is boring. I dont care how good of a wrestler he is if I have zero desire to watch his matches.

      • Derpy McDerpyderp

        Is there anybody else in the WWE that is NOT boring right now? Some many guys with potential to be stars and you have one who actually shines through a crappy gimmick, but “He is boring. I dont care how good of a wrestler he is if I have zero desire to watch his matches.” Seriously, screw the creative team and screw the fans that encourage them.

        • morrisonfanone

          I don’t think Justin Gabriel is boring. He just needs a push so he can show everyone what he can do.


      Antonio Cesaro is not BORING!!! He is a future WWE and WHC in the WWE

      • Save_Us.Y2K

        Swagger and Del Rio are both former WHC….couldn’t care less about them. Belts dont make the wrestler, it’s the other way around.

      • Josh

        Actually, he is very boring!!!!

    • l

      Some wrestlers need personality because that’s all they have. Others don’t need it as much and some wrestlers have the best of both ability & personality.

      I find Cesaro very entertaining solely based on what he can do in the ring & that’s enough to keep me watching. As far as personality goes, I’m sure he has some, but the crappy ass gimmick he has does nothing to highlight it. and having a bad gimmick isn’t all his fault. You can only try & make crap look good for so long after that it’s simply crap.

    • Kage

      Yeah, Cesaro is BORING. Why can’t he be more like Cena, Orton, Miz & Del Rio?

    • James

      Personally, when boils down to it, Cesaro is underrated. His matches are entertaining and his strength is phenomenal. More impressive than Ryback! Granted his gimmick can do with tweaking but when it comes to actually wrestling, he’s one of the best we’ve got.
      If anything i’m finding the other headliners boring, especially Orton….he’s been stale for long time now

      • morrisonfanone

        Yeah. I’m hoping they turn Orton heel sometime soon. He could use the gimmick change. And his trying to pump up the crowd lately is odd. He’s way better as a heel.

    • morrisonfanone

      That’s pretty funny considering just a few months ago I heard Vince was very high on him. He’s not boring. He just needs new feuds. He’s been feuding with Kofi and Miz for so long, I’ve tuned out.

    • Wildcat77

      They sat Cesari is boring, but they continue to have Del Rio in the Wotld Title picture…that’s bs…I’m sorry but there isn’t nobody as boring as Del Rio…I never cared for him as a heel, and turning him babyface didn’t help matters to me at all…

      • Wildcatt77

        Sorry about the typos, stupid auto correct

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