Careful what you wish for. Although you’ve finally reeled in a long-desired love interest, the thrill for you is in the hunt and not the catch. Once you settle into a relationship, the initial butterflies you feel always shed their wings. Regardless of how much effort you’ve invested, there’s no sense deepening the long-term pain by prolonging an unwanted romance. It’s true that, like the homeland of Swiss Superstar and conceited Capricorn Antonio Cesaro, there can be no romantic peaks without valleys. It’s equally true, though, that without a change of locale, you’re stuck with the same view.
Notable Superstars who share this sign:
Sin Cara (Dec. 22), Antonio Cesaro (Dec. 27), Tamina (Jan. 10), “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan (Jan. 14), R-Truth (Jan. 19)
Dazzling feats of strength are becoming a trend when United States Champion Antonio Cesaro steps into the ring. Seemingly every week, The Swiss Sensation pushes the limits of his own physical prowess and shows the WWE Universe exactly why he’s earned the right to talk the talk.
Case in point: the Nov. 26, 2012, edition of Raw, when Cesaro lifted the 267-pound Sheamus onto his shoulders with remarkable ease, then propelled him down into the mat with a hard thump. The maneuver, which we had yet to see Cesaro perform in WWE, elicited “oohs” and “ahhs” from the crowd and generated instant buzz on Twitter.
“You always aim to surprise your opponents, and if I suddenly bust out a move they are not anticipating, it makes it even more effective,” Cesaro told WWE.com of the move he now is calling the Swissblade. “I beat my opponents fair and square every night with the Neutralizer, but if I need something special, something a little extra, I’ll bust out other moves.”
The U.S. Champion has since used the special move on rival and Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston, so it might only be a matter of time before it crops up again. But if that doesn’t concern Superstars who have to face Cesaro in the future, this warning from him should:
Eddie Guerrero vs. Brock Lesnar – WWE Championship Match, No Way Out 2004
As the United States Champion, Antonio Cesaro’s Five-Star Match of the Week was no shocker.
“Eddie Guerrero vs. Brock Lesnar from No Way Out 2004,” Cesaro announced.
The main event bout, one month prior to WrestleMania XX, resulted in the crowning of Guerrero as WWE Champion. Latino Heat was one of the finest Superstars to hold the United States Title in both WCW and WWE. Perhaps seeing Guerrero win the big one speaks to the arrogant European’s own championship aspirations.
“I picked this match because I just saw it recently before I debuted here in WWE,” Cesaro explained. “It’s just an awesome match. I think it might get overlooked sometimes, but that match just shows how awesome Eddie Guerrero was and how good Brock Lesnar was as well.”
Lesnar was defending the title with hopes of headlining his second consecutive WrestleMania. While the matchup of Brock and Eddie might seem like a clash of styles, the competitors put on an amazing athletic showcase.
“It’s so good and the story is so well told, you just get into it every single time,” the United States Champion said. “You can see how the crowd is quiet watching it at first and by the end, everybody’s on their feet.”
With the referee incapacitated, Lesnar’s rival Goldberg inserted himself into the battle and the lying, cheating and stealing Guerrero was happy to have the help. After Goldberg’s interference, Eddie nailed his signature Frog Splash to pin the champion and win the WWE Title.
“The victory celebration of Eddie makes it at the end,” Cesaro said. “That just puts the dot on the ‘i,’ as we say in Switzerland.”
If there’s one thing we can appreciate about United States Champion Antonio Cesaro, it’s that he doesn’t hold back. In the months since his attention-grabbing WWE debut, the sensation from Switzerland has mercilessly broken hearts (our condolences, Aksana) and bruised bodies, all the while extolling the virtues of his European heritage in no less than five languages.
The most powerful weapon in Cesaro’s arsenal — besides his multi-lingual contempt for the American culture — is a brutal inverted slam he calls the Neutralizer. Though named for his Swiss homeland’s longstanding history of military neutrality, Cesaro’s Neutralizer is an act of pure aggression that has leveled opponents of all shapes and sizes. He has also utilized an uppercut that’s so European, its force can only be measured by using the metric system.
Cesaro’s Neutralizer and impactful European uppercut are serving him well — he’s the United States Champion, after all — but what other maneuvers of European descent would benefit the chiseled champion? WWE.com examines five moves that Cesaro could master to continue his quest for European supremacy. Continue reading »
The United States Championship may represent the spirit of American competition, but its history includes many competitors like the Swiss-born Antonio Cesaro who bring a foreign flavor to the coveted title. From Jimmy Snuka to Bret “Hit Man” Hart, take a look at past United States Champions who are internationally known and respected.
Inspired by Antonio Cesaro’s title-clinching win at The 25th Anniversary of SummerSlam, WWE.com presents a photo gallery of past United States Champions with foreign backgrounds, including Bret “Hit Man” Hart, Sheamus and Santino Marella.
United States Championship – Antonio Cesaro August 19, 2012 – Present
If the WWE Universe wasn’t already impressed by Antonio Cesaro’s athletic or multilingual skills, his huge victory on the 2012 SummerSlam Pre-Show certainly opened their eyes. The Swiss Sensation continually stopped Santino Marella from reaching for his coveted Cobra on his way to ending The Milan Miracle’s lengthy five-month U.S. Championship reign.
This past Wednesday, Switzerland celebrated Swiss National Day, a holiday that commemorates the foundation of the Swiss Confederacy on August 1, 1291. As it turns out, it’s an especially big week for the Swiss, as national hero — and No. 1 ranked tennis player in the world — Roger Federer competes in the Olympics, searching for his first gold medal in singles competition. As Federer seeks that elusive gold, another Swiss-born sensation is taking the WWE Universe by storm in search of WWE title gold.
Antonio Cesaro reintroduced himself to the WWE Universe Friday night on SmackDown, saying hello in five different languages and proving once again why he truly is a man of the world. He also established himself as a formidable threat to United States Championship, as the former rugby standout defeated Santino Marella in an impressive non-title bout. For Cesaro, his Friday night victory marked the second straight week he has bested the U.S. Champion — a feat that has turned a number of heads around the WWE Universe.
Cesaro seems ready to rise through the ranks in WWE, and his big win has WWE.com thinking about other similarities between the up-and-coming Swiss-born Superstar and the great Roger Federer. After all, aside from their shared nationality, Federer and Cesaro are both highly cultured men who speak a bevy of different languages fluently. That’s not all these two Swiss stars have in common, though.
Both athletes are just about the same age, and like Federer, Cesaro’s significant other comes from his chosen profession. Federer is married to a former tennis player, and Cesaro is currently involved with the lovely Diva, Aksana. They’re also both coffee aficionados.
Often in sports, one talks about the tools that make up a great player. In the case of Federer, he possesses a dominant, precise forehand and arguably the game’s best placement serve, both of which make him a legendary tennis player. Similarly, Cesaro has shown tremendous ability inside the squared circle, demonstrating speed, agility and power in his repertoire, and proving that he can put opponents away with a variety of different moves.
While Federer has cemented his place atop the tennis world as one of the greatest competitors in the storied history of the sport, Cesaro is a Superstar on the rise and looking to make a huge impact in WWE. By all accounts, the former rugby player has the ability to do just that. Like Federer, Cesaro is a naturally gifted, world-class athlete for whom the sky is the limit. He has shown a propensity for high-impact moves in the ring, but also relies on precision strikes — just as Federer does — to round out his offensive assault.
As the world watches to see if Federer can, in fact, capture Olympic gold, so too will the WWE Universe keep its eyes on the fast-rising Cesaro.
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Name: Antonio Cesaro Born: December 27, 1980 Height: 6 ft 5 in Weight: 232 lb From: Lucerne, Switzerland
Bio: Ask Antonio Cesaro where he hails from, and you won’t be hearing “parts unknown.” The Swiss-born Superstar is unabashedly proud of his roots, and is quick to remind allies and foes alike of his Lucerne hometown.
Walking the walk, Cesaro backed up his patriotism by serving in Switzerland’s famed militia before embarking on an athletic career. After excelling on several European rugby teams, Cesaro was banned from the league due to excessive aggression, and decided to apply his mercilessness in the ring. Honing his skills not just in Europe but around the entire world, Cesaro landed in the United States and developed a cult following exhibiting his vicious skills in tag team and singles competition alike. Continue Reading?
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