Death of Wrestling: Antonio Cesaro

Greetings to all… It’s David Davis with my weekly blog: Death of Wrestling. For all of those who read this regularly, you will know that this is not a blog about bashing wrestling; it’s a blog of a frustrated fan, who loves the business and wishes that each week it could be a little better.

What’s good, people? I’ve just got a short blog this week and for those of you who’ve read my stuff lately, you’ll know that I’m a little disappointed; very disappointed actually in the direction of Antonio Cesaro…

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the authority when it comes to the independents, but I do try to keep my ear to the ground and always review tape when people are called up to the ‘big leagues’.

I did this exact same with the Kings of Wrestling and I was/am very impressed with what I saw. The internet was abuzz with news of their arrival to the WWE in the same sort of way that people looked forward to the imminent arrival of CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.

I remember when CM Punk was pretty new to the company and he came out with either DX or just Triple H, I can’t remember which, but HHH was definitely in the ring. CM Punk got the biggest pop known to man and people continued to chant his name whilst the Game was talking – to the point when Mr Helmsley had to comment on the fans reaction to Punk….

What happened next is what happens to a lot of indy wrestlers who are too big for their boots when they join the WWE and that is… they get buried beyond belief… Something very similar happened to Daniel Bryan and it was only the fans refusal to let him be buried that stopped it from happening… It’s like the WWE has this instance that if you are not made in the WWE then they will not push you. They only want the wrestlers that they have created to be regarded as the Mecca of the industry.

This is in stark contrast to TNA who actually use the independents fan base to their advantage. Wrestlers like Desmond Wolf and of course Austin Aries are proof of this. But I guess in the WWE’s favour, the wrestlers who can stand to be broken down to be built back up again, have a lot to gain – just look at the aforementioned Daniel Bryan and CM Punk.

So this blog isn’t about me bashing the WWE for not letting Cesaro trade off of his former glories. I see the trend… Cesaro was way too over with the crowd and the WWE can’t take the credit… they’ll break him, build him back up and then say look what we did: he was nothing when we got him… At least, that’s what I hope, because Cesaro’s talent is too great to be wasted.

But I do worry about the WWE’s insistence on not letting independent stars be stars in the WWE. I get that everyone has to learn how to wrestle the WWE style – this is the same in any job that we do; every company has their own unique way of doing things. But if independent wrestlers start thinking that coming to the WWE is pointless because they’ll have to start from scratch, then the WWE might find a void that can only be filled with people that have the wrestling credentials of the Miz and that my friends will be the DoW.

That’s all folks… As always, post your comments, thoughts and opinions below! Or message me on twitter and let me know what you think the ‘Death of Wrestling’ is and I might just blog about it!!! Peace and I’m out…

  • Stephen S Wilson

    Cesaro is one of the best. I never turn the channel when he is wrestling. He should be pushed.