This Sunday, Randy Orton is set to defend the WWE World Heavyweight championship inside the sadistic structure of the Elimination Chamber, and as statistics points out, the champion has never won this match.
Normally we wouldn’t think much of it, since Randy Orton has surpassed statistics in the past: He’s a 2009 Royal Rumble winner; he’s a 2013 Money in the Bank winner; matches he previously never won. But for the past three weeks, Orton has run the gauntlet against his opponents, and based on the results, it doesn’t look good.
The purpose of the gauntlet was to showcase why Randy Orton is The Authority’s hand-picked WWE Superstar to be decreed as the “Face of the WWE”, but what if Orton doesn’t walk out of the chamber with the championship? What if someone other than Randy Orton headlines WrestleMania with “The Animal” Batista?
Once considered the dark horse going into The Elimination Chamber, Cesaro–just Cesaro–pinned the champion clean in the middle of the ring in what many are saying was an incredible SmackDown main event.
Formerly known as Claudio Castagnoli, an alumnus of the Ring of Honor Wrestling promotion, Cesaro debuted in the WWE under its developmental system Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). He performed a series of amazing matches against Richie Steamboat for the FCW 15 championship before being called up to the main roster. Cesaro hit the ground running before winning his first championship when he defeated Santino Marella for the United States championship during the 2012 SummerSlam pre-show.
Sure, concern arose when Cesaro fell into a losing streak after losing the championship, and was forced to yodel as part of some horrible shtick.; but all of that changed when Zeb Colter took Cesaro under his wing and dubbed him a ‘Real American’. Shortly after, Cesaro started utilizing the Giant Swing–known now as the Cesaro Swing–and WWE management finally started taking notice of the Swiss pro wrestler once again.
So the question that I posed, What if someone other than Randy Orton headlines WrestleMania against “The Animal” Batista? Well, what if Cesaro wins it? What if by the end of that match we see an exclamatory Gotch Neutralizer to close out the match and we witness Zeb’s protegé hoisting the two championships that symbolize the WWE World Heavyweight championship? The playing field of the WWE would change emphatically.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are looking for someone to be the “Face of the WWE”, Cesaro is a multilingual powerhouse. With WWE TV being broadcast worldwide to both North America and abroad, Cesaro could probably speak to all viewers in their native tongue. “Well, Vince McMahon loves big muscular men.” Has anyone taken a look at Cesaro? The man is so soundly built as proof of his Cesaro Swing, his gutwrench suplex, and his dead lift superplex. He’s The Swiss Superman for Pete’s sake!
And if pinning the champion on SmackDown wasn’t impressive enough, how about Cesaro’s performance on Monday Night RAW against John Cena? Cena said it himself, there is a resurgence in the WWE going on right now beaming with phenomenal young talent, and if they want to prove themselves, they have to go through him. Cesaro may not have beaten Cena on RAW, but he sure as hell took Cena to the distance. And if you stand toe to toe with John Cena, and have the WWE Universe shouting all the way up to the rafters that the match is awesome; then what more can you say about Cesaro?
Answer the Question: Aside from Daniel Bryan, who would you love to see win the Elimination Chamber this Sunday?
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