Cesaro

Cesaro swings Randy Orton. Image credit: WWE.com

Cesaro. Quietly dropping the Antonio from his name last week, alongside beating WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton, the WWE made a very clear statement: Cesaro is going to be a key player in this company in years to come.

Cesaro announced the change on Saturday, just after he appeared on SmackDown with his new name. On SmackDown, Cesaro defeated Randy Orton clean, in what was an excellent wrestling match.

Then, on Monday Night RAW, Cesaro faced John Cena in another fantastic wrestling match. Cesaro lost, but that match was so good that he reportedly received a standing ovation in gorilla position following the match. There is a trend here.

For a long time, Cesaro has showcased his skills to the WWE Universe as United States Champion and, more recently, as a member of the tag team The Real Americans alongside his tag team partner Jack Swagger. Cesaro and Swagger form a powerful duo who utilise a lot of amateur wrestling moves with powerful strikes and gripping grapples and, under the tuition of Zeb Colter, they have become one of the best tag teams in the WWE.

Cesaro alongside his tag partner, Jack Swagger. Image credit: WWE.com

Cesaro has recently started using the giant swing, a move which has become wildly popular and has the fans counting the number of rotations as Cesaro’s opponent dangles from his grasp, trapped in a whirlwind of centrifugal force. This move has increased Cesaro’s popularity as it is a unique move that adds an air of light-heartedness to his moveset.

Even more recently, Cesaro has been involved in some big matches throughout the WWE. His feud on NXT with Sami Zayn has already encompassed three matches, all of which have been excellent, with a fourth on the way at NXT: Arrival on February 27 on the WWE Network. On the bigger stage Cesaro qualified for the Elimination Chamber match by defeating Dolph Ziggler on the January 27th edition of RAW while his team-mate failed to do the same against Christian.

Cesaro will face Zayn in a 2/3 falls match at NXT: Arrival. Image credit: WWE.com

While Swagger is now chasing Big E’s Intercontinental Title, Cesaro is edging towards the main event picture following the two great matches against the biggest two stars in the company and the Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View should see Cesaro put in another excellent performance.

I don’t see Cesaro winning the WWE World Heavyweight Title so close to WrestleMania but what I do expect is Cesaro to have a stand-out Elimination Chamber and a stand-out 2014 and really take his game to the next level.

Antonio is gone. Cesaro is here to stay.

John Cena and Randy Orton back on top of the WWE

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John Cena made a triumphant return to WWE last night at Hell in a Cell defeating Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship and Randy Orton won the vacant WWE Championship defeating Daniel Bryan.

Cena had been out nursing a torn triceps injury for two and a half months but returned well ahead of schedule to win the World Title in what was an extremely good match with Mexican Alberto Del Rio.

Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan went at it for the third PPV in a row (Night of Champions and Battleground preceded Hell in a Cell) and Daniel Bryan got screwed once again when special referee Shawn Michaels superkicked Bryan and counted the pinfall for Orton.

Expect fallout and celebrations aplenty on RAW if this tweet from Stephanie McMahon is anything to go by:

WrestleMania 29 now has a ballroom dancer and The Shield on the card

Another RAW, another two matches confirmed for WrestleMania 29 which is now only two weeks away. Time to get excited, people.

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Chris Jericho announced on RAW that he would face the mysterious ballroom dancer Fandango at WrestleMania 29 after Jericho and Fandango had an altercation earlier in the show. Jericho attacked Fandango before he was scheduled to debut (again) which then led to Fandango attacked Jericho after his match with Dolph Ziggler. The name-obsessed dancer once again showed a viscous side and demonstrated his unique repertoire and impressive top-rope leg drop. 

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Elsewhere, we finally got confirmation that The Big Show will team with Randy Orton and Sheamus to take on The Shield. We already expected this, but with it confirmed it can finally be added to the expanding card. The Shield got beat down on RAW courtesy of this new-formed trio but not before they exacted a beat down of their own on The Great Khali. 

WrestleMania 29 is just 12 days away. There are two SmackDown shows and one RAW show left before the big one.