Antonio Cesaro has been making waves in the midcard for the past several months as a member of the Real Americans. His infamous strength and ability to swing his opponents by their legs multiple times became something that audiences look forward to. Many began to cheer for him which lead to the Real Americans stable getting more “We the people” chants.
It’s been a huge improvement as Cesaro, Jack Swagger, and Zeb Colter were previously met with very little reaction from the crowd in the beginning. However, their popularity would not be without some change. WWE soon foreshadowed the group’s breakup by injecting tension between the members.
Swagger began dealing with losses and grew jealous of his teammate’s successes. Cesaro moved upwards in his career, getting opportunities such as being part of the Elimination Chamber 2014 main event match competing for Randy Orton’s unified championship. Meanwhile, Swagger would fail to win matches including one for the Intercontinental Championship against current champion Big E Langston. Later, he would interrupt Cesaro’s matches, thus disqualifying his teammate, but claimed that he was only helping him. Swagger also tagged himself in during their tag team matches without Cesaro’s consent.
The struggle within the Real Americans would finally blow up after the latest accomplishment by Cesaro in which he became the winner of the “Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal” at WrestleMania 30. It would ultimately be his last one as a member of the Real Americans. On the following night of that event, he aligned himself with Paul Heyman, thus burning the bridges between him and his former colleagues. This wouldn’t bode well for him as Swagger would attack him for betraying the group.
As the “King of Swing,” Cesaro recently entered a tournament on RAW to determine who would face Big E for the Intercontinental title at the Extreme Rules 2014 pay per view. He made it past the quarterfinals and will compete in the semifinals on April 21st against Rob Van Dam. Jack Swagger was also part of the tournament, but lost to Sheamus in the quarterfinals. He even interfered in Cesaro’s match, but obviously couldn’t get the former Real American to lose.
It seems as though Cesaro will only continue to rise on his journey to make a big name for himself in WWE. Having already won the United States Championship before, it only makes sense for him to add the Intercontinental Championship to his list of achievements. History has shown that this title was used as a stepping stone for wrestlers in the midcard before they went on to become top world champions in the company. The Ultimate Warrior, Triple H, Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio, and others have held the title before. Cesaro could be the next one in line to do the same before moving on to the main championship scene.