Does a Defeat to Roman Reigns Mark the End of Cesaro’s Main Event Push in WWE?

Published 05/17/2021, 1:41 PM EDT


At WrestleMania Backlash, we witnessed a titanic clash between Roman Reigns and Cesaro. The Tribal Chief defended his WWE Universal Championship against his toughest opponent but beat him clean. As for Cesaro, does this loss send him further down the card?

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Cesaro got the opportunity of his career at WrestleMania Backlash

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Roman Reigns and Cesaro represent two categories of the WWE roster. Ever since his debut, Roman Reigns was the future face of the company and WWE booked him that way. Unfortunately, his popularity sunk as his place in the card rose, until he turned heel in 2020.

Cesaro entered WWE as a foreign heel who could out-wrestle anybody. His national identity made him a default heel as he clashed against babyfaces like John Cena, Randy Orton and, of course, Roman Reigns. Unfortunately, Cesaro’s incredible wrestling talent didn’t translate into a main event run.

SINGAPORE – JUNE 27: Cesaro (R) in action against Braun Strowman during the WWE Live Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 27, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images for Singapore Sports Hub)

In 2021, Cesaro’s popularity spiked after a streak of incredible performances. He dazzled the WWE Universe during his series with Daniel Bryan, stole the show at the Elimination Chamber and registered a massive win over Seth Rollins at WrestleMania. However, the best came in the form of a Universal Title shot at WrestleMania Backlash.

The match at Backlash was Cesaro’s first PPV main event since TLC 2017 and his first singles PPV main event in WWE. He delivered a performance at level with the significance of the match, but the Tribal Chief was too much for him. Reigns choked out Cesaro, and with him, his hopes of being a main event superstar. However, things changed after the match ended.

Seth Rollins keeps the Swiss Superman relevant in the main event scene

After losing to Reigns, Jey Uso came out and attacked Cesaro. While he attacked him, Seth Rollins marched to the ring and went face-to-face with Roman Reigns.

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Establishing Rollins as Reigns’ next opponent would’ve made Cesaro a complete afterthought. And so, WWE played a masterstroke and had Rollins attack Cesaro.

He destroyed his arm by wrapping it with a chair and slamming it against the ring post. After that, he hit him with the Curb Stomp on the floor to make a damning statement. The assault was personal enough for Cesaro to take revenge from the Messiah, and we could see this rivalry end inside Hell in a Cell.

When the Swiss Superman and WWE’s resident Drip King face off, who will emerge victorious? Whoever does will obviously be back in line for a shot at the Universal Championship.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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