Having defeated Rob Van Dam in a No. 1 Contender’s Match, Cesaro earned the right to challenge United States Champion Sheamus at Night of Champions.
Even before overcoming RVD on the Aug. 25 edition of Raw, The Swiss Superman, a former United States Champion in his own right, clearly had his sights set on WWE’s stars-and-stripes title. A week prior to beating Van Dam, Cesaro sat in on commentary during Sheamus’ match against Curtis Axel on WWE Main Event, and after the Celtic Warrior’s win, Cesaro grabbed the title and inspected it before arrogantly tossing the prize to the champion. He continued his disrespectful antics after claiming the No. 1 Contender spot on Raw, too, throwing the U.S. Championship in the face of Sheamus.
Every time the WWE Universe has seen Cesaro and Sheamus compete against each other, the action has been fierce and physical. On commentary, Cesaro went so far as to compare the hard-hitting U.S. Champion to a wild Tasmanian devil. Will Cesaro, arguably pound-for-pound the strongest Superstar in all of WWE, find a weakness in the Irishman’s bruising offense and capitalize to golden results? Or can Sheamus, who’s held onto the title since winning it in a Battle Royal in May, beat back yet another contender to the throne?
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Primed and ready to defend their respective titles at Night of Champions, the Intercontinental and United States Champions teamed up on SmackDown to face their pay-per-view challengers in a tag team showdown.
An evenly matched contest escalated into chaos as both Dolph Ziggler and The Miz’s stunt doubles, “R-Ziggler” and “Damien Mizdow,” tried to insert themselves into the action. But it was the distraction by The Showoff’s “look-a-like” that allowed the bleached-blond Superstar to superkick Miz’s “moneymaker” straight into a Brogue Kick from Sheamus!
What’s not to like about watching two throwback grapplers beat each other up? I think Sheamus and Cesaro would fight each other for free and then each pay $9.99 to watch the replay of Night of Champions on WWE Network. I don’t know which is more devastating, Sheamus’ Brogue Kick or Cesaro’s Very European Uppercut. I do know that the Brogue Kick can be unleashed more readily and for that reason alone, I’m picking the Irishman to beat the Swissman for the United States Championship.
This contest is, in effect, a rematch from WWE Payback, where the Irishman emerged victorious. These two Superstars know each other very well, and I believe this bout is going to be another closely contested affair. This time I envision Cesaro emerging victorious, thus beginning his second reign as United States Champion.
Sheamus and Cesaro are two of the most evenly matched Superstars in WWE. Both men are hard-hitting-heavyweights with main event-level talent to boot. I’ve been impressed with The Swiss Superman’s recent run of success, but I don’t think it’s his time just yet. This is going to be a flat-out fight and you know The Celtic Warrior loves a good fight.
This is a tough one. On the one hand, both Sheamus and Cesaro are proven juggernauts, each utilizing a brawling style that’s complemented by some ring-shaking power moves. Yet, as we witnessed on this week’s Raw, The Swiss Superman will have no problem hitting The Celtic Warrior with his formidable Neutralizer, the move that won Cesaro his first United States Championship in the SummerSlam 2012 Kickoff Match. If The King of Swing stuns Sheamus with that maneuver at Night of Champions, it’ll be all over, fella.
Cesaro: 3, Sheamus: 2
I could watch these two throwing hands all day, and smart money says this is the dark-horse candidate for Match of the Night (of Champions). Before earning No. 1 Contender status, it looked like Cesaro’s star was falling. Because of that, I suspect The Swiss Superman will stop at nothing to reassert himself and regain prominence and the U.S. Title.
In 2013, Cesaro battled at the side of his tag team partner Jack Swagger to get a shot at the WWE Tag Team Championships. During the Tag Team Turmoil Match, which was part of the Night Of Champions 2013’s Kick Off show, The Real Americans had been able to defeat The Usos, got eliminated by The Prime Time Players later on though.
● Night of Champions 2013 Digitals
This year, the Swiss Superman is reaching for the gold again! Battling the current United States Champion Sheamus for the title, we of course hope that Cesaro is able to regain the title and reign a second time as your very European US Champ!
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If these are, indeed, Sheamus and The Usos’ last days sporting championship gold, they certainly know how to make the most of them. The troika of champions sent their No. 1 contenders packing on Raw with a coordinated effort against Cesaro (who’ll face the Irishman for the U.S. Title) and Gold & Stardust (currently vying for the WWE Tag Team Titles). And it was certainly a tough road to do so.
Gold & Stardust, typically reliant on theatrics and psychological warfare, adopted the heavy-hitting attitude of their polyglot partner and knocked their opponents all across the four corners of the ring. Cesaro got his licks in, too, mocking Sheamus by using Ten Beats of the Bodhrán against one of The Usos early on in the contest. The biggest brawler of the bout was by far Sheamus, though, whose offense against Stardust kicked off a Pier-Six Brawl that ended with an Uso frog splash to a Superkicked Cesaro for the win.
King of Swing and Swiss Superman Cesaro answers fan questions on Germany’s Pro7 MAXX.
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A Broski Boot to the face had Ryder looking good at the start of the bout, but after a Cesaro Swing, Ryder was forced to submit to a painful leg lock hold. After the match, the Swiss Superman declared he is simply better than his Night of Champions foe, United States Champion Sheamus, and will claim The Celtic Warrior’s title.
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