Who is the most underrated wrestler in WWE? Chances are, your answer is Cesaro.
Even though he’s never won a world title in WWE, Cesaro has carved out a great career for himself with the world’s largest professional wrestling promotion. He is a former United States Champion and a seven-time tag team champion, entrenching himself as one of the greatest tag team wrestlers of all-time, especially when you factor in his work before WWE.
When asked by Stone Cold Steve Austin who is the most underrated wrestler in the company, Drew McIntyre, the current WWE Champion, had one name on his mind. Cesaro.
McIntyre recognized that Cesaro is such a common answer to this question that he referred to the former “Paul Heyman Guy” as “the standard answer” to this question.
But Cesaro is the “standard answer” for a reason; it is blatantly obvious to fans and his own co-workers that he is deserving of so much more credit.
It’s interesting to note that Cesaro won the “Most Underrated” award from the Wrestling Observer from 2013 to 2016. And then he went on to become a fixture in the tag team division, either as Sheamus’ partner or Shinsuke Nakamura’s teammate.
There’s so much to love about Cesaro. His strength and athleticism in the ring are legendary, and his feats of strength spring to mind first, particularly his fabled “Cesaro Swing” signature move. In tag matches, Cesaro has been able to showcase his supreme athleticism. Who can forget his hot tag in the Survivor Series tag match in 2016? That’s one of the best hot tags I have ever seen in my life.
But Cesaro is more than just the moves. He’s a capable babyface or heel and is charismatic. There’s a charm and elegance to Cesaro’s character, which we saw when he and Sheamus were forming a tag team. Cesaro and Sheamus showed great toughness in pushing each other to their limits, but their natural charisma was the part that sold us when they finally accepted their destiny to tag together.
A great story-teller in the ring, Cesaro has partaken in some fantastic tag team classics with The New Day over the years, either with Sheamus or Nakamura as his partner. Whenever Cesaro gets a chance to face a New Day member in singles competition to further the feud, he knocks those opportunities out of the park.
It’s a shame Cesaro has never had a run with the world title. It’s not a bad thing that Cesaro has been an accomplished tag team wrestler, but I often feel like WWE has never took full advantage of Cesaro’s talents. And if that weren’t the case, there wouldn’t be so many wrestlers, such as McIntyre, proclaiming Cesaro as the most underrated in the company.