As the warning siren wails from the speakers at a WWE event, you know that Cesaro will soon appear.
Donning his new James Bond attire, the 6-foot-5-inch 232-pound Swiss strongman might not be swift on the mic, but he’s all business once he hits the ring.
Area fans will get a chance to see Cesaro and other WWE Superstars “work” May 30 when WWE’s Monday Night Raw program makes a stop at the Resch Center.
We spoke with the Swiss Superman about his WWE career.
On the May 5 episode of Smackdown, you entered the ring and cleaned house on The Miz, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Do you like that type of destruction, or do you prefer singles matches or tag-team matches?
“I think everything is a challenge, and I enjoy everything. I’ve been in two very good tag teams with Jack Swagger as The Real Americans and the last one with Tyson Kidd, and I don’t think you can get any better. So right now I’m completely focused on my singles career, but it’s always fun to beat up on three guys at once.”
Your ongoing feud with The Miz actually goes back a ways. How has your chemistry developed?
“Me and Miz have a very long-standing rivalry. It’s a pretty good foil because you’ve seen the promos we’ve done and even our matches; nobody really likes the Miz. He is one that likes to talk a lot, while on the other hand I’d rather let my actions do the talking. And shutting up the Miz is always something fun to do.”
Some WWE fans complain about your lack of promo skills. Because you don’t really get a lot of mic time, would you like more opportunities to cut promos?
“I hope so. I like to get better at everything and the only way you can do that is with practice. I enjoy the promos I’m doing with the Miz, and I feel I’m different in many ways when I’m in the ring, and I feel like I’m different on the microphone. Like I said before, you won’t hear a long boring monologue from me like you hear from the Miz, I like to keep it short and pointy.”
Because you’ve already won the U.S. title before, are you being slotted into challenging for the Intercontinental Championship title? If so, what does it mean to you?
“The IC title would mean a lot to me. I’ve never held the IC title and to me, the IC title represents the workhorse of wrestling, if you will. That would fit me perfect. I just came back from shoulder injury, and I came back faster than anybody before. I came back feeling better than ever and I’m having a ton of fun, and so is the crowd. I think it would be awesome to become the IC champion and represent that for everybody out there.”
What was your reaction when fans started making their own Cesaro Section signs?
“It made me feel awesome! It was so great because it was something that just happened. The crowd took the initiative and they did that. Sometimes it’s really hard to believe in yourself if everybody’s pointing another way, but the crowd really helped to tell me that they want to see what I stand for and that they believe in hard work just like I do. It’s been fun with the crowd and the kids and the best part to me is you don’t need anything, all you need is a printer to print out a sign. It’s just something that bonds us all together and it’s a movement that just took a life of its own, and that’s the best.”
A shoulder injury kept you out of Wrestlemania 32. When you returned April 4 on Raw, you introduced your new James Bond-style entrance. What made you decide on your recent ring attire?
“I’m a huge fan of the movies, and the fun part is, I always wear suits; that’s just how I dress. I believe in looking good and representing yourself and dressing in style. When I started wrestling, I was wearing a suit to wrestle; a suit and sleeveless T-shirt with a tie and I was sweaty all day. So I wanted to go back to the roots and I came up with the tear-away suit because I think it’s a lot of fun. My thing is, I’m the guy that you see in the street and now I’m ready to wrestle. I just kind of played with it and that’s what happened.”
I’m glad you kept the siren in your entrance, the crowd really pops when it first goes off. What’s your mindset at that moment; what are you feeling?
“I’m always very excited because my favorite place to be is in the ring. With the James Bond (gimmick), it goes from me being the Swiss man of mystery to me being the Swiss Superman. That’s the transition that happens. When the siren goes off, it’s business time; it’s time for in-ring action. The talking stops and it’s going to be action-packed for the next couple of minutes.”
Describe your signature finishing move, the Neutralizer; what do you try to project?
“The Neutralizer is the perfect balance of technique and power. I can do it on any single person in the WWE right now, which means from a guy like the Big Show to Kalisto. That means strength and obviously technique. The mindset is, the move that I have in my arsenal that I can hit on anybody even late in a match when I’m maybe a little bit tired, so that’s very important to me. So it’s good to have something like that to be able to perform.”
Strength is one of your strongest points. What is your diet and training regiment?
“I eat about six times a day, and right now I work out about four times a week in the gym with cardio on top of it. I just try to charge myself everyday new. I really enjoy being in the gym, and I just train for functional strength. I don’t have to have the biggest bicep or the biggest chest, I don’t really care about that. I need to have the strongest arms, though. That to me is more important to me than looks.”
What would you say is one of your biggest accomplishments in WWE?
“My biggest accomplishment from a title or winning perspective, is winning the first battle royal for the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy at Wrestlemania 30. I think that was a huge point in my career. Also winning the U.S. title early in my career and then winning a tag team championship with Tyson Kidd meant a whole lot to me. Then another accomplishment that I’m really proud of that has evolved, and we talked about it earlier, is the Cesaro Section. And that to me is a reflection of my career in general and that the WWE fans believe in and it makes me very proud.”
What do you hope to achieve or accomplish next in your career?
“Right now, I’m focused on the Intercontinental Championship, and I want to win that title and be the man to beat in the WWE.”