Cesaro and WWE were unable to agree on a new contract. What is the reaction behind the scenes to his departure from the company?
Cesaro and the WWE have parted ways in an unexpected move.
Cesaro (real name Claudio Castagnoli) was reported to have left the WWE late Thursday afternoon after the two sides could not agree on a new contract. The wrestler, 41, had been with WWE since 2011, mainly as a mid-card performer.
According to Fightful Select (via Sportskeeda), the backstage reaction to Cesaro’s unexpected departure is “disappointment and dismay.” It was noted that the former United States Champion and 2014 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner was one of the WWE locker room’s most popular talents.
According to Fightful, he signed a one-year extension around this time last year.
Cesaro won five Raw Tag Team Championships and two SmackDown Tag Team Championships in addition to his US title reign and victory in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. With Cesaro out of the picture, WWE now has a significant void to fill on the main roster.
Cesaro made the wisest choice for himself.
At the same time, it’s reassuring to know that he’s just doing what’s best for himself. The Swiss Cyborg could have stayed in WWE if he wanted, but Cesaro ultimately decided to pursue another chapter.
Last year. He only briefly appeared in the main event scene, losing a Universal title match to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania Backlash. Cesaro would never get a big push in WWE, so it makes sense for him to look for new opportunities.