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WWE: Will Cesaro Become the New Unified Champion at Money in the Bank?
By Tom Clark|
June 23, 2014
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Cesaro will be competing in the ladder match at Money in the Bank on June 29 for the WWE World Championship. The match also includes Bray Wyatt, Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton and John Cena, who are all vying to win the industry's top prize.
And while Cesaro is perhaps not an obvious choice to go over at the pay-per-view, the question is will WWE do the unexpected on June 29? Will The King of Swing become the new WWE World champion?
It seems like a rather interesting proposition to even question the validity of Cesaro coming up big at Money in the Bank. It's not as if he doesn't have it in him. And it's not as if he just arrived on the main roster as an unproven talent. The fact is that Cesaro has more than earned his spot in the ladder match and it's very believable that he could win it all that night.
The truth is that when fans look at Cesaro, they see a champion. They see a guy that has put in a lot of hard work over the years to attain the level he's now on. They understand that he has dedicated himself to improving his game and it shows in everything he does.
Cesaro has reached the bright lights of WWE's main event scene and it was not handed to him.
And today's fans are leaning more toward the heels than they have in quite a while. Bad News Barrett and Bray Wyatt are two perfect examples of this; each man is meant to be very villainous but each man consistently gets a positive crowd reaction. Cesaro fits right into that new mindset, as he just manages to capture the fans' attention whenever he's in the ring.
He's a very likeable guy and despite WWE's best efforts to heel him out, there's just not much they can do about it.
Fans want to see him succeed. Much of the reason for that goes back to their acknowledgement of his journey to this point and it also has to do with their respect for his skills in the ring. They appreciate what he brings to the table and the effort he puts into his matches.
And all of that far outweighs any heat he has as a heel.
Of course we cannot forget about the man that stands by Cesaro's side, the man that represents his best interests and believes he is fully capable of becoming the next champion. That man's name is Paul Heyman and he has increased Cesaro's entertainment value a thousand fold.
It's easier to hate Heyman that much is true. Despite the fact that fans have a lot of love for him, they still respond accordingly whenever he talks down to them and whenever he reminds them of Brock Lesnar's victory over Undertaker at WrestleMania 30. Paul has the ability to draw heat and command respect at the same time.
But when he's standing next to Cesaro, smiling about his accomplishments and predicting what will happen in the future, it becomes extremely hard to hate anything about what he says. It becomes even harder to disagree with him.
After all Paul Heyman has worked his magic on more than one occasion, what makes anyone believe it could not happen now?
The question is, will it? Will Cesaro push past six other WWE Superstars to attain championship gold at Money in the Bank? And even with the amount of appreciation fans have for him, will the masses accept him as WWE World champion considering he has had very little buildup to that main event level? The sight of Cesaro pulling down those championships is not out of the realm of possibility and if it happens then it will be interesting to see where the company will go from there.
But will it happen?
One scenario that has not been discussed is the potential that we could see two separate champions once again after Money in the Bank. What if Cesaro pulls down the World belt while another guy in the match is pulling down the WWE title? Could Cesaro become a champion while also not having the added pressure of becoming the unified champion?
That could perhaps be a great way to get Cesaro on that level but still allow him the room to grow and evolve without being under the heavy spotlight the WWE Championship typically brings. Is that the best idea for The Swiss Superman?
The fact is that anything can happen on June 29 and that means we could see Cesaro be crowned as the new WWE World champion. It's a spot that he's worked hard to reach and if he does then it will surely not disappoint any fan that has supported him throughout his career.
After all, he's earned the right to be there.
Tom Clark is a WWE Featured Columnist & Consultant for Bleacher Report, a Writer for WhatCulture and a Contributor for The Camel Clutch Blog