A popular WWE star has discussed criticisms from Vince McMahon, and the reason why he is still with the company.
During a 2014 episode of the Stone Cold Podcast, Steve Austin and Vince McMahon discussed Cesaro, and why he wasn’t at the top of WWE. Cesaro has now addressed these comments, explaining why it’s been harder to build momentum recently.
Speaking on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette, Cesaro stated that actions speak louder than words. Pointing out that he’s still featured in a prominent position in WWE, Cesaro noted that a lot of his current work would be less effective without career context.
Acknowledging that he has a small army backing him, Cesaro claims that he’d rather show fans how hard he works than tell us.
Here is the full quote:
“Well, that’s the thing. People are like ‘Oh you had momentum before but then it flounders.’ It gets harder and harder to build momentum after that. But I also feel like I’ve been pretty good at building momentum.”
“Like on Talking Smack, so I always need to prove to someone, even if it’s me that I can do it. It’s not just one person, the thing with Vince on the podcast, of course, I’m still here. It’s almost 7 years later, I’m still here doing really well. That speaks for itself. That’s one of those that actions speak louder than words.”
“There are a lot of people that come out the next day and go public or on Twitter and are like, ‘Well, I am this. I am that.’ That Talking Smack promo would not have worked 5 years ago, it worked now because people are seeing my body of work. They know what I say is not just what I believe in but what I live by. I’m not the one that says, ‘I work really hard. I train every day. I do this, and I do that.’”
“They’ve seen me on TV and off TV for the last 8-9 years doing it all of the time, every time. So I feel like actions do speak louder than words, and if you say something, it backs it up. I was always under the impression that I don’t want to be the one that’s cheerleading for myself. That’s just lame. I’m just not that guy. There’s so much pressure, I have a lot of people watching who have followed my career and believe (in me). I don’t want to let those people down. I need to be there for them.”
Since the 2014 interview, most of Cesaro’s success has came as part of a tandem. Winning tag-team gold on both Raw and SmackDown in recent years, Cesaro became the backbone of WWE’s tag team division.
Fans recently got a taste of a Cesaro singles push at Elimination Chamber 2021. During the Universal Championship No.1 Contender’s Chamber, Cesaro’s 32 minute showing showed why he is one of the most popular stars in WWE.
Cesaro is set to face Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 37 this weekend.
Quote via Inside The Ropes.