WWE's Cesaro Was Told It Would Take A While For Him To Be In A World Title Match
He ended up having to wait 10 years
While Cesaro is a seven-time tag team champion and former United States Champion, he didn't compete in a world title match in WWE until WrestleMania Backlash, 10 years after he signed with the company.
Cesaro spoke to Comicbook.com ahead of his Universal Title match against Roman Reigns and The Swiss Superman revealed he was told it would take him a while to earn a world title shot.
"It means the world to me. It means that hard work pays off and it means that all the pain and sacrifice was worth it, and that... It doesn't mean that I will stop working less hard, by the way. It sounds like, 'Oh, you'll reach the goal. Now just go eat some cake.' But to me, it's kind of looking back and all the sleepless nights or doubts that I had, they were not justified. I'm challenging for the Universal Title this Sunday. And I feel like there's a lot of people that came on that journey with me, and because it took so long, it means so much more," he said.
"And if you would've told me that, and certain people did tell me that, when I just started in WWE, it was a year into it, and they were like, 'Oh for you, it will take a while, but you'll get there but it just... It takes a while.' You don't want to hear that. Whatever you're like, 'Oh, what about this guy who just walks in and gets a title shot?' But now I feel people can relate to that and that makes it so much more special. So I'm very nervous and I'm super excited for Sunday."
Cesaro ultimately came up short in Sunday's match against Roman Reigns and he now looks set to resume his rivalry with Seth Rollins.