ANTONIO CESARO KICKOFF MATCH
Name
Antonio Cesaro
Real Name
Claudio Castagnoli
Date of Birth
December 27, 1980
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
2000
Antonio Cesaro
In an action filled Wrestlemania 30 kickoff match, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso retained the WWE tag team championship by defeating Diego, Fernando, Curtis Axel, Ryback, Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro in a fatal four way elimination tag team bout. Afterwards, Cesaro did a face turn after Swagger attempted to attack him for being pinned.
April 6, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Despite being thrown into the kickoff match at Wrestlemania 30, Antonio Cesaro is the choice for Mick Foley when it comes to being the guy that will be given the big spotlight on the next episode of Monday Night Raw. Generally, WWE considers this episode to be the start of the new season, so they try to elevate someone up the ladder that evening.
April 6, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Rumor has it that there are several people backstage in WWE that are disappointed with how Antonio Cesaro is being utilized at Wrestlemania 30. Instead of being given a big singles match on the pay per view, he is working a kickoff match with Jack Swagger. It also features Jimmy Usu, Jey Uso, Fernando, Diego, Ryback and Curtis Axel.
April 4, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Initially, the belief was that the tag team championships were going to be given some spotlight by WWE at their biggest pay per view of the year, but it has now been announced that Ryback, Curtis Axel, Fernando, Diego, Antonio Cesaro, Jack Swagger, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso are being moved to the Wrestlemania 30 kickoff match spot.
April 1, 2014
El Torito
For those of you that did not watch the Payback 2014 kickoff match, El Torito defeated Hornswoggle with a flying top rope moonsault. Hornswoggle had gotten distracted by thinking that he won after pulling off the mask. Afterwards, Hornswoggle was forced to sit in a barber chair while El Torito shaved his head. Hornswoggle is now bald, and expect WWE to promote that on Monday Night Raw this week.
June 1, 2014
Diego
During the Extreme Rules 2014 kickoff match, El Torito defeated Hornswoggle. He picked up the pin fall victory after jumping off the top rope and driving Hornswoggle through the table. Miniature tables and ladders were utilized during the WeeLC match. Diego, Fernando, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre were all involved in the match.
May 4, 2014
Andre the Giant
Since time constraints might be an issue, there were talks earlier this week of putting the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal as a kickoff match, but management wants to use it as a promotional vehicle, so it is now back on the main Wrestlemania 30 card. Many are expecting the segment to be heavily rushed, though.
March 19, 2014
Andre the Giant
While a lot of fans bought into the hype of the match since a legendary name was attached to it, WWE is viewing the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal as an afterthought. There is even a strong push to move it off the pay per view and utilized it as a kickoff match, despite several stars such as Ryback, Kofi Kingston, Big E Langston and Dolph Ziggler being rumored for spots.
March 15, 2014
Curtis Axel
Once you get into that WWE dog house, it's pretty hard to get out. Management has sent more messages to Ryback this month. First, he and Curtis Axel are utilized as a filler tag team during the Elimination Chamber 2014 kickoff match. This week, the two of them are paired up with Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre in an eight man tag team match on WWE Superstars.
February 26, 2014
Cody Rhodes
While many were under the impression that Cody Rhodes was being left off of the Elimination Chamber 2014 main card because of his knee injury, apparently, he is healthy enough to work, as WWE has placed him into the kickoff match. He will be teaming with Goldust in a tag team match against Ryback and Curtis Axel.
February 19, 2014
Darren Young
In case you missed the announcement on Monday Night Raw this week, Darren Young and Titus ONeil will be having their grudge match on the main Elimination Chamber 2014 pay per view next Sunday night. Many were under the belief that it was going to be the kickoff match, but management decided to step things up a bit.
February 19, 2014
Billy Gunn

During the kickoff match for Royal Rumble 2014, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn shocked the wrestling world when they were able to defeat Cody Rhodes and Goldust to become the new WWE tag team champions. Many were under the impression that their return was a temporary one.

January 26, 2014
Billy Gunn

Cody Rhodes and Goldust will be defending the WWE tag championships against Road Dogg and Billy Gunn before the Royal Rumble 2014 starts. The kickoff match was announced via the website, and there should be a mention of it on television tonight during Monday Night Raw.

January 20, 2014
Roman Reigns
Rumors are floating around right now that WWE officials have banned Antonio Cesaro from utilizing his giant swing move. The belief is that the company does not want him to accumulate more fan support because the move has proven to be massively popular. Management is said to be holding off on his face turn and big push because they want to focus on Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns first.
July 26, 2014
Rey Mysterio
With Rey Mysterio possibly done with the company and Sin Cara being phased out, WWE has turned to Antonio Cesaro to do promotional work in Mexico this week. Management views him as one of the top performers when it comes to international appeal, as Cesaro has been used in this role before in other countries. Rosa Mendes was also sent along as well since she is Hispanic.
July 16, 2014
Paul Heyman
A lot of wrestling fans were a bit confused on Monday Night Raw this week when it was revealed that Paul Heyman and Antonio Cesaro are no longer together. The reason for the abrupt split is because WWE wants Heyman to be associated only with Brock Lesnar, who is rumored to be returning as soon as the night after WWE Battleground 2014. The former UFC champion is rumored to be on the receiving end of a huge push in the coming months.
July 15, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
If you've watched Monday Night Raw for the past two weeks, you'll noticed something that has become a bit rare - Kofi Kingston being given televised wins on the flagship show. The former WWE Intercontinental Champion was given pin fall victories over Antonio Cesaro. These wins are notable because Kingston was only given one back at the start of 2014 prior to these two consecutive victories.
July 8, 2014
Rob Van Dam
Some more names have been added to the upcoming WWE Intercontinental Championship battle royal. Big E, Curtis Axel, Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam and Ryback are now in the match at WWE Battleground 2014. They join Kofi Kingston, Damien Sandow, Great Khali and Antonio Cesaro. As of right now, the company is favoring the idea of giving the title to Cesaro.
July 2, 2014
Kofi Kingston
Since Wade Barrett is injured and will require several months on the shelf, WWE decided to strip him of the Intercontinental Championship and put it on the line in a battle royal at Battleground 2014. Four names have been confirmed so far for the match. Kofi Kingston, Damien Sandow, Great Khali and Antonio Cesaro will be involved in that match. More is expected to be added through the next few weeks.
July 1, 2014
Jey Uso
Over the last several months, the Usos have been given more of the spotlight. While some of that is due to the Total Divas connection, the main source of their push is due to Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso being backed by John Cena. The trio has grown close backstage. Cena doesn't often use his stroke with management, but he has encouraged management to push guys like Antonio Cesaro and Big E Langston before.
June 27, 2014
Paul Heyman
In an interesting move, WWE has decided to add Paul Heyman to the upcoming tour of Japan. He will be working three live events in the country, most likely serving as the manager for Antonio Cesaro. The move is a bit interesting because the Japanese fans really are more into the in ring performances than the microphone work, which is basically what Heyman's best asset is.
June 18, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Rumors going around right now has WWE giving the world heavyweight championship to a heel at Money in the Bank 2014. The belief is that the company will set someone up to feud with John Cena and Daniel Bryan over the next few months. Antonio Cesaro has been rumored for a few weeks now, but some are skeptical of that because he hasn't been given a ton of momentum by WWE. Management will either hot shot the belt to Bray Wyatt or go with the safe route in Randy Orton.
June 16, 2014
Hulk Hogan
A picture of a promotional poster for the upcoming WWE 2K15 video game, and it features John Cena, Bray Wyatt, Hulk Hogan and Antonio Cesaro, leading to rumors that these are the first four performers to be confirmed for the roster.
June 11, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
On the surface, one of the more puzzling things that WWE has done over the last year is not giving Antonio Cesaro a face turn after his crowd reaction started growing by the week. Rumors have it that management has been hesitant to pull the trigger on that because they want to leave open the possibility of a WWE title feud between Cesaro and Daniel Bryan down the line.
June 2, 2014
Sheamus
Despite being in the airplane spin for quite a few rotations, Sheamus was able to capture the victory over Antonio Cesaro, who had Paul Heyman with him at ringside, at Payback 2014 by surprising his opponent with a small package. With the win, Sheamus retains the United States Heavyweight Championship and will more than likely be placed in another feud by WWE tomorrow.
June 1, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
WWE is said to be putting a lot of stock into the upcoming Money in the Bank pay per view, and several names have been discussed to win the highly popular ladder match and a shot at Daniel Bryan and the heavyweight championship. The long awaited push for Antonio Cesaro might begin at the this event, as there are some backstage pushing for him to win the MITB briefcase.
June 1, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
At one point in time, WWE had plans to put the Intercontinental Championship around the waist of Antonio Cesaro. However, those plans were dropped and the belt was given to Wade Barrett instead. Since management still wants to push Cesaro, there is a very good chance that he ends up capturing the United States Heavyweight Championship from Sheamus at Payback 2014 tomorrow night.
May 31, 2014
Sheamus
Following a botched heel turn, it looks like WWE might be attempting the move again with Sheamus. The United States Heavyweight Champion is rumored to be moving into a feud with the returning Miz after his Payback 2014 match against Antonio Cesaro. Since Miz is still a baby face, there is a very good chance that WWE will try to do the heel turn with Sheamus again.
May 30, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
For some time now, rumors have been floating around that WWE was grooming Antonio Cesaro to become one of their biggest draws in Europe, and there were some further evidence this week that leads many to believe that the gossip is true. After John Cena defeated Bray Wyatt in the main event of a show in Germany, Cesaro was brought out to the arena to celebrate with Cena. The two of them enjoyed a beer together.
May 25, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
"I am pretty sure Big Show jumped for him. Not to take away anything from Antonio Cesaro he looks like a talented worker who can probably bring his work down a little bit and his body up, but that's just my opinion. If he slammed the Big Show than I can probably press the Big Show." - Former WWE star Chris Masters doubts that Antonio Cesaro was able to slam Big Show on his own strength
May 14, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Earlier in the year, Big E Langston became Big E, while Antonio Cesaro became Cesaro. WWE apparently is a big fan of dropping names because Alexander Rusev is now known simply as Rusev. Management wants to emphasize that he is associated with Russia, in hopes that it will generate massive heel heat for Lana and the big guy.
May 7, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Rumors floating around right now is that Sheamus is basically just a transitional champion right now. WWE wanted to take the US belt off of Dean Ambrose, so the battle royal on Monday Night Raw was thrown together. The belief is that Sheamus will be dropping the belt to a heel performer, possibly Antonio Cesaro or Alexander Rusev in the near future.
May 6, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
While the performers avoided major injuries at Extreme Rules 2014, Rob Van Dam did get beat up a bit, thanks largely to his closing segment with Antonio Cesaro. The former world heavyweight champion suffered cuts and bruises to his face after crashing down on to a trash can while doing his signature Five Star Frog Splash finishing move.
May 5, 2014