Cesaro Talks Tag Team Wrestling, Shinsuke As Partner, Singles Aspirations
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Current WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champion Cesaro recently sat down with Newsweek to talk about a variety of topics including the differences between singles wrestling and tag team wrestling. He also talked about how Shinsuke differs from his other partners and what aspirations he has as a singles competitor. Take a look at the highlights of the conversation below.
On how singles wrestling differs from tag team wrestling:
When you’re in a singles match it’s all about you and it’s only you in there, and it all falls on you. In a tag match it’s completely different. You have to rely on your partner, trust your partner and also there’s two opponents across the ring. It’s just a completely different mindset and element to it. It’s more of a “team game.” It’s a different challenge, and I love challenges.
On teaming with Shinsuke Nakamura, and how he is different from his other tag partners:
For me I’ve been lucky to be teamed with extremely talented tag team partners. With Shinsuke I have a lot of respect for him, and I had a lot of respect for him for a long time before his career with WWE. I like to think of myself as the magic seasoning, the magic ingredient that makes a dish better. I push myself extremely hard and I like to think that I push my partners and opponents as well to bring the best out of everybody. Shinsuke is the “king of strong style” and he is so much fun to watch. I catch myself on the apron just watching him sometimes and having a great time. He’s a once in a lifetime performer. The way he moves, his moveset, his strikes, his background it’s mesmerizing. Shinsuke is the coolest person that I’ve ever met.
On getting more mic time the past few weeks and working to improve his promo skills:
English is not my first language so for me it’s harder. A lot of stuff gets mixed up in my head, I’ll mix up words and sayings. I had a good one like “taking the kid from the candy” or one of my better ones is “out of blue field” which is a mix of “out of left field” and “out of the blue” so I mess up stuff, I mix stuff up, my accent sometimes people don’t understand it. So I was always focusing on that and now I’m getting the chance to talk more and once people hear my voice more often it will help me and everybody. Fortunately enough, I’ve had my chance to get on the microphone more and it’s been fun. It’s something I constantly work on and hope to improve.
On if he wants another singles run soon in WWE:
The goal is to always be WWE World Heavyweight Champion. That’s the goal for everyone in WWE and that’s 100 percent my goal. And not just for me, but for all of Europe. For all of our international fans. I want to get in there and win one. It’s just part of the journey. I’m glad I’m alright and the Cesaro Section all over the world is following me on this [journey], but that’s still my goal.
You can read the entire interview here in which Cesaro talks about New Day, his gaming interests, and what he feels like he needs to improve the most on.