The news that Bad News Barrett’s shoulder injury caused him to drop the Intercontinental title was bad news indeed for the wrestler. He was growing in popularity by the minute and the IC title was the next step in his rise to the top. However, he is out of action for a few months and his bad news is another wrestler’s opportunity. According to PWS on Thursday, the WWE is planning to put the Intercontinental title on Cesaro.
There has been a move to push Cesaro ever since their paired him up with Paul Heyman. The idea was that his growing popularity was turning him into a big star and they put him with Heyman to make him a huge heel. His recent refusal to use the Big Swing was another push in that direction. Of course, this will likely all lead to Cesaro and Heyman splitting up once Brock Lesnar makes his return, which could push Cesaro into one of the top faces in the company.
That is all speculation. What is known is that Paul Heyman came out on “WWE Monday Night Raw” this week and put over Cesaro as being the first entrant into the Intercontinental title battle royal. With Cesaro’s impressive win at “Wrestlemania 30,” where he lifted The Big Show over his head and threw him out of the ring to win, it seems likely that he is the top contender to win the title.
There is also the case that Cesaro is expected to be a major player by the time that “Wrestlemania 31” rolls around. The three biggest young stars that the WWE plans to push into “Wrestlemania 31” are Cesaro, Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns. Things could change between now and then, and Cesaro is the one most likely to get de-pushed if Vince McMahon sours on him again. Cesaro has been up and down and it seems like it was the fans who were helping him rebound.
The Intercontinental title battle royal will take place at the WWE “Battleground” pay-per-view on July 20. So far, the entrants are Cesaro, Kofi Kingston, Damien Sandow, The Great Khali, Rob Van Dam, Dolph Ziggler, Big E, Ryback, Curtis Axel and Alberto Del Rio. More names might be added in the coming weeks.