Cesaro recently spoke with The National in Abu Dhabi about WWE returned to UAE for the first time since April 2016. recovery from injuries requiring surgery to his teeth, and competing with Shield, Kurt Angle, Hardy Boys in recent months. below are the highlights…
On his current run in the tag division with Sheamus:
“We are two-time Tag team champions right now [Cesaro was speaking before he and Sheamus won the tag titles for a third time in London on November 6] feuding with the Shield. We were the reason that the Shield had to reunite. So it feels good to feel I am on top of my game and better than ever.”
On feuding with the Shield and Kurt Angle:
“It was kind of cool to be in the middle of this all and it just shows that me and Sheamus are a very valued force. That Seth and Dean felt they had to bring Roman back. Of course it is cool to be part of that because the Shield is very fondly thought of by the WWE universe.”
“The fact that Kurt Angle had to jump in [Angle was brought in a replacement for Reigns, who was ill, for the TLC Network Special in October] was great. When I was growing up I was a big fan of Kurt Angle so it was cool stepping in the ring with him.”
“I hope it happens again [getting in the ring with Angle] so I can turn the tables and send him through the table so to speak.”
On his injury to his teeth at No Mercy in September:
“Well, I knew I hit my teeth really hard [against the ring post] and I just felt all the blood. There was so much flowing and I couldn’t stop it.
“But I was full of adrenaline and every time you have a title match on a network special, pardon the pun, it is special, and I just wanted to win those tag titles and get through the match. I feel that if you are a true competitor nothing will stop you and some teeth shoved up my jaw certainly didn’t stop me.”
On the WWE returning to the UAE:
“I am extremely excited to come back to the UAE and excited to come back to Abu Dhabi. Last time we were in Dubai and unfortunately I did not compete.
“The last time I was in Abu Dhabi I had a blast. I went jet-skiing in the Arabian Gulf, I went to Ferrari World, and went to Sheikh Zayed Mosque. I just enjoyed the city and the life. It was just amazing and I am really looking forward to coming back.
“The crowd is always hot because unfortunately we do not come there enough. So it is always great to come back and I am excited that me and Sheamus can show everyone that we don’t just set the bar, we are the bar.”