In an (mostly) in and (but a little bit) out of kayfabe interview with CBS DC/106.7 The Fan to promote tonight's episode of WWE Raw in the nation's capital, Cesaro was asked by Chuck Carroll if he feels sorry for Daniel Bryan. Cesaro and Bryan fought in the same independent and international promotions for years before joining WWE, and are seen as connected by fans who followed them along their journey.
For that reason, you might expect him to be a little more sympathetic when asked about the injury that put The Beard on the shelf just weeks after he had reached the pinnacle of their profession. After all, this was an interview with Cesaro the performer as much as Cesaro the character, as he also spoke about The Real Americans "gimmick" and what being paired with Paul Heyman means for his career.
But The Swiss Superman shut all of that down with a quick "no". And his reasoning makes a lot of sense, in and out of character:
One person's bad luck is another person's opportunity...Daniel Bryan has always been a fierce competitor of mine. With him not in the picture, it makes it maybe a little bit easier for me to get those titles. And I'm all in favor of that. I work hard as well and nobody feels sorry for me and I don't want anybody to feel sorry for me.
Bad things happen. Did it happen at a bad time? Yes, it did. But if you look back at other people, they have bad injuries. I know that Daniel Bryan will recover from it and I more than gladly will give him a shot at my title.
Check out the whole interview for some interesting perspective on house shows vs. television tapings, The WWE Network, how being an NXT alum in WWE today is like ECW, and more.
What do you think of Cesaro's stance? Fair or cold-blooded? Or both?