Cesaro and Ricochet were both part of a six-man tag match this week on Raw after already developing a rivalry over the past few weeks. The two men have now emerged as challengers for Samoa Joe’s United States Championship ahead of Stomping Grounds and were on opposite sides again this week on Raw.
Ricochet’s team picked up the victory after he tagged with Braun Strowman and The Miz and Samoa Joe left Cesaro and Bobby Lashley high and dry, but the win only came after Ricochet delivered a 630 that looked to land across Cesaro’s leg.
The Swiss Superman clutched his leg before The One and Only covered him for the pin and then had to be helped backstage by officials since it seemed that he had suffered a knee injury with the impact.
Despite appearing as though he was injured on WWE TV, Pro Wrestling Sheet recently reported that Cesaro is “fine” and when he got back through the curtain into the backstage area “he didn’t appear to be seriously injured.”
Ricochet’s 630 landed more across The Swiss Superman’s thigh than his knee which could be why Cesaro wasn’t badly injured from what is quite a dangerous spot, but he will be thanking his lucky stars since he’s only just been entered back into a singles Championship picture for the first time in years after spending the majority of the last couple of years as part of The Bar.
This means that the former Champion is still in line to challenge Samoa Joe for the United States Championship at next weekend’s Stomping Grounds pay-per-view.
It’s likely that the company will put together a scramble or a fatal-four way match given the number of challengers that Joe currently has and since Cesaro has been stuck in the Tag Team picture over the past few years, he will be wanting to make a lasting impression next Sunday night.