With their rivalry steadily intensifying since they first crossed paths earlier this summer, Cesaro and Kevin Owens will finally meet one-on-one at SummerSlam on Aug. 23. There, the momentum for one of WWE’s fastest-rising Superstars may come to a screeching halt, while the other’s stock will continue to rise.
The trouble between the two began in June, when Owens cut short Cesaro’s title opportunity against United States Champion John Cena on Raw. The Swiss Superman and the outspoken prizefighter have been thorns in each other’s side ever since: Owens claims he has accomplished more in nine months than Cesaro has done in three years, while The King of Swing says his rival should consider changing his motto from “Fight, Owens, Fight” to “Walk, Owens, Walk.”
Though both Superstars are quick to point out the other’s shortcomings, Cesaro and Owens remain among the most dynamic and hardest-hitting competitors on the WWE roster, jockeying for position at critical points in their careers. With tag partner Tyson Kidd injured, Cesaro is enjoying a renaissance as a singles competitor, much to the delight of the ever-expanding Cesaro Section. In contrast, Owens — who shocked the WWE Universe by defeating Cena in his WWE debut — is looking to regain footing after narrowly coming out on the losing end of a three-match series against the U.S. Champion.
The Swiss Superman boasts unbelievable physical strength and the seeming ability to execute any maneuver to perfection. Behind Owens’ considerable trash talk, however, is a perversely dangerous mind, supported by nearly 270 pounds of ill will. Who will notch the all-important win at The Biggest Party of the Summer?