Ranking Cesaro's WWE Tag Team partners

Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura captured the Smackdown Tag Team Championships at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules
Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura captured the Smackdown Tag Team Championships at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules

Throughout his professional wrestling career, Cesaro has become known as somewhat of a Tag Team Specialist. The King of Swing has become a 7-time WWE Tag Team Champion, as well as being a 2-time ROH World Tag Team Champion and a 2-time CZW World Tag Team Champion.

This mammoth achievement by Cesaro has been accomplished with various Tag Team partners throughout the Swiss Cyborg's career.

But, some Tag Team partners left a greater lasting impact than others. Here, we rank the Tag Team partners that Cesaro has teamed up with throughout his professional wrestling career.

#5. Cesaro and Jack Swagger (The Real Americans)

Zeb Colter brought together Jack Swagger and Cesaro, the team known as "The Real Americans"
Zeb Colter brought together Jack Swagger and Cesaro, the team known as "The Real Americans"

The Real Americans were the team of Cesaro and Jack Swagger, formed by Zeb Colter in the Summer of 2013. During that period of time, Zeb Colter was a manager which shared his advocation of anti-illegal immigration beliefs. Along with his client, Jack Swagger, they would develop the catchphrase "We... the people!" and refer to Jack Swagger as a "Real American".

Whilst Swagger was out of action with a hand injury in 2013, Colter would turn his attention to Cesaro. Despite being from the European country of Switzerland, Cesaro adopted Zeb Colter's xenophobic rhetoric. Colter would additionally dub Cesaro as a "Real American" as the Swiss Superman had entered the country legally.

Once Jack Swagger returned to action, he and Cesaro would regularly team up and be known as "The Real Americans". The Real Americans would challenge for the WWE Tag Team Championships on several occasions, but were ultimately unsuccessful.

After failing once again to capture the WWE Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania XXX, Jack Swagger would attack Cesaro, putting him in the Patriot Lock. But, this was broken up by Zeb Colter who attempted to persuade his clients to reconcile. However, Cesaro would now attack Jack Swagger, putting the original "Real American" in the Cesaro-Swing, effectively ending The Real Americans tag team partnership.

Later that night Cesaro would win the inaugural Andre the Giant memorial battle royal. This lead to Cesaro denouncing Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger the following night on Raw as the Swiss Superman became a "Paul Heyman Guy", ending any relationship between The Swiss Cyborg, Colter and Swagger.

#4. Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura

Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro defeated The New Day at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules
Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro defeated The New Day at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules

Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura shocked the WWE Universe when they defeated The New Day in a tables match at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules to capture the Smackdown Tag Team Championships.

While Cesaro and Nakamura had defeated Kofi Kingston and Big E on Smackdown in the weeks prior, many had expected The New Day to retain the gold.

However, Cesaro would powerbomb Kofi Kingston through two tables stacked on top of each other to win the match and silence the doubters. Cesaro has been very vocal on Friday Night Smackdown in recent weeks, suggesting that he and Shinsuke Nakamura have been overlooked and under-appreciated in the WWE for a long time.

While their Smackdown Tag Team Championship reign is currently in it's infancy, the duo have been teaming together for some time. Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura were brought together by former Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn as a part of the "Artist Collective" stable on Smackdown.

The trio's mission statement was to allow true, under-appreciated "artists" to reach their full potential in WWE.

Whilst Sami Zayn is not on WWE Television at present due to his concerns over safety during the current pandemic, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura have continued to team up in his absence.

Now that Cesaro and Nakamura have won Tag Team gold on Smackdown, what could the trio achieve once Sami Zayn makes his grand return to WWE in the future?

#3. Cesaro and Tyson Kidd

Cesaro and Tyson Kidd won the WWE Tag Team Championships in 2015
Cesaro and Tyson Kidd won the WWE Tag Team Championships in 2015

The Tag Team of Cesaro and Tyson Kidd was formed in December of 2014. Often accompanied to the ring by Natalya, Tyson Kidd's real-life wife, the team made a big impression in their short duration as partners.

While the duo did not have an official WWE name, Kidd and Cesaro unofficially went by the names of "Masters of the WWE Universe" and "Brass Ring Club". The pairing would often use the term "#FACT" in their promos and Social Media posts too.

The team's greatest achievement came in February of 2015 when Cesaro and Tyson Kidd captured the WWE Tag Team Championships - their only Tag Title reign - at the Fastlane pay per view.

At a time in which Tag Team wrestling wasn't being featured as much as it probably should be by WWE, the team of Cesaro and Tyson Kidd were a shining light in the tag team division.

Unfortunately, Cesaro and Tyson Kidd would not be a tag team for a prolonged period of time in WWE. On June 7, 2015, WWE released an announcement that Tyson Kidd had suffered a severe neck/spinal injury during a dark match before Monday Night Raw against Samoa Joe the week prior. The injury was so severe that Tyson Kidd stated that he was lucky not to be paralysed or even worse.

Tyson Kidd announced that he would likely be out of action for over a year and eventually retired from in-ring competition on June 29, 2017 to become a backstage producer for WWE. The retirement of Tyson Kidd ended any hopes of a reformation between Cesaro and Tyson Kidd.

Whilst Cesaro and Tyson Kidd were only a tag team for roughly 6 months, many WWE fans look back fondly on the team's run in WWE and hold the Tag Team in high regard.

#2 Cesaro and Sheamus (The Bar)

The Bar are 5-time WWE Tag Team Champions
The Bar are 5-time WWE Tag Team Champions

The Bar is Cesaro's most successful Tag Team in WWE to date. Whilst teaming with Sheamus, The Bar were a record-setting 4-time WWE Raw Tag Team Champions and 1-time WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions, making The Bar 5-time WWE Tag Team Champions overall.

Sheamus and Cesaro originally feuded with each other from the Summer to the fall of 2016 on Monday Night Raw. The future tag team even competed in a Best of Seven series which eventually ended in a tie. After the best of seven series, Cesaro and Sheamus were forced to work together as a Tag Team by the Raw General Manager Mick Foley to great success.

Regularly competing in Tag Team Championship matches, winning Tag Team Titles and running the Tag Team divisions on Raw and Smackdown, Cesaro and Sheamus quickly become one of the premiere teams in WWE.

The duo would eventually refer to themselves as "The Bar", originating from their catchphrase " We don't just set the bar, we are the bar!". After five separate Tag Team Championship reigns from 2016 - 2019, The Bar were forced to disband in April of 2019 as Cesaro was drafted from Smackdown to Raw and Sheamus was out of action due to injury.

However, many fans look back on The Bar's time as a tag team with fond memories and regularly call for the duo to reunite some time in the future.

#1 Cesaro and Chris Hero (Kassius Ohno) - (The Kings of Wrestling)

The Kings of Wrestling were a Ring of Honor staple throughout the mid-2000s
The Kings of Wrestling were a Ring of Honor staple throughout the mid-2000s

OK, so - technically - this wasn't a WWE tag team. But both Cesaro and Chris Hero eventually ended up in WWE at the same time and, let's face it, they were awesome, so I'm not only including them - I'm putting them at #1.

The Kings of Wrestling are the tag team involving Cesaro that arguably most fans look back most fondly on. Cesaro and Hero were a staple of the independent scene of throughout the mid-2000s and are former 2-time CZW World Tag Team Champions, 2-time ROH World Tag Team Champions and were also voted the Tag Team of the year by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter in 2010.

Originally formed as a large stable with numerous wrestlers in Chikara, The Kings of Wrestling are best known as the tag team of Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli (Cesaro). After the duo's initial run from 2005 - 2007, The Kings of Wrestling reformed at Ring of Honor's Final Battle pay per view in 2009, the company's first internet pay-per-view.

Throughout 2010, The Kings of Wrestling set, not only Ring of Honor, but the entire independent wrestling scene on fire with their fantastic Tag Team matches. The duo would hold the ROH World Tag Team Championships for 364 days and win the Wrestling Observer Newsletter award for Tag Team of the year.

The Kings of Wrestling would make their last appearance for Ring of Honor on ROH TV in 2011, but fans have continued to clamour for the Tag Team to once again partner up in some form.

Whilst both wrestlers were signed to WWE, Chris Hero (now known as Kassius Ohno) and Claudio Castagnoli (now known as Antonio Cesaro) would reunite in a dark match during a WWE NXT television taping, facing off against WWE Champion CM Punk and NXT Champion Seth Rollins, a match they lost.

A second reunion also took place during an NXT live event in September of 2018 where Cesaro would save Kassius Ohno from an attack by The Undisputed Era. With some fans hoping this would lead to an eventual full time Kings of Wrestling reunion, it would be no more than a special one-off for the live crowd in attendance.

With Kassius Ohno no longer with the company, it looks like a future Kings of Wrestling reunion is unlikely to happen. Although, the appetite remains from professional wrestling fans to see the duo team up once again. This serves as testament to the impact of The Kings of Wrestling during their run as a Tag Team.

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Edited by Kevin C. Sullivan
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