Cesaro took the brass ring comment from Vince McMahon as motivation and even confronted the boss to tell him "challenge accepted."
A few years ago, Vince McMahon sat down with Steve Austin for a long-form interview during an episode of the Stone Cold Podcast on the WWE Network. It was a rare glimpse into the mind of the WWE Chairman, and there was one topic in particular that stood out and is still discussed to this day, brass rings.
Vince McMahon told Steve that not enough WWE Superstars in the present day are willing to reach out and grab a coveted brass ring, much like Austin himself did during the Attitude Era. One name in particular that McMahon honed in on was Cesaro. The Swiss Cyborg was always popular with the fans, and when Austin asked why the European star hasn't made it to the next level Mr. McMahon said that it was because he never grabbed one of his brass rings.
Despite the comments being made back in 2014, it was only very recently that Cesaro commented on what McMahon had to say about him during that Stone Cold podcast. The former Tag Team Champion was a guest on All Things Wrestling Radio where he opened up about being pretty offended by the comments made by his boss.
"I was actually listening to it on the drive to the next city…I was not very happy about it, to say the least, because I couldn't disagree more," Cesaro revealed. Apparently, he didn't wait around when it came to a response either. The very next day Cesaro confronted McMahon and told him "challenge accepted." The Swiss Superstar's career has most definitely improved since then, but there is still plenty of room for improvement.
Cesaro is currently a member of the Raw tag team The Bar alongside Shaemus. The pair held the Raw Tag Team Championships and are involved in one of the top angles on the red brand's show, competing in the main event of TLC on Sunday night. However, we've yet to see Cesaro have a run at one of WWE's major titles. He's a lot closer than he was before the brass ring speech, but The Swiss Cyborg still isn't considered one of the top talents in the company.