Cesaro uses the sharpshooter as a tribute to a former tag team partner and even does it in a very specific way as to not cause any confusion.
There was a time not so long ago that a large chunk of the WWE Universe were clamoring for Cesaro to be given a push. To be given the opportunity to take that one final leap from talented mid-carder to top guy competing for World Championships. Lest we forget the comments Vince McMahon famously made while being interviewed by Stone Cold about The Swiss Cyborg needing to grab the proverbial brass ring.
Although few would push back against him getting that opportunity now the clamoring has died down somewhat. That's because Cesaro seems to have found his rightful place in the tag team division. Mick Foley put him and Sheamus together when he was the Raw General Manager and something clicked. Since then, they have won the Raw Tag Team Titles four times.
Cesaro was no stranger to tag team wrestling before he was paired up with The Celtic Warrior, however. A few years ago he teamed with Tyson Kidd and that was the first time he held the titles. He hasn't forgotten that pairing either. Even though it came to a premature end thanks to Kidd's career-ending injury, the Swiss Superstar still uses the sharpshooter to this day as an homage to his former partner.
The Raw Tag Team Champion recently spoke with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated and explained the reason why he uses the submission move. He explained that because he adopted it from Kidd he has to make sure he performs the move a certain way. "I do the move, like Tyson did and like Owen Hart did, with the right leg, while Bret Hart and Nattie do it with the left." Keep an eye out for that next time you see Cesaro use the move.
While the sharpshooter is a move that has been used for a number of years, it is one that is mostly used by members of the Hart family. Like Cesaro said, Superstars such as The Hitman, Natalya and her husband Kidd. It was a nice idea for Cesaro to adopt it into his move set though and a cool way to pay tribute to the man he won his first Tag Team Championship with.
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