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Cesaro Hits the WWE Disabled List, Missing WrestleMania 32

Another one bites the dust. The WWE disabled list continues to fill up with superstars at a record pace and another has hit the bench. A new report confirms that WrestleMania 32 could be without yet another major name.

It hasn’t even been a month yet since Seth Rollins hit the disabled list after tearing up his knee. Rollins is scheduled to miss WrestleMania and return by SummerSlam. With Rollins, Randy Orton, TJ Wilson, and Daniel Bryan already on the D.L., the WWE will be without another star come WrestleMania. The first-ever Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner will be watching Mania from the sidelines.

Cesaro has confirmed that a shoulder injury will keep him out of action for up to six months. WWE.com broke the story earlier this week.

“I knew something was wrong [for a while], but I thought that it was just sprained or something like that,” Cesaro told WWE.com late Monday.

Cesaro had surgery on Monday to repair the lingering injury. Cesaro reportedly wrestled with his bad shoulder for a few weeks before hitting the D.L.

“I just want to come back as soon as possible,” he said. “I felt I was building a lot of momentum, and that was all thanks to the fans. I really appreciate all the support I’ve gotten and I’ve felt that the Cesaro Section is finally rising and it’s becoming undeniable.”

The absence takes Cesaro out just as he was starting to gain momentum. In addition to the Cesaro Section, the Swiss great had a ton of steam coming off of arguably the best match Roman Reigns has had on RAW, after falling to the former WWE champion in the title tournament. With Rollins out of action, there was a spot available and while Cesaro wasn’t likely to get that spot, he was certainly in the running for something bigger.

Absence generally makes the heart grow fonder and in the past, a lengthy absence has done wonders to jump start a WWE star’s push. Unfortunately that has changed in recent years in the WWE as the company hasn’t done a whole lot to repackage guys at Cesaro’s level once they return from being out of action. Dolph Ziggler is a prime example of a guy who was out several weeks making a movie and came back with very little fanfare.

I don’t think that there is any kind of an epidemic going on in the WWE today in regards to injuries. I just think it’s random and generally the company has been very lucky in avoiding several major injuries at one time. However, losing a solid hand like Cesaro at a time when both Orton and Rollins are on the shelf and it isn’t good no matter how you slice it.

I wish Cesaro a speedy recovery and hope for big things once he returns.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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