Cesaro Leaves WWE After Contract Expires

— Cesaro has left WWE after his contract expired. Multiple sources have confirmed that this was not a release but rather Cesaro and WWE could not come to an agreement on a new contract, though both sides did negotiate. His contract actually first expired last year and fightfulselect.com reports that the Swiss superstar was working with the company on a one-year extension. The fact that it has expired without a new deal or another extension means that there is also no 90-day non-compete clause in effect.

— The report also notes that WWE wanted to retain Cesaro and offered him at least one or two deals, which he rejected. The backstage reaction to this development amongst WWE stars is one of disappointment and dismay as he was well liked backstage by both wrestlers and officials. Cesaro was scheduled for Smackdown this week and multiple shows moving forward but the fact that he is not under contract means that he will pulled from all shows moving forward unless by some miracle a new contract is ironed out.

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