Source: The Wrestling Observer
There was a plan in place for Cesaro to win the WWE Intercontinental title from Bad News Barrett at one point. However, WWE switched programs for Cesaro as he is now going against Sheamus for the United States title.
WWE officials reportedly believed that it would hurt Cesaro to go after the Intercontinental belt and felt that Sheamus was a more viable opponent for Cesaro. There is no word on if this will affect the outcome of Cesaro’s match with Sheamus on Sunday at Payback.