I don't believe the report, partly because I can't understand why they'd do it. The 'Vince doesn't like him'-argument is stupid. A) As said Vince should drool all over him, B) Vince is a true asshole that very rarely likes anyone, C) in the past that never really stopped him making money with/off them.
I do believe WWE has a habit of hazing guys before they get a push? Maybe that's what we're seeing here.
As with the WM-snub: that was shit. The loss to Kofi though: he's been carrying the US Title for months, it wasn't doing anything for him either at this point. Yes, that is a result of faulty and lazy booking recently, but I'm not sure it's negative for Antonio in the long run.
I'll admit, I want to believe, because I want to see Cesaro as WHC before next Wrestlemania.