Antonio Cesaro defeated Zack Ryder to retain the United States Championship at Night of Champions 2012.
WWE really did a bang-up job putting this match together. There was virtually no build for the pre-show battle royal that was used to determine who the No. 1 contender would be, not that anyone was paying to see this particular match, anyway.
Still, it continues to be a gripe that a lot of fans have because it is easy to remember a time when a title like the United States or Intercontinental championship really meant something. When you held those belts, you were on your way to the top.
Now, you would be hard pressed to find anyone who can tell you who holds a title after the WWE and world championships.
Griping about titles aside, Cesaro is a far better United States champion than Santino Marella. No offense meant to everyone's favorite unibrow, but he is the kind of character who needs to be sitting in comedy angles, not holding titles.
Looking back at the previous three U.S. champions, Santino Marella, Jack Swagger and Zack Ryder were really instrumental in the fate of this particular title.
Cesaro is an interesting case. He is a quality wrestler, though I wouldn't exactly call him great. He has the potential to do good things with the title. He is still a relatively new champion, so there is some upside with him.
But we have to see exactly how WWE wants to play things with Cesaro and the U.S. title. So far, things have gone well for him.
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