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In a pre-show YouTube match that many would like to see on the main card, Antonio Cesaro will defend his United States Championship against The Miz in a match that’s been expected to take place for a while now.
The biggest moment of this Cesaro/Miz feud came on MizTV during last week’s Raw in a somewhat awkward segment involving Ric Flair. Also, in a somewhat surprising twist, Cesaro turned out to be the star of that segment.
Other than that one occurrence, though, there hasn’t been a ton of interaction between The Miz and Cesaro, which is both good and bad—good because it means that their Royal Rumble match will feel fresher and bad because there isn’t a ton of heat behind this feud.
The good thing, though, is that this is the perfect opportunity for the WWE to give Cesaro the biggest win of his U.S. title run.
Cesaro has been a great United States Champion, but the problem is that his list of challengers so far—Santino Marella, Justin Gabriel and R-Truth—has been pretty weak. The Miz, however, should prove to be his toughest challenge to date.
The Miz has been pretty awkward as a babyface, but he’s a former WWE Champion and WrestleMania headliner who has more credibility than all of Cesaro’s previous opponents.
These two should be able to put on a really good match on Sunday, and it’s a shame that the vast majority of fans won’t see it because it’s relegated to YouTube.
Expect this match to be the best YouTube match that we’ve gotten so far, and expect Cesaro to defeat The Miz to retain his title.
Cesaro has quickly evolved into one of the WWE’s top performers, and though he’s a main-eventer waiting to happen, he won’t get there just yet. He’ll have a very long U.S. title reign before he drops the belt, and when he does drop it, it won’t be to The Miz.
The Miz wouldn’t really benefit much from a midcard title reign these days, and assuming that he can adjust to his role as a babyface, he may be working back in the main event scene by the middle of the year. The U.S. title won’t take him there.
Cesaro should retain his title in clean fashion on Sunday, and The Miz should get his revenge by eliminating Cesaro from the Royal Rumble later that night.
The Pick: Antonio Cesaro