Pre-Show Battle Royal to name No. 1 Contender to U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro
Originally Posted by wwe.com
Antonio Cesaro will defend his United States Championship at Night of Champions against the winner of a No. 1 Contender Battle Royal to be held during the Pre-Show event Sunday. The free, Pre-Show will stream live on WWE.com, YouTube.com/WWE and Facebook starting at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.
Cesaro, who won the championship gold from Santino Marella during the SummerSlam Pre-Show, says he personifies prestige, and his record since winning his first title in WWE backs up his claim. Yet, the multilingual, Swiss-born Superstars may need more than confidence and Aksana by his side if he hopes to extend his U.S. Title reign past the one-month mark.
On the surface, it appears that the champion, Cesaro, will head into action at a disadvantage. The extra-rugged ex-rugby player will not know who his opponent until moments before Night of Champions takes air. Is there any type of training that can prepare Cesaro for the unknown?
The challenger, however, will not exactly have a clear path to the title match. To win the coveted No. 1 contender spot, the Superstar must first prevail in a every-man-for-himself Battle Royal in which bodies will be flying all over the place. Will the fight to become the No. 1 contender wear out the challenger, making his easy pickings for a fresh Cesaro?
Moreover, the WWE Universe is left to wonder who will fill out the field of the Pre-Show Battle Royal. No names have yet been announced, meaning the opposition could range from a former U.S. Champion to a hungry up-and-comer gunning for his first title. In how many languages does Cesaro know how to say “surprise”?
Catch all the action of Night of Champions, including the all-important Pre-Show at 7:30 p.m./4:30 p.m. PT to see which Superstar will have the opportunity of a lifetime.
Goldberg held the US Title before winning the WCW Title. Ryback is a direct rip-off of Goldberg so it's possible.
I reckon Ryder, Santino or Swagger returns as a babyface, probably Ryder.
I guess, but we're talking about a different guy and a different US title. It's hard to imagine RyBack holding a midcard title, especially the US title, I just can't picture that image, it doesn't seem to fit. Plus, in this day and age, WWE gives almost anybody they care about the world title in a year and a half or less. I almost expect the first title RyBack wins to be the WHC because that's just seemingly what WWE likes to do when Vince finds his new plaything for the next year.
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