The WWE United States Championship. For a long time, it has been the lower card title of the WWE, with the Intercontinental Championship above it. But today, I will rank the top 5 United States Championship reigns since its introduction to the WWE in 2003.
5. Cesaro (August 19, 2011 – April 15, 2013)
Cesaro first made his debut with the WWE in 2012 as Aksana’s love interest and he was introduced as a former Swiss rugby player. In the storyline, he was banned for being “excessively aggressive”. He defeated Santino Marella at Summerslam 2012 to become the US Champion. He went on to have a very good reign. He had GREAT matches with Kofi Kingston on Main Event and held it from Summerslam until around Extreme Rules in what was a great title reign.
4. Rusev (November 3, 2014 – March 29, 2015)
Rusev had debuted around 7 months earlier in the WWE and the they had no problem in booking him to win the US Title within his first year, much like Cesaro. He defeated Sheamus during a match after Raw and went on to hold the title for 146 days. He had a very good feud with Jack Swagger, and he managed to put on some pretty good matches with Big Show, Mark Henry and even began to dedicate his victories to Vladimir Putin. The WWE put him over huge by being the last man eliminated in the 2015 Royal Rumble. He then had 2 really good matches with John Cena, where he lost the title at Wrestlemania 31.
3. Daniel Bryan (September 19, 2010 – March 14, 2011)
Daniel Bryan won the title from The Miz at Night Of Champions. Their storyline stemmed from The Miz being Bryan’s pro on the first season of NXT, where Miz treated him like crap. Bryan then set out to win the title off him, and he did. During his reign, he put on one of my favourite matches of all time, where he defeated John Morrison and The Miz at Hell In A Cell in a Triple Threat Submission Match. Bryan then had some great matches with Dolph Ziggler, before feuding with Ted Dibiase, before becoming a Pro to Derrick Bateman (Now ECIII) on NXT. He then made the best of a bad feud, where The Bella Twins were fighting for Bryan before they found out he had been dating Gail Kim the whole time. He then went on to lose the title to Sheamus.
2. The Miz (October 5, 2009 – May 17, 2010)
Miz was hanging around the mid card of the WWE before they gave him a US Title Reign. He defeated Kofi Kingston for the title and this reign really propelled his career upwards. He would go on to feud with his former partner John Morrison, as they put on a great match at Bragging Rights 2009. Miz would also form a team with the Big Show, as they won the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship, and had a very good reign. Miz would then feud with MVP, as they put on some good matches at the Royal Rumble and on Raw, as Miz would win the feud. He would then hold the title until May, where the WWE made one of their worst decisions ever and had him drop the title to Bret Hart
1. John Cena (March 29th, 2015 – August 23rd, 2015)
Cena won the title at Wrestlemania 31, breaking Rusev’s undefeated streak. He would then defeat Rusev in two more really good matches to retain the title. This reign is, in my opinion, the best as Cena used it to put over many young talents such as Neville, Sami Zayn, Wade Barrett and Zack Ryder. During this reign, he put on GREAT matches with Cesaro. It truly elevated Cesaro to an upper mid card level, as Cena put on a great almost 30 Minute Match in the Main Event of Raw. Cena was also the first feud of Kevin Owens. Cena helped elevate him and make him look like a serious threat with his promo work and selling, showing that Owens can be a huge star. Cena then lost the title to Seth Rollins at Summerslam after John Stewart hit him with a chair.
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