WWE 'Survivor Series' Preview: Antonio Cesaro vs R-Truth for the United States Championship

United States Championship: Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. R-Truth

The reigning United States Champion Antonio Cesaro puts his belt on the line against the challenger R-Truth.

The road to Survivor Series

Antonio Cesaro burst into WWE with a vengeance on April 20, picking up a series of impressive victories. He quickly climbed up the ranks of WWE, winning the United States Championship in the SummerSlam Pre-Show against Santino Marella in a short four months after his debut. Since then he has held onto the title in a dominating fashion. There seems to be few WWE Superstars on the roster that can match the "Swiss Sensation's" pure strength and athletic talent.

R-Truth has been wondering the singles scene since he and Kofi Kingston lost the Tag Team Championship to Hell No. The dreadlocked duo had an amicable split on Oct. 8, deciding that it was time for each to go his separate way. Their friendship was still strong, though, as Truth rushed to Kofi's aid after Cesaro and The Miz attacked the Intercontinental Champion on the Oct. 29 edition of Monday Night Raw. This act of kindness led to Cesaro and Truth exchanging barbs over Twitter and Tout, and finally to a one-on-one match with the United States Championship on the line.

What's at stake?

Cesaro has been imposing his will against any and all challengers to his title. A victory tonight will help solidify his reign, while a loss would be a huge setback for the Swiss superstar. Fans may start to wonder if he was given too much, too fast. Perhaps he was simply not able to handle the pressure that comes with holding the United States Championship?

A win for R-Truth will not only nab him the strap, but it will also give him a boost to his pride. Truth's former partner Kofi is the reigning Intercontinental Champion. It must be nagging on Truth's honor that his friend is holding a title while Truth is left with nothing around his waist. If Kofi can suceede in singles competition, what does that say about Truth's contribution to the tag team?

Can Truth prove his doubters wrong by going up against the fearsome Cesaro and pulling out a win? Or will Cesaro be too strong, too quick, simply too much for Truth to handle?

Watch WWE Survivor Series tonight to find out who will be leaving Indianapolis, Indiana with the United States Title around his waist.

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