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August 24, 2012

United States Champion Antonio Cesaro and Aksana sock Santino Marella

Lamenting the loss of the United States Championship and the connection to American culture that came with it, Santino Marella addressed the WWE Universe about whether he and The Cobra remain on the same page. The Italian rapscallion, whose title reign came to an end in a special SummerSlam Pre-Show match against Antonio Cesaro, lifted his spirits by rediscovering the potential for success his green sock represents, even going so far as to state his belief in once again becoming the United States Champion someday.

That declaration garnered the attention of the new titleholder, who declared himself a winner in five different languages. Marella wasted no time powerwalking his way toward the steel stage to confront Cesaro, but The Cobra dragged their collective gaze at the alluring Aksana instead. The brief detour provided the Swiss-born Superstar with an opening to educate Santino in the universal language of pain.

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