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March 01, 2013

United States Champion Antonio Cesaro def. The Miz in a 2-out-of-3 Falls U.S. Title Match

In a WWE Active exclusive prior to his U.S. Title Match, Antonio Cesaro revealed that he would no longer wave the American flag en route to his matches.

Without the stars and stripes in hand, the Swiss Superstar emerged to take on The Miz — a challenger who was now apparently fully recovered from a painful AC joint injury he suffered at the hands of the freakishly strong titleholder. Miz earned the 2-out-of-3 Falls Match for the U.S. Title after defeating the champion in a non-title No Disqualification Match on the Feb. 18 edition of Raw.

In the contest that followed, Cesaro — a true throwback to the classic rough-and-tough competitors of old — captured the first fall with the Neutralizer. Then, in a truly epic Social Media SmackDown moment, The Miz won the second fall by making Cesaro tap out to the Figure-Four Leglock during a TV commercial break on WWE Active on the WWE app! (GET THE APP)

All tied up at one fall each, a showdown for the third fall commenced, with both competitors giving everything they had. But when Miz was kicked into the referee by his adversary, Cesaro took advantage of his foe’s back being turned and rolled him up for the pin attempt. Although Miz countered for a pin of his own, Cesaro reversed it yet again and picked up the three-count with the help of a hand full of tights.

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