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Debut and United States Champion (2012)

Cesaro made his WWE television debut on the April 20, 2012, episode of SmackDown, appearing in a backstage segment with Aksana and Theodore Long, ending with him going to talk to General Manager John Laurinaitis about a contract. In storyline, Cesaro served in the Swiss militia, before embarking on a career in rugby, which ended with him being banned for "excessive aggression". The following week, Cesaro defeated Tyson Kidd in what was billed as a tryout match. On the July 3 Great American Bash episode of SmackDown, Cesaro suffered his first loss, when he and Aksana were defeated in a mixed tag team match by The Great Khali and Layla, though Cesaro himself was not pinned. On the July 27 and August 3 episodes of SmackDown, Cesaro scored back-to-back non-title wins over United States Champion Santino Marella. On the following episode of SmackDown, Cesaro suffered his first loss in a singles match as he was pinned by Christian. On August 19, during the SummerSlam pre-show, Cesaro defeated Santino Marella to win the United States Championship, his first title in WWE. Cesaro made his first televised title defense on the September 3 episode of Raw, defeating Marella in a rematch. Cesaro would next successfully defend the title against Zack Ryder on September 16 at Night of Champions. On the September 21 episode of SmackDown, Cesaro ended his relationship with Aksana, after an inadvertent distraction from her cost him his non-title match with Santino Marella. This led to a title rematch between Cesaro and Marella the following week, where Cesaro was able to retain his title. After Cesaro was defeated by Justin Gabriel in a non-title match on the October 22 episode of Raw, the two were booked in a United States Championship match six days later at Hell in a Cell, where Cesaro successfully defended his title. Cesaro then began feuding with R-Truth on the October 29 episode of Raw, after Truth saved Kofi Kingston from a post-match assault from Cesaro. The following week on Raw, Cesaro teamed with the Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil) to face R-Truth, Rey Mysterio, and Sin Cara in six-man tag team match that ended with Truth pinning Cesaro for the win. This led to a title match on November 18 at Survivor Series, where Cesaro defeated R-Truth to retain the United States Championship. On the following episode of SmackDown, Cesaro was defeated by R-Truth in a non-title match. On the December 3 episode of Raw, Cesaro successfully defended the United States Championship against Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, and Wade Barrett in a fatal-four-way match. On December 16 at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Cesaro defeated R-Truth for another successful title defense. At Tribute to the Troops on December 19, Cesaro would lose a non-title match to John Cena.

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