In this week’s SmackDown Live episode, WWE has announced United States Championship match between Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura for Royal Rumble 2019.
Rusev won the US Championship from Shinsuke Nakamura at the SmackDown episode aired on Christmas, ending Nakamura’s almost 6-month reign as the champion. Since then their feud has continued.
Nakamura interrupted Rusev’s championship victory celebration two weeks ago, leading to Lana jumping on Nakamura’s back to try and stop him from attacking Rusev. Rusev gave Nakamura the Machka Kick, Lana crashed to the mat, and Nakamura laid out Rusev while he was distracted by checking on Lana.
On last week’s SmackDown, Rusev called out Nakamura. Nakamura told Rusev that what happened to Lana was Rusev’s fault and not his. Rusev went after Nakamura backstage and got ambushed by Nakamura. They will now face off at Royal Rumble again, the same PPV event at which Nakamura won the Royal Rumble Battle last year.