On this week’s SmackDown Live episode, WWE has announced the United States Championship match between Rusev (c) and Shinsuke Nakamura at the Royal Rumble. Rusev won the US Championship from Shinsuke Nakamura at the SmackDown episode aired on Christman, ending Nakamura’s almost 6-month reign as the champion.
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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 and Nakamura came out to tell Rusev that what happened to Lana was Rusev’s fault. Rusev went after Nakamura backstage and Nakamura ambushed him.
They will now face off at Royal Rumble again, the same PPV event at which Nakamura won the Royal Rumble Battle last year.