WWE has officially announced Karrion Kross vs Karl Anderson and Rey Mysterio vs Santos Escobar for July 28, 2023 episode of WWE SmackDown.
During the July 21 episode of SmackDown, Rey Mysterio defeated LA Knight, Cameron Grimes, and Sheamus in a Fatal 4-Way match to challenge Escobar for the #1 contender match for the United States championship.
Santos Escobar earned the opportunity by defeating Grayson Waller, Butch, and AJ Styles on July 14 episode of SmackDown.
Santos Escobar considers Mysterio his mentor, and they are from the same stable, LWO. The winner of the match will face Austin Theory on the July 28 episode of SmackDown for the United States championship match.
Escobar was in action on SmackDown this week where he beat Austin Theory in a non-title match. The match was set up after Escobar attacked Theory when Theory interfered in this week’s US Title Invitational fatal 4-way match by attacking Rey Mysterio.
Karrion Kroos will face Karl Anderson on the July 28 episode of SmackDown. The match was announced because, during the July 14 episode of SmackDown, Kroos attacked Anderson backstage using a sleeper hold on him, which resulted in a match for the next week of SmackDown.
The July 28 episode of SmackDown will be live from Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA, US. Below is the line-up for the show:
- Rey Mysterio vs Santos Escobar
- Karrion Kross vs Karl Anderson