The scheduled match between Apollo Crews and MVP at tonight’s Extreme Rules event did not take place.
At the start of the segment, the announcers said that Apollo had failed a pre-match physical and was not cleared to compete at tonight’s show. They aired footage of Crews being laid out by Lashley with a full nelson submission, explaining that Apollo suffered a bulging disc as a result of the attack.
MVP and Lashley then came out. MVP told Lashley jokingly not to use the full nelson so much that it hurts his career. He then took the new United States title and left, declaring himself the new champion by forfeit. The announcers insisted that he wasn’t.
Apollo hasn’t been seen on television in recent weeks, most recently appearing on the June 29th episode of Raw where he was pinned by MVP. MVP has since introduced a new United States title design and has declared himself champion, even though the title was not on the line for their match.