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Bobby Lashley wins United States title at WWE Payback


Bobby Lashley is the new WWE United States champion.

Lashley defeated Apollo tonight in a back and forth match where he won the title by submission, latching on the full nelson.

This marks Lashley’s second reign as champion, his first in over a decade. He first won the title back on the May 23, 2006 edition of SmackDown, defeating John Bradshaw Layfield.

Apollo has been feuding with MVP, Bobby Lashley, and Shelton Benjamin, collectively known as The Hurt Business, in recent months. He was originally supposed to face MVP at Extreme Rules for the United States title, but was unable to due to what announcers described as an injury. 

Last Sunday at SummerSlam, Apollo defeated MVP in a United States title match. A match was then made between him and Lashley for the title the following day on Raw.

Apollo Crews had held the championship for 97 days, defeating Andrade on the May 25th edition of Raw.