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Notable spoiler from WWE SmackDown tapings


A title change will be airing on the Christmas Day edition of SmackDown.

Next week's episode was taped at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California after tonight's SmackDown. In the main event of the tapings for next week, Rusev defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to win the United States Championship.

Nakamura had been United States Champion since winning the title from Jeff Hardy at Extreme Rules this July. With his win, Rusev has now held the US title three times in his career.

On this week's SmackDown, Rusev did a backstage interview and a promo from Nakamura aired. Rusev promised to win the title on the greatest day of them all -- Rusev Day. Nakamura mocked clips of Rusev from Total Divas.

In addition to next week's episodes not being live, the New Year's Eve episode of Raw will be taped on Friday, December 28 and the New Year's Day edition of SmackDown will be taped on Saturday, December 29.