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United States title match advertised for WWE SummerSlam

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A United States championship match has been announced for SummerSlam later this month.

It was announced this afternoon that Shinsuke Nakamura will defend the title against Jeff Hardy. This stems from what happened last month at Extreme Rules, where Jeff Hardy lost the title to Nakamura after a low blow before the bell rang. Once the bell sounded, Nakamura immediately hit his finish and pinned him to win the title.

It seems likely that Randy Orton will be a part of this match in some fashion. He made his return to WWE at Extreme Rules, attacking Hardy when he was still down. Since then, he has continued to assault Hardy, at one point using a water bottle to wipe out Hardy’s signature facepaint on a recent episode of SmackDown. While Nakamura was nearby, and Orton had an opportunity to lay out the United States champion, he ignored him instead.

SummerSlam will be held on August 19 at the Barclays Center in New York City.