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US title match, Styles vs. Almas announced for WWE SmackDown


Two matches have been made official for tomorrow's episode of SmackDown.

It was announced today that United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura will be defending his title against Rusev on this week's post-Hell in a Cell edition of SmackDown. WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas in a non-title match will also be taking place on the episode.

Nakamura wasn't on last night's Hell in a Cell card. Rusev was involved in the pre-show match, with The New Day retaining their SmackDown Tag Team titles against Rusev & Aiden English when Kofi Kingston pinned English. Nakamura vs. Rusev is also listed as the United States Championship match for November's WWE Starrcade event.

Styles retained his title against Samoa Joe at Hell in a Cell, but the storyline coming out of the match was that Styles submitted in the Coquina Clutch while Joe was being pinned. Joe will again be challenging for the WWE Championship at Super Show-Down in Melbourne, Australia on October 6, and WWE indicated last night that it will be a no DQ, no countout match where there must be a winner.

Styles previously defeated Almas in a non-title match on the July 17 episode of SmackDown.

The BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma is hosting tomorrow's show.