Bobby Roode became the new United States Champion on SmackDown last night.
Despite the championship match originally being advertised for the Royal Rumble (and then briefly being announced for next Tuesday), both the semifinals and finals took place this week. Those matches took up most of the show, with Roode beating Mojo Rawley and Jinder Mahal defeating Xavier Woods to advance.
The Singh Brothers attacked Roode after his first match, but he challenged Mahal to face him later in the night. Daniel Bryan made that official despite Mahal declining the offer, The Singh Brothers were barred from ringside for the main event, and Roode countered the Khallas into a Glorious DDT to win the US title.
There was only one other match on SmackDown, which was The Riott Squad facing Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch & Naomi in a six-woman tag. The Usos appeared in a backstage segment despite Jey's DWI arrest from over the weekend.
More coverage from last night --
- Trish Stratus announced for WWE Raw 25
- WWE 205 Live results: Goldust takes on The Zo Train
- New United States Champion crowned on WWE SmackDown
- WWE Mixed Match Challenge live results: The series premiere
- WWE SmackDown live results: US title tournament continues
WWE SmackDown video highlights --
Xavier Woods vs. Jinder Mahal in a US title tournament semifinal match
AJ Styles plans on ending "Kami's" Yep Movement at the Royal Rumble
Members of the SmackDown women's division state their case for winning the Rumble
Bobby Roode vs. Mojo Rawley in a US title tournament semifinal match
Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch & Naomi vs. The Riott Squad
Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin send a message to The Usos ahead of the Royal Rumble
A video package looks at the rivalry between AJ Styles and Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
Rusev & Aiden English challenge Breezango, will face The Ascension instead
Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal in the US title tournament finals
SmackDown fallout: Bobby Roode reflects on his US title win
SmackDown fallout: Bobby Roode gets photographed with his new championship