Many of you might have skipped this week’s episode of WWE SmackDown Live but it wasn’t a total throwaway show like previous holiday episodes.
At the end of this week’s show, Rusev defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to win the United States Championship. This his third U.S. title reign.
This title change will only add fuel to the rumors about Nakamura looking to leave WWE. We don’t know that to be the case. In fact, Nakamura moved his family to the United States shortly after he signed his WWE contract and Dave Meltzer reported last week that Nakamura is not looking to leave the United States.
So, this appears to be just something done as part of the storyline and, perhaps, Nakamura will get his rematch at the Royal Rumble or there could be other plans for him.