United States Championship match announced for SummerSlam

WWE Smack Down Live Preview 8 1 2017

Shinsuke Nakamura beat John Cena to become the No.1 contender and booked his place against Jinder Mahal at Summerslam 2017. He immediately established himself among his peers and earned a championship opportunity where he would dethrone Nakamura and go on to defend it in superb rematch.

After the match, there was respect shown by both athletes to each other, attracting a loud cheer from the WWE universe at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Owens protested backstage to Smackdown bosses Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan and was granted a rematch at SummerSlam, only to then be told McMahon would be the guest referee.

Mahal will hence face Shinsuke Nakamura at SummerSlam 2017, at the Barclays Centre, New York, on August 20. First on SmackDown Live, WWE United States Champion AJ Styles defended his title against Kevin Owens. So when Styles rolled Owens up, the referee couldn't see that Owens had his shoulder up, so Owens lost the belt. So now that Cena isn't going to be in this title match, what's the plan for him at the August pay-per-view?

When squaring off with a franchise star and all time great, that is not always the case but there Nakamura was, captivating the audience as he kicked out of Attitude Adjustments and wiggled free of his opponent's grasp before blasting him with Kinshasa for the win. We're still right around three weeks away from SummerSlam, and we're less than a day away from the WWE Championship match being set. The important part of this segment could also have been not Cena's involvement but rather Corbin's attack on Shinsuke Nakamura. Here's all the action that went down as the Summerslam match card began to heat up.

Owens took a swing and tried to punch AJ in the face, but he inadvertently knocked out the referee. On the women's side, champion Naomi is now in the midst of a newfound rivalry with No. 1 contender Natalya. Have I been zapped into a parallel universe where John Cena isn't bad? Two nights later at SmackDown Live, Styles won the USA title back from Owens in a triple threat match that also included WWE superstar Chris Jericho, Owens' former tag team partner-turned-rival. So the Sumemrslam for Rusev seems set and Orton made it clear with an RKO out of nowhere.

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