Bobby Roode captured the WWE United States championship during the Jan. 16 episode of Smackdown Live – possibly ushering a new era for the title – a glorious era.
Roode defeated former WWE champion Jinder Mahal in the finals of the United States title tournament. During the match, Roode hit a spinebuster and countering Mahal’s Khallas with a Glorious DDT.
— WWE (@WWE) January 17, 2018
Prior to facing Mahal, Roode won his semifinal match against Mojo Rawley. After the match, he was attacked by was later attacked by Samir and Sunil Singh. After the attack, Mahal taunted him, resulting in Roode requesting their U.S. title match taking place the same evening. Mahal refused, but Smackdown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan ordered the finals to take place in the main event.
He began the tournament with a victory against former United State champion Baron Corbin. After the match, Roode posted a tweet of his reaction to winning the championship.
— Bobby Roode (@REALBobbyRoode) January 17, 2018
This is the first singles title for Roode since he made his main roster debut back in August.
The Glorious One was widely known for his run in NXT, which included a 203-day reign with the NXT Championship that ended at NXT Takeover Brooklyn III. Anyone who has followed Roode’s professional wrestling career knows the WWE United States title is another piece of hardware for his large trophy case.
Fans were excited when Roode made his Smackdown Live debut, but there have been concerns from fans about his lackluster feud with Dolph Ziggler in the beginning weeks of his run.
Roode’s first championship feud saw him challenging Corbin for the U.S. title in what would be a triple threat match with Ziggler, who went on to win the title. Ziggler would later relinquish the championship, resulting in the tournament.
Now that Roode has the title, he’ll have a big target on his back. Potential feuds for his first few months for his title reign include Mahal and Corbin. Xavier Woods, who lost to Mahal in their semifinal match, may throw his name in the hat. There is also a chance Ziggler could return to Smackdown Live and challenge Roode for the title.
2018 is shaping up to be a big year for Roode. Not only has he captured his first taste of WWE gold, he is also set to tag with Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair in WWE’s Mixed Match Challenge. The two will have title belts to along with their robes.
Flair was one of many superstars who congratulated Roode on his title win.
— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) January 17, 2018
In all seriousness, the United States title is akin to the WWE Intercontinental Championship on Raw in that it is the midcard championship, but it can be used in high profile storylines. It also carries a long history with many WWE Hall of Famers holding onto it at some point during their careers.
A who’s who of wrestlers have also held the U.S. title on their way to winning a WWE world title.
Will Roode be one of the superstars who captures a world title after holding on to the U.S. championship? Only time will tell, but the fact that he has the United States championship is a good first step.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? September 17, 2018
For Raw, Dean Ambrose versus Drew McIntyre was a great opening match to start off Raw. These two went back and forth and McIntyre ended up getting the victory after hitting a Claymore Kick. The rivalry between the Shield and McIntyre, Ziggler, and Strowman will possibly end at the Super Showdown so matches like this help elevate this rivalry.
For Smackdown, the segment we got from Randy Orton was one of the best pieces of his work. After defeating Jeff Hardy at Hell in a Cell, Orton was in the back at the production truck and he was harassing one of the workers to watch all of his assaults against Hardy. Orton then states that it will be nothing compared to his next victim. Things are looking up and really interesting for Orton going forward.
For Raw, we got a filler match between Bayley and Dana Brooke and it wasn’t much. Last week, Dana Brooke decided to go on her own and it doesn’t make a difference because she lost to Bayley in a few minutes. Along with that, apparently creative has nothing in mind for the team of Bayley and Sasha Banks since the Riot Squad is dealing with the Bella Twins.
For Smackdown, they are deciding to have Naomi and Asuka be a team moving forward. While it probably would be better to have them face off against each other, WWE has decided to have them go against the IIconics next. Maybe the rumor of women’s tag team championship at Evolution are true and that’s why they keep forming women teams?
The Final Verdict
Fresh off of Hell in a Cell, both shows needed to show where they were going next. The Super Showdown does have lots of matches with implications on it and both brands are focused on that. But, Raw also introduced the Crown Jewel PPV, which will take place later this year and include Brock Lesnar getting his rematch for the Universal Championship. In regards to what show had more meaning and was better, Smackdown definitely took it this week. We got a great match between AJ Styles and Andrade Almas, Rusev Day unfortunately is broken up for good, and we got a great ending segment with Becky Lynch as the new champion. In conclusion, Smackdown is providing solid shows and storylines week after week while Raw does have some interesting angles, not everything they are trying is clicking.
Tommy Dreamer Says ECW Was Funded By WWE From the Beginning
ECW legend Tommy Dreamer says that WWE funded Paul Heyman’s creation since day 1, even though it appeared, at times, that ECW was competing with Vince McMahon’s WWE during 1990s, and the infamous Monday Night Wars between WWE and WCW.
“I did not find out that Paul was in bed with them until we did any episode of Byte This together and he said it on the air and if you watch my face you can see it” Dreamer said, during an interview with WSVN-TV Entertainment reporter Chris Van Vliet .
“The story changes all the time, Jim Ross who was the head of talent relations at the time says they were in bed together all the time and that Paul Heyman would get checks, but Paul said he didn’t get checks.
“It’s many, many conspiracy theories. Shane McMahon told me Paul was in bed with WWE the entire time. Bruce Prichard said he was in bed with them since day one.”
Dreamer also talked about All-In, where he was seen walking with Cody to the ring for his NWA World Title match against Nick Aldis.
“Honestly, when I saw NWA’s YouTube show ’10 Pounds of Gold’ and Cody talked about Dusty’s five guys I seriously got all teary eyed. Then when talking with Glacier and DDP they were like we didn’t know that either.
“So now we’re forever connected. A lot of people say in life you can count your friends on one hand or you’re lucky if you can count them on two and for the fact that Dusty Rhodes counted three wrestlers that were part of his five guys, it was an amazing, amazing thing that we all witnessed together.
“Cody is someone I hired into WWE and The Young Bucks I use them all the time on my shows and they were like my main eventers before people thought they were main eventers. They’re my guys.”
WWE Starrcade Announced
WWE has announces Starrcade for the second straight year, and a number of matches have already been announced for the PPV that takes place Saturday, November 24th from Cincinnati, Ohio at the US Bank Arena.
- The Shield vs. Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre (Cincinnati Street Fight)
- WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe
- Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (Steel Cage Match)
- United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev
- Smackdown Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. The Bar
- Special Performance: Elias with Ric Flair
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