Rawley, bursting from the seams with his new brash attitude and youthful aggression, took the fight to The Glorious One early in the contest. Primed for an upset of epic proportions, Rawley did not account for Roode’s perseverance, with the former NXT Champion finally edging out the young lion with the Glorious DDT for the win.
The victory party would be short-lived for Roode, though, as he was soon blindsided in the ring by The Singh Brothers, who snuck in several cheap shots before scurrying away. After the attack, Jinder Mahal stepped onto the stage and made it clear that he planned on taking Roode down next week. The Glorious One then vamped on the microphone, declaring that he didn’t need to wait until next week for the Tournament Final, as he and Mahal could square off for the star-spangled title tonight.
Liking what he heard, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan hit the scene to confirm that the match to determine the new United States Champion would indeed happen tonight, much to the delight of Roode and the chagrin of Mahal!