Title Match Announced For This Week’s SmackDown Live

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Shinsuke Nakamura was one of the stars who were missing from Hell in a Cell this past weekend since WWE didn’t think it was worth having the United States Champion defend his title as part of the show.

Nakamura’s latest feud has been against Jeff Hardy who stepped inside Hell in a Cell against Randy Orton last night which meant that Nakamura didn’t have a challenger for the show.

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The Intercontinental Championship wasn’t defended at Hell in a Cell either, but Seth Rollins was on the show since he challenged for the Tag Team Championships with Dean Ambrose.

This obviously won’t be the case heading into Australia’s Super Show-Down and Survivor Series in November, which is why General Manager Paige has already announced that he will be forced to defend his United States Championship against Rusev on Tuesday night.

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Rusev was part of Hell in a Cell on Sunday night when he and Aiden English challenged for the Tag Team Championships on the kickoff show ahead of the event. The New Day were victorious in the match but there were teases throughout the match that made it seem that there could be an issue between English and Rusev.

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The fact that he’s now going after the United States Championship means that he and English won’t be working as a team in the near future, but there could still be a storyline between them if they want to bring Rusev Day to an end.

Lana and Rusev have been paired together for the Mixed Match Challenge which will start airing tomorrow night, which means that the duo will remain together but English doesn’t have to be part of the group moving forward.