R-Truth beat Shinsuke Nakamura to capture his second United States Championship on the 29th February episode of Smackdown. He would then retain the title against Rusev the very same night, and would also be successful in his defence of the title against Andrade and Rey Mysterio on Smackdown last week.
However, on tonight’s edition of Smackdown Live, it was a case of ”third-time unlucky” for Truth. Samoa Joe defeated the champion in a fatal-four-way open challenge which also featured Andrade and Mysterio, to capture his first piece of gold since arriving on the main roster.
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Joe cut a typically intense backstage promo after the match, saying he would put any challenger who stepped in his path ”to sleep”.
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Whilst it is nice to see Joe pick up a title, it would have been nice to see R-Truth continue his streak of good luck and retain the championship until WrestleMania, perhaps leading to a showdown with his ‘childhood hero’ John Cena at the show of shows.
Hopefully this is the start of something good for Joe. Before tonight the former NXT Champion had one only one of his seven title matches since his call-up to the main roster, and that was by disqualification against AJ Styles. Let’s hope Samoa Joe gets a lengthy reign with the title, without that has been lacking in recent years.