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.
Ever since it was announced a week ago, WWE has touted the Cena-Nakamura showdown as a dream match. Instead, Smackdown LIVE commissioner Shane McMahon had a solution of his own: Styles and Owens would clash again at Summerslam. Mahal will now be defending his WWE Championship against Nakamura at SummerSlam on August 20.
The Smackdown management team agreed and granted Owens a rematch against Styles for the United States Championship at SummerSlam with McMahon as the special guest referee to ensure that the same mistake won't happen twice. 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?
It is not new to WWE to start some controversy in a match before any PPV. Finally, Nakamura went in for the head-ringing Kinshasa and ergo inked his name as the No. 1 contender for WWE Championship title.
Owens accidentally hits the referee in the eye, and when Styles rolls him up, the referee doesn't see that Owens has his right shoulder up for the entire three count. WWE choosing to make the SummerSlam match a Triple Threat isn't far-fetched, and it'd shake things up in what has become a fairly stale division.More news: Musicians, 'Drag Race' stars unite in video opposing Trump's trans military ban
Cena seemed poised to put Nakamura away when he nailed The Rockstar with an Attitude Adjustment.
With two weeks remaining until SummerSlam, the major matches are set SmackDown side. 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.
If Owens vs. McMahon is still the endgame at some point, then the United States Championship match at SummerSlam will more than likely result in another dusty finish.
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Seth Rollins lost clean to Randy Orton at WrestleMania 31, only to cash-in and pin Roman Reigns for the title a few hours later.