United States Championship Tournament Begins

After capturing the United States Championship at WWE’s Clash of Champions pay-per-view, Dolph Ziggler left the title in the ring, effectively vacating it. On Tuesday’s SmackDown Live, General Manager Daniel Bryan said he’s been trying to reach Ziggler to no avail. As a result, a tournament will be held to crown a new champion.

We noted before that Ziggler was scheduled to be off upcoming SmackDown TV tapings to sell the mystery storyline but he would still be working WWE live events. No word yet on if he will be working as champion now that the tournament has been announced.

Stay tuned for updates on the tournament when we get a look at the brackets and info regarding when the finals will take place.

Below you can watch Daniel Bryan’s US Title Tournament announcement as well as clips from two first round matches:

First Round Tournament Match
Bobby Roode vs. Baron Corbin

First Round Tournament Match
Tye Dillinger vs. Jinder Mahal