– WWE has posted a new video on their YouTube channel in which Cathy Kelly announces that the finals of the United States Championship Tournament will take place at next month’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) on January 28th. SmackDown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan announced the tournament this past Tuesday after Dolph Ziggler seemingly relinquished the title just days after winning it at Clash Of Champions.
Also on this past Tuesday’s SmackDown, both Jinder Mahal and Bobby Roode won their respective matches to advance to the second round of the tournament. You can check out the remaining first round matches, and possible second round matches of the tournament here:
Bobby Roode def. Baron Corbin
Zack Ryder vs. Mojo Rawley
Jinder Mahal def. Tye Dillinger
Xavier Woods vs. Aiden English
Bobby Roode vs. Mojo Rawley or Zack Ryder
Jinder Mahal vs. Xavier Woods or Aiden English
– Some fans may have noticed that the Velveteen Dream has been absent from WWE TV since his loss to Aleister Black at NXT TakeOver: WarGames in November. There is currently no word on why he has been missing TV time, however, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that he is listed on booking sheets for the month.
Dream hasn’t been at the WWE Performance Center since November either. There was a brief mention of Dream being injured on NXT TV but no further details were given.