New United States Champion Crowned

Kevin Owens is once again the United States champion.

Just 48 hours after Owens lost his title to Chris Jericho in his first defense of the title at the Payback pay-per-view, “The Face of America” defeated Jericho on SmackDown Live to win back the United States title.

After superkicking Jericho and hitting him with a DDT outside the ring, Owens pinned Jericho with the Pop-Up Powerbomb to win the title. After the match, Owens continued to attack Jericho in the ring to end the show.

Jericho, who used to be on RAW, got signed to SmackDown after winning the United States Championship as per the stipulations established after the Superstar Shake-Up after WrestleMania 33. Jericho first won the title late last year on RAW after pinning then-champion Roman Reigns when Jericho teamed with Owens in a handicap match against Reigns.  

Below are some highlights and shots of the match posted by WWE on social media:

This is Owens’ second U.S. title reign, with his first starting at WrestleMania 33 after beating Jericho as well. Owens is a former WWE Universal and Intercontinental Champion.

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