If this headline confuses you, it's okay. It confused almost everyone.
Former NWA World Champion R-Truth got a big shot at the WWE United States Champion on Tuesday's Smackdown, given to him as a consolation for being attacked and taken out of the Royal Rumble match on Sunday.
When taking on opponent and champion Shinuke Nakamura, Truth managed a small package counter on what really wasn't much of a three count, but the bell rang anyway. The two performers continued wrestling even after the bell before the decision was announced. R-Truth was declared the new WWE United States Champion as referee Mike Chioda raised his hand.
This prompted former champion Rusev to come out and say that neither Shinsuke Nakamura nor R-Truth were good enough for the title. Rusev challenged Truth to an impromptu title match, which was accepted. R-Truth would win that match, retaining his title.
After the match, Truth was attacked from behind by Nakamura, who threw the new champ into the ring where he'd be joined by Rusev for the beatdown. The two worked as a cohesive unit in the attack.
The 47-year old R-Truth last held the title in June of 2010.