What an odd thing to happen...
This past Sunday it was announced over social media by SmackDown Live GM Paige that there was going to be a WWE United States Championship match during last night's SmackDown Live which would feature the champion Jeff Hardy putting his title on the line against Shinsuke Nakamura.
A few hours before SmackDown went live on the USA Network it was revealed by WWE that Shinsuke had not been medically cleared to compete and instead of the one-on-one bout, Jeff was going to be issuing an open challenge to any competitor in the back who wanted a shot at his United States Title. Jeff's challenge was eventually answered by former NXT Tag Team Champion and SAnitY leader Eric Young.
Yesterday evening, following the news from WWE a report surfaced by way of Dave Meltzer which noted that Shinsuke Nakamura was bitten by a police dog at the 'Rabobank Arena' before a SmackDown house show in Bakersfield, CA. PWInsider followed up on the report and noted that the dog was brought to the backstage area as a part of a security check and as the dog began to sniff Nakamura, it bit him on the leg. The site added that the dog was not provoked either and as a medical precaution, Nakamura was pulled from his live event match and the decision was made to pull him from the U.S. Title match with Jeff Hardy as well.