The WWE United States Championship is a secondary title that has always had to fight for its relevance. With the more prestigious Intercontinental Championship holding the same berth as the US title, the title has often fallen by the wayside in terms of its booking focus. However, the title did seem healthy off late, enjoying a featured spot on SmackDown and then on Raw. Samoa Joe was doing pretty well with the title and finally showed glimpses of the monster heel we all know he can be. His feud with Mysterio was a great big man-little man rivalry which eventually saw Joe be credited for injuring Mysterio. While some thought that this may be the start of a gimmick for Joe where he keeps destroying little guys, but that doesn’t look like it’ll happen. Recently called up Ricochet toppled Samoa Joe in a terrific match at Stomping Grounds to become the new United States Champion. We are the Wrestling Hub and today we will be talking about Why Ricochet Won The WWE United States Championship?
Ricochet and Samoa Joe started their rivalry in a pretty impromptu way, to a point it felt really thrown together. Ricochet won a number one contenders match on Raw beating Braun Strowman, The Miz, Cesaro and Bobby Lashley. The match against Joe was an electric affair on what is turning out to be a very solid card. Ricochet hit Joe with a Codebreaker-630 combo to win the match and become the new title holder. His direction from here on out isn’t clear, but after the Alexa Bliss and Bayley match, we saw tension between Ricochet and The Club which features AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.
Where do Ricochet and Joe go from here? Well, even though the automatic rematch clause is dead according to the WWE, Joe will have at least one opportunity to try and wrest the title away from Ricochet. With the tease by The Club, this also will help establish if the newly reformed trio will be heels or faces, as it will be dependent on how they end up treating Ricochet. If they attack him, they’ll be heels and I’d they actually try and manage to get him on their side, we’ll see a powerful face stable. However, I’m leaning towards the side that they are going to turn heel and that AJ Styles will be fighting Ricochet over the strap sooner rather than later. That should be an electric rivalry.
Joe’s placement on the card will be tough. Raw is already bloated with top heels like Bobby Lashley, Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre and Brock Lesnar. It’s hard to see Vince McMahon have enough faith in Joe that he chooses to push him over his other more prized stars.
So, do you agree with us? Do you think Ricochet winning was the right move? Let us know in the comments below!