We have a BRAND NEW UNITED STATES champion on the SmackDown Live brand, and it is the one and only R-Truth.
Because he wasn't able to compete in the Rumble. he was given a chance to compete for United States Championship. The reason he was not able to compete during Sunday's PPV is because Nia Jax came out, attacked him, and took his "place".
Because he was unable to compete in the Men's #RoyalRumble Match, @RonKillings has the opportunity to challenge #USChampion @ShinsukeN for the #USTitle RIGHT NOW! #SDLive @CarmellaWWE pic.twitter.com/gxqpDMIsYb— WWE (@WWE) January 30, 2019