A new United States champion was crowned during tonight’s WWE Elimination Chamber event.
Riddle defeated John Morrison and Bobby Lashley in a triple threat match to win the title. The finish had John Morrison take MVP’s crutch to use on Lashley. However, Lashley countered and put Morrison in the Hurt Lock, causing Morrison to drop the crutch. Riddle grabbed it, attacked Lashley, then pinned Morrison with the Bro Derek to win. This is Riddle’s first run with the United States title.
This ends Lashley’s run with the title after 172 days, defeating Apollo Crews for the championship back at WWE Payback on August 30.
The triple threat match was originally supposed to feature Keith Lee, as he and Riddle had a match two weeks ago on Raw that Lee won. However, Lashley came out and attacked both men after the match, including using steel stairs to attack Lee. Prior to the start of tonight’s event, it was announced that Lee would not be able to compete due to an injury. A fatal four way match was then set up, where Morrison defeated Mustafa Ali, Ricochet, and Elias to advance to the pay-per-view.