Keep it building. We are less than a week away from Backlash and that means there is still time to get things ready. The show is going to be built around the Greatest Wrestling Match Ever, but there are a lot of other things going on with the card. That includes several title matches and after this week’s Monday Night Raw, there was another one added to Sunday’s Backlash.

The United States Title has been around for a long time and has seen a lot of talented wrestlers as champion. It is the kind of title that serves as a stepping stone to the higher levels of WWE with a lot of future World Champions holding it throughout their careers. More recently though, it hasn’t been as active of a title, though that will be a bit better this coming weekend.

This week on Monday Night Raw, Andrade won a triple threat match to become the new #1 contender for the United States Title, earning a title shot against Apollo Crews at Backlash. Andrade defeated Angel Garza and Kevin Owens, pinning Garza after a Stunner from Owens. Crews defeated Andrade for the title on the May 25 episode of Monday Night Raw, ending Andrade’s reign after five months.

They’ve done this before. Check out Andrade and Crews in action:

Opinion: Makes sense, as Crews is still brand new as champion and needs to win a few matches to really establish himself. That is true about the title itself as well, as Andrade rarely defended it while he was champion. Unfortunately that has been the case with several recent champions. I have little reason to believe it will be different with Crews, but at least he’s getting to defend early in his reign.

What do you think of the match? Who leaves as champion? Let us know in the comments below.

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