It was a strange situation for the US Championship match at Extreme Rules, as the match never happened despite hype packages airing on the night.
As it came time for the match, we cut to commentary to be informed that although Apollo Crews had been in the building earlier in the day, he had not been cleared to wrestle due to injuries suffered at the hands of Bobby Lashley.
MVP then crowned himself the United States Champion, taking this from Crews who has not been seen on WWE television since 27th June.
It has been reported by Dave Meltzer in the post-show Wrestling Observer Radio that the reason Crews didn’t defend the title, and indeed hasn’t been seen on TV for so long, is due to a positive Covid-19 test.
This obviously makes sense as the reason why a champion wouldn’t be able to appear on TV, but does leave the question as to why WWE chose to announce on the night that he hadn’t been cleared rather than making alternative arrangements before.
Either way, there will no doubt be more explanation on Raw, where MVP will be one of a number of wrestlers trying to confirm their title or victory status following on from ‘The Horror Show’.