One of the most intriguing storylines going right now in the WWE is the United States Championship tournament which is currently taking place on SmackDown Live, as there are several different ways which the tournament could finish.
WWE began the tournament on Tuesday this week with Bobby Roode defeating the former United States Champion Baron Corbin to advance to the next round, while former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal won against Tye Dillinger to book his spot in the second round.
On Thursday, WWE announced the superstars that would be participating and filling up the rest of the bracket. The Glorious One is on one side of the bracket after defeating The Lone Wolf, while The Modern Day Maharaja is on the other side after winning against The Perfect 10.
Roode will now later face off against either Zack Ryder or Mojo Rawley, depending on who wins their first-round match. As for Mahal, he will either face Xavier Woods or Aiden English, depending on who wins their first-round match. The other two first-round matches are expected to take place next week on SmackDown from the Amway Center in Orlando.
While at the moment it's unclear as to which superstar will win the United States Championship by the end of the tournament at the Royal Rumble at the end of January, WWE may already have a plan in place for the eventual winner for the tournament.
According to WrestleVotes, via Cageside Seats, there is an idea of doing a WrestleMania X inspired angle with Dolph Ziggler where he returns to wrestle against the winner of the United States Championship tournament for the title in a ladder match.
The match being spoken about here is the ladder match at WrestleMania X for the Undisputed Intercontinental Championship between Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels. Both were Intercontinental Champion at the time and each of them had their title hung above the ring. Ramon came out on top in that match and was crowned Undisputed Intercontinental Champion.
When this match would take place remains to be seen, as SmackDown only has one pay-per-view before WrestleMania 34, which is Fastlane on March 11, unless they're having the match at WrestleMania, or on a SmackDown show beforehand.
Either way, this should make for compelling viewing on SmackDown over the next couple of weeks, as the finals of the United States Championship tournament will take place at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view in Philadelphia on January 28.