Although fans would have been forgiven for assuming that life would be tough for Shinsuke Nakamura after his feud with AJ Styles, that wasn't the case after Extreme Rules.
The King of Strong Style failed to dethrone The Phenomenal One for the WWE Championship on several occasions.
This outcome had many believing that not only did it dent his popularity on SmackDown LIVE, but he wouldn't be seen as a credible threat anymore.
That was until he was thrown into the United States Championship picture.
Although the feud hasn't come across as bitter as the Styles storyline, there was still an interest in what fans were calling a dream match between the pair.
In the end, it all unravelled somewhat surprisingly in Pittsburgh.
With the referee looking the other way, Nakamura used his trusty low blow to get an early advantage over the Charismatic Enigma - before the referee had even called for the bell.
After that, Nakamura ran towards Hardy and landed a massive Kinshasa to pick up a win and his first piece of gold on the main roster in less than five seconds.
Then there was the return of Randy Orton and his subsequent heel turn.
So, the match had it all.
Naturally, fans are wondering why this decision was made, and comes as no real surprise following the rumours that had been swirling around for weeks.
Several sources, including Wrestling News Now, have revealed the extent of Hardy's injuries.
It's being claimed that he has problems with his neck, back and legs - while a nerve injury has resulted in him feeling numbness in his fingers.
Just last week, Jeff explained that injuries are stopping him from pulling off his signature moves.
For example, his back problems have seen him ditch the infamous Swanton Bomb for now because of the pain.
Even some fans picked up on the reason why there was a rapid title change.
In the end, it's a decision that makes sense.
Jeff's health is the priority, and a quick loss means he didn't do further damage to himself and he could even take some time off now to heal up.
It also helps both Nakamura and The Viper go over as heels, while the support for Jeff will only grow.
It also allowed more time to be given to other matches on the card.
While the reasoning behind it is evidently sad, it's perhaps in Jeff's best interests in the long run.
Now we have to wait and see what the WWE has in store for their rematch on SmackDown.
What do you make of the potential reason behind Jeff Hardy dropping the US title in less than five seconds? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.
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