The title change went down on this week’s episode of SmackDown Live in Phoenix, AZ at the Talking Stick Resort Arena as Truth opened the show by cutting a promo with Carmella at his side about how due to him being attacked by Nia Jax and not allowed to compete in the Men’s Royal Rumble Match, The McMahon’s had granted him a championship match.
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This led to Truth beating Shinsuke Nakamura for the title. He would then immediately defend it against Rusev which saw him successfully retain it. After this match, Rusev turned heel by beating Truth down alongside Nakamura.