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After WrestleMania 34, a slew of NXT wrestlers were promoted to the main roster. This included former NXT World Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas and his manager Zelina Vega. Since joining SmackDown, Almas worked a short program with Sin Cara and has since been stuck working dark matches.

According to Wrestling Standard, original plans had Almas defeating Jeff Hardy for the United States Championship. Instead, WWE appears to be headed with Shinsuke Nakamura gaining the belt.

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For all of 2018, Nakamura unsuccessfully challenged AJ Styles for the WWE Championship. The report continues that the plan was for Nakamura to win the WWE Championship for a short period and then drop it back to Styles. That clearly didn’t happen.

With Hardy suffering from nerve damage, WWE may take the title off him at Extreme Rules next Sunday. When it pertains to the United States Championship, Vince McMahon likes for a heel born outside of the U.S. to hold it; as that particular belt will bring more heat to a superstar.

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