As seen on Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live, the finals of the United States Title Tournament was pushed up and took place on this week’s show instead of the upcoming Royal Rumble pay-per-view event.
Dave Meltzer indicated in the latest issue of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter that it was probably moved up because of time constraints at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Two Rumble matches are taking place on the card and those two matches combined will be 2 of the 4 hours on the show.
Meltzer also believes that there could have been a change of plans because of an injury situation and caused the company to deviate from what they originally had in mind. Meltzer didn’t elaborate on what injury could have caused a change in plans but it’s worth pointing out that there have been an abnormal amount of injuries as of late and it could have been any of those.