After retaining against MVP on last night’s SummerSlam pre-show, Apollo Crews is set to defend his United States Championship against another member of The Hurt Business.
WWE has announced that Bobby Lashley will challenge Crews for the United States title at Payback this coming Sunday:
Apollo Crews may have prevailed over MVP, but that doesn’t mean he’s seen the last of The Hurt Business.
Crews will have to go through The Hurt Business’ All Mighty when [he] defends his United States Championship against Bobby Lashley at WWE Payback.
Warring with MVP for months, Crews has become the primary target of his loquacious rival’s newly formed battalion. The fast-rising champion turned aside MVP’s best at SummerSlam, but Lashley represents an entirely different challenge with his unparalleled strength.
And few know of Lashley’s brute power better than Crews, who was out of action for weeks after being injured by The All Mighty’s Full Nelson.
Can Crews keep his first-ever title reign rolling, or will Lashley bring the gold home to The Hurt Business?
Don’t miss WWE Payback on the award-winning WWE Network, streaming on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
To build to the match, Mark Henry will officiate an arm wrestling competition between Crews and Lashley on Raw tonight.
The Hurt Business’ Lashley and Shelton Benjamin were banned from ringside for Crews vs. MVP at SummerSlam. That was a stipulation of Crews defeating Benjamin on Raw last week.
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Crews has been United States Champion since winning the title from Andrade on the May 25 episode of Raw.
Payback is taking place just one week after SummerSlam. Sasha Banks & Bayley defending their Women’s Tag Team titles has also been announced for the PPV, but their challengers have yet to be revealed.