New #1 Contender For United States Title Crowned On WWE Raw

A new face will challenge Bobby Lashley for his title next week on Raw.

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Ciampa is your new number one contender for the WWE United States Championship after winning a pair of matches over some experienced competitors on last night's Raw.

The former NXT Champion's main roster run has been a bit of a question mark so far, as he spent the first couple of months doing run-ins, having his interviews cut off, and finally being paired with the Miz in a true Odd Couple.

But on Monday night, Ciampa won a triple threat against Chad Gable and Dolph Ziggler, pinning Gable with a Fairy Tale Ending after a spirited match. He then battled AJ Styles, who had defeated Mustafa Ali and Miz in an earlier triple threat.

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Ciampa prevailed against Styles with a little help from Miz, who delayed AJ getting back in the ring, which enabled Ciampa to nail the Phenomenal One with a Fairy Tale Ending to earn his shot at Bobby Lashley's US title next week on Raw.

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Considering how Ciampa was being booked two weeks ago to today, you've got to imagine this in huge part due to Triple H being in charge, as Ciampa was a big part of NXT when The Game ran the black-and-gold brand. If that's the case, it could bode well for Ciampa and other former NXT projects of Triple H's.

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Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.