WWE has a new United States Champion after tonight’s live event in Madison Square Garden.
Rey Mysterio defended the US title on Thursday night at the legendary venue in a match against Andrade. The finish of the match saw Andrade reverse a top rope splash, then hit his Hammerlock DDT finisher to clench the victory.
This is the first title win for Andrade since moving from NXT in April 2018.
The 30-year-old wrestler previously held the NXT Championship one-time, defeating Drew McIntyre for the belt in 2017, and held the title for 140 days.
Watch fan shot video of the title win during tonight’s MSG event below.
WWE confirmed the title change with an announcement on their website, seen below. It was noted that Andrade received tonight’s title shot due to his Gauntlet Match win on the December 16 RAW episode. As noted, that match ended with no clear winner after Andrade destroyed Humberto Carrillo on the outside of the ring. The other participants in the Gauntlet were Akira Tozawa, WWE 24/7 Champion R-Truth, Matt Hardy, and Ricochet. WWE has not mentioned any potential title shot for Andrade until tonight’s match at MSG, and Rey even defended the title against Seth Rollins on this week’s RAW.
Andrade captures U.S. Title by defeating Rey Mysterio at Madison Square Garden
Andrade claimed the U.S. Title with a victory over Rey Mysterio at a WWE Live! event at Madison Square Garden.
The former NXT Champion now begins his first reign as a United States Champion by defeating one of WWE’s most decorated Superstars. Andrade earned the title opportunity after claiming a brutal Gauntlet Match win besting Humberto Carrillo.
Catch the newly crowned U.S. Champion on Monday Night Raw at 8/7 C on the USA Network.
Sources: WWE, Pro Wrestling Sheet and Wrestling Inc.