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Santos Escobar, Bobby Lashley advance in United States Title Tournament

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Just last week, Logan Paul announced an eight-man tournament would be held to determine who would earn the right to challenge him for the United States championship. Said tournament got started on this week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown.

First, Santos Escobar took care of business against Dragon Lee, all while Dominik Mysterio, the latter’s opponent at NXT Deadline, was ringside. There was no interference — Escobar simply beat Lee clean to advance.

Later, Bobby Lashley, who served in the U.S. Army, defeated Karrion Kross because, well, there was just no way he was losing during a “Tribute to the Troops” special. Sure enough, he was super over and won clean with the Spear.

Escobar vs. Lashley will take place in the semifinals.

Austin Theory vs. Kevin Owens and Grayson Waller vs. an NXT star will finish off the opening round, presumably next week.

Get complete SmackDown results and coverage of this week’s show right here.

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