Jeff Hardy Beats Jinder Mahal, Wins WWE U.S. Title to Capture Career Grand Slam

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2018

Credit: WWE.com

Jeff Hardy won the United States Championship for the first time in his career Monday night on Raw after defeating Jinder Mahal.

The belt was the lone singles title missing on Hardy's resume, making him the 11th wrestler in WWE history to capture every championship in the company.

Hardy's reign as the U.S. champion may not last long. Mahal told Renee Young backstage he's invoking his rematch clause at the Greatest Royal Rumble on April 27:

Mahal was the first star to switch brands as part of this year's Superstar Shake-up. Since he brought the United States Championship with him, it raises the question whether the intercontinental title is going the other way.

Intercontinental champion Seth Rollins would not only give SmackDown Live a secondary title but also provide the show with a star who can help anchor the brand. Rollins would benefit from a change of scenery as well after having feuded with most of the top stars on Raw.

Of course, the U.S. title might end up back up SmackDown Live, since Hardy is eligible to change brands. It would mean separating Jeff from his brother Matt, but the pair would have little trouble going in different directions. Jeff is already an established singles star and former world champion, while Matt has his "Woken" universe that can operate without Jeff in the picture.

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