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Who should challenge Baron Corbin for US title?

NXT Superstar Bobby Roode is seen at the WWE 2K18 SummerSlam Kickoff Event on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Invision for 2K Games/AP Images)
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After notably defeating The Miz at Survivor Series, SmackDown Live’s Baron Corbin now needs a No. 1 contender for his United States Championship. With such a slate currently a wide-open competition, there are definitely more than a few superstars on SmackDown Live’s roster that deserve a shot at glory. However, there are four superstars in particular that could help elevate both Corbin and the United States Championship.

Shinsuke Nakamura

While recently coming up short against Jinder Mahal upon receiving his first shot at the WWE Championship, Shinsuke Nakamura is still one of the premiere talents on SmackDown Live. If not contending for the WWE Championship, why not allow Nakamura compete for gold against Corbin? In fact, Nakamura defeated the current United States Champion at the latest installment of Starcade despite failing to capture the title as such a victory came via disqualification.

Not only should Nakamura become the No. 1 contender for Corbin’s strap, the WWE creative team should allow the former NXT standout to become the new United State Champion.

Bobby Roode

Since coming up to the main roster by way of NXT, Bobby Roode has had no shortage of noteworthy storylines. After initially battling it out with Dolph Ziggler, Roode was then inserted into the 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match at WWE’s most recent pay-per-view event. However, Roode, who is the former NXT Champion, has yet to capture any gold since joining the SmackDown Live brand. While sending the ever popular Roode directly to the top of the roster would be overzealous, competing against Corbin could serve as a solid start to such an upswing.

Kofi Kingston

With The New Day likely slated for some back-and-forth against the team of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, it appears as though The Usos and Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin will be running the SmackDown Live tag-team division for the foreseeable future. Although The New Day certainly doesn’t need gold in order to remain successful, why not put Kofi Kingston’s in-ring talents as a singles competitor on full display in the meantime? A four-time Intercontinental Champion, three-time United States Champion and seven-time tag-team champion, Kingston is no stranger to WWE titles — that’s for sure. While The New Day takes a brief hiatus from serving as the SmackDown Live Tag-Team Champions, Kingston could relive his glory days as a renowned and proven singles competitor.

Tye Dillinger

It appears as though Tye Dillinger has remained just on the outside looking in at a legitimate push since becoming a member of the SmackDown Live brand. While surely serving as a staple of the roster week-in and week-out, one could certainly make the argument that it is time for Dillinger to garner his first WWE title. With the Intercontinental Championship over on Monday Night Raw, what better place is there to start than with a run at Corbin’s United States Championship?

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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