It took a blatant low blow with the referee’s back turned, but Rusev was able to retain his United States title and remain undefeated.
In one of the dirtier victories of the night, Rusev retained the United States Championship against John Cena by beating him at Fastlane.
Cena got taken down early with a spin kick from Rusev, with the Bulgarian superstar focusing on Cena’s gut with hard kicks.
Out of nowhere Cena managed to hit a dropkick for a two count, but Rusev returns with his own dropkick and near fall.
With Cena beginning to gain momentum, Rusev managed to hit a fallaway slam for a two count.
Rusev began dropping elbows to the back of Cena to set up for The Accolade. but Cena grabbed his foot and tripped him to lock in the STF. Rusev crawled to the ropes to break the hold, so Cena tried for an Attitude Adjustment, but Rusev managed to slip out and hit some kicks. Cena finally managed to hit the AA after ducking the last kick, but Rusev kicked out.
Cena went to the top rope but got caught in a Rusev powerbomb, who then locked him in The Accolade. With Cena trying to escape the hold, Rusev keeps pulling him back in.
Even with Cena giving Rusev everything he had, locking in a Crossface, an STF and an Attitude Adjustment, the Hero of the Russian Federation would not stay down.
Finally, a distraction by Rusev’s manager Lana allowed Rusev to hit Cena in the groin with a low blow, locking in an unconscious Cena in The Accolade to get the victory and retain his United States Championship – and stays undefeated in the process.