Eddie Guerrero
July 27, 2003 - Oct. 19, 2003

The United States Championship was deemed inactive after Edge unified the Intercontinental and U.S. Championships by defeating Test at Survivor Series on Nov. 18, 2001. In 2003, SmackDown! General Manager Stephanie McMahon decided to bring the U.S. Championship out of retirement in 2003, and set up a tournament to determine the new champion. Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit were the final two Superstars in the tournament, and they met at Vengeance in the pay-per-view opener. These two great mat technicians put in a stellar effort, which always seems to be par for the course with Benoit and Guerrero. With the referee knocked out, though, Rhyno interfered and laid the Gore on Benoit, allowing Guerrero to hit the Frog Splash for the win and his second United States Championship, as he had held it previously in 1996 while in WCW.