The last time that the United States Heavyweight Championship was defended was back in October, when Dean Ambrose successfully defended the title against Big E Langston at Hell in a Cell 2013 and on Monday Night Raw the following night.
Minoru Tanaka had a brief stint in TNA, where the Japanese wrestler was a part of Team Japan, a story line that the company ran in 2006. He worked a tag team match on Impact Wrestling and also worked a six man tag team match at TNA Lockdown.
After almost an entire decade working for the company, Minoru Tanaka shocked the wrestling world by opting to leave New Japan. The two sides simply were not able to come to terms on a brand new contract. There are talks that Tanaka could be headed to All Japan soon.