In the main event of WWE RAW on December 12th 2022, Seth Rollins defeated Bobby Lashley to become the #1 contender for the United States title. At one point during the match, Lashley was on the verge of winning but the referee had accidentally been knocked to the outside of the ring.
After the match, Lashley vented his frustrations about the outcome and one of the referees was knocked down by Lashley. Adam Pearce ran down to ringside and said his hands were tied. Lashley put his hands on Pearce and that led to Pearce saying that Lashley was “fired” from WWE as RAW went off the air.
— WWE (@WWE) December 13, 2022