WWE World Tag Team Championships
The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family
The Usos face their toughest challenge as WWE World Tag Team Champions yet as they face The Wyatt Family of Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, who have beaten them in two straight non-title matches.
Now, The Wyatts are coming for The Usos gold belts! Will Harper and Rowan finally get some shiny nice things for the first time in their lives or will The Usos disappoint them again?
The Road to Money in the Bank
Since the debut of Luke Harper and Erick Rowan last summer as Bray Wyatt's acolytes, The Usos have been their most frequent opponents on house shows and television, but this is the first time the two teams have faced each other on pay-per-view. So far, this has been a very even feud with both duos picking up two wins apiece on TV in their early bouts during the autumn and winter months.
The Usos went on to win the WWE World Tag Team Championships from The New Age Outlaws in March and were kept busy successfully defending their newly won titles against The Real Americans, Rybaxel and Los Matadores, whilst The Wyatts focused on unsuccessfully attempting to turn John Cena into a monster and slay the beast.
Realizing he needed help in his war with The Wyatts after losing a cage match to Bray Wyatt at Extreme Rules partly due to liberal interference from Rowan and Harper, Cena turned to his good friends The Usos for help, who were all too glad to help, having unfinished business with the creepy clan themselves.
However, the move didn't instantly pay off, as the first match Cena had tagging with The Uso twins against the three Wyatts saw them crash to defeat on the May 9th episode of Smackdown when Harper decapitated Jimmy with a vicious clothesline for the clean victory:
As you all know, Cagesiders, a man like John Cena can't be held down for very long. Thus, it was no surprise when the immediate rematch on the May 12th Monday Night Raw went his way. Indeed, thanks to The Usos taking out Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper with a series of superkicks and stereo dives, Erick Rowan was left as easy pickings for Cena's Attitude Adjustment finisher
Cena also pinned Rowan with the AA in a singles match on the May 16th Smackdown that was fought cleanly due to The Usos coming out to be his surprise back-up, taking care of Harper when he ran into the ring looking to interfere by hitting a series of moves on him that culminated in a spectacular double dive through the ropes and preventing Bray from even stepping foot in the ring when Cena had Rowan's leg hooked for the three count.
A similar scenario happened on the May 19th Monday Night Raw, as John Cena faced Luke Harper one on one with The Usos as his back-up again, but this time with the completely opposite end result. Bray Wyatt took out both Usos with Sister Abigail, which led to a gang attack on Cena that ended with Bray KOing him with a Sister Abigail on the steel ramp way that kept him down for much longer than the ten count needed to win a Last Man Standing match:
The Usos faced Luke Harper & Erick Rowan in a straight tag team match for the fifth time on TV on the May 23rd Smackdown, but the spotlight was on their seconds John Cena and Bray Wyatt leading into their Last Man Standing bout at Payback. The Usos won by disqualification when Bray shoved Jey off the top rope as he was looking to frog splash Rowan, leading to Cena finishing the job off for The Usos by hitting the AA on Rowan and staring Bray down as the show went off the air:
However, The Wyatt Family of Luke Harper and Erick Rowan quickly cemented their status as the number one contenders to the WWE World Tag Team Titles by cleanly beating The Usos in a non-title match on the May 27th WWE Main Event show when Harper pinned Jimmy with a spinning clothesline:
In the end, John Cena using The Usos as his enforcers paid off big time, as at Payback on June 1st the two teams took each other out with crazy spots allowing Cena to concentrate his attention fully on Bray Wyatt and eke out a victory in their Last Man Standing match together by trapping him in a crate that he couldn't escape from in time.
Despite lacking the guidance of their leader Bray Wyatt, who was licking his wounds from the night before, Luke Harper & Erick Rowan nonetheless still defeated The Usos in another non-title match on the June 2nd Raw, when Rowan pinned Jey with a side slam:
Next, it was Jimmy Uso's turn to face Luke Harper in a singles match on the June 10th WWE Main Event show, which saw Jimmy stop the rot by pinning Harper with a schoolboy after hitting a thunderous superkick to the jaw. On the June 13th Smackdown, Erick Rowan evened the score in one on one matches by pinning Jey Uso with the side slam again.
Continuing to be a thorn in the side of Bray Wyatt, The Usos came out during his match with Sheamus on the June 16th Raw and although they were unable to stop Luke Harper and Erick Rowan attacking Sheamus when he readied himself for a Brogue Kick, causing a disqualification loss for Bray, they did take the gruesome twosome out by running up a ladder held in place by Sheamus and hitting simultaneous dives on their enemies:
On the June 17th WWE Main Event, it was time for the Wyatt Family to look strong again, so they defeated Sheamus & The Usos when Jimmy ran into Bray's arms and was pinned with Sister Abigail.
This week on Raw, there were rematches of the two singles matches that happened two weeks earlier, but both results were different. This time, Luke Harper pinned Jimmy Uso with a spinning clothesline, while Jey Uso pinned Erick Rowan with a top rope splash.
Finally, the go-home edition of Smackdown saw another rematch, this time from the June 16th Raw, as Bray Wyatt and Sheamus faced off with their buddies at ringside again. The finish was no different, with Harper & Rowan running in for the DQ again and The Usos wiping them out with stereo dives:
What's at Stake?
Power and influence for the Wyatt Family
Although the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is the richer reward for Bray Wyatt, if his henchmen win the tag belts tonight, then that will guarantee control of WWE's tag team division. If Bray follows up by winning WWE's main singles title in the ladder match main event, then the Wyatts will have the whole WWE universe in their hands.
Having a crazy cult in power would be a nightmare scenario for virtuous heroes like The Usos. They want to continue living the dream of being WWE's top tag team.
Will the Wyatts grab all the gold tonight? Find out on WWE Network and right here at Cageside Seats!