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Tyler Breeze and Fandango both won singles matches against individual Usos on this week’s episode of SmackDown, but thanks to a smart blind tag, the Usos were victorious over the Fashion Police in the impromptu rematch of Sunday’s Tag Team Championship bout. This, when combined with the Talking Smack debut of The New Day, who came over in the Superstar Shakeup but have been absent on the blue brand to this point, presumably means the end of Breezango in Tuesday’s tag title scene.
That shouldn’t be the case, though: New Day are huge stars, and arguably the most significant addition to SmackDown from the Shakeup given there are three members and just the one Charlotte Flair. However, they’ve already done the tag team thing, and done it about as well as you could: they have the record for longest tag team reign thanks to their run on RAW, and WWE was out of ideas for them well before they got to that point. Maybe it’ll be different on SmackDown, sure, but there are also other ventures for New Day at this point, and being the main focus of the tag division probably shouldn’t be one of them.
That’s not to say that New Day needs to immediately do something else — it’s just that Breeze and Deputy Dango shouldn’t be shuffled to the side in favor of New Day just yet, or maybe at all. Think of all the interactions between the two comedy tag teams who, by the way, also put on quality matches. Think of how much all of that is going to infuriate the now serious-as-hell Usos. The division will be better off if all three of these teams are allowed to flourish, so with any luck, Tuesday was more about a way for New Day to get involved rather than for Breezango to be shuffled off to the side.
- On the bright side, it doesn’t seem as if this will actually be the final episode of the Fashion Files.
- The participants were revealed for the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match, and thanks to Kevin Owens making some good points, the total number jumped from Shane McMahon’s planned five to six.
- While they haven’t shown that they’re doing it yet, the rumor is that SmackDown is also planning on having a Money in the Bank ladder match for the women.
- Speaking of firsts for the women of WWE, the women’s tournament now has a name: The Mae Young Classic.
- Jinder Mahal received his custom WWE World Championship side plates. We also got an official announcement of Randy Orton’s rematch for that title, which will come at Money in the Bank.
- Regardless of why it happened, Jinder Mahal’s WWE World Championship victory is important. I wrote quite a few words to explain what I mean.
- For the full SmackDown Live and Talking Smack recap, Andrew Swift has you covered.
- Becky Lynch listed off four RAW superstars she’d like to see come over to SmackDown, and you probably won’t be surprised by most/any of them.
- Alexa Bliss is literally leaving her mark on RAW’s women’s division, or, more specifically, Mickie James’ back.
- Thanks to some video, we’ve got a pretty good idea of who attacked Enzo Amore.
- Braun Strowman’s elbow looks pretty gnarly. If you would like a rumor/spoiler for when he and his weird-looking elbow could be back, Wednesday’s Rumor Roundup is the place to look.
- Impact released emails they’ve had with WWE over the Broken Hardys gimmick, and Reby Hardy did not take long to respond to that incident.