There wasn’t much, if anything, wrong with the WWE title story SmackDown told this past Tuesday. Brothers stuck together, hard work paid off, and Kofi Kingston is going to WrestleMania.
But there’s one part of that tale which has really stuck with me. It’s partly because I’m someone who always pops for the little league-like moment at the end of every NHL playoff series where guys who just spent 4 - 7 games trying to blast each other through the boards line up to shake hands. And partly it’s because The New Day/Usos rivalry is one of my favorite things to come out of WWE in recent memory.
But days later, I still get chills watching this...
When Jimmy & Jey’s music hit, I said in the Cageside offices that I thought they’d lay down for Kofi. But I don’t think I really thought it would happen. WWE will look past continuity when necessary, and the lack of threatening tag teams on the SmackDown roster for Xavier Woods & Big E to fight through counted as necessity. And honestly, if the current and six time champs had said, “we respect y’all too much to lay down”, that would have worked for me, too.
But with the themes of brotherhood and loyalty obvious in the televised story (and the theme of overcoming historic and possible current racial discrimination being touched upon online), The Usos letting The New Day escape the penitentiary this one time, out of respect, was perfect.
Now can we get the twins a match for ‘Mania? How about this one?