The Bar is going to defend the SmackDown tag titles in a triple threat match against The Usos and New Day at the upcoming TLC event on Sun., Dec. 16, 2018, from the SAP Center in San Jose, California.
The announcement of this match wasn’t surprising, considering that WWE booked the champs to lose separate matches against The Usos and New Day on consecutive episodes of SmackDown Live. There isn’t much doubt that these three teams will put on a hell of a match, but doesn’t it feel like we’ve seen a ton of championship matches this year that included The Usos or New Day?
I decided to look at all the SmackDown tag team championship matches that aired on SmackDown Live or pay-per-view (PPV) this year, and you can judge for yourself how well those two teams have locked down the SmackDown tag title scene in 2018. With help from the data provided by Cagematch.net, here is the full list of every championship match in 2018, in chronological order.
- January 2 (SmackDown Live): The Usos (c) vs. Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable
- January 28 (Royal Rumble): The Usos (c) vs. Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable
- March 11 (Fastlane): The Usos (c) vs. New Day
- April 8 (WrestleMania 34): The Usos (c) vs. New Day vs. Bludgeon Brothers
- April 27 (Greatest Royal Rumble): Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The Usos
- June 17 (Money in the Bank): Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
- June 19 (SmackDown Live): Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
- July 15 (Extreme Rules): Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. Team Hell No
- August 19 (SummerSlam): Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. New Day
- August 21 (SmackDown Live): Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. New Day
- September 16 (Hell in a Cell): New Day (c) vs. Rusev Day
- October 6 (Super Show-Down): New Day (c) vs. The Bar
- October 16 (SmackDown 1000): New Day (c) vs. The Bar
- November 2 (Crown Jewel): The Bar (c) vs. New Day
There are 14 total championship matches listed here, and only three of the matches do not include The Usos or New Day. Those three matches all took place in June and July when the Bludgeon Brothers were fending off challenges from the Good Brothers and Team Hell No.
The order of matches shows that 2018 was dominated by the Usos early in the year, the Bludgeon Brothers in the middle of the year, and New Day late in the year.
If the complete list is scrutinized even further, it turns out that only two of the matches do not include either New Day or Bludgeon Brothers. Those two matches both occurred in January, which means every championship match since the end of January included either New Day or Bludgeon Brothers. The title match at TLC 2018 will be the 7th consecutive title match featuring New Day.
The full list also shows that Rusev Day only had one championship match this year (and it was on a PPV pre-show). SaniTY had zero championship matches this year. There are several awesome combinations of potential championship matches that we didn’t get to see in 2018.
What do you think about this list, Cagesiders? Do you think WWE has done a commendable job of spreading around SmackDown tag team championship matches this year among the roster? Or are you a little exhausted with the same few teams getting title shot after title shot?