SmackDown Tag Team Championship match
The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The New Day
A thrilling tournament led to Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E getting a chance to reclaim a pair of belts they’ve held twice in the past. They’ll have to take them from some old rivals, though...
The Road to SummerSlam
Since they started warning the blue brand roster they were coming last fall, former Wyatt Family members
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan have been on a slow march of destruction. That path took them to the promised land at WrestleMania 34, when the captured the Tag Titles. And they’ve been able to retain them against The Usos, Gallows and Anderson and (about 1.5 of) Team Hell No since.
But they haven’t been super-active since Extreme Rules, mostly laying in wait for the winner of SmackDown General Manager Paige’s #1 contender tournament.
Fans of tag wrestling haven’t complained. Not because The Bludgeon Brothers can’t bring it. Their hammer-carrying act may be a little cheesy for some, but as their Greatest Royal Rumble bout with Jimmy and Jey proved, they can go in the ring. Crowds have been plenty distracted by the great action the four team tourney provided, including a barnburner of a finals between New Day and The Bar:
And, of course, there were plenty of pancakes and positivity along the way.
Harper and Rowan returned to action on the last episode before SummerSlam, destroying some local talent types to send a message to our four time Tag Team Champions:
No we’ll see who feels the power in Brooklyn tomorrow night (Aug. 19).
What’s at stake?
A chance to hear less of Tom Phillips referring to Harper and Rowan as “The Bludgeons” and more of E telling us to put our hands together for our five-time champions?
There was talk of singles pushes for Big, X and Kof on the dirt screens, but it doesn’t look like that’s in the cards at this point. New Day continues to be the rare, break up-proof faction (knock wood) in wrestling, too. So they seem due for another run with pairs gold.
Where would that leave The Bros, though? SAnitY is currently trying to make a name for themselves with a similar act, and there are only two hours a week for Team Blue. Were they really repackaged and built up just to put over an already established team and fade back down the card?
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The New Day
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