After cruising through four first round match-ups last week, WWE held the semifinals for the SmackDown Tag Title Contender’s Tournament during this week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown in Laredo, Texas.
Drew McIntyre & Sheamus were supposed to be up first against Hit Row after defeating The Viking Raiders last week but Erik & Ivar used an attack from behind to take them out. Instead of putting Hit Row through to the Final without having to wrestle for it, Adam Pearce announced a replacement.
Ricochet & Braun Strowman, who weren’t originally in this tournament.
Naturally, they took care of business, with Strowman pinning Ashante Adonis after Ricochet took Top Dolla out with a dive to the outside.
Later, Imperium took on Legado del Fantasma in a match that seemed to have a clear winner before it even began. Sure enough, while the latter gave the former a good match, Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci advanced via pinfall.
The updated bracket:
The Strowman & Ricochet vs. Imperium tournament final will take place on SmackDown next week.