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Jimmy & Jey Uso survived the night where every SmackDown championship is on the line, denying The New Day, Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin and an insurgent Rusev & Aiden English to retain their hard-won Team Blue Tag Titles in a match that was a culmination of sorts for everyone involved.
For The New Day, it was a reminder that they are one of, if not the, top threats of any division they compete in, as an early burst from ya boys led Gable & Benjamin to focus their efforts on The New Day while and Rusev & English isolated The Usos – there was a friendly submission competition of sorts between English and Chad Gable at one point – before coming to blows against each other.
Speaking of Rusev & English, it was a declarative statement that they’re more than an odd-couple tag team, as English played spoiler on multiple occasions when other teams were primed to win the contest, and Rusev — a vocal favorite of the WWE Universe in this match — nearly sealed the bout with an Accolade on Big E that the formidable Superstar was shockingly unable to power his way out of.
Gable & Benjamin made a similar statement in the bout. An impromptu tag team that formed out of the dissolution of American Alpha and Benjamin’s delayed return to WWE, the two went on the most unexpected tear of the contest by a mile, particularly when Gable locked Jey Uso in the Texas Cloverleaf and Shelton powerbombed a flying Kofi Kingston out of the sky. Gable also took the bout into his hands in the closing moments, breaking up Rusev’s Accolade with ruthless German suplexes to The Super Athlete, Aiden English and Big E in short order.
But for The Usos, the match was little more than another opportunity to reassert their utter and complete dominance over SmackDown’s tag team scene. Despite being outnumbered, outgunned and the focal point of all their challengers, the twins came through in the deciding moments when they stopped Gable’s suplex train in its tracks, chopped him down with superkicks, and finished him off with a breathtaking splash. It’s rare that a team declares their division on “lockdown” and isn’t exaggerating to some degree, but it’s been just that kind of year for Jimmy & Jey. The reign continues …