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Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson def. The Usos (Tag Team Tornado Match)

Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson def. The Usos (Tag Team Tornado Match)

Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson didn’t just put The Usos down in a brutal Tornado Tag Team Match at WWE Extreme Rules. They made sure the Samoan twins stayed down.

Their aggression, if uncomfortable to watch, was certainly understandable. The world-traveled behemoths have almost exclusively battled Jimmy & Jey Uso since their WWE debut last month. And their conflict with the 2015 WWE Tag Team of the Year has escalated in both spontaneity and brutality ever since, to say nothing of importance: The Usos are cousins to WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, and Gallows & Anderson’s Club-mate AJ Styles has been The Big Dog’s  No. 1 contender for some time now, so the tag team battles have orbited the main-event picture since jump. In some ways, the Tornado Tag stipulation — all four Superstars fighting at once, no tags needed — was a natural ending point for this ever-escalating rivalry. In another sense, it was almost redundant; these four have never been beholden to something as flimsy as a tag.

WWE Network: The Usos vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson - Tag Team Tornado Match: WWE Extreme Rules 2016

Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson use ruthless aggression against Jimmy & Jey Uso: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

And, at the end of the day, they weren’t even beholden to the laws of human decency. The Tornado Tag Team Match hadn’t even begun before the first punches were thrown, when Jimmy & Jey sprinted up the ring and attacked Gallows & Anderson in the middle of their entrance. The momentum gave the twins an early leg up on The Club’s resident tag team, at least until Luke Gallows threw Jimmy Uso head-first into the ropes and hoisted Jey onto his shoulders for an Anderson Boot of Doom off the apron.

To The Usos’ credit, they refused to let Gallows & Anderson hold the momentum for very long, rallying at each turn to even the odds against their foes. To Gallows & Anderson’s even greater credit, they also refused to back down. The teams’ dueling strategies eventually gave way, as it must, to an all-out brawl, of which Gallows seemed to singlehandedly turn the tide by taking out both Usos outside the ring and seizing hold of the ring bell as an equalizer. Jimmy Uso was ready for one last gasp, superkicking Gallows and climbing up for a top-rope splash. Gallows, however, anticipated the move and dodged accordingly, leaving Jimmy to plunge sternum-first onto the steel ring bell and suffer a match-ending Magic Killer moments later.

The implications of the win didn’t just stop at the bell, though: Jey Uso, who had been tossed over the barricade in the match, was helped to the back by one set of officials, while Jimmy was aided by another. 

 

Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson didn’t just put The Usos down in a brutal Tornado Tag Team Match at WWE Extreme Rules. They made sure the Samoan twins stayed down.

Their aggression, if uncomfortable to watch, was certainly understandable. The world-traveled behemoths have almost exclusively battled Jimmy & Jey Uso since their WWE debut last month. And their conflict with the 2015 WWE Tag Team of the Year has escalated in both spontaneity and brutality ever since, to say nothing of importance: The Usos are cousins to WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, and Gallows & Anderson’s Club-mate AJ Styles has been The Big Dog’s  No. 1 contender for some time now, so the tag team battles have orbited the main-event picture since jump. In some ways, the Tornado Tag stipulation — all four Superstars fighting at once, no tags needed — was a natural ending point for this ever-escalating rivalry. In another sense, it was almost redundant; these four have never been beholden to something as flimsy as a tag.

WWE Network: The Usos vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson - Tag Team Tornado Match: WWE Extreme Rules 2016

Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson use ruthless aggression against Jimmy & Jey Uso: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

And, at the end of the day, they weren’t even beholden to the laws of human decency. The Tornado Tag Team Match hadn’t even begun before the first punches were thrown, when Jimmy & Jey sprinted up the ring and attacked Gallows & Anderson in the middle of their entrance. The momentum gave the twins an early leg up on The Club’s resident tag team, at least until Luke Gallows threw Jimmy Uso head-first into the ropes and hoisted Jey onto his shoulders for an Anderson Boot of Doom off the apron.

To The Usos’ credit, they refused to let Gallows & Anderson hold the momentum for very long, rallying at each turn to even the odds against their foes. To Gallows & Anderson’s even greater credit, they also refused to back down. The teams’ dueling strategies eventually gave way, as it must, to an all-out brawl, of which Gallows seemed to singlehandedly turn the tide by taking out both Usos outside the ring and seizing hold of the ring bell as an equalizer. Jimmy Uso was ready for one last gasp, superkicking Gallows and climbing up for a top-rope splash. Gallows, however, anticipated the move and dodged accordingly, leaving Jimmy to plunge sternum-first onto the steel ring bell and suffer a match-ending Magic Killer moments later.

The implications of the win didn’t just stop at the bell, though: Jey Uso, who had been tossed over the barricade in the match, was helped to the back by one set of officials, while Jimmy was aided by another.