The New Day def. Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable to challenge SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos at WWE Fastlane
Following a controversial loss last week, Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable demanded a rematch against The New Day tonight on SmackDown LIVE. The New Day did not waffle in the face of the challenge, accepting without hesitation. In announcing the rematch on Twitter, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan acknowledged the interference by Xavier Woods last week and turned this match into an opportunity, with the winners earning the opportunity to face off against SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos at WWE Fastlane.
As is always the case with these two squads, the bout was action-packed and seemingly never-ending, with both pairs looking as though they were closing in on victory several times. It appeared that Benjamin & Gable may have had the victory locked up when Benjamin & Gable caught Big E with their impressive double-team Powerbomb Bulldog. However, Kofi Kingston jumped up onto the apron, taking the referee’s attention. By the time the official turned back around to the action in the ring, Big E kicked out, and The New Day prevailed after Woods caught Benjamin flush with a vicious knee to the face.
After the contest, The New Day’s celebration was temporarily halted when The Bludgeon Brothers hit the scene. The New Day couldn’t help but react to the sheer size of Harper & Rowan as the two behemoths walked past them. At one point, it appeared Rowan was ready to step to Big E, Kofi & Woods, but Harper stopped him, and the two then continued on to the ring to prepare for action.