The Usos have new challengers for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles and they will meet the number one contenders at WrestleMania 38.
Jimmy and Jey Uso have held the SmackDown Tag Team Titles for a record 237 days. Their reign began at Money In The Bank on July 18th 2021, when they defeated Rey and Dominik Mysterio.
On the March 11th episode of SmackDown, the champions came to the ring to toast their long running success. In the process, they said they had defeated all challengers, and had no one to face them at WrestleMania 38.
At this, the pair were interrupted by Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs, and it was announced that if Boogs could beat Jey Uso.
Initially, the odds looked against Boogs whose knee was strapped up, leaving him limping heavily. However, it was quickly shown to be a ruse as Boogs not only took control of the match, but dispatched Jey in short order. Although the win came at a cost, as Jimmy smashed Boogs’ guitar over his back.
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The most recent episode of SmackDown also saw the debut of Pete Dunne on the blue brand, albeit under a new name. Ahead of their clash with Big E and Kofi Kingston, Sheamus and Ridge Holland gave an interview backstage. The pair boasted about destroying Big E’s ATV, before unveiling the newest member of their team, Butch.
The match itself was marred by a potentially serious injury to Big E.
After Big E fell to the outside, he was given an overhead Belly to Belly Suplex by Ridge Holland. However, instead of Big E flipping all of the way over and landing on his back, he landed on his head and neck.
The former World Champion wasn’t involved in the match again, as commentary mentioned that he was being tended to by medics. During the following commercial break, the star was taken out of the arena on a stretcher.
At time of writing there has been no official word on Big E’s condition, or the nature of any injury that he may have sustained. Although The New Day star did give a thumbs up to the crowd as he was being carried backstage.