SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos have Broken one of their own impressive WWE records.
On the January 21st episode of SmackDown, it was mentioned on commentary that The Usos were the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions in history. Their current record standing at 188 days and counting.
The champions quietly passed this milestone six days ago as they broke their own record. It was something of a banner week for The Bloodline as Roman Reigns also became the longest reigning Universal Champion of all-time, breaking the previous record held by Brock Lesnar.
The previous SmackDown Tag Team Title record stood at 182 days and was set in late 2017 and into 2018. On that occasion, The Usos won the gold from The New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods) at Hell in a Cell, before finally losing out to The Bludgeon Brothers at WrestleMania 34 in a Triple Threat match also featuring the New Day.
The Usos current reign began at Money In The Bank on July 18th 2021, when they defeated Rey and Domink Mysterio.
The most recent edition of SmackDown opened with the Usos and Roman Reigns front and centre celebrating his record-breaking run as Universal Champion. However, the love-in was quickly interrupted by Seth Freakin’ Rollins who will challenge Reigns for SmackDown’s top prize at the Royal Rumble.
Rollins hit out at his former tag team partner, saying that he was being held up and supported by the Usos in the same way that he and Mox [Dean Ambrose] carried him when they teamed as The Shield. Rollins then challenged the Usos to a match in the main event of the show, with a partner of his choosing.
For a little added spice Rollins said that if he won the match, the SmackDown Tag Team Champions would be barred from ringside at the Royal Rumble. The challenger admitted that he was a little short on friends, but that problem was quickly fixed as Kevin Owens arrived to even the odds.
Reigns then proposed that if Rollins lost, he would forfeit his match at the Rumble.
After a barn-storming encounter in the main event, Rollins looked to be closing in on victory before Roman Reigns rushed the ring. Once inside, Reigns landed a Superman Punch on his rival to cause the disqualification. However, this meant that Rollins and Owens were declared the winners and the Usos will be banned from ringside at the Royal Rumble.