Last night, The WWE Universe witnessed the final matches for the Tag Team Tournament on Smackdown Live. The winner of each match would move forward to Backlash to compete and possibly become the inaugural Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions! Unfortunately, the night didn’t go in the direction the American Alphas had intended.
The American Alphas Jason Jordan and Chad Gable kickstarted the Tournament against 2x Tag Team Champions The Usos. The Usos played dirty right from the beginning as they immediately attacked The American Alphas as soon as the bell rang. The American Alphas bounced back incredibly quickly as they were victorious with what felt like a minute into the match! As The American Alphas continued their celebration, The Usos shook hands and showing sportsmanship as usual. What happened next took everyone completely by surprise as one half of The Usos (no clue which one if I am being honest) superkicked Jason Jordan square in the face. This allowed The Usos to gang up on Chad Gable and focus on injuring his leg, which they were successful.
It was undetermined at that time as to the status of Gable’s injury although Shane McMahon gave us an update on Talking Smack. Shane reported that Chad Gable’s MCL was injured and is required 2-4 weeks out of action to allow his injury to heal. Luckily, this injury does not require surgery but it will prevent Gable and Jordan to compete at Backlash this Sunday. Daniel Bryan made a decision on the spot that The Usos and The Hype Bros will have a match at Backlash to see which team will qualify to the Tag Team Championship match that same night. Shane agreed and the match has now been implemented into the Backlash pay-per-view.
If no one picked it up, I have the results for the second Tag Team Tournament match held later in the evening. The Hype Bros took of the team of Heath Slater and Rhyno, which they lost. Heath Slater celebrated their victory as he hugged his wife and all seven of his redheaded children watching in the front row. The Hype Bros, as already discussed, do have an opportunity to compete in the Tag Team Championship match at Backlash if they are able to defeat The Usos.
See who becomes Smackdown Live’s inaugural Tag Team Champions and tune into Backlash this Sunday, September 11th on the WWE Network!