It’s Sami Zayn that WWE will spend an entire week leading up to the Usos vs. New Day match on Friday night on SmackDown to decide who will hold the longest tag team title in WWE history and the fans in Indianapolis. Respond to Zayn by consistently chanting for him.

We really want Sami.

We didn’t get Sami, because Michael Cole told everyone he doesn’t handle personal matters. Whatever he is, we wish him the best.

Meanwhile, I loved the story he told about this match. The New Day were desperate to retain the record for longest reigning tag team champions and it showed in their approach. Each fall that didn’t put the Usos away made them more and more desperate.

The Usos also had to dig deeper as they realized that Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston were not just regular opponents, no matter how good they were. There was just too much on the line.

But by the time it was over, it was clear that the Usos deserved not only the win, but the record as well. The kind of running they are doing. This is fantastic.

Late in the night, we got Reigns looking like he wanted to give them their flowers once The Brawling Brutes interrupted with a returning Sheamus and Drew McIntyre apparently aligned with them, at least for now, in a roundabout way, uniting them in their hatred of The Bloodline continuing to be sheer numbers. Running over everyone.

I think this is setup for a War Games match, folks.

And I like it a lot.

All the rest
  • Santos Escobar defeated Shinsuke Nakamura in the first round of the SmackDown World Championship. A full count of Legado del Fantasma gave Escobar the edge and he used the Phantom Driver to put Nakamura away. On an interesting note, Michael Cole promoted Nakamura’s pending New Year’s match with The Great Muta in Japan. I’m going to choose to believe that this loss had nothing to do with that match. Hey, it’s a different world now with new people in charge, right? Meanwhile, they won’t reveal the bracket for the tournament, so they can advertise a mystery opponent against Escobar in two weeks.
  • Bray Wyatt confronted LA Knight during a backstage interview and said he knows how far you have to go to earn respect around here. The knight, of course, replied disrespectfully, telling him to go play with his dolls and stick them where you please, as he didn’t mind. That was a fine line. Wyatt headbutts him and disappears. I don’t know why Knight was chosen as the first person Wyatt would interact with, but it was a fun backstage story.
  • It looks like WWE will be pairing Emma and Madcap Moss on television. Last I heard the two were dating IRL. There must be chemistry!
  • Shotzi earned a shot at Ronda Rousey and the SmackDown Women’s Championship by winning a six-pack challenge. That said, the match wasn’t very good, but such messy matches can rarely be. Shayna Baszler confronted Shotzi while she was celebrating backstage, telling her that her winning arm was broken, and then making her turn around to face Rousey for a chokehold. “Clean up on the green path,” Rhonda said. Ha! I love these two together.
  • Braun Strowman ran through Jinder Mahal to advance to the SmackDown World Cup. There wasn’t much to it.
  • The Viking Raiders are finally back on television after weeks of vignettes, and Sarah Logan is indeed with them. She is back with a unique look. They took out both Legado del Fantasma and Hit Row before those two teams faced off. The tag team segment goes a little deeper.

It was a good show.

Grade: B

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