The Usos will officially become the longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history until Monday Night Raw. Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso turned The New Day back on Friday’s episode of SmackDown and now expect a Survivor Series wargames.

The New Day held the record for the longest tag team championship in WWE history courtesy of a 483-day run as Raw Tag Team Champions. Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods battled hard to defend their tag team record and win the Undisputed Tag Team Championship from The Usos on Friday. Kingston and Woods fell short in their pursuit as The Usos reached the level of their cousin Roman Reigns, the longest reigning Universal Champion in history.

The Blue Brand’s latest presentation also featured two opening round matches in the SmackDown World Cup with a shot at Gunther’s Intercontinental Championship. A new challenger for SmackDown Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey was also determined.

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The Usos usurp The New Day and The Bloodline have their hands up

The Usos and New Day were both defending champions in their own unique ways. Jey and Jimmy stepped into the ring as the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions. The New Day, despite being challengers, were defending their status as the longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history. The Usos have held the SmackDown Tag Team Championship for 481 days, dating back to their victory over Rey and Dominic Mysterio at 2021 WWE Money in the Bank. A victory over New Day would pave the way for them to break New Day’s 483-day reign until Monday.

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship – The Usos (Jey and Jimmy) def. The New Day via pinfall (Woods & Kingston). After catching Kingston in mid-air with a 1-D. Woods knocks the Usos ringside and Kingston lays them out with a picturesque trust fall. Using dirty tactics behind the referee’s back and tag team moves, the Usos managed to separate Kingston from Woods. Kingston finally tags in Woods and Woods goes to work. He pinned Jey with a Russian leg sweep and hit Jimmy with a gut buster. A combined attack by the New Day, punctuated by a leg drop off the top rope, nearly landed them a blowout on Jimmy. Kingston brings Jey in shortly with a deep SOS but Jey kicks out as well. The Usos appeared to win the match with a double splash; Still, the opposition Woods endured. From the outside it looked like a midnight hour decider for Jey, but Jey somehow broke the pinfall in time. Both teams looked at each other as the applause broke out. The match ended after Jay pinned Woods ringside and the defending champion caught Kingston in mid-air with a 1-D.

The undisputed WWE Universal Champion, leader of The Bloodline, hugged his cousins ​​backstage and told them how it felt to be the best of all time.

The Bloodline, absent Sami Zayn, addressed the Indianapolis crowd to close the show. Special Advisor Heyman praised the Usos’ performance, stating that no tag team can hold a candle to them. Enter Brawling Brutes. Butch and Riz Holland disrupted the new, dominant faction of the WWE with a failed bid for the tag titles at Crown Jewel. Joining them was a returning Sheamus, who suffered a storyline injury at the hands of The Bloodline. All three lived up to their names, storming the ring and brawling with their opponents. The Bloodline’s man advantage was too great to overcome the Brawling Brutes. Fortunately, Sheamus’ longtime frenemy Drew McIntyre leveled the playing field. Smackdown closes with the match in progress.

The Usos and New Day worked hard to make Friday’s match special. Their efforts met with some success, but their opponent’s short-build and overall handicap (this was their 18th televised match to date) limited their potential. The right team won and that’s what matters most. The Bloodline is a historic group in WWE. Jimmy and Jey will stand alone with Reigns as the record holders until Monday. WWE also teased the main event of Survivor Series: a Wargames match featuring The Bloodline vs. Brawling Brutes and Drew McIntyre. If WWE adds Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens to the lineup it should be a tough match. Grade: B+

What else happened on WWE SmackDown?

  • SmackDown World Cup (Round 1) – Santos Escobar def. Shinsuke Nakamura via pinfall After nailing Nakamura with a Phantom Driver setup via a distraction from Legado del Fantasma. He entered the semi-finals of the competition.
  • Bray Wyatt floors LA Knight with a headbutt Backstage then Knight is loud and in Wyatt’s face.
  • Shotzi def. Lacey Evans, Liv Morgan, Sonya Deville, Raquel Rodriguez and Xia Li via pinfall In a Six-Pack Challenge No. 1 contender’s match after beating Never Wake Up on Evans. Shotzi will face Ronda Rousey for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at Survivor Series.
  • Shayna Buzzler chokes Shotzy backstage while Ronda Rousey taunts A romance involving challenger Emma and madcap Moss was also teased.
  • Gunther tells Ricochet that he hopes the latter wins the World Cup So that Gunther can once again wipe the floor with a ricochet.
  • SmackDown World Cup (Round 1) – Braun Strowman def. Jinder Mahal via pinfall After landing his trademark running power slam.
  • Viking Riders and the returning Sara Logan put on Hit Row and Legado del FantasmaA scheduled match between Zelina Vega and B-Fab.