The Usos were put in position to win the SmackDown tag team championships not once, but twice on Friday night's episode of SmackDown. Unfortunately for the twins, they were twice unsuccessful in their challenges of Rey and Dominik Mysterio.
Roman Reigns, cousin of Jimmy and Jey Uso, had warned the duo that his expectation was that they not fail to cash in on their guarantees that they'd become seven-time tag champions. When it appeared the Usos' second match with the Mysterios was slipping away, Reigns ran in to brutally attack the champions, splitting the Usos as Jimmy was disgusted with Reigns' actions while Jey simply looked on.
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Usos twice fail to capture SmackDown tag titles
Roman Reigns opened the show with an in-ring promo, saying he took Paul Heyman's advice and changed his mind about The Usos challenging for the tag titles. He did, however, say that if Jimmy Uso vowed he and Jey would win, they had better win. After calling the Usos to the ring, Reigns told them to win and to bring him the titles when they were done.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship -- Rey & Dominik Mysterio (c) def. The Usos via pinfall to retain the title. After the expected back-and-forth action, it seemed The Usos had the match in hand when Jimmy hit Dominik with a superkick and went to the top rope for a spash when Dominik got his knees up. Dominik turned that into a pin and the referee missed Jimmy getting his shoulder up before the three count. The camera cut to a furious Reigns backstage after the loss. After the match, Reigns said they had embarrassed the family after calling their shot and that they needed to get another shot at the belt and correct the mistake before the show was over.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship -- Rey & Dominik Mysterio (c) def. The Usos via disqualification to retain the title. WWE official Adam Pearce reviewed the footage and agreed that the ref had made an error, granting the Usos their rematch in the night's main event. As the action was picking up in the main event, Reigns ran in and hit the Mysterios with Superman punches to draw the disqualification. Reigns continued attacking the Mysterios after the match was over, using the ring steps on both men in his assault. Reigns isolated Dominik and locked him in a guillotine choke as Jimmy told Reigns that it was enough. Jimmy tried to get Jey to leave the ring with him, saying, "not like this." Jey remained in the ring, watching as Reigns continued the attack, powerbombing Dominik as the show went off the air.
The final shot of Jey looking on as Reigns attacked, clearly upset with his position, was as strong as any moment in the Reigns/Usos drama since Jey and Reigns were facing off in singles action. There's no bad direction WWE can go next, with Jimmy either having to face Jey or Reigns in a singles match or having to sell his soul as Jey has for months. SmackDown remains Reigns' show. Grade: A-
What else happened on WWE SmackDown?
- Seth Rollins sat down for a backstage interview but refused to answer any questions and ended the segment by removing his microphone when asked repeatedly about his assault on Cesaro and whether he was worried that Cesaro would seek revenge.
- Carmella def. Liv Morgan via submission with the Code of Silence.
- Bianca Belair issued a challenge to Bayley after cutting an in-ring promo. Bayley appeared on the Tron, accepting the challenge for Hell in a Cell before breaking into laughter and her face appearing on all the ThunderDome screens.
- King Corbin def. Shinsuke Nakamura via pinfall with a victory roll. After the match, Corbin tried to steal back his crown but Rick Boogs cut Corbin off, allowing Nakamura to take him down and leave with the crown once again.
- Intercontinental Championship -- Apollo Crews (c) def. Kevin Owens via pinfall to retain the title. Commander Azeez attacked Owens backstage, overcoming the fact that he was banned from ringside and still managing to help Crews. Crews dominated much of the match on a compromised Owens. Crews survived a late Owens flurry to hit a Death Valley Driver on the ring apron to score the win. After the match, Sami Zayn into the ring and attacked Owens, saying it was karma.
- Otis attacked The Street Profits for turning down training from Chad Gable earlier in the night. The Profits later told Otis and Gable to be ready because they would be coming for them.