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Hell In A Cell 2017 Kickoff Results and Photos

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Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin def. The Hype Bros

DETROIT — They don’t get hype, but they probably should have. The Hype Bros’ recent miscommunication curse continued at WWE Hell in a Cell Kickoff, allowing Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin to claim an enormous win over the embattled broskis.

Zack Ryder & Mojo Rawley started the bout on a strong note by isolating Gable from the veteran Benjamin. However, in contrast to Rawley’s aggressive approach, Ryder seemed to relish the friendly competition, sharing a handshake with Gable and going move-for-move with Benjamin before The Gold Standard administered a rude awakening in the form of a punishing spinebuster after The Ultimate Broski went for another handshake.

Now it was Ryder’s turn to suffer an isolation-based attack, though Mojo nearly got the bros back on track singlehandedly once he got the tag. The reigning Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner weathered the tandem offense and bailed Ryder out of a pinfall after The Gold Standard hit him with Paydirt when a Hype Ryder went awry. Gable & Shelton was one more step in sync than their foes, though. Gable dumped Mojo out of the ring right after that aforementioned Paydirt, and the two grapplers administered another incredible double-team maneuver to put Ryder away.

So The Hype Bros’ chemistry continues to falter, while Gable & Benjamin’s seems to just be hitting its stride. To borrow Gable’s own words: It looks good on them.

Hell In A Cell 2017 Kickoff Preview: Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin vs. The Hype Bros

Zack Ryder & Mojo Rawley have been mired in a slump recently, but they’ll have to get on the same page, and fast, because Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin are lying in wait at WWE Hell in a Cell Kickoff.

While The Hype Bros have been on a cold streak ever since SummerSlam, Gable took the proverbial lemons (Jason Jordan going to Raw and the subsequent split-up of American Alpha) and made them into lemonade when SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan signed Shelton Benjamin to be Gable’s new tag team partner. The two amateur standouts gelled instantly, while Ryder & Rawley suffered miscue after miscue on consecutive episodes of the blue brand.

The tension between the two Hype Bros seemed to reach something of a boiling point in the backstage area last week right as Gable & Benjamin were conducting an interview, leading to a brief jaw-jack between the teams. Due to the heated confrontation, SmackDown LIVE management sanctioned a bout between them at WWE Hell in a Cell Kickoff. Now, a win for Gable & Benjamin wouldn’t just potentially move them within orbit of the SmackDown Tag Team Championship — it might be enough to derail the hype train for good.

Tune in to WWE Hell in a Cell Kickoff to see the tag team action, which streams live at 7 ET/4 PT on the award-winning WWE Network and can be seen on a free stream on, the WWE App, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

Elimination Chamber 2017 Results and Photos

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SmackDown Tag Team Champions American Alpha win Tag Team Turmoil

PHOENIX — Many thought American Alpha were overconfident when they agreed to face every tandem from SmackDown LIVE in a Tag Team Turmoil Match for their SmackDown Tag Team Championship. Those critics were forced to eat their words, however, after Jason Jordan & Chad Gable outlasted their challengers to retain their titles at WWE Elimination Chamber 2017.

The bout started off with the first-ever SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Heath Slater & Rhyno, squaring off against Breezango. Unfortunately for SmackDown LIVE’s Fashion Police, there was no citation to stop Rhyno from Gore-ing Fandango & Tyler Breeze out of the bout. The Vaudevillains came out next and met a similar fate, with Slater pinning Aiden English after an implant DDT.

Though the inaugural champions looked to be on their way to a second reign, The Usos stopped the red-hot Slater & Rhyno in their tracks, pinning Slater with a superkick. That sent American Alpha into the melee, where Jimmy & Jey Uso met the reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions in the aisle and set off a brawl back to the ring. The Usos tried, but failed, to keep Chad Gable away from Jason Jordan, setting off a rapid-fire series of events that ended with Gable pinning Jey for the three-count.

The Usos went into a fury after their elimination, bulldozing over American Alpha and hurling Gable into the steel ring steps. Things looked bleak for the champions as the final team in the battle, The Ascension, entered the ring and immediately hit a dazed Jordan with the Fall of Man. However, Gable somehow made it back into the ring and broke up the pinfall.

Viktor & Konnor tried to capitalize on the weary champions, but American Alpha was all heart and refused to give in. Evading Konnor, Jordan got back to his corner and tagged in Gable, who neutralized the big man at ringside. He then slid back into the ring just in time to connect with Grand Amplitude to retain the titles.

American Alpha have survived their biggest challenge to date by outlasting every team on SmackDown LIVE in Tag Team Turmoil. With that feather in their cap, who’s next to step up and challenge the SmackDown Tag Team Champions?

Elimination Chamber 2017 Preview: SmackDown Tag Team Championship Turmoil Match

In their quest to become synonymous with tag team excellence, SmackDown LIVE Tag Team Champions American Alpha have welcomed all challengers, and they’ll get exactly that at SmackDown LIVE’s next pay-per-view, WWE Elimination Chamber.

After Jason Jordan & Chad Gable’s open challenge resulted in an out-of-control brawl on the Jan. 31 edition of SmackDown LIVE, General Manager Daniel Bryan declared on Talking Smack that American Alpha must defend the titles in a Tag Team Turmoil Match on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Their challengers include The Usos, Heath Slater & Rhyno, Breezango, The Ascension and The Vaudevillains, a formidable field of five tandems, with no fewer than four sets being former tag team champions.

The Tag Team Turmoil Match — the same type of bout that Jordan & Gable won on the Nov. 22, 2016, edition of SmackDown LIVE to move into championship contention in the first place — begins with two teams. Once one team is eliminated, a new duo enters the match. This continues until one team is left standing tall.

Can American Alpha continue to show their dominance in Team Blue’s division? Or will one of their challengers usurp the powerful pair?

Watch the turmoil live at WWE Elimination Chamber, Sunday, Feb. 12, at 8 ET/5 PT, on the award-winning WWE Network.

TLC 2016 Kickoff Results and Photos

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Apollo Crews, American Alpha & The Hype Bros def. Curt Hawkins, The Vaudevillains & The Ascension

DALLAS — The Kickoff Match at WWE TLC 2016 certainly got the crowd at the American Airlines Center hyped, as The Hype Bros, American Alpha & Apollo Crews bested Curt Hawkins, The Ascension & The Vaudevillains in a wild 10-man tag team throwdown.

After an exchange with Crews, the WWE Universe was nearly treated to a head-on collision between former WWE Tag Team Champions Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins, but the latter evaded Long Island Iced Z. It didn’t take long for the bout to break down into a chaotic fray, as all 10 Superstars took turns hurling each other to the arena floor before squaring off in the center of the ring.

When the dust settled, The Ascension, The Vaudevillains & Hawkins had Chad Gable trapped in their half of the ring. The Olympian took the brunt of the beating from all five of his opponents, but persevered and tagged in Jason Jordan. At the climax of another Pier Six brawl, American Alpha emerged with the upper hand and connected with Grand Amplitude on Simon Gotch, getting the three-count and kicking off WWE TLC off impressive fashion!

Survivor Series 2016 Results and Photos

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Team Raw def. Team SmackDown LIVE in a 10-on-10 Traditional Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination Match

TORONTO – The ever-quarreling combination of Sheamus & Cesaro brought home a huge victory for Team Raw at Survivor Series, outlasting five of SmackDown LIVE’s elite tandems and emerging as the Sole Survivors in a jaw-dropping 10-on-10 Traditional Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination Match.

It was the one night of the year when Raw and SmackDown LIVE were pitted against one another for brand supremacy. From the word “go,” each tag team stood ready to fight tooth-and-nail until all of their opponents were pinned, disqualified, counted out or forced to submit. Only then would one brand be declared the winner.

Prior to the contest, both Enzo Amore & Big Cass and Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day vocalized their intentions to emerge victorious, though every tandem wore the mark of determination on their faces while making their way to the ring. Unfortunately, it appeared that Breezango took the start of the match too lightly, enabling Kofi Kingston to take advantage and quickly eliminate the fashion police with the Midnight Hour. Almost as lightning-fast, The Usos returned the favor, delivering a quick superkick on Kofi to score the follow-up pinfall and eliminate Raw’s team captains!

As the fast-paced showdown continued, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson laid waste to Zack Ryder to send Team SmackDown LIVE’s Hype Bros to the showers. American Alpha next rose to the occasion and eliminated Raw’s Shining Stars.

With both sides down to three teams, a brawl broke out, and the action quickly escalated both inside and outside the ring. Yet amid a rapid series of high-flying maneuvers from both brands, Raw’s Gallows & Anderson hit the Magic Killer on Jason Jordan to eliminate American Alpha. Then, when a subsequent mistake caused Gallows to get into a dispute with his own team, Team Blue’s Rhyno delivered a surprise Gore for the three-count. That celebration was also short-lived, as Raw’s Enzo & Big Cass took advantage of the commotion long enough to eliminate the SmackDown Tag Team Champions – only to be upended moments later by a superkick and Samoan Splash from The Usos.

The match came down to a knock-down, drag-out struggle between SmackDown LIVE’s Usos and Raw’s Sheamus & Cesaro. Though both tandems scored near-pinfalls on several occasions, the final moments of the contest saw Cesaro reverse Jey Uso’s Tequila Sunrise to lock in the Sharpshooter. Jimmy tried to break it up with a superkick, only to be intercepted by a brutal Brogue Kick from The Celtic Warrior, Trapped in the middle of the ring, Jey had no choice but to tap out, leaving Cesaro, Sheamus and Team Red victorious.

Though they continued to bicker throughout their team’s shining moment, there can be no arguement that Sheamus & Cesaro standing as the Sole Survivors was a huge coup for Raw in its struggle to prove itself as the superior brand.

Survivor Series 2016 Preview: Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown LIVE In A 10-on-10 Traditional Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination Match

The world will find out which tag team division is superior when Team Raw and Team SmackDown LIVE square off in a 10-on-10 Traditional Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination Match.

Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day will lead Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, Sheamus & Cesaro, Enzo Amore & Big Cass and The Shining Stars into battle against SmackDown Tag Team Champions Heath Slater & Rhyno, The Usos, American Alpha, The Hype Bros and Breezango.

Even though neither brand can claim to have a truly harmonious faction, both armies are full of firepower, and the potential for once-in-a-lifetime matchups is high.

The Traditional Elimination Match can only end when all of the tag teams belonging to a brand are eliminated. Elimination can occur by pinfall, submission, disqualification or count-out, and tag teams must leave the ringside area after one of their members has been eliminated.

What will happen when teams like Gallows & Anderson or Sheamus & Cesaro cross paths with the likes of Chad Gable & Jason Jordan or The Usos? Will The New Day and Slater & Rhyno meet up inside the ring?

Don’t miss the one night of the year when Raw battles SmackDown LIVE. The 30th annual Survivor Series airs live Sunday, Nov. 20, on the award-winning WWE Network, at a special start time of 7 ET/4 PT.

No Mercy 2016 Kickoff Results and Photos

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The Hype Bros & American Alpha def. The Ascension & The Vaudevillains

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Hype Bros & American Alpha delivered a high-impact offensive attack en route to defeating The Ascension & The Vaudevillians in a huge 8-Man Tag Team Match on No Mercy Kickoff.

This big matchup wasn’t announced until hours before the No Mercy Kickoff, but that didn’t stop the Superstars in the contest from delivering in an action-packed showdown. This isn’t the first time the teams of American Alpha & Hype Bros have battled on the same side in a large tag team clash, and it showed.

Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder’s amped up style meshed well with Chad Gable & Jason Jordan’s athletic prowess, allowing the foursome to put the heat on their foes from the opening bell. Simply put, Konnor, Viktor, Simon Gotch & Aiden English could not keep up with the high-octane energy coming from their opponents.

After a red-hot start, The Hype Bros & American Alpha were grounded thanks to a well-executed game plan from The Ascension & Vaudevillains. However, once the action began to break down and competitors started hitting the ring left and right, Jordan & Gable took advantage of the mayhem by hitting Grand Amplitude on English to pick up the pinfall.

With The Hype Bros & American Alpha picking up the “w,” they now have momentum on their side and a much needed victory to elevate their respective standings in SmackDown LIVE’s competitive Tag Team division. Now the question is whether or not either duo can capitalize on their No Mercy Kickoff performance.