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Royal Rumble 2018 Preview: SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin (2-Out-Of-3 Falls Match)

Technically, Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin already beat The Usos twice. To win the SmackDown Tag Team Titles, however, they’ll have to do it two more times.

The mat mavens will challenge Jimmy & Jey Uso in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match at Royal Rumble, bringing to a head a twisting rivalry that saw Gable & Benjamin take down The Usos in the waning months of 2017 before scratching and clawing their way past the rest of the Tag Team division to a title match on SmackDown LIVE. Despite defeating The Usos in that championship bout, Gable & Benjamin pinned the wrong Uso, leading to a restart of the match when a second referee pointed out the mistake to the primary official.

The Usos were ultimately able to retain and Gable & Benjamin called out the second referee in frustration the following week, only to get SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan instead. While The “Yes!” Man attempted to cool Gable & Benjamin’s tempers, the disappointed duo asked if they had to beat The Usos twice in one night to get the glory they deserved. Voila: A 2-out-of-3 Falls Match.

Can Gable & Benjamin go the distance and finally smash down the walls of The Uso Penitentiary? Or will Jimmy & Jey prove to be just as unbeatable in 2018 as they were in 2017? Tune into the Royal Rumble event, streaming live, Sunday, Jan. 28, on the award-winning WWE Network at a special start time of 7 ET/5 PT to find out.




Clash Of Champions 2017 Results and Photos

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SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos def. The New Day, Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin and Rusev & Aiden English (Fatal 4-Way Match)

BOSTON — Rusev Day will have to wait. So will a New Day, yes it will. So will vindication for Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin. The SmackDown Tag Team Titles still belong to The Uso Penitentiary.

Jimmy & Jey Uso survived the night where every SmackDown championship is on the line, denying The New Day, Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin and an insurgent Rusev & Aiden English to retain their hard-won Team Blue Tag Titles in a match that was a culmination of sorts for everyone involved.

For The New Day, it was a reminder that they are one of, if not the, top threats of any division they compete in, as an early burst from ya boys led Gable & Benjamin to focus their efforts on The New Day while and Rusev & English isolated The Usos – there was a friendly submission competition of sorts between English and Chad Gable at one point – before coming to blows against each other.

Speaking of Rusev & English, it was a declarative statement that they’re more than an odd-couple tag team, as English played spoiler on multiple occasions when other teams were primed to win the contest, and Rusev — a vocal favorite of the WWE Universe in this match — nearly sealed the bout with an Accolade on Big E that the formidable Superstar was shockingly unable to power his way out of.

Gable & Benjamin made a similar statement in the bout. An impromptu tag team that formed out of the dissolution of American Alpha and Benjamin’s delayed return to WWE, the two went on the most unexpected tear of the contest by a mile, particularly when Gable locked Jey Uso in the Texas Cloverleaf and Shelton powerbombed a flying Kofi Kingston out of the sky. Gable also took the bout into his hands in the closing moments, breaking up Rusev’s Accolade with ruthless German suplexes to The Super Athlete, Aiden English and Big E in short order.

But for The Usos, the match was little more than another opportunity to reassert their utter and complete dominance over SmackDown’s tag team scene. Despite being outnumbered, outgunned and the focal point of all their challengers, the twins came through in the deciding moments when they stopped Gable’s suplex train in its tracks, chopped him down with superkicks, and finished him off with a breathtaking splash. It’s rare that a team declares their division on “lockdown” and isn’t exaggerating to some degree, but it’s been just that kind of year for Jimmy & Jey. The reign continues…




Clash Of Champions 2017 Preview: SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos vs. The New Day vs. Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable (Fatal Four-Way Match)

During a night where every title is on the line, SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos will defend the gold in a Fatal 4-Way Match at WWE Clash of Champions tomorrow, streaming live on WWE Network.

There is no love lost between Jimmy & Jey Uso and Kofi Kingston, Big E & Xavier Woods. Though the two teams seem to have developed mutual respect, they were recently engaged in one of the most heated rivalries in history, punctuated by a brutal match contested inside the horrifying confines of Hell in a Cell that saw Jimmy & Jey win the titles. And while they may respect the twins, The New Day will undoubtedly hold nothing back in their quest to become five-time Tag Team Champions.

And then there’s Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable, the mat-wrestling mavens who defeated The Hype Bros, Breezango & The Ascension to earn a title opportunity against The Usos. Benjamin & Gable went all-out in their pursuit of the SmackDown Tag Team Titles in a championship bout several weeks ago, with Gable taking out the knee of Jey Uso to give his team a win by count-out – so they did not win the titles. However, after claiming a win over Jimmy & Jey, the grapplers believe that they are entitled to a championship rematch. They’ll get their opportunity at WWE Clash of Champions.

Which brings us to “Rusev Day!” Following a huge victory over The New Day on the Dec. 5 edition of SmackDown LIVE, Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan determined that Rusev & Aiden English should be added the SmackDown Tag Team Championship showdown, meaning The Usos will now be defend their titles against Rusev & English, The New Day and Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin in what is sure to be a wild Fatal 4-Way Match. There will be four Superstars in the ring at all times until there’s a pinfall or a submission and each competitor is only able to tag their partner.

Who will leave Boston with the SmackDown Tag Team Titles? Find out on a night where every championship is on the line at WWE Clash of Champions, streaming live tomorrow at 8 ET/5 PT on the award-winning WWE Network!




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 WWE.com, 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!