After having a wonderful year in 2017, The Usos will start this year with a big championship challenge that is waiting for them at the first dual-brand PPV of the year. Following the Clash of Champions PPV, there were controversies about which team will get to face the veteran champions who are often considered as the best tag team present in the current WWE.
To determine the same, the general manager had come up with the idea of hosting a multi-team tag match with the winner getting the shot at the titles. Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable won the match to get the championship match on last week’s episode of Smackdown Live. However, the title match ended in controversy.
The challengers pinned one half of the champions fair and square on the show. However, it looked like that the legal member in the match was not pinned. Hence, the referee did revert the decision and restarted the match. The champions took advantage of it and retained their titles.
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But, Benjamin and Gable were not pleased with the decision taken by the officials and hence started complaining about the same on this week’s show. Hence, the general manager handed them another opportunity. This time around, they will compete in a 2-out-of-3 falls match where the contenders will have to pin the champions twice to win the tag titles.
WWE.com later confirmed the fifth championship match for the Royal Rumble match with the following comments:
“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.
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.”
With the least reactions reserved for them from the crowd, the creative team has decided to turn Benjamin and Gable into a heel on Smackdown Live that has helped them a lot. By this, they have toppled favorite hot challengers like Rusev and Aiden English. Now, it will be interesting to see whether they capture the title or not.