When the reincarnation of the WWE’s brand extension was announced, tons of speculation swirled around how things might be different this time around. As long as the brand split kept both shows completely separate from one another, with two unique rosters competing only against each other, two sets of champions representing every division made sense.
Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar aside, that has been the case to this point, but we’re only two weeks in. It was quickly determined that each brand would have a heavyweight champion. By virtue of Rusev getting drafted to RAW, and The Miz getting selected by Smackdown, each brand also had a mid-card title. But both the tag team belts and the WWE Women’s Championship were RAW-exclusive, leaving more questions for the blue brand.
Daniel Bryan helped answer one of those on Tuesday when he confirmed that a new WWE Women’s title would be coming to Smackdown in due time, as the Inquisitr reported. And another set of tag team straps might not be far behind that. Even still, by splitting up both the women’s division and the tag team division among both brands, many argued that both would get diluted. Other worries were quickly squashed when all existing tag teams, save the floundering Lucha Dragons, were kept intact.
Factions like the Wyatt Family and the Social Outcasts were split up, but for the purposes of this article, we’re focusing on WWE’s true tag teams. As noted, the titles are around the waists of RAW superstars, The New Day. In fact, the champions, along with the two other hottest teams on the entire roster, Anderson and Gallows, and Enzo and Cass, all appear on Monday nights. So depending how you look at it, Smackdown is either extremely thin in that department, the show of opportunity, or most likely, both.
American Alpha will certainly provide a jolt on Tuesday nights, but after that, it’s a bit of a crap shoot, especially considering the latest bit of news. The Usos are the veterans on Smackdown, having been in the WWE the longest, but according to Daily Wrestling News, they’ve hit a bit of a roadblock that has prevented them from making a significant impact since the brand split went into effect. Jimmy Uso is out of action with an unknown injury, and the former WWE tag team champion has not wrestled since Battleground.
The Usos would definitely have fallen under the category of superstars that would likely benefit from the brand split. Their act had become relatively stale, most notably evidenced by their Battleground kickoff show loss to Breezango. Tyler Breeze and Fandango have some support backstage, but haven’t come close to the levels of accomplishment The Usos have reached in the WWE. Now, both teams are on the same brand, along with The Vaudevillains, The Ascension, and perhaps The Hype Bros as middling teams all hopeful to make the leap.
In Jimmy’s absence, Jey has mostly been relegated to singles matches on WWE Main Event or tag team matches alongside Zack Ryder, among others. Jey was awarded a spot in Smackdown‘s Battle Royal to determine a sixth and final participant in a number one contender’s match to Dean Ambrose’s WWE World Championship. And even though the match was stocked mainly with mid-carders, Jey had little chance of winning.
There’s a large card taking shape for WWE SummerSlam that will exceed four hours, but the Usos were long shots to be on it even before the injury. However, Jimmy and Jey will definitely be needed, if only to help in American Alpha’s ascension to the top of the division, as expected. As currently constructed, The Usos may have already hit their ceiling. It would definitely be worth watching if the WWE decided to turn them heel or let either of them have a singles run.
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