WrestleMania saw the Samoan twin brothers unseated as the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions courtesy of the Bludgeon Brothers. Prior to their loss, The Usos were enjoying their best days in the company as a heel duo. Last summer, they engaged in a war with The New Day that saw the teams battle at Hell in a Cell. In addition to reigning supreme The Usos passionately laid down the hard facts every time they grabbed the microphone. They were ready to take what was rightfully theirs, which was the spotlight in the Tag Team Division.
It is safe to say that The Usos are no longer sidelined when it comes to tag teams. Seeing the brothers featured on the main WrestleMania card was satisfying for the “day one ish” fans that have been waiting to see them flourish for so long. The stakes continue to grow as The Usos transition into a feud with the Bludgeon Brothers. The fans are on their side this time around.
The Bludgeon Brothers have been terrorizing the Smackdown Tag Team Division for some time now. The repackaged Luke Harper and Erick Rowan have been refreshing. A new attitude, new gear and the dark music has been working wonders for the team. They had already proven their potential to dominate while in the Wyatt Family, and its proven useful for the new characters they portray. Their dominance has been consistent and rewarded with Tag Team gold. This is what Harper and Rowan was meant to be – a legit badass tag team that’s to be feared.
With the story centered around Naomi’s concern for her husband’s well-being, it gives fans something to look forward to. While I prefer for Naomi to follow up with her WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal win, I am certainly not against her role in this feud with The Usos and Bludgeon Brothers. Many women can relate to Naomi in wanting to protect her partner from further harm. Given the fearsome reputation of the Bludgeon Brothers, Naomi’s willingness to take risks adds more depth to the story. This also sees a different side to The Usos since their character change. Some fans have seen a glimpse of the relationship with Jimmy Uso and Naomi on Total Divas, however with it being a focal point on Smackdown it’s entirely different.
Being able to successfully distract the Bludgeon Brothers this past Tuesday gives The Usos some advantage heading into the Greatest Royal Rumble event taking place Friday evening. The feud doesn’t look to be over anytime soon, perhaps continuing on into Backlash. Considering the build thus far, things look pretty good for both teams and Naomi. The fan in me has so many hopes for this feud to grow into something amazing. However the fate of it all doesn’t lie in my hands.
The beautiful thing in this is that it is almost like both teams have been given another chance to prove themselves since the brand split. The Usos rose to the occasion with a successful Championship reign while the Bludgeon Brothers have found something that clicks and works for their team. Giving them a feud that is consistent and holds substance will help tremendously. Neither team is a fluke, because fans know what all men are capable of. There is no start and stop this time around for both teams. They are the primary focus on the Tag Team Division – something that fans didn’t think would happen at one point.
Maybe patience is a virtue in this case for The Usos and the Bludgeon Brothers. However with the past success, the company must do these teams right for them to follow through with great, rewarding feuds. While Naomi’s involvement does give The Usos a slight advantage, how far does that go? At the forefront, there must be a payoff. The tools are all there to keep fans interested and tuned in to see what happens next. After the Superstar Shakeup, the Tag Team Division looks extremely promising on Smackdown. The feud between the Usos and The Bludgeon Brothers are a great start to get the ball rolling.