SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day (c) vs. The Revival
The better of the two men’s tag title matches, this SmackDown Tag Team Championship bout between The New Day and The Revival certainly didn’t go as expected. We knew these two teams could put on a good match, which they did, but I didn’t see the ending going that particular direction.
For about 10 minutes, the two teams went back and forth with the classic tag elements included. Dash and Dawson worked over Big E for a while after Xavier Woods was taken out on the outside of the ring before finally making the hot tag, but his offense didn’t last too long. Big E then got taken out with a Shatter Machine on the outside, leaving Woods in a 2-on-1 situation of his own, which didn’t go well for him.
The Revival seemingly had the match won after hitting another Shatter Machine, this time on Woods, but they chose not to go for the pin and instead to inflict more punishment. While it seemed that Big E would come in and make the save, that surprisingly never happened. The challengers focused on the “injured” knee of Woods and Dawson tapped him out with an inverted figure four. Quite the surprising finish.
What’s next: Hopefully, this run with the SmackDown Tag Team Championship goes better for The Revival than did their time with the Raw Tag Team Championship, which was a huge bust. They were booked poorly and weren’t really given any chance to shine and hopefully things go differently this time around.
There will likely be a rematch between these two teams at some point down the line. I guess it depends on how much they play up Woods’ ongoing leg injury. Or perhaps they’ll have Kofi Kingston jump back in and do the Seth Rollins thing by having two belts.