The Usos extended their impressive reign as WWE Tag Team Champions at Battleground Sunday by defeating Luke Harper and Erick Rowan of the Wyatt Family in a two-out-of-three falls match.
WrestlingINC.com provided the result:
#WWEBattleground: After an incredible showing by both teams, the Usos retain the titles despite the Herculean efforts of Harper & Rowan.— WrestlingINC.com (@WrestlingInc) July 21, 2014
The WWE account detailed how the match went:
It was a thrilling display, and plenty of superstars jumped on Twitter to offer their takes:
Jimmy and Jey's victory marked their second in as many pay-per-views against Harper and Rowan as the Wyatts' quest for gold was once again halted. Now that the Usos have taken care of their main adversaries once again, one can only assume that a new feud is on the horizon.
The Usos and Wyatt Family have been engaged in a rivalry for the past few months. The Usos initially served as John Cena's backup during his angle with Bray Wyatt, but they have continued to do battle with Harper and Rowan despite the Cena vs. Wyatt program ending long ago.
This particular feud has had its positives and negatives, but there is no denying the fact that the two teams have meshed well together in the ring and put on some fine performances. It can be argued that their match at Battleground topped them all, though, with the four combatants throwing caution to the wind and pushing each other to their limits.
Although the Wyatts failed to capture the Tag Team Championships at Money in the Bank, they continued to torment the Usos and chase the titles leading up to Battleground. Harper and Rowan put an exclamation point on things during the go-home edition of Raw by orchestrating a brutal sneak attack.
The Usos were left incapacitated, but they made it clear on Twitter that they would not be deterred by the antics of Harper and Rowan:
HAAAA!!! WYATTS ARE TOO FUNNY!!!! #RAW— The Usos (@WWEUsos) July 15, 2014
As it turns out, Jimmy and Jey did indeed get the last laugh. Whether or not their win marks the end of this rivalry remains to be seen, but the Wyatts don't really have a leg to stand on in terms of continuing to get Tag Team Championship opportunities.
Perhaps the only thing that could keep the program going at this point is WWE's dearth of quality tag teams on the main roster. Aside from the Usos and Wyatts there isn't much to get excited about. The duo of Goldust and Stardust hasn't gotten over in a significant way and the Usos have already beaten Rybaxel on a few occasions.
Nobody has been able to unseat the Usos since they took the titles back in March, so now may be the perfect time for WWE to look toward NXT in search of some viable competition. NXT's tag division has faults in its own right, but there is definitely some talent present.
The obvious move would be for WWE to call upon the NXT Tag Team Champions in the form of The Ascension. Konnor and Viktor have laid waste to everyone put in front of them and have enjoyed an even more dominant title reign than the Usos.
Was keeping the Tag Team Championships on the Usos the right move?
That could lay the groundwork for an intriguing feud and act as an effective way to introduce some new talent to the main roster. Even if The Ascension aren't ready, the newly reformed combination of Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel is a possibility.
Both Superstars are fantastic in-ring workers and they could put on some fast-paced thrillers with the Usos. Whatever the case, WWE has to start building some new adversaries for the Usos.
As for the Wyatts, they may very well be the best tag team WWE has to offer, but they haven't been rewarded with the titles for whatever reason. It may simply be a case of the creative team not believing Harper and Rowan need championships in order to remain credible.
The Usos, on the other hand, are essentially defined by the titles. The booking decision may have irked some fans, but it opens up possibilities for new feuds and there is no question that it was time for both teams to move on to something new.
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