The New Day vs. The Usos: Winner and Reaction from 2016 Royal Rumble

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2016

Kofi Kingston attends the Superstars For Sandy Relief Event, on thursday, April 4, 2013 in New York, NY. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP)
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The New Day's dominance over WWE's tag team division continued Sunday night at the Royal Rumble, as it defeated The Usos in a highly anticipated title clash.

WWE captured a photo as Big E got the pin:

After wining, Big E busted out the sort of dance moves fans have grown accustomed to seeing, per WWE Universe: and Robert Littal of BSO provided their takes on the match: 

The trio of Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods has taken WWE by storm over the past year. In addition to holding the Tag Team Championships for most of 2015, they consistently became one of the most entertaining aspects of WWE programming. Before the match they unveiled the latest member of their team: 

Despite that, The New Day was passed over for the Tag Team of the Year Slammy Award in favor of The Usos, who did not compete for much of 2015 due to Jey being on the shelf with an injury.

That infuriated The New Day, which is something Jimmy and Jey had no problem taking advantage of during the build toward their match at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view:

In addition to their issues with The Usos, The New Day had to deal with a returning Chris Jericho, who took issue with the boisterous triumvirate.

Not only did Y2J poke fun at The New Day on a regular basis during the build toward the Rumble, but he also took out an unofficial fourth member of the group by destroying Xavier's trombone, which he had named "Francesca."

With so much going against The New Day, it only served to make it even more enjoyable to watch, as its frustration led to a number of funny segments.

When the time came for The New Day and The Usos to lock horns at the Royal Rumble, there were still some lighthearted moments as expected, but it was mostly business with such high stakes on the line.

The New Day and The Usos have faced each other on several occasions, and they always had strong chemistry in their previous encounters. That was once again the case Sunday, and it led to a highly competitive affair.

While The Usos came close to becoming three-time tag team champions on a number of occasions, The New Day managed to escape Orlando, Florida, with the copper-plated titles in tow.

Although the feud between The New Day and The Usos could continue, teams such as The Dudley Boyz and The Wyatt Family continue to lurk and could be thrust into the championship scene at any time.

There are also some quality pairings in NXT that could be called up to the main roster at any moment with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, as well as American Alpha featuring Chad Gable and Jason Jordan, standing out in particular.

WWE certainly has the talent in place to have the best tag team division it has boasted in years, but after Sunday's title match, it's clear The New Day is still the squad to beat.


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