WWE: The Usos Bring Legitimacy to Tag Team Division
While there may have been uncertainty surrounding The Usos long-term status with the WWE, it would appear that the dynamic duo is set to remain with the company for years to come.
According to a new report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider, the current SmackDown Tag Team Champions have re-upped with WWE. This is big news for WWE given how talented and popular The Usos are, especially considering the fact that their contracts were reportedly set to expire at the end of April.
With AEW on the horizon and Double or Nothing set to take the wrestling world by storm, WWE needs to do everything they can to retain their top talent. In a company that’s seen the tag team division go from putting on the match of the night on a regular basis to a company that’s become a relative joke as far as tag teams are concerned, The Usos have proven themselves as a legitimate tandem that can carry a segment by themselves.
Usos Stand Out Above the Crowd
It’s a rare feat in WWE to see a tag team stand out in a singles competitor centric company, but Jimmy and Jey Uso have managed to do so regardless of their characters in the company.
Whether it was being branded as a face-paint wearing tag team that would do a traditional Samoan dance on their way to the ring to their current personas that allow them to be more like themselves, The Usos have taken any gimmick given to them and ran with it. That’s something that Vince McMahon has certainly appreciated from his talent over the years.
They feel as legitimate, organic and relevant as any team the company has seen in years outside of NXT who have built a very strong crop of tag teams under Triple H’s watch. Unfortunately, those tag teams have further proven that The Usos stand supreme as many have been called up and many have been squandered and relegated to obscurity.
Whether it was The Revival prior to their Championship win, American Alpha, Heavy Machinery, Gallow and Anderson, The Ascension and many others, WWE simply doesn’t know how to handle tag team talent on their main roster. The Usos (and The New Day), however, have done their part to create a resurgence in this division.
WrestleMania 35 Tag Team Championship Match Gets More Interesting
These extensions also make their WrestleMania 35 match against Ricochet & Aleister Black, The Bar and Rusev & Shinsuke Nakamura significantly more interesting as well. While there was a chance WWE could have been looking to crown new champions at the Showcase of the Immortals with uncertainty surrounding The Usos’ future, anything can happen now.
This is good for the product as uncertainty is what wrestling is built upon. Not knowing who is going to win and who is going to lose is something that keeps fans coming back match after match, night after night. It’s the sheer possibility that an underdog or fan-favorite can win from a heel or that the huge babyface could lose tot he monster heel that keeps everybody glued to the end of their seats.
With The Usos resigning and remaining with the company for years, the winner of Sunday’s fatal four-way match is anybody’s guess.
This is WWE’s chance to build their tag team division up properly, regardless of a win or a loss for The Usos. Putting an emphasis on keeping them around and admitting that they bring a lot to the table is a big step forward for the tag team division, even if on paper it seems like everything will remain the status quo.