Ridge Holland and Butch of The Brawling Brutes are your new contenders for the undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos.
During tonight’s SmackDown main event, Holland and Butch won a Fatal 4 Way to earn a title shot from The Usos. They defeated Kofi Kingston of The New Day, Hit Row’s “Top Dolla” AJ Francis and Ashante “Thee” Adonis, and Imperium’s Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci. The finish saw Holland take the win over Kingston after stealing the pin from Kaiser.
WWE then confirmed Holland and Butch vs. The Usos for this Friday’s SmackDown from Salt Lake City. The straps will be on the line.
Tonight’s Fatal 4 Way was originally supposed to feature The New Day, Alpha Academy, The Street Profits and Los Lotharios, but WWE replaced the last three teams with Hit Row, Imperium and The Brawling Brutes. At some point earlier in the day, WWE was considering The New Day vs. The Street Profits vs. Empire vs. The Brawling Brutes, but there’s no word yet on why they made the change.
Believe it or not, next week’s title fight will be the first standard tag team match for Butch and Holland to team up on the main squad. While in WWE NXT, they took a loss to Tommaso Ciampa and Unified NXT Champion Bron Breakker on the September 21, 2021 show, and then another loss to Von Wagner and Kyle O’Reilly on the October 12 NXT TV show. 2021. They have worked with Sheamus on multiple man or multi-team matches since being called up, and two standard tag team fights, but those were at non-televised live events when they defeated Los Lotharios on the shows from 20 and 21 August in Ottawa and Québec.
Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso have been champions for over 425 days now. They began their fifth reign with the SmackDown Tag Team titles by defeating The Mysterios at WrestleMania Backlash on July 18, 2021. They then began their third reign with the RAW Tag Team titles on the May 20 SmackDown, beating Randy Orton and Riddle in a Winners Take All match to become the undisputed champion.
Below are footage from tonight’s Fatal 4 Way:
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