Last week it was confirmed that the “Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy had suffered a serious injury, and would be out of action for 6-9 months following a full reconstruction of his knee. As a result, the legendary Hardy Boyz were forced to vacate the Smackdown Tag Team Championships.
Shane McMahon took to the ring this Tuesday night to announce a brand new set of champions, originally intending to just hand over the belts to Daniel Bryan and his super heavyweight bodyguard Rowan. However, after The Usos made a surprise appearance, evoking the brand new WIldcard Rule to jump ship from the Raw brand for the night, a match was booked between the two with the vacant belts on the line.
.@ERICKROWAN absolutely OBLITERATES Jimmy @WWEUsos with #SDLive #TagTeamTitles on the line! @WWEDanielBryan pic.twitter.com/lzOvwYqAHk
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— WWE (@WWE) May 8, 2019
While The Usos put up a tremendous fight, nearly recapturing the titles that they helped to put on the map, Rowan proved to be too much of a force for either brother to deal with, delivering a brutal Iron Claw to score the win.
With this victory, both Daniel Bryan and Rowan become two-time WWE tag team champions, with Bryan previously winning gold alongside Kane as Team Hell No, and of course Rowan alongside Luke Harper as one half of The Bludgeon Brothers.