There’s been a lot of virtual ink spent talking about Asuka, and how the SmackDown Women’s title has been lost in the shuffle on Tuesday nights, and in WWE overall this WrestleMania season. She’s recently been a supporting character in a story about Fire & Desire’s Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville, but at least we know the Empress of Tomorrow will have a match somewhere on next Sunday’s card. The winner of Rose vs. Deville vs. Naomi vs. Carmella tonight (Mar. 26) gets a shot at Asuka on April 7.
Blue brand tag champs The Usos find themselves in a similar situation. Jimmy & Jey’s sixth Tag title run has been almost entirely about setting up the match between Shane McMahon and The Miz for WrestleMania 35. Unlike Asuka, however, the champs don’t have challengers (or a path toward getting them) set for the Showcase of the Immortals.
In fact, since successfully defending the belts at Fastlane earlier this month, The Usos haven’t wrestled on television (they did kill the above promo on this very subject on the Mar. 12 episode, and shared pancakes while watching Kofi Kingston run the gauntlet last week).
There’s no hint they’ll be on this week’s episode at all, either. Jimmy, Jey, their titles or even the tag team division are nowhere to be found in WWE.com’s preview or Cathy Kelley’s “5 things you need to know before SmackDown LIVE” video.
Another interesting wrinkle is that Rikishi’s boys are about to head into their third straight ‘Mania as Tag Team titleholders. Last year, they lost the belts to Harper & Rowan in New Orleans, while in 2017 they took part in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal as champs.
Could that be their fate again this year?
If WWE doesn’t reveal some other plans soon, it very well might be.