Will Jimmy Uso’s legal issues impact the SmackDown tag team title scene?
The odds of The Miz and Shane McMahon losing their belts on Sunday night may have taken a hit, thanks to one Uso’s brothers actions outside of the ring.
The story so far
With all due respect to the team of Miz and McMahon, the SmackDown tag team division didn’t really need them. The blue brand’s tag team depth has been stronger than Raw’s for nearly two years now.
The wacky team-up of Shane McMahon and a baby face leaning Miz feels much more at home on Monday nights.
Yet here we are.
On their first attempt The Co-Besties captured the SmackDown tag team titles last month at the Royal Rumble. McMahon and Miz will make their very first title defense at Elimination Chamber and we’ve been given little indication they will be ‘one and done’ as champions.
The build to Elimination Chamber
Somebody had to be next line to challenge Miz and McMahon for their titles. With the rematch clause dead in the water, The Bar had a case but instead just got an opportunity like everyone else.
Former champions Cesaro and Sheamus were placed in a four corners elimination match with The New Day, The Usos, and recent NXT call-ups Heavy Machinery. Prior to winning the number one contender’s match on the Jan. 29 episode of SmackDown Jimmy and Jey Uso weren’t doing a whole lot.
The go-home show
If you had to rank the go-home segments for the 2019 Elimination Chamber, you could make a case on Tuesday night The Usos had one of the best. All it took was one clean, passionate interaction from Jimmy and Jey to light some fire under McMahon and Miz.
In the span of five minutes, The Usos turned themselves legitimate contenders to the titles and made you believe they wanted it more on Sunday night.
Then news broke on Thursday afternoon that Jimmy Uso was involved in an incident with Detroit police. WWE would go on to release a statement to the media and it’s been pretty quite from all parties ever since. DUI/DWI arrests are nothing new to WWE, and the company likely already has some form of protocol on how they handle these situations.
It’s difficult to view the title match between The Miz and Shane McMahon versus The Usos, without taking into account’s Jimmy’s arrest earlier in the week. With all of that being said, it would feel odd for a WWE contracted wrestler to bring the company bad publicity on a Thursday and then go on to be rewarded with a title win on a Sunday.
Tune into cSs for full bell-to-bell coverage of Elimination Chamber today starting at 6:00 p.m. ET with the Kickoff show leading right on into the main card at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Which team wins?
Miz & McMahon
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