The January 2nd episode of WWE SmackDown aired live from the Amway Center in Orlando, FL. Here are 5 takeaways from this week’s show:
4The Usos Retained Their Titles
The Usos defended their SmackDown Tag Team Championships against Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin. Gable and Benjamin controlled the match early. Gable connected with a Moonsault off the top rope and tried to cover Jimmy but Jey broke it up as SmackDown went to a commercial break.
When SmackDown returned, Jimmy hit Gable with a Dropkick and tagged in Jey Uso. Jey knocked Benjamin out of the ring and leaped on top of him. Jey then knocked Gable out of the ring and leaped on to him as well. Benjamin dragged Jey out of the ring and slammed him into the barricade. Benjamin kneed Jey in the face and then teamed up with Gable to slam Jimmy to the mat for the pinfall victory.
Another referee ran down to the ring and said that Jey Uso was the legal man in the match and Jimmy Uso was the one who was pinned. The other referee admitted that he made a mistake and that Gable and Benjamin were not the legal men in the match. The match was then restarted.
Gable took out Jimmy Uso outside the ring. Back in the ring, Benjamin connected with a Spinebuster to Jey Uso. Gable and Benjamin attempted their finisher once again but The Usos were ready for it. The Usos Superkicked both Gable and Benjamin and hit a Splash on Shelton Benjamin for the victory.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 3, 2018
This was goofy. The Usos, Gable & Benjamin are perfectly capable of having a great tag match. I would have preferred to have seen that rather than referees conversing and everyone standing around while they figure out if they screwed things up.