“The Planet’s Champion” Daniel Bryan and his tag team partner, Rowan, defeated the Usos this past Tuesday to become the new SmackDown tag team champions. The championships were relinquished by The Hardy Boyz, due to Jeff Hardy’s injury and subsequent need for knee surgery.
Now, the duo has promised that WWE will undergo a tag team evolution, much in the way the company experienced with the recent women’s revolution.
Tag Team Jokers
Speaking backstage, Daniel Bryan took issue with how previous champions have treated the titles as though they were a “joke.” He then ensured the WWE Universe that will never be the case while he and Rowan are champions.
“[…] speaking of jokes and speaking of the tag team division, think of The Usos, right? What were they doing on RAW last night? Joking around as if the tag team division is some sort of joke. And what about Heavy Machinery? Joking around as if the tag team division is some sort of joke. And what about The New Day? Joking around like being the tag team champions is some sort of joke.”
He proceeded to claim an oncoming evolution for the SmackDown tag division is coming, saying:
“You know, they talk about a women’s evolution, about women main eventing WrestleMania. Do you know who’s never talked about main eventing WrestleMania? It’s the tag team division and do you know why? Because for years, they’ve been led by jokers like the New Day, like the Usos, like Heavy Machinery, and they go out there and they do Thanksgiving turkey fights, and they’ll do Halloween contests.”
“We are not those kind of tag team champions—and speaking of which, do you know what? There’s going to be a tag team evolution, and this isn’t going to be one dictated to us by The McMahons, no.”
Bryan then said that the evolution would be self-led by himself and Rowan. He highlighted that, unlike the New Day and the Usos, they aren’t satisfied with just being a “great” tag team. Instead, they want to become the greatest of all time, promising that they will be going on to main event WrestleMania as The Planet’s Tag Team Champions.