Smackdown Tag Title Finals canceled – new match set for Backlash

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American Alpha vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno was initially set as the Finals of the Smackdown Tag Title tournament.

However, an injury angle removed Alpha from the title match at Backlash.

Now, The Usos will face the Hype Bros. in a “second chance match” after both teams lost in the semi-finals on this week’s Smackdown.

The winning team at Backlash will advance to face Slater & Rhyno later in the show to determine the first Smackdown Tag Team champions.

The injury angle was the result of The Usos attacking Chad Gable of the Alphas after their semi-final match. The fictional injury update is Gable missing 2-4 weeks due to a knee injury.


  • American Alpha scratched vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno
    • Slater & Rhyno to face winner of Usos-Hype Bros. “second chance” match at Backlash

Semi-Final Round

  • American Alpha beat The Usos
  • Heath Slater & Rhyno beat Hype Bros.

First Round Results

  • The Usos beat The Ascension (8/23)
  • American Alpha beat Tyler Breeze & Fandango (8/23)
  • Hype Bros. beat The Vaudevillains (8/30)
  • Heath Slater & Rhyno beat The Headbangers (8/30)


Tag Team Entrants

  • The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)
  • American Alpha (Jason Jordan & Chad Gable) – out via injury angle
  • Tyler Breeze & Fandango
  • The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor)
  • Hype Bros. (Zack Ryder & Mojo Rawley)
  • The Vaudevillains (Aiden English & Simon Gotch)
  • Heath Slater & Rhyno
  • The Headbangers

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