With the WWE Tag Team Titles recently being unified across the two brands, a new report has discussed the timeframe in which the booking decision was made.
The Usos and RK-Bro did battle on the 20th May 2022 edition of Friday Night SmackDown, respectively putting the SmackDown and Raw WWE Tag Team Titles on the line. In the end it was Jimmy and Jey Uso who walked away with the unified championships, ending Randy Orton and Riddle’s reign for the red brand at 74 days.
The unification had been in the pipeline for some time, having originally been scheduled to take place at WrestleMania Backlash before the contest changed to a six-man tag match also involving Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns.
However, the latest report from Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio claims that the decision to finally make the unification on SmackDown was only a last-minute decision rather than something which had been mapped out.
You know that was a last-minute decision…The plan was always the angle at the end and it was never Riddle and Orton winning. It was a way to get out of it, probably a DQ for Roman Reigns interfering. I wasn’t told that directly. I was only told that they came in and the big thing was the angle. As far as what they were gonna do for the finish, they went back and forth and Vince eventually made the call that basically, you know what? We’ve been pushing this so much we might as well do it.
It’s not like this is some long-term plan and this is the day they’re gonna go back. Literally, there was no plan other than they’re gonna do the big angle and obviously the big angle was to lead to Roman Reigns’ matches with Orton and Riddle…And the tag titles are what the tag titles are.
Randy Orton is seemingly set for time away from WWE television after he was taken out following the match on SmackDown, which left Riddle to team with The Street Profits and defeat The Usos and Sami Zayn on the 23rd May 2022 edition of Monday Night Raw.
With thanks to Cultaholic for the transcription.