WWE Smackdown Tag Team Title Match Added to WrestleMania 38, Updated Lineup
The WWE Smackdown Tag Team Titles will be on the line at WrestleMania 38 with The Usos set to defend the titles against the popular team of Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs.
During Friday’s Smackdown, The Usos were doing a promo in the ring about the lack of competition on the show when they were interrupted by Shinsuke Nakamura and his guitar-playing friend Rick Boogs. It was two weeks ago on Smackdown when The Usos did a cheap attack on Boogs/Nakamura that was completely unprovoked.
Boogs was selling the idea that he had a leg injury based on The Usos attacking him last week. When The Usos saw that, Jimmy Uso offered a deal where he said if the injured Boogs could beat Jey Uso in a singles match then The Usos would defend the Smackdown Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania 38.
After the bell rang, Boogs revealed that he wasn’t actually hurt at all. Nakamura prevented Jimmy Uso from interfering while Boogs made quick work of Jey Uso to get the win for his team. That meant that the title match was on.
After the match was over, Jimmy hit Boogs in the back with Rick’s guitar so the guitar was smashed over Rick’s back. Boogs went down selling the attack.
On Saturday afternoon, WWE’s social media channels confirmed that The Usos vs. Nakamura/Boogs will take place in three weeks on WrestleMania Saturday, April 2nd.
BREAKING: The @WWEUsos will put the #SmackDown Tag Team Titles on the line against @ShinsukeN & @rickboogswwe on @WrestleMania Saturday.https://t.co/08QNwUe1L3pic.twitter.com/G0f87LsI7V
— WWE (@WWE) March 12, 2022
The Usos have been Smackdown Tag Team Champions since Money in the Bank last July, which was 237 days ago as of today. The Usos are 5-time Smackdown Tag Team Champions and 7-time Tag Team Champions in WWE overall. The team of Nakamura & Boogs have not been Tag Team Champions before although Nakamura was a Smackdown Tag Team Champion with Cesaro in 2020.
Right now there are ten matches and one talk show segment announced for WrestleMania 38 from AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3.
Here’s what is currently advertised for Saturday, April 2nd.
* Smackdown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Ronda Rousey – WWE has referred to it as a main event match, but they have not confirmed that is going on last at WrestleMania Saturday.
* Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Bianca Belair
* KO Show – Hosted by Kevin Owens with Steve Austin as the guest
* Rey & Dominik Mysterio vs. The Miz & Logan Paul
* Drew McIntyre vs. Happy Corbin
* Smackdown Tag Team Championships: The Usos (c) vs. Rick Boogs & Shinsuke Nakamura
Here’s what is currently scheduled for WrestleMania 38 on Sunday, April 3rd.
* Winner Take All – Title vs. Title: Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. WWE Champion Brock Lesnar
* Edge vs. AJ Styles
* Women’s Tag Team Championships: Carmella & Zelina Vega (c) vs. Sasha Banks & Naomi vs. Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan
* Sami Zayn vs. Johnny Knoxville
* Pat McAfee vs. Austin Theory
WrestleMania 38 is a two-night event steaming LIVE on Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network everywhere else.