2.) Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods (c) vs. Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura [SmackDown Tag Team Championships]
On last week’s Friday Night SmackDown, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods defeated Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura to become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions. While this was a heartwarming return victory for two-thirds of The New Day before their irrational break-up, it was still ill-advised to have Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura lose so abruptly with minimal build up.
Now, for all the naysayers and critics out there, it’s understandable that Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura dethroned The New Day at WWE Backlash 2020 and The New Day never got their rematch. However, a wise man in the higher ups of the WWE had once said that this is a new era, in which automatic rematch clauses will no longer be pertinent.
This abrupt title change must make many wonder if title changes even mean anything anymore in this company. While there are many nuances to that debate, the topic here is the tag team division, which Vince McMahon is renown for glossing over time and time again. If no one believes that, why are the SmackDown Tag Team Championships on Raw?
Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods are Raw superstars now, and it does not make any sense for them to hold the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. Henceforth, they might as well drop the titles back to Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura, a SmackDown tag team that should have not lost the championships last week.
Prediction: Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura
1.) RETRIBUTION vs. Hurt Business [Faction War]
After the inconclusive finish in his match with MVP, Mustafa Ali revealed himself as the new leader of RETRIBUTION. What does this mean for WWE? Will Raw go on strike? Will there be a much-needed unionization? Will this revolutionary faction boycott the show? That would be wishful thinking, so expect RETRIBUTION to battle Hurt Business in the main event.
RETRIBUTION will pick up the win to prove that they were overlooked all along and are capable of becoming a top stable on the flagship show. This will probably set up a United States Championship match between Bobby Lashley and Mustafa Ali down the line, but that’s merely conjectural due to the arbitrariness of the draft and the inevitability of risible swerves.