One week prior, Adam Pearce announced that a tournament would be held to crown new top contenders for the SmackDown tag team titles currently held by The Usos. We haven’t given any real details other than that.
Then, WWE kicked off this week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown With a parenthesis and a word that will play the entire first round for the duration of the show:
First it was Drew McIntyre and Sheamus facing off against The Viking Raiders, who enraged the bruisers with a recent post-show attack. They had one hell of a physical fight, which eventually saw Sheamus pin Ivar after a brogue kick.
Afterwards, Hit Row cheated to defeat Los Lotharios. They looked awful but B-Fab have turned the tide in their favor and seem to be fodder for the bigger stars they will encounter on their side of the arc.
Then, Imperium beat The Brawling Brutes – with Giovanni Vinci hitting real nice ideas on BUTCH on the outside – to advance on their side of the arc.
Finally, Legado del Fantasma had no small problem looking in the business against Maximum Male Models, pulling off an easy win.
This gives us this updated class:
See you next week in the semi-finals!