This week on SmackDown Live, American Alpha faced off against The Usos in the Tag Team tournament to determine who would move on to the finals at Backlash to take on Heath Slater and Rhyno.
American Alpha won the match very quickly - in 30 seconds or so - much to The Usos surprise. However, it's what happened after the match that has caused a change of plans for the upcoming pay-per-view. Jimmy and Jey went to congratulate Chad Gable and Jason Jordan on their victory, but quickly turned on them, injuring the former in the process.
The attack caused Shane McMahon to reveal on this week's episode of Talking Smack that American Alpha would not be able to compete at Backlash for the titles due to an ACL injury to Gable, which will take him two-to-four weeks to recover from (although this is only a storyline injury).
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Wrestling Inc said: "It was announced that the Hype Bros. will now face The Usos at Backlash this Sunday. The winner of that match will face Slater & Rhyno later that evening for the titles."
The item to take away from this story is not that American Alpha has been pulled out of the SmackDown Tag Team Championship tournament, but that The Usos have finally made a heel turn. The heat they generated from the attack was great as well, so they're off to a strong start.
Now we'll have to wait and see if Jimmy and Jey are able to capitalize upon this and deliver some fantastic heel promos on top of the heat they have already received.
The likelihood is that The Usos will go on to either win the match for the Tag Team titles at Backlash or to lose the match due to interference from the American Alpha at the pay-per-view. Either way, both of these teams should be feuding with one another before SmackDown's next pay-per-view No Mercy on October 9.
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