The SmackDown Tag Team Championship match kicked off tonight’s Horror Show at Extreme Rules as Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura stepped up to challenge The New Day.
The New Day have held the Championships since April, but Cesaro and Nakamura have only recently started a feud with Kofi Kingston and Big E following the absence of Sami Zayn. The duo were the ones who put the pressure on the Champions on Friday Night SmackDown when they announced that the stipulation for their title match would be a Table match.
In the Tag Team Division, the Tables match stipulation has mostly been associated with one team over the past few decades so it was a nice surprise to see D-Von Dudley making his presence known on the kick-off show.
D-Von was backstage with Kingston and Big E and handed the duo some words of advice ahead of a match that they have competed in a number of times before.
Sadly, D-Von’s words of wisdom were not enough to help Kingston and Big E to retain the Championships since Cesaro managed to deliver a powerbomb to Kofi Kingston through two tables from the top rope to secure his first Tag Team Championship reign alongside The Artist.
This was definitely a shock result since there were rumors that no Championships would change hands at Extreme Rules this year.
Big E was taken out a few minutes before the finish which left Kingston alone to fight off both Nakamura and Cesaro and the numbers game was too much for Kingston in the end.
The Tag Team Division on SmackDown has become hotly competitive in recent months with The Miz and John Morrison, The Forgotten Sons, and The New Day all now seen as challengers for Cesaro and Nakamura’s new Championships.
It’ll be interesting to see who steps up and challenges the new Champions heading into SummerSlam next month.