WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos have broken an incredible WWE record – and one that they set themselves in the first place.
It was mentioned on commentary during the 21st January episode of SmackDown that The Usos were the longest-reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions in history having hit the 188 day mark with the title belts.
Reaching this milestone also came about in a pillar week for the family, as Roman Reigns also set the benchmark by surpassing Brock Lesnar for holding the Universal Championship for the longest amount of time..
The original record of 182 days for holding the SmackDown Tag Team Championships came about between the end of 2017 and early 2018. At Hell In A Cell, The New Day combination of Big E and Xavier Woods lost the titles to The Usos, who would retain all the way through to WrestleMania 34 where they lost to The Bludgeon Brothers in a triple-team match which also included The New Day.
The latest reign for The Usos began when they defeated Dominik and Rey Mysterio at Money In The Bank on 18th July 2021.
The most recent edition of Friday Night SmackDown started with a celebration of Roman Reigns’ run as the Universal Champion, where he had The Usos with him. The self-indulgence was quickly interrupted by the challenger to ‘The Head Of The Table’ at the Royal Rumble, Seth Rollins.
Rollins hit out at his former teammate in The Shield, saying that he has always had to be held up by his partners back in their days alongside Jon Moxley, and is now doing the same with The Usos who he went on to challenge to a tag match later in the show alongside a mystery partner.
The stipulations for the match then really heated up, as Rollins challenged The Usos that if they lost they would be barred from ringside for the Universal Championship match at the Royal Rumble. In retaliation, Reigns said that if Rollins lost he would forfeit his opportunity at the showpiece event.
The match ended in a disqualification, when Roman Reigns stormed the ring and hit a Superman punch on his next opponent. Even though he was standing tall, the move was short-sighted as it meant he will now be on his own without The Usos at the Royal Rumble.