Published: Wed, December 14, 2016
World | By Paul Elliott

New #1 Contenders to the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Titles

New #1 Contenders to the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Titles

The Wyatt Family has established their dominance over SmackDown's tag team division, but how long will that reign last?

The Hype Bros earned number one contender status to the tag team titles on SmackDown Live this week when Zack Ryder eliminated Konnor of The Ascension. Before the Hype Bros came together in 2015, the former National Football League player had a singles run on NXT for a few years. There is no word yet on the severity of the injury, or whether it will affect the Hype Bros' #1 contendership.

Tuesday's episode of SmackDown would be a big one for Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley. By the way, WWE recently announced that the Wyatt Family is also able to defend the tag titles using Freebird Rules, meaning any combination of Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, and Luke Harper can defend the titles.

After the match, Ryder was carried to the trainer's room and is now on crutches.

"We think he injured his kneecap or his patella". The referee threw up the industry standard "X" sign to alert officials and paramedics of a potential injury as soon as the match was finished, and Ryder was later pulled out of a Tribute To The Troops match that was taped afterwards. "Hopefully there's not and it'll be a shorter rehab period".

WWE noted that there would be an update after Ryder gets an MRI on Wednesday.

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