BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Following an action-packed Tag Team Match on the SummerSlam Kickoff, Sami Zayn & Neville are on the rise, while the most decorated tandem in history, The Dudley Boyz, may be on the outs.
For the second time this week, a miscommunication between Bubba Ray & D-Von Dudley proved costly for the brothers in camouflage. Six days earlier, The Dudleys lost to WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day after a misstep.
Things had started out well, however, for Bubba Ray & D-Von at The Biggest Event of the Summer. Competing in the Barclays Center, the same building where they returned to WWE a year ago, The Dudleys used their brute force (and a blindsiding forearm) to counteract their opponents’ speed and agility.
The ingenuity of Zayn & Neville nonetheless showed through, especially when Neville leapt off his partner’s back to connect with a spinning aerial attack reminiscent of his Red Arrow finisher.
Bubba put his team back in the fight, but missed the mark on a huge senton splash off the middle rope.
Zayn displayed his strength moments later, hitting D-Von with a Blue Thunder Bomb, only for Bubba to stomp out The Underdog from the Undergound’s pin attempt. The Dudleys returned fire with their signature back suplex/neckbreaker combination, but this time, Neville broke up the fall.
When it looked like Bubba Ray & D-Von were able to dismantle The Man That Gravity Forgot with a 3- D, Neville sprang out of the move and dodged a subsequent clothesline from Bubba, causing the brothers to collide. Zayn was quick to take advantage, nailing Bubba with a Helluva Kick and setting him up perfectly for Neville’s match-winning Red Arrow.
With this big win under their belt, what’s next for
the high-flying former NXT Champions? Just as important, how will the brawlers from Dudleyville rebound from their latest stumble?