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Jay Uso delivered a super kick that was heard throughout the wrestling world, symbolizing a change not only in WWE’s storyline but in the brand itself.
When Jay declared, “I’m out. I’m out of The Bloodline. I’m out of SmackDown. I’m out of WWE. Deuces, Uces,” on the post-SummerSlam edition of Friday Night SmackDown, the crowd was moved. Not sure what to expect. Was this a legitimate departure, or just another layer in the melodramatic saga of The Bloodline? Just when you thought WWE couldn’t offer more twists, Cody Rhodes – yes, Cody Rhodes – unveiled Jay Uso as the newest addition to Monday Night Raw during his appearance on “The Grayson Waller Effect” at Payback.
Now, what makes this situation even more interesting is the cloud of drama Jay left behind on SmackDown Live. Jimmy Uso, his twin brother, and the undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, was part of the reason for his exit. The tension was building, especially after he helped Jimmy Reigns defeat Jay at SummerSlam. However, in a surprising twist, Jimmy returned to SmackDown to confront John Cena, after which he became involved in a backstage feud with AJ Styles. In short, things were still very active in the family drama, and Jimmy seemed to be leaning towards rebellion himself. In fact, many were expecting to build up to the first match between Uso and Uso, possibly at WrestleMania 40.
But then Cody Rhodes threw his hat in the ring, WWE’s resident injustice corrector, to take Jay Uso under his wing and set him on a new stage: Monday Night Raw.
The move is not just a slap in the face to Waller, who is instantly super-kicked by Jay, but also a statement from Rhodes, who used his political clout behind the scenes to “right the wrong”. This was Jey’s first appearance on WWE television since he “quit” and one can only imagine the seismic effect it would have on The Bloodline storyline, which now seems to be stretched across multiple brands.
Waller, barely fitting his ego in the arena, was expecting a big scoop from Rhodes during the conversation. Instead, he received a super kick that could have rearranged his dental work. Jay explained that he did not need a microphone to send a message.
Naturally, the crowd erupted in cheers, Rhodes completed the transfer, and Jay continued to enjoy the boisterous approval of his new fan on Raw.
The implications of this move are gigantic. First and foremost, it opens up a whole lot of opportunities for Jay as a singles competitor on Raw, far from the looming shadow of Roman Reigns and the complexities of his family dynamics. Whether he’s in contention to challenge Gunther for the InterContinental Championship or entering the World Heavyweight Championship scene, Jey Uso is now ready for a successful solo run.
Given the hype he holds as Jay’s “main event”, sidelining him would be a colossal waste.
This step also raises several questions. What happens to the Uso angle versus the boiled Uso? With WrestleMania 40 looming, does this mean we’ll see the brothers compete in an inter-brand match? Or does he set the stage for another family drama, as we saw last year when Rey Mysterio moved to SmackDown after Dominic turned on him? And let’s not forget Cody Rhodes. What are his motives here? Will he regret the move, or has he added a powerful ally or rival to his journey?
This latest development contains layers of complexity that can unfold in a number of ways. What we do know for sure is that Jay Uso is back, and whether he’s on RAW, SmackDown Live, or standing in the middle of the ring with a mic or not, he’s a force to be reckoned with. Time will tell how this gamble will pay off for Jay, Cody and WWE itself, but one thing is for sure – this story isn’t over yet.