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4 options for new champions on SmackDown Live

Brad Phillips
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The Miz needs
The Miz needs
new

direction

This week on Raw and SmackDown Live the McMahon family shook up the roster. Fans witnessed the removal of both General Managers, (watch the video below). Moreover, a multitude of new match-ups. Following the outcome of Raw and SmackDown, things have shaped nicely for 2019. Moreover, it seems the wishes of fans are being adhered by WWE management. 

Both brands needed changes, and it's clear the direction WWE are taking. Ultimately everyone gets an opportunity. Considering the immense talent within WWE, the future looks bright. However, what could we expect in 2019?

The SmackDown Live brand has names like Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, The Miz, Daniel Bryan, and AJ Styles. Quite literally their brand is stacked with talent. Unfortunately, until now, it has been misused. Therefore, who will receive championship opportunities in 2019?

Disclaimer: The article includes spoilers for the SmackDown tapings for next week.


# 4. Luke Gallows & Karl Andersen (SmackDown Tag Team Championship)

Gallows and Andersen were legends in Japan
Gallows and Andersen were legends in Japan

Between 2013 and 2016 Karl Andersen and Luke Gallows were members of Bullet Club in NJPW. Throughout their tenure, both men made an impact. Whether in singles or tag team wrestling they garnered a plethora of accolades. They earned multiple championships, notably three reigns as IWGP Tag Team Champions. 

In 2016 Gallows and Andersen debuted in WWE. Since then they have worked for Raw and SmackDown. During their tenure, the team earned the Raw Tag Team Championship. At present they perform on the SmackDown brand. However, until recently they have been misused. 

On this week's SmackDown episode (December 18th) they received a match with The Usos, (watch the video below). This match turned out interesting, with Sanity and The Bar interrupting. There was no clear victor. Nevertheless, it proved all teams had credentials to be champions. Nonetheless, Gallows and Andersen need direction. Moreover, they need a championship opportunity. Could this happen in 2019?



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