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Wrestling With The Future | Grading the Bludgeon Brothers first act

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Well, it’s official. The Bludgeon Brothers are now part of the SmackDown Live roster while the tag-team of Erick Rowan and Luke Harper have finally arrived. After weeks of cutting promos and hinting at a SmackDown Live debut, The Bludgeon Brothers burst onto the scene this past Tuesday by downing The Hype Bros in Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley.

Yes, such a victory was certainly a statement from SmackDown Live’s newest tag-team. However, when diving deeper into the match, was The Bludgeon Brothers’ inaugural appearance on the weekly program truly impressive?

Entrance: (A-)

The Bludgeon Brothers’ entrance was everything it needed to be. At first, I thought that SmackDown Live’s newest tag-team would emerge with some elaborate entrance that would be totally different from something that the Wyatt Family would do. However, the WWE creative team ultimately stuck with something very simple and ominous, that appropriately depicts the likeness of The Bludgeon Brothers.

Although most definitely not the same as Bray Wyatt’s extremely effective entrance, which is notably accompanied by the “fireflies” in the audience, the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” still applies here. Similarly to the Wyatt Family’s entrance, The Bludgeon Brothers manage to make their way to the ring through darkness en route to eventually disrobing — and unmasking in Rowan’s case — while slowly entering the ring to cause some serious destruction. This properly prepares not only the WWE Universe for what is about to happen but also The Bludgeon Brothers’ opponents, who will presumably be cowering in fear inside the squared circle.

Finishing Move: (B-)

This aspect of Tuesday’s match was simply underwhelming. Now, I understand that neither Rowan nor Harper are the high-flying type, which eliminates a slew of potential finishing moves, but the double powerbomb was not emphatic enough for me — nor super creative, at that. However, assuming that each superstar sticks with their respective finishing move as singles competitors as well, that makes The Bludgeon Brothers’ finisher slightly more meaningful as the post-move antics definitely paint a devilish and terrifying appropriate picture as well. It is also worth noting that because this move isn’t too complicated to execute, these two massive men will be able to perform such an act on even the largest competitors going forward.

Perhaps I need some more time to digest this, but for now, a middle-of-the-pack grade.

Overall: (B)

Just a few weeks ago, I predicted that this duo would become the SmackDown Live tag-team champions by the end of the calendar year. Now, while I most certainly stand by the fact that I believe that Rowan and Harper will earn tag-team gold under the umbrella of The Bludgeon Brothers, I may have been a little quick to state that all of that glory will come before the end of 2017.

“It remains to be seen as to how far The Bludgeon Brothers are allowed to progress going forward. Will the WWE creative team provide the tag-team with an angle long-lasting enough to garner championship gold? Perhaps this is unlikely with the aforementioned slate of duos also present on Tuesday evenings, but Harper and Rowan certainly have both the ability to entertain fans and produce inside the squared circle to become the SmackDown Live Tag-Team Champions in the near future.

“Prediction? Harper and Rowan carry this thing all the way to the top. Book it. The Bludgeon Brothers will be SmackDown Live Tag-Team Champions before the end of 2017.”

Although my initial forecast may have been just slightly overzealous, I am going out on yet another limb and making one more prediction — The Bludgeon Brothers versus SAnitY is the match that will take both tag-teams over the top. WrestleMania 34 anyone?

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, Football.com and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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