Tonight’s episode of WWE Smackdown saw The Judgment Day retain their newly won Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships against The Brawling Brutes’ Butch and Ridge Holland. Following the match, Bobby Lashley’s music hit, and The Almighty made his way to the ring, flanked by his new protege, The Street Profits. Once all three well-dressed men made their way into the ring for a staredown with Damien Priest, Finn Balor, and Dominik Mysterio, Lashley sent a message on the microphone.
“The Bloodline is crumbling, but it isn’t The Judgment Day taking over, it’s us,” he said.
Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns once again did not appear on WWE Friday Night Smackdown. In his sted, his wiseman, Paul Heyman, tried to keep business in order for The Bloodline. Earlier in the show, LA Knight made his way into Heyman’s locker room unannounced, prompting the legendary manager to tell the leader of the YEAH! Movement to knock next time.
During WWE SummerSlam, The Street Profits’ Montez Ford told Haus of Wrestling the following about his and Angelo Dawkins’ association with Lashley.
“I think it’s just two guys just following someone they watched and idolized growing up, you know?” he began. “He’s taking us under his wing, you know? He’s been under this realm for a long time, and he’s had a lot of success, and maybe us following him could obtain to us obtaining more success. At least, that’s the way I see it, you know?”
When pressed about whether his pairing with Lashley was intended to help him pivot to being a singles star, Ford was more than candid.
“I can’t believe this,” he shot back. “I’ve had all my success as a tag team competitor, man. Everyone just has all this faith in me as a solo or singles competitor. That’s crazy. Don’t you think? That’s a little ludicrous. All my success has been with a tag team. How can you have faith in someone who’s a tag team competitor? Ah, disgusting.”