It's probably fair to say that SmackDown Live has become pretty hard to watch lately. The main angle involving Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Shane McMahon, and pretty much everyone else in the blue brand's top tier has become convoluted and appears to be going nowhere. Plus Raw has been improving since the turn of the year and when directly compared the blue brand is the much better show right now.
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There are a few shining lights on Tuesday nights that give us hope SmackDown Live is about to turn a corner. One of the brightest of those lights is the tandem of Rusev and Aiden English. Together the pair have created Rusev Day and fans chant it in arenas around the United States even when the two of them aren't in the ring.
It's pretty amazing how popular the odd couple have become, especially when you know about their beginnings. Rusev recently told UK newspaper The Mirror that the pairing of himself and English was meant to be a joke. The Bulgarian Brute quite rightly said 'We turned it around, they gave us lemons and we made it lemonade. Damn good lemonade, I'll tell you that much'.
Despite the chants of Rusev Day echoing around every arena SmackDown Live airs from WWE creative seem to be putting their fingers in their ears somewhat. The chants drowned out Shane McMahon during an opening segment a couple of weeks ago to which the commissioner replied 'duly noted' before continuing with his promo. They are yet to get a push though and this past week they weren't on SmackDown Live at all, competing in a dark match before the show went on the air.
All is not lost though and Rusev and English currently find themselves in a very strong tag team division. Benjamin and Gable's quest for the titles seems to be over for now but The Bludgeon Brothers are lurking in the shadows. As long as fans continue to chant Rusev Day, WWE will get to a point where they can't continue to ignore them and hopefully that Tag Team Title shot will come some time soon.