How frustrating was it not to be a part of the first SmackDown exclusive pay-per-view Backlash?
Jordan: “It was definitely frustrating. It’s a minor setback but it’s one of those things, as much as we wanted to be a part of that, as much as we wanted to be the first ever SmackDown Tag Team Champions, we have to take into account our background. We have experienced things like that and there is always going to be a minor setback and disappointments in there. We have to look at the grand scheme of things and even though we missed this first SmackDown exclusive pay-per-view, it’s okay. We have to get past that and continue to move forward because we feel we have an extremely long career ahead of us with a whole lot of success. We can’t dwell on missing that pay-per-view no matter how much we wanted to be on it. It’s just added a little bit more fuel to the fire because we’re ready to get back in there and show we feel we should have been tag team champions.”
Gable: “That was disappointing. We wanted to come in and chase the titles immediately. We wanted to be the first champions and establish the credibility that we think we can bring to titles like that. We wanted those titles immediately and hold them for as long as possible. Unfortunately, I [kayfabe] got injured. We had been taken out, and we lost our shot unfairly. But at least we can argue that we beat The Uso’s and that we deserved our shot at the finals. We still haven’t gotten our shot that we think we deserve. We still think we have a title shot coming, so we can’t be so disappointed or dwell on anything for too long. We just keep moving forward and keep looking forward because there is no sense in dwelling on the past.”It feels like on SmackDown the storylines have been very well developed and every feud seems to have good reasoning and logic behind it – none of it feels thrown together. That is part of why it feels easy to watch. Already fans are being given a real reason to root for say Heath Slater and Rhyno, or to boo The Usos after they put you out of the tag team tournament.
Gable: “Yeah, and that’s one of the reasons I think why we’re going to be so successful and why we’ve been so successful so far. Some of the things like that happen so organically. Like the thing with Heath and Rhyno just took over. That’s the kind of stuff that people can get behind. That’s the kind of stuff that get people interested and keeps their interest. There’s a ton of stuff we’re doing right now with a new twist on things that to me just feels unique and fresh. We’re really putting a cool twist on things. And this is what people have been wanting. They’ve been wanting fresh stuff, and that’s what we’ve been giving them on SmackDown.”