On tonight’s episode of WWE SmackDown, the company continued to push the split between Jinder Mahal and Shanky and there was a heel turn for a returning tag team.
Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston were scheduled to face Shanky and Mahal tonight but the match never got started because Woods and Kingston wanted a dance off rather than another rematch. Mahal stormed off because wasn’t happy with Shanky not being serious.
After some more dancing, The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar) made their return and they brutally attacked Woods and Kingston and the way this came across, it was made clear that they are now heels.
In a backstage segment later in the night, they explained that the time for games is over. Ivar said for far too long they have been pushed to the side and forgotten. Erik added that they are going to tear up anyone who gets in their way.
The Viking Raiders have been working on house shows this year but this would be their first SmackDown appearance since the 3/18 episode.