Why Did Cody Rhodes Challenge for SmackDown Tag Titles?

Cody Rhodes continues to make headlines in an eventful week.

by Atia Mukhtar
Why Did Cody Rhodes Challenge for SmackDown Tag Titles?
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In a dramatic turn of events, the season premiere of "WWE SmackDown" tonight promises to be an unforgettable night of wrestling. Broadcasting live from the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the show will feature a galaxy of WWE stars, including the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns.

Special appearances by WWE Chief Content Officer Paul "Triple H" Levesque and John Cena add another layer of excitement. The tag team action is also set to heat up with Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince and Kit Wilson) facing off against The Brawling Brutes (Butch and Ridge Holland).

However, what's grabbing headlines is "The American Nightmare" Cody Rhodes' audacious open challenge for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship. Just days after clinching the title with Jey Uso at WWE Fastlane 2023, Cody took to social media platform X, previously known as Twitter, to throw down the gauntlet.

"Open challenge... What say you @WWEUsos?" he tweeted, setting the stage for what could be another iconic match.

Raw Title Defense

Earlier this week, Rhodes and Uso successfully defended their newly-won titles against former champions Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn on "WWE Raw," ending the match with a sportsmanlike handshake.

This victory was the latest highlight in what's been an eventful week for "The American Nightmare." Just two days ago, Cody Rhodes also appeared on "WWE NXT," taking the show's reins as the special General Manager for the evening.

This surprise appearance was especially significant, considering that "NXT" aired opposite "AEW Dynamite" due to a schedule shift for the MLB playoffs. During his appearance, Rhodes dropped several bombshells, including the return of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and the Men's "NXT" Breakout Tournament.

It's clear that Cody Rhodes is looking to make a substantial impact across WWE programming, whether it's Raw, NXT, or SmackDown. With the season premiere of "SmackDown" happening tonight, fans and competitors alike are eagerly waiting to see who will accept Rhodes' open challenge for the Tag Team Championship belts.

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