Brothers Jimmy and Jey Uso, the present SmackDown tag staff champions, have put themselves on high of the WWE tag staff division for greater than 12 years and have been an integral a part of cousin Roman Reigns’ all-time run because the “Tribal Chief” as a part of The Bloodline.
The members of the family will staff up towards Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton and Riddle on the WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view on Sunday (8 p.m., Peacock) after they had been initially set for a match to unify the tag titles with RK-Bro. Before stepping within the ring this week, The Usos took time for some Q&A with The Post’s Joseph Staszewski.
Q: You guys as a staff have been on high of WWE for thus lengthy. What has been the important thing and secret to your staying energy?
Jey: It’s nearly being as actual as doable. There is a skinny line between our character on TV and who we at the moment are. It does come off like we are attempting to hit a ‘Lucha, Lucha.’ We are actually believing what we’re doing proper now, legit the perfect longest-reigning so far as tag groups. We those. The “we the ones” phrase got here off of like we those which might be all the time touring, we doing this, we doing that. He (Jimmy) was like, “that’s it bro, we the ones.”
Q: Were you disenchanted that the chance to unify the titles isn’t occurring this weekend and do you suppose it’s one thing that could possibly be there for you guys down the road?
Jey: Personally, hell yeah, I used to be blown away. We wished that. We can all the time return to that. Right now we bought to do what the rattling Tribal Chief says or he’s going to be mad at us once more. You know what occurs when he will get mad.
Jimmy: Definitely [disappointed]. This is an opportunity to degree us up once more.
Jey: Didn’t you [Roman] inform us to unify these tag championships?
Q: You have each been a part of this storyline with Roman. What do you guys suppose you deliver particularly to that, if he was making an attempt to do that on his personal, wouldn’t be there?
Jey: The Tribal Chief, the “Acknowledge Me,” got here from proper right here with me and (Jimmy). I don’t suppose if he got here out and tried to be this tribal chief towards like Drew McIntyre, then it was Cesaro, it wouldn’t have labored if it wasn’t me and him like making that story as actual as doable. “Acknowledge me,” that was some actual like stuff. It was simply born proper there.
Q: On Roman’s “WWE Evil” episode, I assumed you stated an attention-grabbing factor that when he was a child and also you guys would have video games, if he wasn’t having his approach or issues weren’t to his liking he’d are available and attempt to wreck issues. It feels much like a few of his character. Do you suppose that’s a part of what’s allowed it to return so naturally for him?
Jimmy: Basically it’s only a large child. He’s lashing out proper now’s what’s occurring. It’s like he stated on Evil, he’s not taking part in a personality, he’s his character. That’s one thing that Roman’s all the time been as a child, all the time wished to degree up, be the perfect regardless of who’s round. If it’s a baseball staff, a basketball staff, a soccer staff he all the time wished to be the star. His work backed him up.
Q: Is there a second like that as a child that stands out to you?
Jimmy: Say we’re in a 1-on-1 in the course of a 21 recreation, say it’s like 19 … we’re ballin’. We’d been on the market for rattling close to 35, 45 minutes, sweating, taking part in. He is available in, “Yo, let me get a shot (in Roman voice).” Nah man, we’re in the course of an actual recreation proper now. If we shoot and if it bricks and he will get the ball, he’s throwing the motherf—-r over to the neighbor’s yard.
Q: Who would get the ball?
Jimmy: Hell no, no one would go.
Jey: My little brother (Solo Sikoa)?
Jimmy: Yeah, we might inform little brother to go get it.
Q: What’s your artistic course of like for the three of you arising with issues?
Jey: So possibly Thursday we’re in a bunch textual content, he’ll (Roman) shoot the textual content. We’re doing this. We bought RK-Bro. Then on Friday once we are available (for SmackDown), we’ll eat. We’ll all the time eat collectively. He’ll say “I got steak and shrimp ready for the boys.” Then we are going to all sit collectively and lay out what we’re doing, what we need to say. Writers ain’t writing for us. That’s actual speak proper there.
Jimmy: If it’s one thing we don’t like, one thing we’re not comfy doing or it doesn’t really feel proper or it’s not a part of who we’re, we’ll undoubtedly can it and no less than get it someplace to the place it’s near what they need, however not essentially precisely.
Q: What’s that freedom like for you guys, who most likely have had writers previously, to not have to fret about that as a lot?
Jey: It’s nice. Because you need to see a number of the stuff they attempt to write for me and him. I don’t know when you can see it, however once we do our promos we are attempting to make it like one individual’s speaking. So it’s like bop, bop, bop, bop. You can’t write that. It’s actually what me and him are feeling and speaking. When they put it on paper, it seems like rather a lot. It goes fast. “You sure this is a minute and a half?” I’m going, “yeah man.”
Jimmy: Before all this, we did begin right here in 2009 and we had been saying that was on there (the script) and it wasn’t feeling like … what we had been saying wasn’t actually us. Now, we’ve constructed up this belief with everybody to, “Hey Usos, you mention that and that and y’all can do what y’all need to do.”
Q: Jimmy, you’ve had your ups and downs during the last year or so (DUI arrest in July). How have you ever handled that and the way have you ever tried to develop from a number of the issues which have occurred?
Jimmy: WWE has all the time been there for us in our good and our unhealthy occasions. We all face the noise and take our lashes like males and we simply must study from it and bounce again and present up at work and simply maintain pushing ahead. That’s the one factor we will do. You can’t sit there and dwell on that s–t and let individuals f—ing bash you as a result of they are going to. Especially on this business that we’re in at the moment, belief me there’s loads of noise on the market. We simply attempt to maintain transferring and degree up each single time and simply let everyone know we’re right here to remain. We bust our ass each week.
Jey: That’s the factor Joe, we slip outdoors the ring. Like common life stuff will occur, however by no means has it affected us at our work, in there (the ring), on the display screen. You’d by no means, ever, by no means know. We’re reliable right here. Everybody can speak. We’re nonetheless right here. We’re nonetheless those.
Q: You talked about your little brother. What’s it been prefer to see him begin to discover some success in NXT and would you guys need to add him to The Bloodline when the time is correct?
Jey: Solo is down there dealing with business. This is the Bloodline for actual. Yes, I’m so comfortable he’s lastly down there making noise and making a reputation for himself. We inform him on a regular basis, you must separate your self from us, like the entire household. We did it. You bought to seek out your individual function. He’ll get there after which when the time is correct, hell yeah.
Jimmy: The Bloodline’s undoubtedly in his future. It’s undoubtedly there.
Jey: We’re trying to increase.
Jimmy: He must take child steps. He’s simply beginning.
Jey: Joe, for generations, we bought little cousins. There are so many, we deep. There are so many lined up behind us man. It’s gonna be one other 50 years. We are gonna put in 100 years in WWE.
Q: You guys have achieved a lot. Is there nonetheless one thing that motivates you and what haven’t you achieved that’s possibly the subsequent objective or subsequent factor you need to do?
Jey: I feel in hindsight, the No. 1 objective that we wish …
Jimmy: It would most likely be me and also you.
Jey: Me versus him at a WrestleMania, twin vs. twin. Maybe my dad (Rikishi) as a particular visitor referee. If he’s nonetheless in a position to transfer.
Jimmy: That’s in our again pocket man, simply taking it proper again to the lounge. Jumping up and down. We stated this earlier than, placing holes within the rattling dry wall.
Q: Have you guys tried to pitch that and it simply hasn’t occurred?
Jimmy: It hasn’t been the correct time. We have been too dominant collectively, particularly since we debuted right here in WWE. We have all the time been stronger collectively. If the time was proper to get there, presumably yeah, or it might by no means occur, relying on the circumstances or the storylines.
Q: You guys specific disappointment with not having the unification match, and clearly some followers are disenchanted. Does that provide you with any further motivation going into the six-man match that it’s good to give them one thing that makes them overlook about that?
Jey: I identical to the truth that it’s all the time Roman Reigns time, however it’s nearly like these tag titles are like, yo, we need to see what that is about proper right here. We need to see this unification match go down. The promos have been hearth. Survivor Series, they one upped us however that was hearth. Everything round us is first. We lighting it up.
Jimmy: Every week, we allow them to know why we ought to be the perfect tag staff right here. If that alone doesn’t solidify our legacy as the perfect tag staff on this business, I don’t know what else we will do.
Q: What went into making 1D the brand new finisher and was there the rest that was within the operating?
Jey: We knew we wished to try this.
Jimmy: It was all the time that.
Jey: That was the dopest tag-team finisher transfer to me and him ever, ever. We needed to ask As quickly as we bought the blessing. We had ask D-Von (Dudley).
Q: So you probably did ask them?
Jey: Of course. He stated, “Man, if there’s any tag staff on this world that I’d let use the 3D, it could undoubtedly be you two.
Jimmy: We had been looking for one other double end that we may hit collectively on a regular basis.
Jey: Because that (Uso) Splash does harm on your knees slightly bit. We’re getting slightly older. We’re getting slightly older, Joe. Splash is hurting me greater than my opponent?
Q: Favorite tag staff to face?
Jey: New Day.
Jimmy: No. 2 is The Wyatts, Brodie (Lee) and Erick Rowan.
Q: Tag staff you haven’t confronted current or previously you’d like to have a match with?
Jey: I’d like to have a tag match previously towards Harlem Heat.
Q: Favorite a part of “Young Rock?”
Jimmy and Jey: Seeing a younger Roman in it.
The Post’s Joseph Staszewski has been overlaying professional wrestling for the previous six years. His Post Match Angle column concerning the business seems each Tuesday on NYPost.com.