Chemistry is overrated.
That was proven in the tag title match at Sunday’s 2012 WWE Night of Champions pay-per-view event.
Daniel Bryan and Kane defeated R-Truth and Kofi Kingston to win the belts, and then they—not the duos, but Bryan and Kane—fought over them.
John Clapp of WWE.com described the unique celebration, if you could call it that: “Bryan screamed at Kane, ‘I am the Tag Team Champions.’ Kane, not to be outdone, insisted that he was ‘the Tag Team Champions.’”
The wrestlers’ rivalry proved to be a distraction during the match, but not an Achilles' heel, and don’t expect it to become one.
Would the WWE really miss the chance to throw Bryan and Kane at each other a few more times in singles competition and then get them to “hug it out” again as a team?
Not a chance.
Raw ring announcer Justin Roberts painted the picture of the pair’s rivalry with this post-match tweet:
Rivalries sell. Rivalries between teammates sell even more (just ask the New York media about Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow), and that’s exactly what Bryan and Kane bring to the table.
Arda Ocal of the Baltimore Sun raved about the WWE’s current plot, one of competition between competitors competing to accomplish the same goal. He tweeted:
Love the dynamic between Kane and Daniel Bryan. The tag division is at an all time high in interest due to this team in years! #WWENOC— Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) September 17, 2012
The WWE doesn’t tamper with all-time highs.
John Cena’s return to Boston to take on CM Punk for the WWE title headlined the pay-per-view event, but when it was all said and done, Bryan and Kane’s tag team triumph definitely wasn’t overshadowed.
The monster that was created in victory is sure to do plenty of damage in bouts to come.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.