What has two larger than life personalities, a hunger for glory and a huge chip on it’s shoulder?
That would be the newly crowned No. 1 contender for the WWE tag team championships, Team Rhodes Scholars.
Since coming together as a team roughly a month ago, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow have been on quite a roll, culminating with a huge win for the two on RAW this week. That match put them directly in the path of the current champions, Team Hell No, at the highly anticipated Hell in a Cell pay-per-view this Sunday.
However, not content to simply rest on their laurels, Rhodes and Sandow made sure that the champs knew that they were marked men, attacking the two after Kane’s showdown with the Big Show on RAW.
As the two left the ring, leaving the champions in their wake, the WWE Universe was left wondering if Daniel Bryan and Kane would soon be left without their coveted titles.
In theory, this team is perfect. Both are very good in-ring competitors with great mic skills.
Sandow makes you truly think about what he’s saying.
He is a thinking man’s superstar.
Rhodes, by contrast, has seemingly been relegated to the “yeah, what he said” role, but it seems to work. If nothing else, it makes people chuckle.
The two work incredibly well together and are a true heel team, perhaps the first decent one in recent memory. They are calculating and strike fast when they see an opportunity.
With a big emphasis now being placed on the tag team division, a seemingly dying entity less than six months ago, Rhodes and Sandow are the perfect duo to place the weight upon their shoulders and carry the load.
And right now, the tag team division is exactly what these two should be aiming to dominate.
Yes, Rhodes does have world championship potential. After all, he comes from a family with a championship pedigree. But it is unlikely that it will happen anytime soon. However at age 27, there really is no rush.
By contrast, Sandow languished in developmental territories for years, save for a brief trip to the main roster in 2006 as one of Michelle’s McCool’s “Teachers Pets.” He is crisp and tactical in the ring and very rarely looks overmatched.
Ringwork aside, Sandow is borderline electric when given a microphone. Whether it’s the way he caresses it like a fine glass of wine, or it's the condescending, but thoughtful things that he says, the audience is never left wanting when it comes to a Sandow promo.
Rhodes is incredibly capable of conducting a great interview or promo, but he seems to take a backseat to Sandow when doing so, likely because it helps build Sandow up as a legitimate heel. And that is exactly why Sandow needs him.
By pairing the two together, Sandow looks like more of a threat because he is teaming with an established talent, one that that has climbed and conquered the tag team mountain several times in the past.
Rhodes, on the other hand, is placed with a true up-and-coming talent and therefore does not fade into the background of the singles division, in which there is a serious logjam of talent at the moment.
As far as Hell in A Cell goes, it cannot be argued that Team Hell No is dominant in many ways.
But no one should be surprised if Rhodes and Sandow go to bed on Sunday night with the WWE tag titles firmly in their grasp.