WWE Hell in a Cell 2012: Striker and Scholars, a Match Made in College

Alfred Konuwa@@ThisIsNastyFeatured ColumnistOctober 26, 2012

From WWE.com
From WWE.com

He's a teacher. They are scholars. The gimmick books itself.  

With Matt Striker currently at odds with both Kane and Daniel Bryan as the dysfunctional tag team finds common ground in their torment of the well-dressed loudmouth, there is now a natural opening for the underutilized teacher-turned-wrestle-turned-manager-turned-commentator-turned-correspondent. 

A true student of the game (pun intended), Striker's well-versed vernacular combined with his passion for pro wrestling has made him a chameleon within the company, and a teacher-student alliance with Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes could make for some very entertaining promos. 

After a short-lived career as a wrestler and manager, Striker seemed to have finally found his calling with a refreshing voice on color commentary. Unfortunately, palpable tension with Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole's headset puppetry would lead to Striker's untimely demise on that front.

With Striker once again being introduced to WWE storylines, the proficient talker now has another chance to make chicken salad out of spinach dip. 

There is still significant potential for Kane and Daniel Bryan to be exploited as the continue their unlikely run as tag team champion(s). However with the WWE tag team division surging, Matt Striker's inclusion in the Rhodes Scholars alliance will add some much-needed uniformity to an otherwise makeshift tag team with talent.

Striker has been booked to be a whipping boy for Team Hell No, and most recently the Big Show.  Such pent-up frustration can only be justifiably resolved with through protection, and that's where Sandow and Rhodes can come in. 

Back when The Prime Time Players had AW, the upstart duo seemed to be a lock to capture the suddenly meaningful WWE Tag Team Championships behind their obnoxious agent. 

With AW now gone from the WWE, every major tag team is now left without a mouthpiece, which was a staple for most units during better days of tag team wrestling in the 80's and 90's.

Even vociferous babyfaces Legion of Doom had Paul Ellering.  Nobody was quite sure what Paul added, but at least he got to ride a cool hog at SummerSlam '92.  

Striker could finally ride the waves back to relevance by teaming up with two of the most promising heels in the WWE. It may have seemed impossible once upon a time, but Team Rhodes Scholars could get smarter. 

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