WWE HIAC: Team Hell No vs. Team Rhodes Scholars [Young Guns Round-Table]

Michael PrunkaCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2012

WWE Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan and Kane. Photo: Facebook.com/WWE
WWE Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan and Kane. Photo: Facebook.com/WWE

The Round-Table now moves on to the WWE Tag Team Championships match. Kane and Daniel Bryan, Team Hell No, defend against Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow, Team Rhodes Scholars.


Daine Pavloski

When we heard the rumors about the tag team division getting a revival, it was a little hard to believe. There weren’t many established tag teams, and I honestly didn’t really think they could pull it off. To put it simply, they did.

With the creation of Team Hell No (I voted for Team Friendship) the tag team division has taken off, and this match has all the makings of a show-stealer.

Kane and Goatface have entertained the masses for the last few weeks, and adding the Rhodes Scholars to the mix will make this match even better. Rhodes and Sandow are great in the ring, and it’s always exciting to see how Kane and D-Bry will accidentally get the win.

Team Hell No will get its usual victory, arguing throughout the match and coming together at the last second to seal the victory. I feel that Team Hell No has to retain the belts at Hell in a Cell simply because they’re so over with the WWE Universe, but I expect to see a lot more from this rivalry and a revived tag team division overall.

Winner: Team Hell No


Bill Pivetz

I am a huge fan of both of these teams. I did predict Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara winning the tournament, but I’m okay with this outcome as well. Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow are two young, talented stars that are looking for a shot at the top, and the tag division is a good way to get there.

Kane and Daniel Bryan will retain their titles after a hard-fought match. Rhodes Scholars are still a young team that needs to be built up more before it can capture titles. Team Hell No’s act is fresh and highly entertaining. I’m always amazed how Kane’s character keeps changing, yet it is always enjoyable to watch. I expect the Prime Time Players to be the next contenders.

Winner: Team Hell No


Michael Prunka

We’ve got four of my favorite wrestlers all in one match. How can you go wrong with Daniel Bryan, Kane, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow? If you answered anything other than “you can’t,” you’re wrong.

Daine is right. The WWE actually made the tag team division mean something again. It made teams of reputable Superstars and held a tournament over the past few weeks. It’s nice to see the tag teams getting some love since they have been subjected to years of neglect.

I agree with Daine in saying that Team Hell No is too over to lose this match.

However, I hope this PPV isn’t the end of this feud. The Rhodes Scholars and Hell No, from what I saw on recent editions of Raw, have decent chemistry, and I would love nothing more than to see them keep going at each other.

In the end, I see Team Hell No pulling out the victory. Hopefully they’re going to move on from the bickering victory we saw at the last PPV. It’d be hard to believe that they can pull off attacking one another and still win two PPVs in a row.

Winner: Team Hell No


Michael Brumagin

First of all, I must cede that I didn’t like the idea of naming tag teams “Team BLANK.” I would have been fine if they had simply called Kane and Bryan “Anger Management.” That would be nothing crazy, silly or over-the-top, just a simple name that fit with their storyline.

Now that I have that out of the way, I must also agree with Daine. I was quite surprised to see the WWE make a concerted effort at reviving the tag team division. The tag belts are meaningful now—something that we couldn’t say back at WrestleMania. I have to admit that, at first, I thought their efforts were stupid since I am not a fan of the Primetime Players, and I did not like having them forced on me every week.

But, the teaming of Kane and Bryan was refreshing to say the least; they work well together. The writing from Creative has been humorous and inventive. The pairing of Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes to form Team Rhodes Scholars is also a fitting match. They have good chemistry and both have good on-camera presence—or, as Cody Rhodes likes to say, they have good “synergy.”

I am looking forward to this match. I think that it will be fun to watch. WWE Creative has established that Team Rhodes Scholars works cohesively in the ring, while Team Hell No is rather dysfunctional.

However, I cannot see Rhodes Scholars winning the belts. I think that Bryan and Kane will probably both be needed in the realm of singles matches—eventually. But for right now, the WWE needs to keep this feud going for a while until some of the other tag teams are ready to step up or until other quality teams are made (Evan Bourne and Tyson Kidd, perhaps?).

Winner: Team Hell No


The Round-Table is a collaborative effort by four of the Bleacher Report Sports Writing Interns to discuss pro wrestling. Participating in the inaugural round-table will be B/R Featured Columnist and Hell in a Cell Coverage Team member Michael Prunka and B/R Correspondents Bill PivetzDaine Pavloski and Michael Brumagin.



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