Team Rhodes Scholars defeated Team Hell No by disqualification at WWE’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. However, Kane and Daniel Bryan still walked out as WWE Tag Team Champions because the titles cannot change hands on a disqualification. What does this mean for the two teams?
For one, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow have more than enough reason to warrant a rematch for the titles. After all, they did defeat the champions.
From here, the Rhodes Scholars should continue to be the perfect foils for Hell No.
Kane and Bryan’s constant quarrels and disqualification loss only prove what was already known—they can’t function as a team. On the other hand, Rhodes and Sandow learned to work together quickly. In their short time working together, they have developed above-average chemistry.
Even more so, Rhodes and Sandow have proved that they are capable of keeping their emotions in check. Team Hell No hasn’t. Kane and Bryan’s partnership is a direct result of their anger management classes. Kane’s disqualification makes it clear that he isn’t able to maintain control over his emotions.
The Rhodes Scholars looked impressive. Rhodes nearly won the title for the team when he hit the Cross Rhodes on Bryan late in the match. So in addition to winning the match, Rhodes and Sandow took the WWE Tag Team Champions to the limit.
Expect Rhodes and Sandow to prey on Bryan and Kane and their inability to work as a cohesive unit. Between now and Survivor Series, the Rhodes Scholars will be at Hell No’s throats at every chance that they get.
As close as they came to winning the titles at Hell in a Cell, all Rhodes and Sandow need to do is make an effort to widen the gap between Kane and Bryan. Their bickering nearly cost them the championships for the umpteenth time. It’s only a matter of time before their luck runs out.
There’s a chance that a Survivor Series rematch between the two teams could feature a stipulation in which Hell No loses the titles on a disqualification. If that ends up being the case, the Rhodes Scholars have yet another way to get to Kane and Bryan.
It’s also possible that this disqualification loss proves to be a wake-up call for Team Hell No. If Kane and Bryan can realize how close they were to losing the titles to Team Rhodes Scholars, they might be able to move forward and grow as a team.
How likely is that, though? Based on Hell No’s track record, there isn't much reason to believe they’ll change things now.
What this victory means for Rhodes and Sandow is another shot at the WWE Tag Team Championships. They now have the tools to dismantle whatever unity exists between Kane and Bryan.
Team Hell No’s loss is more of the same. In the past, they’ve been able to come out victorious despite constant bickering. They may have retained the titles, but the disqualification and rematch that it guarantees the Rhodes Scholars is a sign that their luck may soon run out.