Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes have deployed their joined wit and arrogance to legitimize the tag-team division as Team Rhodes Scholars.
And while the immediate result of this formation benefits the resurgent tag-team division, both superstars will use this opportunity to become excellent singles competitors in the future.
Both Sandow and Rhodes are exceptionally good heels, because they are throwbacks to the heels of the past. There is no attempt to connect with fans on any level. This is a welcome addition to the current WWE product, since so many heels are likable to a certain degree.
Even as a tag team, they project themselves the unquestioned favorites even though that is not always the case.
Sandow and Rhodes, however, have yet to find success in the tag-team division.
Rhodes was Intercontinental Champion entering 2012, but the title itself has declined in prestige in favor of the World Heavyweight Championship, which was reintroduced a decade ago.
Sandow, on the other hand, has not been in WWE long enough to get many opportunities.
Having Team Rhodes Scholars go up against current tag-team champions Team Hell No can bring success for the young tag team.
Both superstars are taken more seriously considering that Kane and Daniel Bryan were in the WWE Championship picture at this year's No Way Out.
Rhodes will get that slight push that many have been hoping he would get. Damien Sandow, on the other hand, is pushed to a comparably astronomical level given his short stint in WWE.
According to Wrestlezone.com (via PWInsider.com), WWE management likes Sandow so much that he may eclipse Rhodes soon. Sandow might even be set for a major title run as soon as the tag team disbands.
Expect an impressive run by Team Rhodes Scholars in the months ahead, which will lead to a tag-team championship victory. However, do not expect Team Rhodes Scholars to simply stay atop the tag-team division. They will eventually disband when the time is right and compete for singles gold.
At some point in the future, don’t be surprised if Sandow and Rhodes are carrying the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship, respectively.