7 Reasons Team Rhodes Scholars Should Be WWE Tag Team Champions
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Team Rhodes Scholars has been hanging around the WWE Tag Team Championship for about as long as a team can without actually winning the titles.
Over the past several months, Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes have faced the champions, Team Hell No, on several occasions, even challenging for the belts twice.
But after their victory over Team Hell No on Raw two weeks ago, Team Rhodes Scholars has earned itself another WWE Tag Team Championship match, which will take place at the Royal Rumble.
This will be their third opportunity at the tag team titles, and now is the time for those titles to finally change hands.
Here are seven reasons Team Rhodes Scholars should win the WWE Tag Team Championship at the 2013 Royal Rumble.
7. They've Put Other Stars Over; It's Time to Return the Favor
Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes have put a lot of other stars over recently, whether in singles action or as a duo.
Being that they're heels, both Rhodes and Sandow have lost a number of tag team and singles action matches to plenty of the WWE's bigger stars, including Kane and Daniel Bryan.
Sandow, in particular, has lost far more often than he's won, coming up short in tons of matches with top babyfaces like Randy Orton and Sheamus.
Now, it's time for Team Hell No to return the favor.
Team Rhodes Scholars has done so much losing, often in short matches, that it more than deserves to do some winning of its own.
And you can't get a much bigger stage for the duo's first tag team title win than the Royal Rumble.
6. There Are Plenty of Babyface Tag Teams as Potential Challengers
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The WWE has more tag teams now than at any point in recent memory, and a lot of those teams are babyface duos.
There is the very underused pairing of Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd (when Kidd's healthy, that is), the Usos, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara as well as Zack Ryder and Santino Marella (or Brodus Clay).
Of course, there are also a lot of underutilized babyface singles stars who could easily pair up and form another tag team to add to the division.
In other words, there would be plenty of potential challengers for Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow if they won the WWE Tag Team Championship.
With Team Hell No as the champions, Team Rhodes Scholars is essentially the only legitimate challengers that the champs have.
If the heel Team Rhodes Scholars held the titles, though, the WWE could have them feud with a number of babyface teams, including a duo like the Usos who deserve an opportunity.
While there aren't a ton of teams that would pose legitimate threats to either Team Hell No or Team Rhodes Scholars, there seem to be slightly few more realistic options if the heels hold the belts.
5. Team Hell No Continues to Lose Steam
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Team Hell No is definitely still entertaining, but it's become apparent that the pair's best days are behind them.
Kane and Daniel Bryan's partnership peaked last year during its initial phases when those hilarious "anger management" skits aired, but it has slowly lost steam ever since then.
While Kane and Bryan still bring a lot of value to the tag team division, Team Hell No has reached the point where it''s undoubtedly on the way down.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Everything runs its course, after all.
In fact, the slide of Team Hell No should mean that Team Rhodes Scholars ought to get the opportunity to become the focal point of the tag team division.
There's only so much more that Kane and Bryan can do as a unit, but Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes appear to have a lot of gas left in the tank as a tag team.
4. Kane and Bryan Don't Need the Belts
Do Kane and Daniel Bryan actually need the tag team titles? Probably not.
They've both gotten ridiculously cheered by the crowd over the past seven or eight months, and whether they're working alone or as a unit, they're more popular now than they've probably ever been.
Bryan's soaring popularity, combined with his great in-ring skills, has him firmly established as a top star in the eyes of the fans, and Kane is a popular veteran who has accomplished just about anything and everything in the WWE.
At this point in their respective careers, neither Kane nor Bryan "needs" to be a WWE Tag Team Champion.
They could remain over as a tag team without the titles, and if they go their separate ways, they can both help the WWE in a variety of different ways because they're such versatile performers.
3. They've Evolved into the WWE's Top Tag Team
Team Hell No and Team Rhodes Scholars are clearly the WWE's top two tag teams, and if you asked 10 fans who the top team was, you'd probably get pretty close to a 50/50 split.
But as of this writing, Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes have emerged as the WWE's best tag team.
While Kane and Daniel Bryan continue to lose steam, the chemistry between Rhodes and Sandow seems to get better by the week.
They're both really good talkers, which was evidenced by their incredibly entertaining promo exchange with The Rock on last week's SmackDown.
Of course, they also complement each other both in the ring and as characters.
Their gimmicks, while different, are still similar in the sense that they're both narcissists. And for being a relatively new tag team, they work awfully well together which makes them come across as a cohesive unit.
Oftentimes, tag teams are randomly thrown together, only for us to realize that they make little to no sense.
But in the case of Team Rhodes Scholars, Sandow and Rhodes have developed some great chemistry that has turned them into the WWE's top duo.
2. It's Time for Daniel Bryan to Get Another Singles Run
The main reason why Team Hell No should drop the WWE Tag Team Championship: Daniel Bryan deserves another singles run.
It's amazing to consider that Bryan has continued to get even more popular with the crowd over the past six months or so despite being in a lower position on the card now than he was a year ago.
Actually, Bryan has become such a favorite that it's become pretty clear that it's time for him to have another main-event singles run not unlike what he did in the first half of 2012.
In order for that to happen, though, Bryan and Kane have to drop the tag team titles, and they should do that by losing to Team Rhodes Scholars at the Royal Rumble.
While Bryan and Kane have had a really good run with the WWE Tag Team Championship, it's apparent that Bryan is above that upper midcard/tag team level.
He deserves to get back to the main event and World title scene, and that should happen sooner rather than later.
1. It Would Be a Great Way to Establish Rhodes and Sandow as Stars
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Both Damien and Sandows are widely viewed as two up-and-comers who have the potential to be main-eventers one day.
But Rhodes has surprisingly only won two Intercontinental Championships (and had some unforgettable tag title reigns) while Sandow has yet to win a title in the WWE.
That's why winning the WWE Tag Team Championship would be such a big deal for them.
Because the tag team titles actually mean something these days. Having Team Rhodes Scholars win them and then giving them a lengthy title reign would be a great way to establish Sandow and Rhodes as future stars.
Since it's WrestleMania season, they're not going to figure into the WWE's top angles over the next several months.
But if they hold the tag team titles, they'll seem important and, in all likelihood, will have a decent role at what is sure to be one of the biggest WrestleManias ever.
Sandow needs to win his first title at some point, and Rhodes needs a title to ensure that he has a sizable role in the WWE going forward.
Both of those things will happen if they hold the WWE Tag Team Championship, and in a best-case scenario, their tag title reign could help them slowly evolve into bona fide top-tier superstars in a suddenly crowded WWE.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!