Royal Rumble 2013 Results: What We Learned from Team Hell No's Victory
At WWE's Royal Rumble pay-per-view, Kane and Daniel Bryan (Team Hell No) defeated Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow (Team Rhodes Scholars) to retain their WWE Tag Team Championship.
The finish happened after Bryan managed to get Sandow to tap out to the No! Lock.
The nine-minute match itself was fine. Oh, it wasn't great or anything, nor was anyone expecting it to be a show-stealer going in, but it was perfectly decent for a bout on the undercard.
All involved made the effort, particularly Sandow, who continues to improve as a performer.
Surprisingly, the dysfunctional duo of Bryan and Kane managed to work well together for the duration of the bout. There were no hints of their previous arguments nor did either man look like he was on the verge of throwing a tantrum and storming off.
Clearly the good Dr. Shelby's methods work.
So, what does the victory of Team Hell No mean, anyway?
Well, it may indicate that WWE has decided to put the brakes on the promising Rhodes-Sandow pairing, for now, at least.
The two heels have been heading up the card in recent months, getting over with the fans and heightening their profile. They even participated in a segment with The Rock on Smackdown a few weeks ago.
Heading into the PPV, it therefore seemed natural to assume that they would soon be getting the tag titles, cementing their position as the team to watch in WWE.
It didn't happen Sunday night, of course. Is the company getting cold feet on the pair? Maybe.
But it's more likely that the company is simply holding off the title switch for TV tomorrow. This would guarantee that a wider audience see Rhodes and Sandow ascend to top of the division, further boosting their profile.
Certainly, it's difficult to imagine the pair not getting the belts some time soon.
The result of Sunday night's match also strongly indicates that WWE remains enamored with the Bryan-Kane pairing.
One thing we can be sure of: Team Hell No are not going anywhere.
Oh, sure, some have argued that the talented Bryan is too good for the tag team ranks and should be placed back firmly in the main event scene.
There is undoubtedly some truth to this.
But Team Hell No remain a highlight of Raw and serves to give him an established and featured role on the show, if nothing else. It's a perfectly acceptable way for him to kill time until a slot in the SmackDown main event scene opens up again.
Thanks to his work with Kane, just imagine how massively over Bryan will be as a babyface when he does go after the world title.
In summary, fans of Team Rhodes Scholars shouldn't be too disappointed at Sunday night's results. The despicable duo will undoubtedly gain WWE gold at some point, they may just have to wait a little longer, that's all.
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