Team Rhodes Scholars: Damian Sandow and Cody Rhodes' Top 7 Moments as a Tag Team
After almost half a year of working together, the "Intellectual Savior" Damien Sandow and the second-generation superstar Cody Rhodes will be returning to singles competition.
Though Team Rhodes Scholars failed to take the WWE Tag Team Championships from the team of Daniel Bryan and Kane—collectively known as Team Hell No—Damien and Rhodes did experience a rise in popularity as a team.
In honor of almost six months of partnership, here is a list of Team Rhodes Scholars' top seven moments as a tag team.
Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes Pair Up for the First Time
Though the two men were not officially known as Team Rhodes Scholars at the time, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow first paired up together during the August 27, 2012, edition of Monday Night Raw.
The team's first match was against the unlikely team of Sin Cara and Brodus Clay.
Rhodes and Sandow would lose their first match together after Clay pinned Rhodes for the one-two-three.
First Match Against Team Hell No
After officially becoming a tag team on the September 21, 2012, edition of SmackDown, Rhodes and Sandow had their first match against the team of Daniel Bryan and Kane.
The match would be the first of many Team Rhodes Scholars vs. Team Hell No matches.
Team Hell No would go on the win this debut match.
Team Rhodes Scholars Become No. 1 Contenders for the Tag Team Championship
On October 22, 2012, during an episode of Monday Night Raw, Team Rhodes Scholars would enjoy the highest point of their tag team careers.
After defeating Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio in a tag team tournament, the duo earned the right to compete for the WWE Tag Team Titles at Hell in a Cell against Team Hell No.
Rhodes and Sandow had previously defeated The Uso (Jimmy and Jey Uso) and Team CoBro (Zack Ryder and Santino Marella) to earn a spot in the tag team tournament finals.
Team Rhodes Scholars Makes Their PPV Debut
After defeating Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio to earn the spot as No. 1 contenders for Team Hell No's WWE Tag Team Championships, Team Rhodes Scholars made their pay-per-view debut at the Hell in a Cell PPV on October 28, 2012, at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta.
The match was won by Team Rhodes Scholars via disqualification—which meant that despite losing, Team Hell No would be allowed to retain their titles.
Main Event Match Against Team Hell No
After injuring himself on the November 16 edition of SmackDown, Rhodes would make a triumphant return on the December 10 episode of Monday Night Raw.
During his return, Team Rhodes Scholars would defeat The Usos, Primo and Epico, and The Prime Time Players in a Fatal 4-Way match. The victory would allow Rhodes and Sandow to once again face Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio to become the No. 1 contenders.
Sandow and Rhodes would use the opportunity to challenge Team Hell No for their titles on the December 19 edition of WWE Main Event—unfortunately both men would lose the match.
Team Rhodes Scholars vs. The Rock
Making his return to the house that "The Rock Built," the People's Champion confronted Team Rhodes Scholars on the January 11, 2013, edition of SmackDown.
During the episode, Sandow and Rhodes would try to ask three trivia questions to the current WWE Champion The Rock—eventually infuriating the Brahma Bull.
The Rock would retaliate by giving Sandow a Rock Bottom and Rhodes the People's Elbow—The Rock's signature moves.
Team Rhodes Scholars Breaks Up
Team Rhodes Scholars' last moment as a tag team would come following the events of the 26th Royal Rumble, in which Rhodes and Sandow would again fail to capture the titles from Team Hell No.
On the February 1, 2013, edition of SmackDown, Rhodes and Sandow would officially part ways, ending one of the hottest tag teams in recent WWE history.
Both men would announce their return to singles competition, saying that they would always remain friends.