If WWE chooses to go that route, a Del Rio and Rhodes feud would surely feature some great wrestling.
Rhodes walked down to the ring with a new mustache-centered T-shirt. Del Rio continued his Bret Hart-like tradition of giving his scarf to a young member of the audience.
Rhodes and Del Rio's short match could easily have been one of the best matches of the night had they been given a few more minutes to work with. Instead, Del Rio slapped on the cross armbreaker at about the three-minute mark and Rhodes tapped out.
In their limited time, Del Rio and Rhodes gave fans a glimpse of how fluid their ring work together can be.
Chemistry like theirs is rare.
WWE continually sticks wrestlers together with varying results. Sometimes the result is a dud and sometimes it has the explosiveness of Rhodes and Del Rio.
The two men have similar sizes and body types. They looked extremely comfortable together as if they'd been wrestling together for years.
Rhodes and Del Rio were crisp in their counters, in their transitions between moves. They kept an exciting pace. The action pulsated.
Del Rio's lucha libre-inspired moves worked well with Rhodes' move set.
The world champ delivered a thunderous kick to a kneeling Rhodes. That earned him an extremely near fall. Rhodes soon followed up with a Disaster Kick which Del Rio barely kicked out of.
These moments were a window into a possible future.
With Team Rhodes Scholars now officially disbanded, Rhodes and Damien Sandow each need a direction and a rival. Once Del Rio's feud with Big Show is over, Rhodes should be next in line.
Del Rio and Rhodes' match on Monday's Raw was a preview to a series of compelling matches.
After Del Rio ends his feud with Big Show, with or without the championship, WWE clearly has an excellent option for his next program.