Cody and Dustin Rhodes emerged victorious in their showdown with The Shield at WWE's Battleground on October 6. Since that night, the Rhodes brothers have won not only their jobs with the company but respect as a tag team as well. Now that it seems WWE is sticking with them as a unit, I believe that a rematch with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns is in order.
Only this time the Rhodes family should leave with a victory and the WWE tag team championships.
Rollins and Reigns have held the gold for so long now that to imagine them without it seems almost impossible. Their title reign began on May 19, nearly 150 days ago as of this writing. In that time they have faced nearly every tag team in the company, including the Usos, who very nearly beat them for the straps.
But Reigns and Rollins have always found a way to overcome their challenges. They have always found a way to dominate.
However, all of that changed at Battleground when the Rhodes brothers defeated the most dominant tag team champions we have seen in quite some time. So, what was the key to Cody and Dustin's victory?
From a storyline perspective, the fact is that Cody and Dustin just wanted it more. By being on the outside of WWE, they had nothing to lose but with the promise of employment they had everything to lose. They were fighting for their family's legacy and they were also fighting for the common good.
They were standing up for the rest of the WWE roster, most of whom wanted to fight the good fight against Triple H's new regime and The Shield but were in no position to do so. The Rhodes brothers stood on the front line with the enemy and did not blink. They won the battle.
And they could win the war because they know how to beat The Shield.
Perhaps the best thing about Dustin and Cody as a team is that they are so over with the crowd. Their win at Battleground was exciting and was heavily anticipated. The crowd was emotionally invested in the match and the storyline itself.
For me, it was the best tag team match we have seen on pay-per-view in a while, and it was also one of the best matches we have seen since Roman and Seth won the belts in the first place.
And logic dictates that by pinning the champs in a non-title match, Cody and Dustin should now get a real shot at the gold. It makes perfect sense and has to be the next logical step for the Rhodes brothers.
This is especially true since the sons of The American Dream pinned yet another supposedly unbeatable team on the October 11 edition of Friday Night SmackDown.
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are two monsters, members of the Wyatt Family that up until SmackDown had yet to experience a loss in the ring. Their physicality is matched only by Bray Wyatt's enigmatic personality and together, all three of them have basically been untouchable in WWE.
But when they lost to Dustin and Cody Rhodes, it likely caused many fans to stand up and take notice. The Rhodes family is the real deal, and this win proved it.
In the span of just one week, Cody and his brother cleanly pinned WWE's two strongest factions. One faction holds the tag team championships, and the other could very well be considered top contenders for those belts.
Should Cody and Dustin Rhodes be the next WWE tag team champions?
For me, this puts the Rhodes family in WWE's most elite status. The fact is that they have earned a tag team title shot, and it must happen at Hell in a Cell. It would be a great follow-up to the match held at Battleground and in many ways would even surpass it.
And while The Shield have indeed been very dominant as tag team champions, with both men doing a great job in their respective roles, the truth is the time may be right for a title change. It does seem as if no other team has even a remote chance of ever winning the straps, which will eventually cause their title run to become stale.
For many fans, that may be the case already.
Putting the belts on the Rhodes brothers would open the door for every other team to finally have a chance and that in turn could add new excitement to the tag team division. Honestly, I believe it would be the best move for everyone involved.
Cody and Dustin Rhodes are riding high right now as WWE's most exciting tag team. They have a ton of momentum thanks to wins over both The Shield and The Wyatt Family, and I think that momentum should lead them to championship gold. Hell in a Cell could be the place where that title match and that win happens.