On the October 14 episode of Monday Night Raw, Cody Rhodes and Goldust, with the assistance of the currently unemployed Big Show, shocked the world by defeating The Shield's Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins to capture the WWE Tag Team Championships.
It was a fitting payoff to an angle that saw Cody lose his job following a loss to Randy Orton, only for the Rhodes family to band together and win its youngest his job back and earn Goldust another shot at WWE glory.
Now the top tag team in World Wrestling Entertainment, Cody and Goldust will be faced with the challenge of several teams looking to make their stint as titleholders a short one. Who are these teams and what can fans expect from the champions' reign?
Here is a look.
The war with The Shield wages on
As is typically the case anytime there is a title change in WWE, the former champions are entitled to at least one rematch, thus ensuring that the conflict between Seth Rollins and partner Roman Reigns and the Rhodes brothers will continue.
It could continue as soon as October 27 at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.
Heading into the show, nether tandem has been added to the card, and it would make sense, given the short amount of time between pay-per-view events to actually book something different, that they would meet one last time with the titles on the line.
The matches between the teams have been outstanding, and that should not change. Whether the company can keep the audience interested in another series of rematches so shortly after Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton competed in three consecutive pay-per-view main events should be interesting and will be key to the continued longevity of the feud.
Payback from The Authority
COO Triple H and wife Stephanie McMahon do not like when their plans are thwarted.
Big Show arrived at the arena and interfered in the main event. Then Cody and Goldust captured the tag titles in a match that was set up specifically to ensure the Rhodes brothers suffered a beatdown at the hands of The Shield.
Enraged that they were made to be fools at the close of last week's Raw, the most powerful couple in wrestling will be looking to make an example of someone. According to the storyline, Big Show no longer works for the company, leaving the tag team champions to suffer the wrath of their employers.
Expect The Authority (someone was getting creative again, I see) to throw several hurdles in the champions' way in hopes of dethroning them and reasserting their own power.
Unfinished business with the Wyatt Family
On the October 11 episode of SmackDown, the surging Rhodes brothers stunned everyone by becoming the first team to defeat the Wyatt Family's Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.
Now with the titles around their waists and targets on their backs, Cody and Goldust will have to prepare for a receipt from WWE's creepiest tag team.
The two teams worked very well with each other, especially when Harper and Rowan took control of the match and made the champions fight from underneath.
A feud between the teams would freshen up the tag team division for a bit after The Shield's complete and utter dominance for the better part of the year, and it would allow for some intriguing storyline possibilities involving one of the most unique and entertaining factions to enter WWE in years.
The rise of Cody Rhodes
Make no mistake about it: The whole purpose of the Rhodes family resurgence is to build Cody's star.
The second-generation star had made a babyface turn just after the Money in the Bank pay-per-view in July but had trouble connecting with the audience. The angle in which Cody was fired sparked a sympathy for him within the WWE Universe. The subsequent events that followed, building to his win with Goldust over The Shield at Battleground, made Cody one of the hottest stars in the industry.
The reactions the former intercontinental champion has been getting in recent weeks shows that what the creative team has done thus far has worked. By the time the story reaches its climax, Rhodes will be firmly entrenched in the upper card scene in World Wrestling Entertainment.
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