The on-again, off-again relationship between WWE and its tag team championships is currently back on. The relationship would stand to further benefit from an Usos victory this Sunday at Hell in a Cell.
The ongoing feud between The Shield and the Rhodes Dynasty has been one of the top programs in the WWE, with The Authority at odds with the Rhodes.
The angle has done wonders for the tag team championships, which have been defended as part of the feud. The tag team championships will once again be on the line Sunday with the Rhodes (Cody and Goldust), The Shield and The Usos battling in a Triple Threat tag team match.
While this appears to be a two-horse race between The Shield and the Rhodes, an Usos victory is the only scenario that will further the momentum of the tag team division.
Of the three tag teams, The Usos are the only team that would continue to defend the tag team championships against other opponents in the division.
As positive as the Shield-Rhodes feud been for the tag team titles, the many movable parts of this program—from The Authority, to The Shield, to a potential Rhodes family split—could cause the tag team championships to once again fall to the back burner.
An Usos victory would allow unresolved issues between The Shield and the Rhodes Dynasty to continue. Meanwhile, The Usos could take on all comers, becoming fighting champions who continue to bolster their value through a series of highly competitive matches.
Tons of Funk, The Prime Time Players, The Wyatt Family, even Los Matadores are all potential contenders who will be frozen out of the tag title picture as long as The Shield or the Rhodes are champions.
Shield-Rhodes doesn’t need titles to be interesting. The anti-authority implications of the Rhodes’ plight, with The Shield serving as paid mercenaries, provides enough of a plot to engage an audience long term.
WWE will kill two birds with one stone should the popular Usos tag team become champions at Sunday’s pay-per-view. The Shield-Rhodes rivalry will become more personal with no championships to compete for, and The Usos will help put over the currently prioritized tag team division.