The Rhodes Bros., Cody Rhodes and Goldust, have combined to create the hottest tag team WWE has had in quite some time. But all good things must come to an end, and The Royal Rumble will see the beginning of the end of The Brotherhood.
It could be argued that The Brotherhood, not just Goldust, was the comeback story of 2013. Prior to teaming with his brother, Cody Rhodes, once a distinguished staple in the main event alongside Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase, was simply spinning his wheels.
During hot-and-cold singles runs over the next few years, WWE tried to keep Cody relevant by making him dashing, masking him and even booking him to bring back the vintage Intercontinental Championship.
Nothing seemed to stick as the office routinely changed directions with the Cody Rhodes character. When presented with another golden opportunity to feud with The Authority, however, Rhodes blossomed, turning a feel-good storyline into a tag team revolution.
Much credit to the return to glory of the tag team division should be shared between The Brotherhood. Both Goldust and Cody seem to have found their niche as a unit, and fans have connected with the pair.
This was never more evident than during the team's emotional victory over The Shield at Battleground. WWE capitalized on their momentum with another Brotherhood win over The Shield on an ensuing Raw, this time for the tag team championships. The Rhodes' Battleground momentum and subsequent run with the tag team championships have made tag team wrestling a major league division.
Things are going so swimmingly, that longstanding rumors of a future WrestleMania match between The Brotherhood were shot down by Goldust in a seemingly unprovoked tweet:
Regardless of what anyone up in here thinks, i LOST interest in fighting my bro! Won't happen! We are tight, we are #TheBrotherhood— GOLDUST (@Goldust) January 23, 2014
Naturally, a tweet of this nature will only add to the common sentiment that Cody and Goldy will indeed join elite company, namely the Harts and the Hardys, as brothers to square off at WrestleMania.
The timing of Goldust's tweet is suspicious, to say the least, just days before each brother is scheduled to enter the Royal Rumble as individuals. The fact that the tweet has not yet been deleted makes it all the more dubious. If WWE makes mention of it, that may as well be the kiss of death for this successful alliance.
Tensions could rise prior to either man entering the Rumble. The Brotherhood is booked to defend its championships against fresh, Authority-approved heels in the New Age Outlaws.
Dropping the tag team championships only to become opponents in the Royal Rumble match will be all that's necessary to launch a full-on feud between the "tight" siblings.
With the returning New Age Outlaws joining an already stacked tag team pool that includes The Usos, The Real Americans, The Wyatt Family and The Prime Time Players, the division no longer needs the Rhodes to keep it upright.
The money is in the split. And a strong WrestleMania match pitting Goldust against Cody figures to at least elevate Cody Rhodes, if not both brothers, to main event status.