Title This: WWE Royal Rumble Reaction 1-27-13

Josh Isenberg

KaneTeam Hell No defeated Team Rhodes Scholars to retain the WWE Tag Team Championships

What I Liked:

The match seemed to be designed to make Kane and Bryan look much more dominant and smarter. With the graduation of their anger management, I felt this would be an excellent time for them to lose. Damien and Cody are two great in ring superstars who are just beginning to find their identities as a team. They are best friends, but completely different characters. The action inside of the ring was solid, especially when Bryan was able to counter a dropkick and lock in a submission move. Seeing this reminds you that Bryan can compete with ANYONE in the ring and make them look good. His technicality is second to none. The match ended with Bryan getting Damien to tap out, and I was surprised. Yes, Kane and Bryan look great, but there were some parts I felt missed the boat. On a side note, Kane is doing things at his age (45) that not many people can do. He is in amazing physical condition and can compete with any size competitor. I love seeing him work as a true professional of the WWE.

What I Disliked:

I have said this so many times, but the problem with the WWE Tag Team division is that they are only building one team at a time. Daniel Bryan and Kane really do not have anywhere else to go, do they? By holding the championships for quite some time, this has been their only really good feud. The only other thing I can see is for them to hold the gold and end up facing  members of The Shield. This would be a step down for The Shield, and would be a waste of other teams. Damien and Cody are excellent and only getting better, while Primetime Players have been wasted to no ends. They are comical and both guys can keep up in the ring. They are not a liability and should be used more often. When you build one team, all other opponents seem irrelavant. Look at the WWE Championship. Punk is the man, Cena is always in the picture, The Rock is chasing (at this exact time of the PPV) and you are building guys like Ryback and other opponents for the future. They do not suffer huge losses consistently like Rhodes Scholars has.

Grade: B-

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