Back in September, Jimmy and Jey Uso defeated The Real Americans and Tons of Funk on Raw to become the official #1 contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championship. Those bronze belts were held at the time by Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins of The Shield.
Well, after innumerable television shows and a couple of pay-per-view (PPV)s having gone by without the Usos receiving their shot, it would be hard to blame the fans if they had forgotten that the twins had ever earned that designation. Throw in the high-stakes drama that saw both Rhodes brothers lose their jobs and then have to go through the Hounds of Justice in order to work in WWE again, and it seemed even the powers-that-be in the company had forgotten about the Usos promised title shot.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeated Reigns and Rollins again last week, and ended their lengthy run with the tag belts. Naturally, everyone assumed that the mercenaries in the employ of The Authority would be granted a rematch for the titles at the next PPV, this Sunday's Hell in a Cell from Miami. But Rikishi's boys got in Smackdown General Manager Vickie Guerrero's ear and a #1 contenders match was booked for tonight's Raw between the teams that battled for the belts this Summer's Money in the Bank.
That ended in a schmoz, when the champs - who were sitting in at the announce table during the match - couldn't take The Shield's heelish antics any long and a brawl broke out between the three teams and Unites States champion Dean Ambrose.
With just six days left to fill out a PPV card, you can probably guess what that means. All three teams have been firing on all cylinders, and should be a tough first defense for the Rhodes - but a heck of a match for us.