WWE Tag Team Championship
Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns (c) vs. The Usos
Rikishi's sons have been on a winning streak, and that has put them on a collision course with the hounds of justice. See The Shield defend their straps in the live internet pre-show for Money in the Bank!
The Road to Money in the Bank
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns won their first championships in WWE when they finally put down Team Hell No at Extreme Rules. Not only did this end the 245 day reign of Daniel Bryan and Kane, but it seemed to be a turning point in the ongoing issues between the two groups. They had taken down Hell No with any number of partners, including The Undertaker, but now they had something to show for it.
While they won a rematch on Raw and fended off Bryan when he challenged them at Payback with partner Randy Orton, the first chink in their bulletproof vests appeared when Kane, Orton and D-Bry handed them their first loss as three-man unit on June 14th. With Dean Ambrose, the tag champs had never lost before. Now, headed into a pay-per-view (PPV) title defense this weekend, they've lost twice.
That second loss? To Christian and their challengers at Money in the Bank - The Usos.
Jimmy and Jey have been toiling in the tag scene since 2010. Initially, they were thrust right into the championship picture, but couldn't close the deal in feuds with the Hart Dynasty and Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov.
Whether it's seasoning or the face paint they have recently begun wearing to increase their connection to their Samoan heritage, they have never looked better than they have in recent months. In two man action, they haven't lost since early June, having defeated most of the other established teams currently appearing on WWE television.
Now, they get their biggest test when they kick off the show in Philadelphia with the world watching on the web.
What's at stake?
The titles, and with them, the future course of each team.
The Shield have held the belts for a little under two months now. While that is no small accomplishment, a team with their goals and hype is expected to have a much longer run than that. Especially given their recent scuffles, a loss here could be extremely detrimental to the cause.
The Usos don't have much to lose. They know what life is like on the fringes of the tag title. But they also know that you can work a long time to get here and aren't guaranteed anything beyond your current shot.
Will the Samoans' war path lead them to wear the bronze belts, or will The Shield make us believe again in their worth as champions?
Join us here at Cageside Seats for what is now known as "Kickoff to" Money in the Bank at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday night!