Remember when the Rhodes Scholars suddenly and without warning broke up during a routine backstage segment on a run-of-the-mill episode of Friday Night SmackDown at the start of February? And then Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes reunited "for one night only" to take on Tons of Funk on the Elimination Chamber pre-show? And they've been tagging together ever since, seemingly reunited for good?
Not so fast.
According to Rhodes himself, they're still not an official tag team, even if they're working like one. What's interesting, though, is how he explains the relationship between the two and what he hopes for in the future. From his interview with Brian Fritz:
"You know what, I would say we aren't a tag team, we are not a tag team. Only because we're just... we've known each other for a long time, we were in developmental together. We're really just two individual performers who have lumped what we're doing together. And it's been really good for me because I never wanted to do another tag team again. I love tag team wrestling, I just didn't want to be in a tag team again. The case with him is just such an opposite of what I am into and what I'm a fan of in sports entertainment; his world is so different and it's good for me, big time. He's been very influential and he's been very helpful in the 'make people laugh' side of our business because I don't. I'm not funny. I don't think I have a funny bone in my body. But that guy is very, very comedy (sic) and I enjoy it and he's helped me a lot.
"We had the most amicable, diplomatic, just great break up, probably one of the few break ups in sports entertainment history where we did not lock horns. No, it's not (how a tag team is supposed to break up). That moment, that's kind of set me up for... I hope Damien is a part of my career until the end of my career as far as Shawn Michaels had Triple H and they had this kinship and they would come back together here and there. I hope Damien Sandow is like that for me.
"I think he talks about (having a match against each other) a lot. I always tell him 'I don't want to work with you another day more than I have to work with you.' I'm usually just messing with me. He said if we ever did square off, he would put the beard on the line, which means that I would have to put the mustache on the line. I'm not totally opposed to that."
The idea of the two remaining friends for the duration of their kayfabe careers is intriguing, but can you imagine how great a singles match between the two would be on the undercard of a big pay-per-view (PPV) like SummerSlam, especially if it's a beard vs. mustache match?
The Rhodes Scholars will next team with the Bella Twins to take on Tons of Funk and the Funkadactyls at WrestleMania 29 tomorrow night (Sun., April 7, 2013) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. For more on that click here.