It’s almost certainly a one-off, but Raw reminded us just how much fun a Kevin Owens-Seth Rollins tag team can be.
Yes, they beat The Usos, the seemingly endless reigning titleholders, yet that was more about promoting The Usos’ match vs. KO and John Cena. But beyond what they can do in the ring (which is a lot), some simple backstage interactions reminded us how special they are.
Sure, KO will take anybody’s help taking on The Bloodline. And neither Seth nor KO ever fully turned on each other as they have so many other tag partners. KO reminded Seth that he tried to take his WrestleMania spot against John Cena and wasn’t necessarily the best friend he could be.
But these two have chemistry and charisma to spare, and that interaction – as most scenes they share – was wildly entertaining. And while KO-Cena is the equivalent to stunt casting a special guest in a TV show that has no impact on a story arc, Owens and Rollins reuniting makes perfect sense in storyline. They both have a common long-standing enemy in Roman Reigns, and they both aspire to go over the Big Dog to become top dog.
They wouldn’t necessarily cooperate to win the title, since they’re too competitive, but working together in a scenario that could land a triple-threat match for the undisputed singles titles? Yes, please.
It’s hard to get your hopes up to them teaming again. But Monday reminded us just how enjoyable it could be.
The following Tag Team Power Rankings take into account wins, power and placement of segments, recentness of appearances, creative direction and momentum for teams and factions.
WWE Tag Team Power Rankings through Dec. 23:
1. The Bloodline (last week: 1)
Pro: Still holding all kinds of gold. Sami Zayn picked up a quality win over AJ Styles and had an amazing promo. Ran wild over on Raw this week ...
Con: ... until old rival Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins defeated The Usos.
2. Damage CTRL (Bayley, Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai) (2)
Pro: Sky and Kai still hold tag gold. Bayley picked up a win on Becky Lynch.
Con: A very dirty victory that confirms Bex's claims that The Role Model can't pick up a big win by herself.
3. New Day (3)
Pro: Already lifting the NXT tag scene in successfully defending the gold while giving Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen their best match to date. And had a fun SmackDown cameo.
Con: The ways they're denying Pretty Deadly a title match are nearly heelish (if still entertaining).
4. Katana Chance and Kayden Carter (5)
Pro: The NXT women's tag champs won a fun, frenetic triple threat match.
Con: Might be running out of teams to face, although a Toxic Attraction rematch would be, well, attractive.
5. Judgment Day (4)
Pro: Rhea Ripley's out here winning intergender matches in dominant fashion.
Con: Just before that, her boys took a loss to Street Profits.
6. Street Profits (not ranked)
Pro: Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins are looking great in the ring, and picked up a win on Judgment Day.
Con: They didn't give Akira Tazawa great advice in terms of encouraging him to take on Rhea.
7. The OC (7)
Pro: Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows defeated Alpha Academy.
Con: Who doesn't? AJ Styles took a loss to Sami Zayn, albeit in a great match.
8. Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen and Fallon Henley (9)
Pro: Briggs and Jensen put on their best match so far in NXT, with Josh looking especially impressive.
Con: It still wasn't enough to beat New Day, although they hung with the future Hall of Famers. Meanwhile, there's trouble brewing at Fallon's bar!
9. Toxic Attraction (not ranked)
Pro: While it was filmed before Mandy Rose was let go, Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne showed they could do just fine as a duo in their tag title triple threat match.
Con: Unable to prevent the pin and win back the titles.
10. Hit Row (6)
Pro: Got to share the ring with The Usos instead of a low-card team this week!
Con: Didn't lead to a win, nor a championship.
Best tag segment of the week: Kind of a coin flip here, as both NXT tag title matches were great. We'll call it a draw: A lot more chaos and moving parts to the women's match, but New Day defending the gold is going to be a treat for as long as they have the titles.
Still no idea who really can challenge either main roster tag belt, but the NXT tag title tilts delivered and then some.