In kayfabe, Street Profits came only a ref's mistake away from potentially toppling the seemingly forever unified champs The Usos at Money in the Bank. They have good reason for a rematch -- and if it's anywhere near this one, that's a great idea -- but as a plot device, it can lead one of two ways.
The first road, which is much better for Street Profits fans, is that they're holding off on the change until SummerSlam to get a really big reaction, where delayed gratification makes it all the more sweet.
What supports this is that Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins haven't been treated like chumps the way Viking Raiders were when they were more pretenders than contenders despite having a title shot. Of course, the Profits are so good at this point they even shine in a loss, but they took two out of three singles matches against The Usos, which is a lot of wins against anybody in The Bloodline. But as a team, they couldn't get a pinfall victory.
Of course, we also saw RK-Bro look like quality contenders for The Usos only to fall just short, which continued the build of Riddle into a marquee player.
But the other, more likely, road involves a split. On SmackDown this week, the creative team planted a seed about dissension between Ford and Dawkins. We haven't actually seen that in the ring, so it could be a red herring. But you could also see where frustration about coming just short could lead to a turn. Add in Tez putting on a lot of muscle to make him a more prototype top guy, and there's enough here to see it could go this road.
The good news for the Profits is either path is exceedingly interesting and will continue to give them plenty of TV time on the road to SummerSlam and beyond.
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 July 2:
1. The Bloodline (last week: 2)
Pro: The Usos retained at MitB against the Street Profits, and they're still holding all the top and unified gold.
Con: The absence of Roman Reigns dampens their luster a bit. As does Jey Uso taking a loss to Montez Ford on Raw and the tainted victory on Saturday..
2. Street Profits (1)
Pro: That they in their title match -- due to a ref goof -- and still feel like a top team says a lot of how good they and The Usos have been. Before that, Ford picked up a win on Raw.
Con: They haven't been able to pin The Usos in tag action, although they have looked really good.
3. The Creed Brothers (3)
Pro: The Creeds continue to hold NXT tag gold, and look darn impressive in the ring too.
Con: You'll notice this is "The Creed Brothers," not Diamond Mine because that faction seems broken now. Took a loss to Joe Gacy and The Dyad because of Roderick Strong's ego.
4. Toxic Attraction (4)
Pro: Still holding all the women's gold in NXT.
Con: Mandy took a DQ loss to Nikkita Lyons, while Roxanne Perez and Cora Jade might just be able to wrest the tag belts.
5. Roxanna Perez and Cora Jade (5)
Pro: Defeated Team Ninja in a fun NXT opening match to officially stake a claim for a tag title opportunity.
Con: Everybody seems like an underdog as long as Toxic Attraction has the titles.
6. Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen (not ranked)
Pro: Not only took the tag titles on NXT UK (which feels like a different planet sometimes) but brought them back to use on NXT Prime.
Con: Will have to defend them against Pretty Deadly, who honestly make more sense as the UK champs.
7. Joe Gacy and The Dyad
Pro: Beating the champs in The Creeds and Roderick Strong move them quickly into title contention.
Con: They mainly lost because of Roddy. And it still looks awkward watching them move in those robes.
8. Brawling Brutes (8)
Pro: Sheamus is clearly still an upper midcard guy having some kind of story with Drew McIntyre.
Con: The Celtic Warrior wasn't able to grab the briefcase at Money in the Bank.
9. Viking Raiders (9)
Pro: Looked like the vicious team they're supposed to be in laying out New Day.
Con: Wouldn't it be nice to believe WWE will use them to their potential?
10. Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams (6)
Pro: They both have interesting matches lined up at In Your House.
Con: Melo got conned by Grayson Waller -- it's unusual for anyone to get the better of the A Champ.
Best tag segment of the week: Street Profits-Usos, Money in the Bank. Easy.
The other divisions are clicking but great googly moogly, can WWE even pretend to realize the women's main roster belts exist?