Raw Tag Team Championship match
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre (c)
After an epic Intercontinental championship feud, Rollins and Ziggler have brought their teammates into a war for tag gold.
The Road to Hell in a Cell
This summer’s feud between the Kingslayer and the Show-Off would have been enough to propel this rivalry onward. Especially considering Seth’s IC title win at SummerSlam was only possible because he finally found an answer for McIntyre in the form of the recently returned Ambrose.
It was when they re-donned their flak jackets to stand by Universal champion Roman Reigns’ side and triple powerbombed Braun Strowman through the announce desk that things really took off, though.
That move forced the Monster Among Men to go looking for back-up of his own. He found it in Ziggler and the big Scot. And right from the start of this new alliance, which revealed itself when Strowman turned on Reigns in a match where they were partnered up against Dolph & Drew, it looked like maybe the Hounds of Justice had met their match. When it came to brawling, the sides were pretty even...
... but when it came to strategizing, the new alliance maybe even had the upperhand. First they surprised the Big Dog, then they got the Hounds of Justice arrested and brutalized them with the help of the entire locker room.
In between, Ziggler & McIntyre took out The Revival and grabbed their tag title shot. Without The Shield around to stop them, Braun’s new friends steamrolled The B-Team and captured the Raw tag titles.
But you have to get up pretty early in the morning to outmaneuver the Architect. Seth and Dean orchestrated a plan to outmaneuver the weak link in Monday night’s army of heels, acting General Manager Baron Corbin:
Once they’d cornered the Constable into giving them a championship match at Hell in a Cell, it was game on for Sun., Sept. 16 in San Antonio.
What’s at stake?
It’s tempting to look at this as a prelude both for the main event of this pay-per-view (PPV) and the already announced six-man at the next WWE Network special, Oct. 6’s Super Show-Down from Melbourne. No matter who wins these straps or the Universal title, either The Shield of Strowman’s Dogs of War will be looking for payback on the road to Australia. And quite possibly farther down the line, seeing as a show known for multi-person elimination matches is on the schedule for November.
Still, we’ve got four talented guys with a lot of history between them. And there’s nothing wrong with any of the matches we’re likely to get later on for them - including the possiblity of feuds between the guys who are partners right now.
To recap: the build certainly could have made more sense (mostly by including one fewer arrest), we all know nothing ends here, and, in fact, we’re probably going to see these teams again when they interfere in a match which supposedly prevents interference.
But we’re still looking forward to it. How bout you?
Who will win?
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Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins