Well, consider Seth Rollins surprised. In a match The Kingslayer had openly assumed his tag team partner Jason Jordan was going to lose, the young competitor instead pulled out a victory in his first match as Raw Tag Team Champion, knocking off Cesaro in Raw’s opening contest (the first of 2018, no less).
He fought from underneath to do it, too, after a targeted dismantling by Cesaro effectively rendered the mat master one-legged down the stretch. A slam that landed Jordan leg-first on the apron seemed to spell inevitable doom, but Jordan fought through both Cesaro’s attack and a cheap shot from Sheamus to stay in the fight.
Rollins made good on his promise to watch his partner’s back, cutting Sheamus off before he could attempt an interfering Brogue Kick that would have handed Cesaro the match. With The King of Swing distracted, Jordan administered the Angle Slam-neckbreaker combo to win. He even tried to be a better partner, too, raising Rollins’ hand on the outside in a gesture that left The Kingslayer looking both bemused and impressed. If anything, he seemed to share the opinions of Raw’s commentary team: Jordan may be cocky, but he’s good.