Breaking down tag team chemistry

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October 04, 2012

Instant 'magic'

The most recent addition to WWE’s tag division, Team Rhodes Scholars, was born out of circumstance after Team Hell No challenged Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow to an impromptu match on SmackDown. Yet, the two accomplished singles competitors have quickly developed into a smooth team. On Raw Monday, Rhodes described teaming with “The Intellectual Savior of the Masses” as “magic.”

Learning curves vary, and there are no hard and fast benchmarks for measuring a team’s maturation. Still, Superstars can usually tell right off the bat whether there is cohesiveness to be fostered. Five-time World Tag Team Champion Road Dogg told WWE.com that he and New Age Outlaws partner Billy Gunn clicked from day one.

You’re trusting your partner with your life and your livelihood“We knew what we were going to do and we knew where each other was going to be,” Road Dogg said. “You’ll know. It’s almost like the old love story: When you see her, you’ll know. Well, when you get in the ring with him, you’ll know.”

The WWE Universe seemed to witness instant chemistry earlier this year when Kofi Kingston & R-Truth dethroned Primo & Epico for the Tag Team Titles in April after having teamed for just a few weeks. The partnership proved durable enough to fend off nearly five months worth of challengers. Hayes singled out Kingston & Truth as his favorites in the current crop of contenders, but with hesitation.

“Right now, I’d have to say the team that impresses me the most is Kofi and Truth, but there’s so many good and new teams fluctuating,” he said. “Whoever thought we’d see Rey and Sin Cara team up? The Prime Time Players haven’t even come close to touching their potential.”

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