Drew McIntyre & "Dashing" Cody Rhodes won Tag Team Turmoil (New WWE Tag Team Champions)

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September 19, 2010

CHICAGO -- The aggressive (and self-aggrandizing) tandem of Drew McIntyre & "Dashing" Cody Rhodes has proven formidable since teaming up recently on SmackDown, bringing that ruthless competitive edge to Chicago for Night of Champions, where they defeated The Hart Dynasty and three other teams in Tag Team Turmoil to become the new WWE Tag Team Champions. (PHOTOS)

Just 48 hours after trouncing The Hart Dynasty in a non-title bout on SmackDown, the undefeated team of Rhodes & McIntyre had their arms raised in victory after Rhodes hit Evan Bourne with a Cross Rhodes, scoring the final pinfall.

In Tag Team Turmoil, two teams start out in the ring. Once a member of one of the teams is eliminated, another team enters the fray. The last team remaining is the winner.

As revealed at Night of Champions, Tag Team Turmoil pitted Tyson Kidd & David Hart Smith against their longtime rivals, the Usos, the still-unlikely pairing of Vladimir Kozlov & Santino Marella, the thunder-and-lightning tandem of Mark Henry & "Air" Bourne and the calculating team of McIntyre & Rhodes.

Kidd & Smith first locked up with Jimmy & Jey Uso, a team that entered WWE determined to humble the "first family of sports-entertainment" by capturing their Unified Tag Team Championships. Their desire for familial victory over the Harts only grew stronger when Smith & Kidd's mentor, WWE Hall of Famer Bret "Hit Man" Hart, presented the team with the brand-new WWE Tag Team Championships, replacing the Unified Tag Team Titles they had so valiantly defended. Overcoming Kidd's speed and Smith's incredible strength, the Usos took The Hart Dynasty out of the match, ensuring that new titleholders would be named at Night of Champions.

The Usos -- twins from the legendary Anoa'i Samoan bloodline -- next faced Raw's resident odd couple Santino & Kozlov, making short work of the international anomaly. The Usos relished being one pinfall or submission away from the WWE Tag Team Championship, but their self-satisfaction came to an end when they fell to Henry & Bourne, the in-ring equivalent of an army tank and a fighter jet with a unique combination of brute force and aerial expertise.

The final match-up saw the complementary Raw Superstars face McIntyre & Rhodes, the only team representing SmackDown in this high-stakes encounter. Even though they've only competed alongside one another twice before, Rhodes & The "Chosen One" have yet to suffer defeat as a team, and with WWE Tag Team Championship gold around their waists after dominating Henry & Bourne, they've never appeared more unstoppable.

Since the WWE Tag Team Titles can be defended on both Raw and SmackDown, neither Monday night nor Friday night is safe from their menace … or Rhodes' grooming tips, for that matter.

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