The Authors of Pain def. Heath Slater & Rhyno
The post-Paul Ellering era is off to a roaring success for The Authors of Pain, who notched a repeat victory over Heath Slater & Rhyno despite closing the book on their legendary manager in the wake of their Raw debut last week.
To the credit of Slater & Rhyno, who demanded the rematch, they made things a little more competitive than the first time around, jumping the former NXT Tag Team Champions before the bell. Rhyno, who didn’t even make it into the ring last week, ended up getting involved early to put AOP on their heels. But any missteps Akam & Rezar made without Ellering in their corner amounted to little in the long run: Slater was sent sailing out of the ring, and The Man Beast was stifled down the stretch, leading to a thunderous Last Chapter that handed the Authors the win.