Eye openers

Eye openers

At Armageddon, Paul London & Brian Kendrick drove a point home to the SmackDown tag team division: there's a reason they've owned the WWE Tag Team Championship for the past seven months.

In a surprise move, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long changed the match with William Regal and Dave Taylor to a Fatal Four Way Ladder Match with The Hardys and MNM just before it was set to begin. The Hardys and MNM are two teams that have held the Tag Team Titles a combined eight times. By defeating teams with such decorated resumes, London & Kendrick elevated themselves into an elite crew -- where, they insist, they've been for a long time.

"There have been many great champions in the past: [Chris] Benoit, Batista, the late, great Eddie Guerrero, and Rey Mysterio. They've all held Tag Team Titles and they're all great singles competitors, but we've outlasted all of them [as Tag Team Champions]," said Kendrick. 

This topic had crossed their minds before, and when the opportunity to elaborate on it was presented, the champions took full advantage of it. Acknowledging that they opened some eyes -- as well as some heads -- in their bloody Ladder Match victory, the usually chipper duo were adamant about their skills being underrated.

"There's no question about it, we've been overlooked," said London. "Go back and check your history books -- we've held the titles longer than anybody on SmackDown."

Kendrick reiterated his partner's sentiment.

"Paul and I have been very quiet in our title reign, which is now history-making for SmackDown. We have been satisfied being the best and keeping that to ourselves," he said. 

The two best friends have attributed their success to their ability to leave their egos at the door, and fully accept the concept of working as a collective unit. 

"I don't think there is any team that works better in sports-entertainment than Paul and I do, and that isn't limited to SmackDown," Kendrick said. "It extends to Raw, ECW and worldwide as well."

With a smile and his arm around his partner and best friend, London continued that thought.

"There is no ‘I' in team," he said. "The word is T-E-A-M; when I'm in trouble Brian comes to my safety. I have that trust in him because I know he's been there since day one; it makes the biggest difference."

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