With Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Sheamus both declaring for the Royal Rumble Match, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson went into their championship challenge with one simple strategy: divide and conquer. The idea being, with Cesaro & Sheamus at cross-purposes in the long term (only one of them can win the Rumble Match), they’d be easier to pick apart in a title match. The good news? It worked.
The bad news? It worked a little too well. The good brothers did indeed get Cesaro & Sheamus to pursue independent agendas, but while Cesaro simply wanted to win the match, Sheamus, who had been brutalized by both Gallows & Anderson for the whole match, was simply out for payback. The Irishman stormed the ring after one such cheap shot and laid into anything that moved — including, inadvertently, the official. A replacement ref came down in time to count a Magic Killer pinfall on Cesaro moments later, but once the first zebra came to, the call was reversed to a disqualification win for the good brothers and, with it, a title retention for the champions. And they were pretty mad-ski about that, decking Sheamus with a second Magic Killer in retaliation.