The Golden Truth’s bid for a major comeback match ended in heartbreaking fashion on Monday when the veteran Superstars fell to a surging Cesaro & Sheamus in the final round of a Tag Team Turmoil Match to determine The Hardy Boyz’ No. 1 contenders.
The small consolation for Goldust & R-Truth is that the majority of the Tag Team division joined them in defeat: Cesaro & Sheamus ran the table in the marathon contest, dispatching Enzo Amore & Big Cass (via Sharpshooter to Enzo), former SmackDown Tag Champs Heath Slater & Rhyno (Brogue Kick to Slater) and former Raw Tag Champs Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson (Brogue Kick to Gallows) before Golden Truth finally arrived to bat cleanup.
Taking advantage of their battle-worn opponents, Golden Truth mounted an emotional effort to carry themselves over the finish line. Truth turned on the jets when Goldust’s leg was brutalized by their foes, but a rollup from Cesaro spelled the end. The Hardy Boyz themselves quickly drove their No. 1 contenders from the ring, but the team that claims they don’t just set, but embody, the bar has a chance to prove it, while Goldust & Truth find the bar just slightly beyond their reach.