The Authors of Pain def. Heath Slater & Rhyno
Being left out of the Tag Team Eliminator has Heath Slater pretty steamed, though he may want to shy away from any open challenges, given that his boasts ran him and Rhyno afoul of Raw's newest tag team.
After daring any team behind the curtain to try their hand against the inaurgural SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Slater & Rhyno found themselves face to face with The Authors of Pain, the twin mammoths who Paul Ellering guided to a near-indomitable reign as NXT Tag Team Champions.
They seem destined for similar supremacy on Raw: They dispatched Rhyno off the apron and flattened Slater with the Last Chapter in a display that was so flawless they seemed to think they were better off without Ellering’s guidance. Akam & Rezar seemingly dismissed the legendary manager at ringside after the match, thereby closing the book on their story’s prologue and turning the page to whatever lies ahead.