PHILADELPHIA — The spotlight remains squarely on The Usos, who rode brotherly love and some good old fashioned skill to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship against The Miz & Damien Mizdow at the 2015 Royal Rumble. However focused the limelight was on Jimmy & Jey, however, the Superstar on which the match lived and died turned out to be Damien Mizdow.

Not bad considering Mizdow was conspicuous, for the most part, by his absence. Despite the Philadelphia faithful’s rabid response to Mizdow, The Awesome One refused — as has been his M.O. for almost his entire association with the former Mr. Money in the Bank — to tag in his long-suffering understudy. This seemed to irritate the former WWE Champion a bit more than it usually does, especially during the match’s opening, when a deafening roar in Mizdow’s favor overshadowed an impressive opening by Miz proper.

Photos: The Usos fly in Philly |  Watch their celebration

Truth be told, Miz’s entire performance in the match was on point. The Awesome One set about systematically dismantling Jimmy Uso to spite the crowd that called instead for his doppelganger, pausing only once to tease Mizdow with the taunt of a tag. Even a four-Superstar pileup outside the ring didn’t slow Miz down. First, he sacrificed Mizdow to one airborne Uso, then fielded a plancha from the other before hitting Jey with an unsuccessful Skull-Crushing Finale.

Photos:  The many faces of Damien Mizdow

It was a rare break of character for Mizdow, though, that truly had the bout all but sewn up for his boss. As The Usos began to rally, Mizdow ditched his trademark mimicry to haul Jimmy Uso into the barricade and pummel a rolling Jey with a textbook Skull-Crushing Finale, but Miz couldn’t capitalize in time for the three-count. That missed opportunity proved to be the costliest misstep of them all. Worn down from shouldering the match on his own, a superkick to a turnbuckle-perched Miz knocked him straight into a sky-high powerbomb from Jey. Jimmy provided the exclamation point, taking flight for a splash that changed direction in midair to pancake Miz, and ensure the Tag Team Title stayed with The Usos. That’s a wrap.

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PHILADELPHIA — The spotlight remains squarely on The Usos, who rode brotherly love and some good old fashioned skill to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship against The Miz & Damien Mizdow at the 2015 Royal Rumble. However focused the limelight was on Jimmy & Jey, however, the Superstar on which the match lived and died turned out to be Damien Mizdow.

Not bad considering Mizdow was conspicuous, for the most part, by his absence. Despite the Philadelphia faithful’s rabid response to Mizdow, The Awesome One refused — as has been his M.O. for almost his entire association with the former Mr. Money in the Bank — to tag in his long-suffering understudy. This seemed to irritate the former WWE Champion a bit more than it usually does, especially during the match’s opening, when a deafening roar in Mizdow’s favor overshadowed an impressive opening by Miz proper.

Photos: The Usos fly in Philly |  Watch their celebration

Truth be told, Miz’s entire performance in the match was on point. The Awesome One set about systematically dismantling Jimmy Uso to spite the crowd that called instead for his doppelganger, pausing only once to tease Mizdow with the taunt of a tag. Even a four-Superstar pileup outside the ring didn’t slow Miz down. First, he sacrificed Mizdow to one airborne Uso, then fielded a plancha from the other before hitting Jey with an unsuccessful Skull-Crushing Finale.

Photos:  The many faces of Damien Mizdow

It was a rare break of character for Mizdow, though, that truly had the bout all but sewn up for his boss. As The Usos began to rally, Mizdow ditched his trademark mimicry to haul Jimmy Uso into the barricade and pummel a rolling Jey with a textbook Skull-Crushing Finale, but Miz couldn’t capitalize in time for the three-count. That missed opportunity proved to be the costliest misstep of them all. Worn down from shouldering the match on his own, a superkick to a turnbuckle-perched Miz knocked him straight into a sky-high powerbomb from Jey. Jimmy provided the exclamation point, taking flight for a splash that changed direction in midair to pancake Miz, and ensure the Tag Team Title stayed with The Usos. That’s a wrap.