Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara vs. Team Rhodes Scholars (Tables Match)
After prevailing in a trying Fatal 4-Way Elimination Tag Team Match on Raw Dec. 10, the newly reassembled Team Rhodes Scholars has earned a Tables Match against Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara this Sunday at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs. Making the match all the more enticing is its No 1 Contenders’ stipulation: The duo that successfully puts both its opponents through tables on pay-per-view Sunday will automatically be named top contenders to WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No.
Team Rhodes Scholars’ win over Jimmy & Jey Uso, Primo & Epico and The Prime Time Players Monday night suggests there is little ring rust on Cody Rhodes, who came back from injury Monday. (WATCH) Rhodes had been out of action since suffering a shoulder injury at the hands of Tag Team Title co-holder Kane on Nov. 14. (WATCH)
Prior to Rhodes’ being placed on the disabled list, he and Sandow appeared to be on a collision course with the dysfunctional champions, Team Hell No. In the interim, The Intellectual Savior of the Masses has turned his sights toward an apprentice search while WWE’s tag team division has steadily heated up. Yet, with their huge win over three viable contenders on Raw, Rhodes & Sandow quickly reasserted themselves as a serious threat to Kane & Daniel Bryan, proving neither a separated shoulder nor an apprentice opening will distract them from the top prize in tag team competition.
Team Rhodes Scholars, however, still have one major hurdle to clear before the No. 1 contenders status is officially theirs: the highflying tandem of Mysterio & Sin Cara. Though the luchadores’ speed, fearlessness and resiliency have never been in doubt, Mysterio & Sin Cara have yet to settle into a championship groove since forming their partnership this past summer. Both Superstars had run-ins with Rhodes months ago during the latter’s obsession with trying to unmask the lucha legends, and they successfully warded off Rhodes’ repeat attempts.
But with a pivotal championship opportunity hanging in the balance, can The Ultimate Underdog guide his protégé and partner past the arrogant but clearly dangerous duo of Team Rhodes Scholars? Mysterio, a four-time co-holder of the WWE Tag Team Title, may just have the experience necessary to lead Sin Cara to his first taste of WWE championship gold.
All the while, throwing a wrench into the equation is the organ-quivering threat of being put through unforgiving tables. Which team stands to benefit most from this element: the technically sound, if underhanded, Team Rhodes Scholars or the aerial artists, Mysterio & Sin Cara? Find out at WWE TLC this Sunday, live on pay-per-view, starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. (HOW TO WATCH)