Brodus Clay & Tensai vs. Team Rhodes Scholars (Pre-Show)
Go ahead and call it a reunion tour. Chalk it up to old habits dying hard, if you must. Whatever the case may be, the Team Rhodes Scholars duo of Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes has agreed to team again, for one night only, against the newly formed unit of Brodus Clay & Tensai on the free Elimination Chamber Pre-Show this Sunday. The Pre-Show will stream live on WWE.com, YouTube.com/WWE and Facebook.com/WWE starting at 7:30 ET/4:30 PT.
The freshly announced tag team match represents Sandow & Rhodes’ first time partnering with each other since their amicable split. It was on the blue brand that The Intellectual Savior of the Masses and “The Essence of Mustachioed Magnificence,” in an emotional exchange, declared their intentions of pursuing singles competition at the expense of their partnership. Though Rhodes & Sandow still appear intent on moving up the ranks of WWE individually, they have nonetheless signed on to compete in the Pre-Show.
Juxtaposing the brainy bromance Sunday will be scale-tipping, boogying buddies Brodus Clay & Tensai. Quickly becoming one of WWE’s most popular, albeit strangest, combinations, the Clay-Tensai tandem has blossomed since to Tensai’s reluctant embrace of the funk on Raw Roulette weeks ago. (The Funkasaurus has gone so far as to informally dub his new pal “Funksai.”) It remains to be seen how effectively the two super heavyweights — whose combined weight totals nearly 750 pounds — will work as a team once the bell rings, but if Clay & Tensai’s dance steps are any indication of their potential, Team Rhodes Scholars could be in for a long night Sunday.
The Pre-Show battle poses major implications for WWE’s tag team division, as well as for the duo that presides over it, the supremely dysfunctional Team Hell No. Would a Team Rhodes Scholars victory be enough to convince Sandow & Rhodes to switch gears and reunite as a team on a permanent basis? Clay’s jovial pre- and post-match celebrations have rubbed off on Tensai, but will the latter’s fury and intensity spark a fire under The Funkasaurus, and to what end?
Tag team wrestling aficionados will surely watch with curiosity as this special attraction bout kicks off a night of all-out mayhem Sunday. Don’t miss one second of WWE Elimination Chamber action, starting with the Pre-Show at 7:30 ET/4:30 PT.