Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman are yet another odd couple pairing that rise to unlikely success. While that takes away the credibility of already established teams that supposedly have built chemistry over years, Rollins and Strowman had to succeed in order to sell their storyline. On the latest episode of Raw, Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman became Tag champions, surprisingly defeating the recently pushed Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson for the belts. This is all playing into the current storyline arch’s which also includes the third member of the OC, current United States Champion AJ Styles. Strowman had challenged for the US Belt earlier in the night but had failed in taking the strap away from Styles. He did manage to get on the same page as Rollins to become a champion nonetheless. However, this creative direction raises more questions than it does answer. Is Strowman going to factor in the Universal Championship feud between Rollins and Styles? Will Styles be able to fend off Strowman’s supposed interest in his title to focus on taking the Universal Championship from Rollins? Are Gallows and Anderson going to be able to get their titles back, or will the titles be moved away from this feud? Let’s check out why Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman won the Raw Tag Team Championships.
The match was a classic tag team match. Gallows and Anderson worked over the smaller Rollins who was nursing a rib injury, while Strowman just got pumped throughout the match. After AJ Styles tried interfering to make Rollins’s injury severe, Strowman got his chance to level the field. Prior to the Styles interference, Gallows and Anderson had taken Strowman out. Strowman came back and took Styles out. After that, Rollins gave him the hot tag which allowed him to destroy Gallows and Anderson for the win.
Why would the WWE give the belts to Rollins and Strowman is a little hard to decipher. The OC was an extremely hot commodity, so having their run as champs cut short is puzzling. It doesn’t look like the story is geared to re-establish the OC, but a longer story arch which will include Rollins and Strowman. Styles may just be a temporary title challenger for Rollins, so the long storyline for this is a little unclear. This will most likely set Rollins and Strowman up for a feud down the line, but as both men currently serve as baby faces, we cannot be sure if this is the direction they’re going in. Strowman has flipped orientations too many times and WWE look extra committed to sell Rollins as a babyface hero. This stubbornness may cause this story to fall flat. What we can be sure is that Strowman is back on the path of a main event push, and WWE have added him as a neutralizing factor to Gallows and Anderson when Rollins and Styles eventually face off.
Do you agree with us? Will The OC be harmed by this loss? Let us know in the comments below!