In what should be one of the most anticipated tag bouts of the year, the three way tag match between the Shield, the Rhodes, and the Usos could easily be most talked about match after Hell In A Cell comes to a close. The cumulative talent assembled in this match is staggering. Cody Rhodes broke out as a singles face star with his performance at Money in the Bank and the subsequent feud between his family and the McMahons (sparked by his firing), while Goldust has performed well since being brought back into the fold. For the Shield, Seth Rollins continues to impress on an almost-nightly basis, while Roman Reigns is steadily developing. Last but certainly not least, the Usos have stepped up their collective performance level in the past few months to show themselves as one of the best tag teams in the WWE.

When you combine these three tag teams, it’s easy to see that the groundwork is laid for a great match. Despite the fact that Cody and Goldust have accrued impressive accomplishments as singles stars, they’ve seamlessly transitioned into teaming together—probably due to the fact that Cody’s been in countless tag teams before. They’re work as a tag team does bring some credibility to the division, as whoever beats those two gets a certifiable boost. Although it would be unlikely to see them lose the title so quickly, they are facing two very credible threats in the Shield and the Usos.

While we’ve become accustomed to seeing the Shield work together well, we haven’t seen them in this capacity where they’re no longer in a position of power. Announcers have bantered about how the Shield have been in a bad mood since losing their titles, and the WWE went through the trouble of having Rollins and Reigns Tout a promo along those lines. With the Hounds of Justice on the hunt for goal, we should see a more intense, focused, even rabid variety of these two. At the same time, the Usos have ascended nicely into the limelight, functioning smoothly and effectively as a great tag team. With all that they’ve done recently, they’re feeling overlooked and unappreciated. That they won a #1 contendership match but are not getting a direct shot at the title is baffling enough and legitimate cause for them to feel somewhat cheated. This gives them a chip on their shoulders that should be conveyed through the way that they go after the tag titles on Sunday night.

After the great match that the Usos had with the Shield on the Money In the Bank pre-show, those teams are colliding again but this time with the added talent of the Rhodes brothers. In one match we have these forces all colliding against each other: the hunger of the Usos vs the wrath of the Shield vs the sheer ability of the Rhodes. The storytelling and psychology will be great, the spots will be well thought out and appropriate, and the finish may be decisive or highly contested (in order to set up a match at Survivor Series). After Hell in a Cell 2013, don’t be surprised if many people are talking about the greatness of the tag title match more so than any other bout on the card.

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