Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode def. Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions

At the end of the day, Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman’s greatest enemies as Raw Tag Team Champions were always going to be each other. Forgetting, if you can, that the two were at loggerheads over the Universal Title while defending the Raw Tag Team Titles together, there was something about The Monster Among Men’s bull-in-a-china-shop style that was never going to mesh with the controlled chaos of The Beastslayer. And sure enough, that tension boiled to a head in a single, decisive moment at WWE Clash of Champions that led to Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode relieving Rollins & Strowman of the titles — quite the turnaround for a team that wasn’t even a team a month ago.

Up until that point, the champions were rolling. And, to be fair, the challengers were as well: Ziggler & Roode built their strategy around keeping Strowman out of the match and using his own momentum against him when he made it in. The title fight came down to Rollins and Roode when The Glorious One positioned The Beastslayer for the Glorious DDT. That’s when Strowman made his move, charging Roode into Rollins and sending himself straight over the top rope courtesy of a pinpoint high-low from Ziggler.

With Strowman dispatched and Rollins woozy, Roode pounced, spiking The Beastslayer with the Glorious DDT to win the titles, much to the visible dismay of The Monster Among Men. And as Braun explained in a backstage interview, he wasn’t shy about laying blame: Rollins, he said, was the one who lost the titles, and Strowman was set on making sure his partner’s “losing streak” continued later in the night. There was a chance that these two could make it through the night with mutual respect intact to go along with their Raw Tag Team Championships. But any hopes that their partnership would survive the night seemed too good to be true. Their reign is gone, and any friendship likely has gone with it.

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