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Reason why Dolph Ziggler teamed up with Robert Roode

Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler became the #1 contenders for Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman’s RAW Tag Team Titles on this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW, which astonished fans.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Paul Heyman was pulling for Robert Roode and that is why he got the push. The idea was for the tag team turmoil match to push both competitors, as they won four matches in a row in order to become the #1 contenders.

The show was about creating new tag title contenders in one night by having a gauntlet match, and using Roode & Ziggler in that role winning four times. Heyman is a proponent of Roode so this was kind of meant as a showcase to get him going after he was slotted as a nobody for so long.

We will get to know at Clash Of Champions whether Roode and Ziggler will be able to become the new RAW Tag Team Champions. Paul Heyman pushing the two is certainly good news for the team.

  • BiggEZ

    If WWE is gonna put Roode in a tag team, then just sign James Storm, and bring Beer Money, Inc. to WWE.

  • CC

    Not even remotely correct. Some non-blood relatives are tag teams almost from the start of their debut in wrestling. And there is a huge difference between two guys who create a gimmick early in their career and run as a tag team to two guys who have been in the industry for aroud 20 years each randomly getting thrown together for no reason.

    Are you saying Edge and Christian, two guys who grew up together, were not a proper tag team and were just “thrown together”?

    Heavy Machinery have barely even had a chance at the tag team titles yet, so not quite sure why you think they have had 50 shots at it.

    RAW also has the AOP, Ryder & Hawkins, The Viking Raiders, The Lucha House Party, The Ascension & The Club. And with The Revival being RAW stars challenging for the SD titles, you also have Epico and Primo who have not been on the shows in the longest time, so once again, why does it make sense to ignore all of them for a thrown together team?

  • The_Shockerwave

    The only Tag Team Tag Teams are Primo/Epico aka The Colons and Jimmy/Jey aka The Uso’s the rest are and were thrown together as only Blood Relation Family constitutes as Actual Teams so this makes perfect Sense as both were going nowhere in their Single/Solo Careers so making them a Team fits at least it’s no The Revival/Heavy Machinery/Uso’s getting their like 50th Shot

  • Mike the Ike

    Still held it during February, that’s all that matters to Vince.

  • CC

    Yes, but you said both the IC and US title and I am pointing out that Lashley won it mid Jan and lost it during black history month, and that is not getting a win during February.

  • Mike the Ike

    R-Truth won the US title in time for Black History month. Go back and look at who wins titles and gets title shots during February, this is what Vince does. Rey is getting a renewed focus, Andrade is my pick to win King of the Ring. I don’t like it, but this is what Vince does. Just watch.

  • CC

    What you mean Bobby Lashley who won the IC title the month before and lost it to a white guy 2 weeks into Feb? Hardly sounds like something they would do just because it is black history month.

  • CC


  • Kayfabe_Is_Dead

    So why not put Roode in the King of the Ring tourney and push him to the top that way?

  • oppa

    Someone from creative probably wants to name them Roode Dolph to try and sell some Christmas merch

  • Mike the Ike

    I don’t buy that for a second. The reason is pretty obvious: Put the belts on a non-tag team so you can move the belts onto a team that wouldn’t usually make it to the top, Lucha House Party, the following night in time for Hispanic Heritage month. You don’t believe me? Who were the US and IC champs this past February? Here’s a hint: not white guys. This is how Vince’s mind works.

  • CC

    I just do not get this. I am a fan of both Ziggler and Roode, but this kind of booking annoys me. These thrown together tag teams winning belts or beating established teams just makes a mockery of tag team wrestling.
    The commentary teams are always going on about how established teams work so well together because they know eachother inside and out, and then along comes two people who have never worked together before and decimates pretty much the whole division.
    And if this was Heymans idea, then how does this make him any better than Vince?
    If he is really a fan of Roode and is sick of how he has been booked as a nobody, why stick him into yet another nonsensical tag team? Why not give him a singles push? Same with Ziggler for that matter.

    You can kinda understand the whole Strowman/Rollins team as it had a story to it (a rushed one, I will grant you), and you can at least say that one of the biggest physical guys in the company and the Universal champion is a pretty strong combo, despite being so random. But Roode and Ziggler had absolutely no build to them teaming up and just came out of nowhere.