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On the September 24th episode of RAW, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow attacked the WWE Tag Team Champions, Team Hell No, and vowed to become the new champions. The team became known as Team Rhodes Scholars.

The pair entered a tag team tournament to determine the number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championships. They defeated The Usos in the first round, followed by Santino Marella and Zack Ryder before defeating Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara to win the tournament and earn a shot at the Tag Titles.

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Team Rhodes Scholars making their entrance on RAW

On October 28th, at Hell in a Cell, Team Rhodes Scholars would get their title shot against Team Hell No. They won the match via disqualification, meaning they didn’t win the championships. They would receive another title shot on Main Event on the 14th November, but once again failed to win the championships after being defeated by Team Hell No.

Team Rhodes Scholars were scheduled to participate in a 5-on-5 tag match at Survivor Series, but Rhodes suffered a concussion and a strained shoulder, meaning he couldn’t compete. When Rhodes returned to action on the 10th December, he was sporting a new moustache.

Team Rhodes Scholars then won a Fatal-4-Way match to earn the right to face Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio in a number one contenders match at TLC. Team Rhodes Scholars defeated Mysterio and Sin Cara to earn another shot at the tag titles. They would receive their title shot the following week on Main Event, but again they were defeated by Team Hell No.

On the January, 7th episode of RAW, Team Rhodes Scholars defeated Team Hell No in a non-title match to earn yet another shot at the titles. This title shot would take place at the Royal Rumble, where Team Rhodes Scholars would once again come up short against Team Hell No.

On the following edition of Smackdown, Rhodes and Sandow decided to mutually dissolve the team, although they would remain best friends.

They re-united on the Elimination Chamber pre-show, when they were defeated by Tons of Funk. This led to Team Rhodes Scholars aligning themselves with The Bella Twins, and the four of them continued their feuds with Tons of Funk and The Funkadactyls.


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Damien Sandow looks down on Cody Rhodes after turning his back on him to claim the Money in the Bank briefcase

At Money in the Bank, Team Rhodes Scholars entered the Money in the Bank ladder match. Just as Rhodes was about to grab the briefcase, Sandow turned on his partner and threw him off the ladder, claiming the briefcase for himself. The following night on RAW, Rhodes attacked Sandow, turning face in the process. This confirmed the break-up of Team Rhodes Scholars.