Lost in all the commotion of Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins’ acrimonious split has been the fate of the Raw Tag Team Championship, which the pair won moments before “The Lunatic Fringe” attacked him two weeks ago. After Rollins seemingly attempted to forfeit the titles this week, Acting Raw General Manager Baron Corbin intervened and forced “The Kingslayer” and his partner to take on AOP in a title match.
Ambrose was never going to show for this one, so it went about as you would expect: Akam and Rezar beat up Rollins before ending it with a powerbomb-neckbreaker combo to claim the titles.
Ambrose finally made an appearance after the match was over, baiting “The Architect” with the one thing he knew Rollins really wanted. Sliding into the ring, Ambrose asked if Rollins still wanted to know why he had betrayed him, then dropped “The Kingslayer” once again with Dirty Deeds and left without giving an answer.
The WWE creative team planned on doing a title change when they made the decision to have Ambrose turn on Rollins. They could not create a logical scenario where Rollins and Ambrose continued defending the Raw Tag Team Championship as enemies, so instead of dragging this odd situation out, they pulled the trigger on the title change.
WWE did the title change this week since Raw in Manchester, England was a taped show and the hope was that it could increase viewership. WWE.com announced the title change in a spoiler article, only saying that the Raw Tag Team Championship changed hands. They did not say that AOP won the titles so that you tune into Raw to find out (unless you read the spoiler elsewhere).