Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows face a tough ask to retain their Raw Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 33, when they defend the titles against both Cesaro & Sheamus and Enzo & Cass in a Triple Threat Ladder match.
This will be Anderson and Gallows’ toughest test to date as Raw Tag Team Champions, as they look to overcome the odds on the grandest stage to keep their raw Tag Team Championship reign still in tact.
Gallows and Anderson stepped foot in a WWE ring for the first time last April by attacking The Usos and would go onto reform their partnership with AJ Styles in the early summer, as the trio looked to take over the WWE.
They helped the Phenomenal One to a big win over John Cena at Money in the Bank but after The Club were split in the brand extension, Anderson and Gallows aimed to make an impact on the Raw Tag Team division.
They targeted the Raw Tag Team Champions New Day, but the entertaining trio denied the former New Japan Pro Wrestling superstars their first titles in the WWE, after a controversial ending to their clash at SummerSlam.
They failed once again to capture the titles at Clash of Champions and at the same time, Cesaro and Sheamus brought their heated rivalry to a close in a thrilling finale to their best of seven series.
After both men were incapacitated, the match resulted in a draw and to sort out the kerfuffle, Raw General Manager Mick Foley decided to grant both men a title shot but by pairing them together in a bid to end New Day’s long reign as Raw Tag Team Champions.
The Swiss Superman and the Celtic Warrior may have failed to capture the titles at Hell in a Cell, but the unlikely duo continued to impress as a tag team and helped Raw to victory over the Smackdown Tag Team division at Survivor Series.
The European superstars followed that impressive victory up by ending New Day’s record-breaking title run to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions at Roadblock: End of the Line.
Gallows and Anderson re-entered the tag team title picture in the New Year after Karl Anderson picked up a singles win over Cesaro in early January, but a Tag Team title opportunity on 16 January episode of Raw would end in controversy.
The Club thought they were crowned the new champions but original referee John Cone reversed the decision to give them a DQ win after Sheamus pushed the referee, to which the challengers responded with a post match attack on the champions.
Anderson and Gallows would get another chance to win the Raw Tag Team Championship at the Royal Rumble and they would not let this chance slide, as they captured the titles from Cesaro and Sheamus with Anderson scoring a leverage roll up on Cesaro for the win.
Cesaro and Sheamus had the chance to recapture the titles in early February, but Big Cass’s big boot to Gallows in retaliation to Gallows hitting Enzo at ringside caused a disqualification.
Enzo and Cass had finally got rid of the thorns in their side in the shape of Rusev and Jinder Mahal and now obviously had their sights on the Raw Team titles. They earned the opportunity to face The Club at FastLane after victory over Cesaro and Sheamus.
Enzo and Cass came up short in their big to win the titles for the first time at FastLane as Anderson scored the win over Enzo after the scissors kick, with Gallows knocking Enzo’s foot off the bottom rope in controversial circumstances.
Cesaro and Sheamus watched on as Enzo and Cass got a rematch the next night on Raw, but after Enzo spilled Cesaro’s coffee all over his swish suit, tensions boiled over between all three teams.
Enzo and Cass fought Cesaro and Sheamus on the 13 March edition of Raw with the winners getting a tag team title opportunity at WrestleMania, but after Gallows and Anderson attacked both teams to force a no contest, they learnt they would have to face both teams in Orlando.
In an unusal twist, Gallows and Anderson were booked to team with Enzo and Cass to face Cesaro and Sheamus in a 4-on-2 Handicap match, but the champions had other plans by attacking their partners before the match.
Enzo and Cass responded by costing the champions the match against the Celtic Warrior and the Swiss Superman, before laying out Gallows and Anderson after the match with Bada Boom Shakalaka on Anderson.
The champions looked to take Cesaro and Sheamus out of the equation on the final Raw before WrestleMania with a backstage assault and the use of a ladder helped the champions leave both men writhing in pain.
However, Cesaro and Sheamus would later return the favour to Anderson and Gallows later that night, as they attacked the champions with a ladder before their match with Enzo and Cass.
The Dubliner and Cesaro would then take the fight to Enzo and Cass, but the champions got back up to take out both their challengers and stand tall just six days before WrestleMania.
The Raw Tag Team Championship build-up has not been the most eye-catching fued leading up to WrestleMania, but now with the titles being defended in a ladder match, this could be one of the better bouts in Orlando.
These three teams have been at each others throats for the past few months and now with the last-minute addition of the ladder stipulation, these three teams will look to steal the show like The Hardys, Edge and Christian and The Dudleys did at WrestleMania 2000 and X-SEVEN.
Personally, I would have thrown New Day into the mix and make it a Fatal 4 Way because their gig as WrestleMania hosts will only produce pointless backstage segments of cringe-worthy attempts at being funny.
I think Gallows and Anderson have been on an impressive run as Raw Tag Team Champions but in a match which could be the curtain raiser to WrestleMania 33, I think this match is likely to produce new champions.
Enzo and Cass made their debut the night after WrestleMania last year and have had a pretty solid run on the main roster so far. I think the popular duo will cap off their first year on Raw by winning their first Raw Tag Team Championship in Orlando.
Winner: Enzo and Cass