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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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EOTR Tag Team Tuesdays: Team Hell No

By @TrueGodImmortal 

One thing about makeshift tag teams is that sometimes they strike gold. Sometimes it doesn't work, and that's more likely, but when it does finally connect and work, there are some teams that exceed all expectations. The teaming of Daniel Bryan and Kane, otherwise known as Team Hell No is one of those teams with no question. With Bryan and Kane both being involved in the title picture and the upper mid card scene around the same time, no one would have guessed that they would end up together in a team.

After getting his catchphrase "No" over with the audience following them becoming enamored with his "Yeah catchphrase, Bryan was white hot going into the summer of 2012. He had been World Heavyweight Champion, and he was as popular as he had ever been in WWE. After a triple threat match featuring CM Punk took place, and a one on one match at Summerslam between the two,  we would then see Bryan and Kane go into anger management classes together and from there, the partnership was born. Bryan would be amazing in the anger management segments, making his comedic side known and Kane would be a perfect complement as well. After they would end up "hugging it out", Kane and Bryan then were set to team up and take on The Prime Time Players to see who would become the no. 1 contenders to the tag team titles.

After their win over the PTP, Kane and Bryan would face Kofi Kingston and R-Truth for the tag team titles at Night of Champions. After a successful victory over Kofi and Truth, Bryan and Kane would become tag champions and begin their surprise tag title run after being christened Team Hell No by a Twitter fan poll. They would feud with Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow and prove to become a formidable team during this feud,  but they were still the usual makeshift odd couple tag team who would bicker and yell "I'm the tag team champions" at each other to prove that one was more important or stronger than the other. It was fun watching Bryan and Kane bicker and it would continue after the feud with Cody and Damien, and carry over into their battles with The Shield, but things were starting to change.

Kane and Bryan were beginning to gel even more as a team, and they would need all of the chemistry possible as The Shield presented a grave challenge. To make matters worse, after a 6 man tag match against the Shield where Team Hell No had Ryback by their side, Cody and Damien returned to feud some more. Kane and Bryan would end up winning both of the matches they had against Cody and Damien, but you could feel this run was slowly starting to come to an end. They continued their battles with Cody and Damien, as well as The Shield, but soon you'd see dissension amongst them both as solo title opportunities would come along. Still, they continued to defend their titles and at Wrestlemania 29, they would defeat the team of Dolph Ziggler and Big E to retain their titles. Bryan and Kane had held the titles since September 2012, and as April 2013 was coming to a close, they would have to overcome one final huge challenge.

The Shield were treated like they were untouchable, and they couldn't lose a match. With a tag title match against Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins set for Extreme Rules in May 2013, Team Hell No would see their reign come to an end at 245 days, as The Shield regained supreme on this night. After losing the titles, there was a story with Bryan and Kane where Bryan was trying to convince the world he wasn't the weak link of the team and as a result, he became more aggressive. This would work against the team, as they lost their rematch to The Shield and then decided it was time to amicably go their separate ways. After the team disbanded, we saw Bryan ascend to the highest heights in the WWE while Kane soon transitioned into becoming Corporate Kane, completely ending off any chance of a Team Hell No reunion. While Team Hell No was short lived, it was fun and one of those teams that made you tune in to WWE programming regularly. This team showed Kane was still able to be entertaining and showed that Daniel Bryan was more than just a great wrestler, he was a top tier entertainer as well.



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