On Monday's Raw, a new team was crowned as Raw Tag Team Champions when Seth Rollins failed to retain the titles on his own.
An hour into Monday's program, carrying the Raw Tag Titles and wearing the Intercontinental Title around his waist, Seth Rollins made his way down to the ring and expressed his disappointment in not winning the World Cup Tournament at Crown Jewel. Even more disappointed, he was particularly bothered by Baron Corbin's betrayal when he helped Brock Lesnar capture the Universal Title. Corbin appeared on the big screen and said Rollins was about to do battle in a tag match.
Rollins had already called out his partner but also enemy in Dean Ambrose who didn't appear. This meant Rollins was going to need to defend his titles by himself and when it was announced his opponents would be The Authors of Pain, the result was practically inevitable.
Rollins did his best to fend off both monsters and for some time actually did well to compete, even taking the bout to his opponents. Eventually, the two-against-one advantage was far too much for even Rollins and he took the pin with AOP being crowned the next tag champions.
This is first run for the Authors of Pain as tag champions on Raw. While they'd held the titles in NXT and been one of the more dominant teams on that brand for over one year, AOP had yet to really make their mark on the main roster. They'd added a new manager in Drake Maverick and began to roll through the roster.
There will certainly be some debate about how WWE chose to crown AOP as champions. The argument is that by having Rollins almost successfully defend the titles against two men and then the team potentially only winning because they had one opponent seems like a waste of pushing a new team. That said, perhaps WWE has big plans for AOP and this was only the start of things to come.