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BY Michael Burdick October 05, 2012
WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No def. Alberto Del Rio & David Otunga
Requesting time to speak to the WWE Universe, David Otunga addressed last week’s attack by Alberto Del Rio on Randy Orton after SmackDown went off the air. The post-show assault had served as a follow-up to an earlier attack by The Mexican Aristocrat that same night, resulting in his helping to cost Orton his chance to become No. 1 contender to the World Title at WWE Hell in a Cell. Otunga thanked Del Rio for his actions, before being interrupted by The Viper’s music.
However, instead of Orton, it turned out to be Del Rio himself, mocking and humiliating the absent Apex Predator with his best Viper impression. As the Mexican Superstar gloated that he was “the new Apex Predator of the WWE,” GM Booker T emerged. He ruled that since Orton was not there, Del Rio & Otunga’s schedule was freed up enough to face WWE Tag Team Champion, Team Hell No!
In the heated tag team match that followed, Kane hit the Chokeslam on Otunga. But, before he could go for the pin, Bryan tagged himself in, delivering a headbutt off the top rope to pick up the win — an action that once again allowed the submission specialist to steal the glory away from his dangerous tag team partner. As the smoke cleared, Team Hell No was left screaming at each other, “I am the Tag Team Champions.”