The Curious Case of Evan Bourne and the WWE Tag Team Titles
Kofi Kingston appeared on Raw this past week, losing to the World Heavyweight Champion in about two minutes. Two questions arise from this outcome:
1) Do the tag titles mean anything at all?
2) Where in the world is Evan Bourne?
Back in the summer, when Triple H was starting to get more legitimate power behind the scenes, reports surfaced that he wanted to make the tag team division relevant again.
For a time, that seemed to be the case. A number of PPVs at the end of 2011 featured good tag team championship matches, and teams such as Air Boom, Primo & Epico, and Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler (for a short time) emerged.
Even the Miz & R-Truth got a shot at the championship before challenging The Rock & John Cena. A couple of months ago, it seemed the transformation of the tag team division was well underway.
And then everything came to a screeching halt when Evan Bourne was suspended.
Believe it or not, Bourne has finished his suspension for about a month now. How many times have we seen him on Raw? Once. Maybe.
According to more reports, Triple H, the same man who wanted to build a new tag team division, has put Evan so far in the doghouse that he cannot even accompany his tag partner to ringside.
What happened to the restoration of the tag team championships? Primo and Epico have proven to be a solid team, and their encounters with the champs on SmackDown have been good matches. But if HHH is serious about making tag team wrestling important again, it needs to find time on the company's flagship show.
At the very least, the viewers need to see exactly who the tag team champions are. Since the titles were defended at TLC in an impromptu match, we have seen no build on Raw. Even further, we have not even seen cohesion between Bourne and Kingston.
I like the tag team of Air Boom, even if their name is stupid. These young guys have showcased their ability to put on stellar tag contests, which opens the door for a restoration of a division. Management and creative, however, cannot put their weight behind this initiative.
I am afraid that this is the only chance the WWE might have of rebuilding the tag team division. Soon, the majority of the fanbase will not even recognize the match type. Something needs to be done in order to salvage any reputability from what was once the highlight of the WWE.
What do you think? Will the company be stuck in a tag team downturn for the long haul?
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