WWE: the Painful, Ugly Death of the WWE Tag Team Division
The tag team titles used to be relevant, but are now a joke.
When I was younger, I was spoiled by possibly the best era ever for tag teams in the WWE. I grew up during the Attitude Era where it was all about Con-chair-tos, D-Von getting the table and the high flying Hardys. These teams were charismatic, had exciting story lines and most importantly put on excellent matches. Edge spearing Jeff Hardy from the ladder at Wrestlemania X-Seven is the most amazing wrestling spot I have ever seen.
It's been almost 11 years since that match and boy, things have changed.
The "best" tag team has been Air Boom, the combination of Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston. These guys have been the best by default, not because they are an exciting tag team. Evan and Kofi are solid performers, but seem to lack any real chemistry. The writers have seemingly thrown these guys together because they don't know what else to do with them.
Oh, and did I mention that these guys just lost their titles at a house show?
Not a pay-per-view. Not Raw. Not even Smackdown. A house show.
I understand that the WWE had to have the titles taken from Air Boom because Evan Bourne has been suspended once again for violating the wellness policy. I don't think that even that is a valid excuse. The writers could have come up with something, ANYTHING better than having the titles dropped at a house show. Why not just vacate the titles instead?
The titles are currently held by Primo and Epico, a pair of walking Mexican cliches. They are nothing but caricatures. It doesn't help that there isn't anything interesting about them. Their styles are boring, their shtick is boring and they can't even be proper spot monkeys. When these two guys come out to wrestle, you might as well change the channel. Even their names bore me. What happened to tag team names like the Rock 'n Sock Connection? How about the New Age Outlaws? The Legion of Doom?
When I was a kid I was riveted by the tag teams. Long gone are the days of teams like Edge & Christian striking five-second poses. Never again will we see anything like the Dudleys trying to put Lita through a table. It used to be that the tag team division would lend itself to awesome, self-contained matches and rivalries. Now, the tag team titles are just another belt for the current super stable to grab up.
Not only that, but many wrestlers from tag teams have gone on to be great individual wrestlers. One half of the Rockers, a certain Shawn Michaels, is a living legend. Bret Hart started out as part of the Hart Foundation. Edge is about to become a WWE Hall of Famer. The list goes on and on.
The tag team division used to give the fans exciting matches and characters. The death of the tag team division doesn't just nullify one of the WWE's most famous titles. It has the potential to choke out the flow of talent that the division usually provides.
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