It's no secret that WWE officials have all but given up on the tag-team division. Over the past few years, credible teams have dwindled down. Not only has this taken away legitimacy for the Tag Team Championships, but it ends up sending most wrestlers seeking new employment.
Everyone remembers the matches between The Hardy Boys, The Dudley Boys and Edge and Christian.
They competed in some of the most incredible contests that tag teams have ever been a part of and revolutionized tag-team wrestling. Each of these teams has seen singles success. In my mind, this makes them the last of great tag-team wrestling.
The last time we saw good tag-team wrestling came between 2003 and 2008. Tag teams like Brian Kendrick and Paul London, Benjamin and Hass, Los Guerreros, MNM and Carlito and Primo. These guys were athletic, had charisma and whether they were heel or face, they had the crowd behind them. Unfortunately, not many of these guys saw singles success in the WWE.
In recent memory, guys like David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater and the comedic tag team of Vladimir Kozlov and Santino Marella have held the once-coveted Tag Team Championships.
If wrestlers like these holding the titles wasn't enough to bring down the credibility of the whole division, those penny-like championship belts certainly are.
In the summer of 2011, it seemed as though the WWE may start to restore the tag-team division. The first move was to put the belts on two wrestlers with in-ring ability and who are over with the crowd.
Unfortunately, there was no established tag team at the time to do so. WWE paired up the high-fliers of Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston, and tag-team wrestling was fun again.
Due to Bourne violating the WWE Wellness Policy twice, the team of Air Boom dropped the titles to Primo and Epico. Although they weren't completely over with the fans, they're entertaining and have Rosa Mendes to help garner some attention.
On top of having solid, credible tag teams run the division, it seemed as though they were making the titles important. However, this past Monday changed that opinion.
Epico and Primo had just successfully defended their tag-team titles in a very good Tag Team Triple Threat match against Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger and the new team of Kofi Kingston and R-Truth.
As the final bell rang, familiar pyro ignited the top of the stage. Just as Kane's music hit, the competitors at ringside were no longer relevant.
Kane made his way down to the ring, nailing Epico with a big boot before entering the squared circle. Things didn't get much better there as Truth, Primo and Ziggler all received chokeslams for their troubles. This entire segment proved two things WWE fans already know.
Kane is a monster. He can run through the roster and strike fear into anyone at any moment. This also proved the WWE's lack of interest in tag-team wrestling. It doesn't make sense for three credible teams to put on a great match only to have the winners look weak at the end of it all.
During this segment, a lot of the Internet conversation regarded what this meant, and many believed it was heading toward some sort of Battle Royal or Money in the Bank match at WrestleMania in which Kane would be the dominant force. I couldn't agree more.
However, if Kane will be dominant at WrestleMania, it shouldn't be against wrestlers in a division he has nothing to do with. Now that John Cena is busy with The Rock, Kane is back to upper-mid-card status, and those are the wrestlers he should be competing with.
Is the Tag Team Division Salvageable?
Epico and Primo are the current champions, and they should always look strong. Truth and Kingston just aren't over enough on their own, and they work very well as a tag team. I also like Ziggler and Swagger teaming together, since Ziggler is not ready for the main event scene. However, Swagger needs to drop the United States title.
With a solid feud and a great match at WrestleMania, the WWE could restore the tag-team division. However, if they keep treating their tag-team wrestlers like they have been and like they did this past Monday night on Raw, the last match for the titles should be a Buried Alive match.
Do you think the WWE can restore the Tag Team division at all? If so, what do you think it will take? Discuss it with me in the comments below!
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