A Look into the Current State of the WWE Tag Team Division
The tag team division has been in disarray for a while now, but it appears the WWE is ready to revitalize it.
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth have just won the Tag Team Championships, which may be a sign of good things to come. There are several teams in the WWE that could make the competition in the division worth watching.
Let's take a look at what the tag team division currently looks like.
WWE Tag Team Champions: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth
To be honest, I really like this move by the WWE. R-Truth and Kofi Kingston have been stuck doing nothing for a bit now, as showcased by their absence from Extreme Rules.
They have some good chemistry with one another. Their respective athleticism makes them a fun team to watch.
They are almost polar opposites in terms of personality, as Kofi is sane and fun, while Truth is funny and crazy (Little Jimmy gimmick). I can see them holding the titles for awhile and jump-starting the division.
Recommendations: The only thing I can suggest is having these two come up with a name. Seeing that they are champions, I am sure they will come up with something soon.
Primo and Epico
To be fair, I think Primo and Epico are fantastic workers that just simply have no direction. They have no gimmick, and the only reason they get any kind of pop is because of Rosa Mendes.
Their recent signing with A.W. is a start, as a stable may form out of that. Given that they have a solid skill set and good chemistry, they need to develop some kind of calling card that makes them recognizable.
Recommendation: They already have some high-flying moves, but a more devastating arsenal of flying moves would help their image. I think that their signing with A.W. is definitely a step in the right direction, as they could turn into a popular heel faction.
The Usos are very underrated. As a team, they are obviously good with each other. They also play to the crowd relatively well.
Their Double-Samoan Drop is a beautiful move that would make "The High Chief" Peter Maivia proud. They have some high impact moves that are well-executed. All they need is a little bit of a push, and I think they could be popular in the WWE.
Recommendations: I really think that if the Usos were managed by Rikishi, their father, they could be something special. Rikishi was incredibly popular in the WWE, and if he were to manage the Usos, he could help them take off.
Titus O'Neil and Darren Young
Titus O'Neil and Darren Young have recently debuted, and so far, they have looked very good. O'Neil is an absolute brute, while Young is the smoother of the two. It is a perfect mix.
They have been brought in for the "new talent initiative," and look to be one of the signs that the WWE is trying to make the tag team division better. These guys have the look and the swag to be a good heel team.
Recommendations: As of right now, they just need to keep competing. They are early in their existence and need to build up momentum. Eventually, they will need to feud with some team, most likely a face team.
Hunico and Camacho
This team has got me salivating, as I can see so many possibilities with them. Hunico and Camacho have the "stereotypical Mexican" gimmick, which has a lot of people caring less.
I am actually very intrigued by them. Hunico is a very good worker, as seen when he took over for Sin Cara. He has a great aerial attack, combined with a solid ground assault.
Camacho is the muscle of the group, using his brutish size to pummel opponents. These two are perfect for each other, and could be future tag team champions.
Recommendation: They need to adopt a style like Eddie and Chavo Guerrero used. I am not saying that they steal the "lie, cheat and steal" slogan, but I think that if they cheat to steal victories, they could generate solid heat and interest by fans.
Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel
This team worked together at WrestleMania, and to be honest, they are pretty good.
Tyson Kidd is underused, especially for a guy as talented as himself. It may be because of his size, but he could be a staple of the tag team division for years to come.
Justin Gabriel is caught in a position that he is too big for cruiserweight (if and when they bring it back) and too small for heavyweight. He has one of the most beautiful finishers in the 450 Splash and is all-around exciting to watch.
Recommendation: They need a name. When Gabriel returns from injury, I have a feeling they will be paired together again. From there, if they feuded with a team like Titus O'Neil and Darren Young, both teams could push each other to the top end of the division.
They aren't exactly pursuing tag team gold right now, but they should as they are caught in the middle of nowhere.
I cannot remember the last time Jack Swagger won a singles match. He is a solid worker who has been completely buried by the WWE. He has no direction, especially having a gimmick that is almost a clone of Kurt Angle's. It's also less interesting.
Dolph Ziggler has been mostly used lately to put talent over. This is okay, but he is talented enough to be a world champion. He may be one of the best workers in the company.
Recommendation: They need to stop what they are doing and start exclusively competing in tag team matches. They need to build up wins and challenge for the titles. A feud with R-Truth and Kofi Kingston would definitely be worth watching.
It is good to see the WWE is committed to resuscitate the tag team division, but how far will they go with it? There are a lot of wrestlers in the WWE stuck in no-mans land that could form teams.
Maybe a pay-per-view "tag team turmoil" match for the tag titles could generate interest from fans. It would allow them to watch the teams work and gain interest in the division again.
Charlie Haas said it best when he said Arn Anderson should run the division and save it. The "Attitude Era" was a great time to be a tag team wrestler, as well as the early "Ruthless Aggression Era."
Here are a list of teams that could work, mostly made up of current wrestlers on the WWE roster, as well as several outside the promotion.
Evan Bourne and Rey Mysterio (when they return)
Antonio Cesaro and Drew McIntyre
Cryme Tyme (JTG and Shad Gaspard, who would need to be re-signed)
The World's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin, both would need to be re-signed)