WWE: Why the WWE Tag Team Division Is on Life Support

Daine Pavloski@@dpavloskiAnalyst IIMay 16, 2012

Courtesy of WWE
Courtesy of WWE

The tag team division in the WWE hasn't been the most exciting as of late. We've seen tag teams come together and disappear (Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston after Bourne violated the WWE Wellness Policy) without ever really having any tag team storylines. 

The last time there were really any actual tag team storylines going on, we were watching Santino and Kozlov battle the Nexus tag teams and then The Corre. We watched the titles pass back and forth from the Nexus to other one-and-done tag teams (Cena and the Miz for a few minutes) and to The Corre. Even with the Nexus and Corre, the tag team division hasn't really been that exciting.

Remember the days in the late '90s and early 2000s, where watching tag teams meant seeing some of the best, most exciting matches of the night? Maybe we'd see the Hardy Boyz hitting Swanton Bombs or Bubba Ray Dudley ordering D-Von to "Get the Tables!" Heck, we had Edge and Christian; for a while we even got to watch the Hurricane and Kane.

Obviously going back even further, WWE fans got to watch some of the greatest Superstars duel it out in doubles matches, including the Legion of Doom and APA, among many others.

So what happened? The tag team division has become an afterthought in recent WWE history, with very few televised tag team matches and even fewer of those matches actually involving a constant tag team.

Who can remember the last time we saw a tag team championship match in a pay-per-view? Can't think of it? It was at the Elimination Chamber in 2011 when The Corre (Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater) beat Santino and Kozlov for the titles.  

What's the solution? What can the WWE do to rub those paddles together and yell "CLEAR" to their struggling division? The solution is already underway. 

It appears that the problem is being tended to, as Kofi Kingston, one of the most exciting Superstars in the WWE, and R-Truth, a unique talent who's decent in the ring without a place in the main title races, recently beat Epico and Primo for the titles. The WWE handed the titles and the division over to two popular, high-mid-card Superstars to legitimize the division.

The WWE is also taking all of the new young talent from FCW and other organizations and tossing them together as tag teams to not only give the new young guys some time on TV and ring experience, but also to help out a dying division. 

While it appeared that the tag team division was on life support in the WWE, it appears that, at least for now, tag teams will live on for a little longer as more legitimate Superstars and young newcomers find their way into the race for the belt. Along with the young guns, we also have Abraham Washington managing a lot of young talent, including Epico and Primo.

Check out the rejuvenated tag team division this Sunday at Over The Limit, when ZigSwag finally look to become a legit tag team as they take on the current tag team champs, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth.