WWE: 5 Reasons Why Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks Should Be Champions
If you haven't been a follower of WWE's NXT, I really can't blame you.
The show has evolved into a version of Superstars with all the ridiculous storylines that couldn't be featured on Raw.
However, the program has allowed two diamonds to emerge from the rough.
The tag team of Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins has been central to the entertainment value of NXT, with the duo making trudging through the 40-minute show worth your while for their anti-establishment heel tactics.
Separately, both men have been fed to Brodus Clay on Raw, and now they are slowly getting some TV time as John Laurinaitas-employed bodyguards.
So where can the team go from here? With the tag division's current state, Hawkins and Reks should really be firmly in the tag team title picture.
Here are five key reasons as to why.
1. In-Ring Ability
Both Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks are solid in-ring wrestlers, and have a lot more talent than many of the current division.
The best example of this is from the duo's losing effort on Superstars to Zack Ryder and Santino (CoBro).
With Ryder being a former tag champion with Hawkins, it gave a good dynamic to a great match. With no build-up and no real hype, the match easily surpassed any tag team matches seen on Raw or Smackdown in recent months, and told the story of Hawkins and Ryder's relationship.
Built correctly, with the ability of these four men and throwing in the tag titles, this could have been a PPV matchup.
However, for now we have to delve deep into the mire of WWE shows to find a match up of the real talent in the tag division.
2. Mic Work
Mic work is an under appreciated talent by the creative team in modern WWE, and particularly in the tag team division.
There is no time given to promos for the tag team wrestlers, so we find it hard as an audience to relate to wrestlers and take an interest in them.
Take this, for example—can you name me a promo Kofi Kingston and R Truth have had since they won the titles?
And do you take them seriously as champions?
No? Well, Hawkins and Reks are what we need. Curt Hawkins is comfortable on the mic and easily provokes a reaction from a crowd. Whereas Reks can be seen as the lesser of the two, they bounce off of one another and would bring something different and interesting to the titles.
This call for "Change" on NXT is a perfect example.
3. The Look
Yes, this may seem petty, but it is one of the things I find most irritating about the tag team division. Their in-ring gear doesn't match.
How are we expected to believe that two wrestlers can form a strong enough bond to become tag team title holders if they can't even agree on ring attire?
Hawkins and Reks both match their ring attire, and are one of only three current tag teams that do so (Epico and Primo and The Usos are the others).
This is a simple way to visually legitimize yourself as a tag team immediately to the fans, and should be common practice in the WWE.
4. Never Given a Chance
Both these men have never really been given a chance to run with the brass ring and prove themselves.
Although Curt Hawkins has been a tag team title holder, and appeared at Wrestlemania as an Edgehead, it's difficult to see where he was given a chance to show his own real talents.
This is even more true of Tyler Reks, because apart from an appearance on the Smackdown Bragging Rights team (where he was eliminated early on), his career to this points lacks glitz and is filled with forgettable moments.
Giving these two a chance to run with the Tag Team titles would give both men a chance to shine, especially in the new three-hour Raw format hopefully giving more time to the division.
5. The Tag Team Titles Need the Boost
Currently, the titles are helped by Kofi Kingston and R Truth.
Despite an entertaining encounter with Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger at Over The Limit, the titles should not be on another tag team manufactured by Creative to give larger mid-card superstars something to do.
Who's next? Alex Riley and The Great Khali? Jinder Mahal and Bordus Clay? Where do you draw the line?
There has to be some legitimate build for these teams, and Hawkins and Reks have already done the hard bit for the WWE.
Once the inevitable rematch with Epico and Primo is over, we need to see Hawkins and Reks in the picture for the titles, or the great tag teams of the past will be made redundant by the people behind the scenes' lack of initiative.
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