WWE Money in the Bank 2012 Results: Kofi Kingston & R-Truth Win Pre-Show Match

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2012

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

The WWE continued its tradition of airing a pre-show match on YouTube and WWE.com for every pay-per-view since WrestleMania Sunday night as tag-team champions Kofi Kingston and R-Truth defeated the team of Hunico and Camacho prior to the start of Money in the Bank.

Although the straps weren't on the line, it was a solid match and a good opener to get the fans heated up for the real show. Kingston and Truth have now held the Tag Team Championships for nearly three months, and with very few capable contenders on the horizon, they may not relinquish them any time soon.

The Prime Time Players, Darren Young and Titus O'Neil, became No. 1 contenders for the titles when they won a Fatal Four Way tag-team match at No Way Out, but they have yet to have their match. It is clear that the creative team doesn't yet have concrete plans for the team led by AW because they would have been sensible opponents for Kofi and Truth at Money in the Bank.

It is no secret that the WWE's tag-team division continues to be in dire straits, and this match was a perfect example. It isn't as if the teams themselves are bad, but Kofi and Truth were essentially thrown together, and Hunico and Camacho never receive any build. The Tag Team Championships used to be a big deal, but now they are rarely even defended.

Not only were they relegated to the pre-show, but the WWE didn't even think enough of them for the titles to be put on the line. It comes down to the fact that the WWE only desires to put time into the WWE Championship picture and John Cena, so there is rarely enough television time to go around to build other things properly.

I'm not naive enough to think that the WWE is littered with awesome tag teams, but if they were given real storylines and a true purpose, the tag-team division could be solid. Quite honestly, it couldn't be any worse, so the creative team ought to at least make some sort of effort.

The one saving grace could be the WWE's expansion to a three-hour RAW every week. Most suspect that the added hour will lead to more promos and recaps, and while that may be true, it also opens the door for more storyline development. It is time for Kofi and Truth to have some form of competition, and throwing Hunico and Camacho into the mix when they are rarely even seen aside from Superstars isn't the way to do it.

There are some tag teams on the roster that can put on quality matches, and the team of Kofi and Truth is one of them. Through no fault of their own, though, they have been terrible titleholders thus far. If the Tag Team Championships aren't totally irrelevant already, they will be soon if the WWE continues to neglect the division in the near future.


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