WWE: How Tag Team Wrestling Could Become Relevant Again
Look to the future boys, it shows promise. Image by mandommag.com
Tag team action in WWE is about to get a whole lot more exciting in coming months.
It seems the powers that be have heard the cries of the universe and made the decision to inject some adrenaline into the dying Tag Team division.
Last month at No Way Out, a Fatal Four-Way match was organized to determine new number one contenders for the titles, which are currently held by Kofi Kingston and R-Truth.
What a sight for sore eyes that was—who knew there were that many teams left in the company. Though thrown in at the last minute, it was a welcome addition to a less-than-spectacular pay-per-view.
Now, if this is a serious venture, there are a few things to consider in order to turn this once-proud and mighty division into something out of this world again.
What about this?
Primo and Epico w/Rosa! Photo by WWE
There are too many people on the roster as it is, and too many vying for the top positions at the same time.
Whatever happened to those days when becoming a Tag Team or Intercontinental Champion was THE goal?
Being in a great, functional unit is a very big deal. It allows you to tap into resources you never expected and gets you exposed to a fired up live crowd. In other words, you get discovered and people get to know you better.
Too fast is no good. It seems almost everyone has held a world title these days. Not literally, but almost. Some rose too quickly, people hardly got to appreciate them.
Tag teaming is a great way to show off your skills and impress everyone.
Instead of releasing promising people like David Hart Smith and Kaval, I would have kept one in his team and placed the other in one for a while.
Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd is a great idea. What kind of name could they have? Thinking like this and coming up with a great solution is far better writing than that horrible John Cena-Big Show feud.
People want William Regal on TV, alright then, how about placing him in a team with Wade Barrett? Not too long but just long enough for Barrett to REALLY be a hit with the crowd. The same for Drew McIntyre.
There are countless others. COMMENT box ideas.
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Team names of legend:
Demolition, The Powers of Pain, The Hart Foundation, The Rockers, The Legion of Doom, the New Age Outlaws, Edge and Christian, The Hardys, The Dudleys...
Was there an end back then? No!
It is all possible still. There are tons of people and creativity has no bounds for humankind so stop for a second and think...what is a cool name for my team?
What about Fortune featuring Ted DiBiase and Joe Hennig? These two don't do anything, why not pair them up? With a fast-rising Cody Rhodes in there you'd have yourself a nice Legacy 2.0 faction.
Other examples of names could be Lords of Pain, Angels and Airwaves, Rough Riders etc. Just think of a game or rock band and poof!
Of course, to each his own to begin with but if you want to rank up there with the greats, you have to put you mind to it. If you do so, you can accomplish anything,
One Great Feud
Loved that time!
Back in the day, the legendary teams were featured heavily in great feuds that lasted for months.
There were even awesome interviews with "Mean" Gene Okerlund and Brother Love, which made it all that more special.
Take Demolition vs. The Hart Foundation in 1990. So much hype led to such a great match at SummerSlam, where the "Pink and Black" Attack took home the gold.
On a personal note: When I play WWE'12, I envision a huge rivalry developing between upstart, brash Tag Team Champions Fortune (DiBiase and Hennig) and legendary team Demolition, which culminates in a special attraction 25th anniversary match at SummerSlam for the titles.
The young guys win of course but it was built up for a few months and then the real threat comes when Drew McIntyre and Sheamus reunite (in that world) to take it straight to them.
It's all about exposure.
With three hours of Raw every week, it would not be difficult to insert some sort of team feud in there. A great and refreshing change from all that Cena nonsense. Can that guy ever stop being such a joker and no-sell everyone?
The Creative team of WWE is seemingly on the right track as we speak. Things are looking up.
Now THAT was star power. Image by Wrestle Zone
What is synonymous with the New Age Outlaws, Cody Rhodes and Ted BiBiase, Davey Boy Smith and Owen Hart?
They were all great teams part of a powerful faction and led by one powerful star—in these cases Triple H, Randy Orton and Bret Hart.
Hyperstars as such, are incredible attention magnets, and any team lucky enough to ally with them is sure to have their airtime triple. They would be part of the main event, if you will, and the time would have come for them to reveal to the world what they can do.
It doesn't get bigger than that—except maybe a match at WrestleMania (non-dark).
Even if the star is not the top of the top, a fast-rising one could do just as well. Remember that millions of people watch Monday Night RAW and so, helping each other out in order to make it big is a noble and understandable gesture.
Turn the spotlight on you, that is the way to do it. The New Age Outlaws destroyed the Legion of Doom in 1997 alongside DX, but it was the great way they did it that impressed Shawn Michaels.
They revealed they had what it takes, which led to Triple H recruiting them later on.
Lessons to learn here new teams. Opportunities like that come but once in a lifetime.
Money in the Bank Tonight
7:30 sharp!! Image by WWE
Tonight, CM Punk will defeat Daniel Bryan and retain his WWE championship...right until Chris Jericho cashes in his MITB contract and pins him to take the belt.
AJ will finally be revealed as the mysterious woman from the promos and Y2J will cement his legacy as the ultimate master manipulator I always suspected him to be.
If not tonight then at SummerSlam! You know it to be true.
Also, Kofi and R-Truth face Hunico and Camacho in a pre-show match. Alright, the WWE Universe will bite and the good taste in its mouth will make it crave for another, bigger piece.
It is only the beginning for tag teams in WWE. Tonight is step two (the last PPV was step one). The rest will unfold on its own and in time. Not a moment sooner.