WWE: Why the Company Needs to Focus on the Tag Championships
It's a head-scratching conundrum why the WWE has basically ignored the tag team division, but now is as good a time as any—maybe even the best time in recent memory—to recommit to this area of the company.
It's hard to tell on weekly programming whether the division is back on the rise. Worse, with WWE's current creative team, it's even harder to predict whether it will last or not.
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth capturing the titles was a good start.
The recent uprise of the Prime Time Players is yet another effective move. The team of Darren Young and Titus O'Neill have quietly—er, loudly become the next great heel team fans love to hate.
But these two teams can't do it alone.
It is time the WWE utilizes the tag teams they have on the roster and maybe even add a few more. These are the most important reasons the company should focus on this division.
Tag Teams Help Lesser Talent on a Large Roster
Either you're the type that believes the WWE doesn't use their time efficiently enough or you simply are under the impression they don't have enough time to go around for everyone.
No matter your beliefs, tag teams effectively get four men or women air time and add variety.
I can easily rattle off a list of 10-12 wrestlers who don't get enough televised opportunities. Maybe the argument is as easy as saying "the lower card guys just aren't talented enough." Or maybe the WWE isn't sure how to build them up.
Put them in a tag team.
In one-on-one competition, underachievers stick out while the opponent carries the load. In tag teams, there are three other people to take eyes off of the worst of the four.
Then there's the perspective of the wrestler.
In any team sport, teammates who work together often begin to learn each other's tendencies and shortcomings.
Let's take a baseball outfield, for example. These three men have worked together for 162 games, and now know each other's style of play.
The center fielder knows to shade over toward right field, because his teammate likes to play shallow. Or he knows he can squeeze the gap on the other side, because his right fielder has the speed to get to a ball hit in his gap.
Tag team wrestling is no different.
Maybe O'Neill is god-awful on the mic, so Young will do all the talking. Perhaps R-Truth doesn't have the stamina for 10 minute matches anymore, so Kingston will stay in the ring longer.
In tag matches, each guy still earns time to practice in front of televised audiences but with less spotlight.
His partner fills in his shortcomings.
Besides, athletes tend to play to the level of their competition or team.
Wrestling side-by-side with a more technically gifted peer for months on end should, hypothetically, help as well.
Would Stevie Ray be remembered without Harlem Heat? How about Rick Steiner? Heck, the New Age Outlaws wouldn't have done (and didn't do) much without each other, but they're one of the greatest tag teams of all time.
At the very least, tag matches double the amount of people in the ring—it spreads the love.
The Tag Team Championships are Prestigious and Should Be Treated as Such
The Cruiserweight Championship was instituted in 1996 and folded 11 years later.
The European Championship lasted from 1997 to 2002.
The Hardcore, Light Heavyweight and Television titles have come and gone. The United States Championship took a hiatus as well.
Tag team wrestling is...
The Tag Team Championships, on the other hand, arose in 1971 and have been going strong since (with a name change or two, of course).
The point is they're obviously important.
The division started early on at the dawn of wrestling and has outlasted nearly every other gimmick title outside of the major belts.
It's a travesty and almost an insult the division has taken such a backseat.
The Framework is Already There
The tag team talent is already present.
Champions Kingston and Truth are legitimate as faces of the division. PTP is a great team in development that should continue to grow stronger.
Beyond them, Epico and Primo haven't looked better.
They have a fairly decent shtick (okay, Rosa Mendes helps a lot), and their in-ring talent is superb.
Then there's the Usos—whose roots include Rikishi, The Rock and Umaga. They too are a thrilling team who exercise a fast-paced, high-flying in-ring style.
Further down the line are Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins, who in their brief appearances against Ryback seem to have chemistry and decent promo skills.
They just need the opportunity.
Lastly, there's Hunico and Camacho.
Many scoffed at the pair "earning" a match with the tag team champions on the Money in the Bank pre-show. Yet, they delivered a quality match.
That's six teams.
Tag team matches—they're a change of pace from the normal one pin fall singles competitions.
Besides, if the upper card is too congested right now with Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan, Kane, The Big Show, John Cena, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton, The Rock, Tensai and Alberto Del Rio chasing two major titles, maybe the right thing to do is to have some temporarily drop down to help restore the importance of the tag team division.
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