With Tyler Reks officially gone from WWE after asking for his release, his tag team partner is left out in the cold once again.
Reks was granted his release after he and Curt Hawkins had debuted a new stripper-type gimmick a week earlier. While it seemed ridiculous at the time, now it seems like it could have gotten them over. Especially when I think back to how ridiculous Too Cool and Billy and Chuck were when they first debuted.
But now Hawkins is left without a partner, much like he was a couple years ago, when he and Zack Ryder split up following the demise of La Familia.
Another superstar without much of a direction right now is Hawkins former partner, Zack Ryder.
Ryder rose to popularity by using Twitter and YouTube to connect with fans and showcase a sense of humor he might not have been able to show when wrestling.
He found a lot of success as US Champion when he was integrated into a major storyline with Eve, Kane and John Cena, who has been one of Ryder's most vocal supporters.
Now Ryder is used sparingly, if at all. There are still plenty of Ryder signs in the crowd every night, but WWE seems happy to keep him on the sidelines.
Since the tag team division is beginning to heat up a bit then it might be a good idea for Ryder and Hawkins to pair up once again.
Adding another team who have held the tag titles in the past to the five teams already in the division could help feature more feuds as well as give Ryder and Hawkins a long-awaited push.
Should Hawkins and Ryder team up again
As a team, they have held the tag team titles as well as helped Edge retain his title on several occasions while they were in a stable together.
At this point it seems unlikely that Ryder will be presented with another big push out of nowhere, so perhaps the best way for him to show he is still valuable is as a tag team wrestler.
Hawkins has never really had the chance Ryder had. He was in NXT purgatory for a long time before finally popping up sporadically on Raw and SmackDown, but now that Reks has left he needs something else to do.
The only thing that would need to happen to make this work is that Hawkins would have to ditch the stripper gimmick immediately.
I think a team between Ryder and Hawkins would help them both find some more TV time as well as change the tag team division a bit by adding another experienced team to the mix.
Should Ryder and Hawkins reform their old team and try for another run with the titles?
What do you think?