WWE: Should They Bring Back the Six-Man Tag Team Championship?

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WWE: Should They Bring Back the Six-Man Tag Team Championship?
The NWA Six Man Tag Team Championship belt.

No major wrestling federation has incorporated a championship for trio wrestling since the turn of the century. In fact, the last time that a Six-Man Tag Team Championship existed in a major promotion was in 1991 in WCW.

Should the WWE revive this forgotten championship? Is there even a place for the Six-Man Tag Team Championship in 2012?

Fans today argue that more championships mean less valuable championships. This holds true for all promotions—whether it be your local independent promotion or the WWE. Diminishing championship prestige wouldn't be a problem, should the WWE introduce a title for trio wrestling.

At this time, the WWE has four singles championships and only one tag team championship. If the WWE was to introduce another singles title, I would argue that it would dilute the value of the existing singles titles.

The addition of another tag team championship, on the other hand, wouldn't devalue the existing WWE Tag Team Championships. After all, from 2002 to 2009 the WWE boasted two separate tag team championships.

With five hours of programming in a normal week, the WWE is more than capable of finding time to create compelling stories surrounding a championship for trio wrestling. It will take time for it to catch on, but it is possible.

The current state of the WWE tag team division is an example of how the WWE is able to make a Six-Man Tag Team Championship work. Tag teams are benefiting from an extra hour of Raw every week and the increased creative attention. While there is still plenty of room for improvement, the tag team division is on an upswing. 

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It may even be easier to establish this new division and its championship than it would be to rebuild the tag team division to its former glory. From the Fabulous Freebirds vs. the Von Erichs to the Nexus vs. the WWE, faction warfare has made for some of the greatest feuds in pro wrestling history.

Would a Six-Man Tag Team Championship headline pay-per-views? Probably not. It could be a staple of midcard stories, though. Factions could be made up of three wrestlers that share a similar style, nationality or goal in the WWE. The possibilities are endless.

The WWE has no shortage of talent and resources. Between the main roster and FCW, there are plenty of wrestlers that could be used to make up a trio wrestling division. There could even be a crossover between that division and the regular tag team division.

Past incarnations of the Six-Man Tag Team Championship have largely failed to catch on. So long as the WWE doesn't form the division around random groups of singles wrestlers and gives it enough creative attention, there is no reason to believe that it wouldn't be a success.

The Six-Man Tag Team Championship could be a breath of fresh air. The potential stories, the trio wrestling style, the return of factions themselves and the new faces that could emerge in the new division could revitalize the WWE's midcard. 

 

Michael Prunka is a Bleacher Report Featured Columnist. To stay up to date with his WWE and NHL commentary, you can like his Facebook page, follow him on Twitter and follow him on Tout.


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