This repeated talk of a tag team renaissance is getting old. We hear it every few months and nothing seems to ever happen. Then we read about them being interested in teams from the outside, and most recently, the fantastical return of the Dudley Boyz.
It’s all an unnecessary conjecture.
WWE has a roster full of guys that could make up a compelling tag team division if they were just used properly. I did this a few months ago when WWE was talking about a “big summer angle,” which we’re told turned out to be the CM Punk heel turn. That doesn’t really seem like much.
So once again, I’m setting the clock for 15 minutes, and I’m going to run through as many tag teams as I can think of using stars currently under contract. This includes developmental contracts. Not all of these are original. You’ll likely have seen similar ideas elsewhere.
The Varsity Villains: Jack Swagger and Alex Riley
Neither of these guys is being used these days.
Swagger is jobbing to Ryback and Riley can’t get off Superstars. Riley used to wrestle using the nickname The Varsity Villain in FCW when he walked around in a high-school varsity jacket. He cut solid promos in the gimmick and it got over.
WWE is pushing an anti-bullying campaign, so why not use two guys as heels and make them stereotypical, high-school bullies? Jack Swagger is the spitting image of Biff Tannen of Back to the Future.
Justin Gabriel and Evan Bourne
To counter the high-school bullies, you need the plucky, good guys.
They are smaller and use big, high-flying offense. Their styles match perfectly and could surely get over on in-ring prowess alone. A 450 Splash and a Shooting Star Press are their calling cards.
With some matching, in-ring gear, a catchy nickname that plays off their aerial moveset and a valet that could cut basic promos and you have yourself a team that could move some merchandise.
Kings of Wrestling: Antonio Cesaro and Kassius Ohno
Here’s the easy one.
It’s obvious. It’s not a secret to WWE brass that these two teamed together on the independent circuit—too much fanfare.
If Triple H truly believes that Cesaro has the potential to be a big deal as a singles competitor, the best way to test it is to put him in a tag team. Call it counterintuitive, but it gives him greater exposure to the fans and creates rivalries with others on the roster without trying.
Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes
I wouldn’t have thought of this before Monday night, but these two are perfect together.
The way they interacted and walked to the ring, it’s a natural fit. Rhodes has been condescending for a long time, and Sandow takes it up a notch. Much like Cesaro, Sandow is viewed to have a lot of potential as a singles star, and this is a great place to get the exposure.
These two could be a real centerpiece as a heel tag team.
Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins
The return of the Majors Brothers/Edgeheads. These two are pals, and they worked really well together as a tag team when they first debuted.
Hawkins has been searching for a way to get over and works damn hard to connect with the fans. He just doesn’t get the chance.
Ryder has more merchandise than any active member of the roster on WWE Shop, other than Cena or Mysterio. Clearly he sells.
A storyline where Hawkins looks for a way to get noticed, consults with his old friend, Zack, takes lessons in how to spike his hair, gets spray tanned, does a fist pump, and finally debuts as a tag team is instant money.
They start out as the underdog babyfaces and earn a rep for putting on great matches.