For the past couple years, the WWE Universe has been forced to endure a lackluster tag division led by teams ranging from boring (David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty) to random (Air Boom). That will finally begin to change at Night of Champions.
Current tag team champions R-Truth and Kofi Kingston, who have been in control of the belts since April and would fall into the aforementioned random category, will defend against the new team of Kane and Daniel Bryan on Sunday night.
Recently, the tag belts have basically been used to keep a couple superstars relevant when there are no other storylines available for them. That's the case with R-Truth and Kingston, and it really downgrades the value of the titles.
That's why it has been so refreshing to see Kane and Bryan linked through an actually storyline—and a good one at that. They were both forced to go through anger-management classes—leading to some laugh-out-loud moments—and then teamed up to become the No. 1 contenders.
What makes the team so interesting is that it's constantly on the brink of collapse, yet the WWE Universe also knows Kane and Bryan are capable of being really good champions. They have the potential to elevate the entire division.
Ever since Raw became a three-hour show, there's been hope the midcard titles would start becoming a key piece of the programming again. So far it hasn't happened, but the current angle is a sign that things are finally changing.
That's good news.
As important as the WWE Championship and the surrounding feud is to the overall product, it shouldn't be the sole focus of interesting storylines. The more superstars who get a chance in the spotlight, the better.
After all, guys like CM Punk and Daniel Bryan were mid-level guys for a while before showing they deserved a push, and now they are two of the most popular superstars on the roster. If the midcard continues to get downgraded, the next wave of young stars will struggle to break through.
When you consider the tag team titles along with the Intercontinental and United States Championships, that's a lot of possible spots to get filled by wrestlers who would otherwise get overlooked.
That's why Kane and Bryan becoming the new tag team champs would be the right move. The ensuing reign would surely make the belt more important than it's been recently, paving the way for future champions to have more success as well.
R-Truth and Kingston have had nearly 140 days to accomplish the same task and haven't been able to get it done. Poor booking certainly plays a role in that, of course, but after a while it becomes time for a change.
Given the rise of Kane and Bryan, that time is now. Expect the tag titles to change hands at Night of Champions, leading to a brighter future for the tag division.