WWE: Kane and Daniel Bryan Are Only a Short-Term Fix for the Tag Team Division
The duo of Kane and Daniel Bryan have certainly brought the spotlight to a tag team division barely staying afloat, but the pairing is nothing more than a band-aid on a wound that needs reconstructive surgery.
Kane and Bryan are hilarious together, there's no denying that.
The team has made the Tag Team Championship worth watching again. But it's not because the competition is fierce and stock full of talent.
No, instead it's because the two men with the belts' hatred for one another is pure comedy gold. Between the hard tag-ins, the screaming in each other's faces and the anger management sessions, Kane and Bryan make Monday Night Raw must-see television.
But, besides each other, who are they going to fight?
The biggest issue with the division is a lack of viable, legitimate teams that can compete for the titles. Consider the couple of teams currently in place.
It's almost a matter of time before Kane and Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston and R-Truth becomes boring. Besides, the entire WWE Universe knows Kingston and Truth can't beat Team Hell No.
The Usos stand no chance. Neither do Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd.
The Prime Time Players, Darren Young and Titus O'Neill, were in a fantastic position to challenge for the belts. Their feud with Kingston and Truth was elevating, making both teams look better in the process. Unfortunately, they lost their No. 1 contender title with the weak explanation that they hadn't beaten every team.
Kane and Bryan had yet to beat any team at that point.
So they were thrown together, given a title shot based on terrible reasoning and upset the tag team champions. Awesome. Now what?
They'll roll through the division effortlessly.
As they entertain fans with their bickering, all other teams will plummet into irrelevance with each embarrassing loss. Kingston and Truth, Epico and Primo, The Usos and PTP cannot compete.
As witnessed by the Sept. 21 episode of SmackDown and Sept. 24 Monday Night Raw, individuals will likely be brought together at random (kind of like Kane and Bryan themselves).
That'll lead to more issues.
Tag teams utilize more people at once, and that's great. But there's not much depth on the roster as it is, which means WWE will have to use mid-level talent on the rise to try to match the star power of Kane and Bryan.
Like say, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow.
The problem is, guys like Rhodes and Sandow need to grow as individuals. Tag teams can build them, but only if the entire division is effective. Edge grew from a tag team competitor to a tag team favorite and WWE champion, but the division was stocked with talent (Dudleyz, Hardyz, New Age Outlaws, D'Lo Brown and Mark Henry).
So who else is going to be taken out of singles competitions and lumped together?
Zack Ryder is doing a fine job of building himself back up, but there's no way he and a teammate defeat Kane and Bryan. Tensai could use it, but who's teaming with him? Christian makes some sense, but even he needs the right partner, and looking at the roster, it's difficult to pinpoint who that person is.
That leaves Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara.
They're fun to watch and definitely can thrive in the tag team atmosphere. Yet, seeing them knock off the current tag team champions seems improbable.
Of course, all tag teams begin as two guys "lumped together" because there's no story line for them. The difference is, for guys like O'Neill and Young, they need each other to grow. Kane, Bryan and now Rhodes and Sandow don't need each other like lesser talent do.
So let's rewind.
Kane and Daniel Bryan started their current adventure as tag team champions off with illogical reasoning, essentially screwing one of the best teams in line in the process.
They're great (for now) as individuals struggling to work together and the pairing is helping Bryan grow as an entertainer.
Unfortunately, the other teams are too weak to compete.
Creating mish-mosh teams takes rising stars out of singles competition, an area most mid-level guys seem better suited for.
Kane and Daniel Bryan are like watching a car on fire. It's intriguing and hard to turn away. It's flashiness catches our eyes. But when all is said and done and the flames have been extinguished, all that remains is a stinky mess and a car in worse shape than it originally started.
The duo will light it up now, but will end up burning the division.
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