The title switch wasn’t exactly a shocking one because Kane and Bryan, a.k.a. Team Hell No, have gotten so over as a tag team that the WWE was essentially left with no choice but to put the belts on them.
But it also wasn’t surprising for one other very big reason: The time has come for Truth and Kingston’s run as a tag team to end.
After all, I’m not even really sure why they became a tag team in the first place. While there’s an obvious storyline reason to the Kane/Bryan pairing, Truth and Kingston seemed to unite simply because they had nothing better to do at the time.
While they performed just fine during their roughly five-month title reign, they also didn’t exactly set the world on fire in the process, either. Instead, they seemed to actually be holding each other back rather than helping each other progress.
Just keep in mind all of the things that Kingston and Truth had accomplished before they decided to join forces.
Kingston was a former Intercontinental and United States Champion, who just so happened to be one of the most popular babyfaces on the roster.
R-Truth, on the other hand, was one of the hottest acts in all of pro wrestling in early 2011, reaching new heights after his heel turn that took him to a WWE Championship match against John Cena at Over the Limit and a tag team partnership with The Miz that dominated the latter half of 2012.
As solo acts, both of these guys had built up quite the resumes early last year before a series of events ultimately brought them together. Now, however, it’s time to rip them apart.
Why? Because both men deserve to have singles runs, and this is the perfect opportunity to turn one of them—preferably R-Truth—heel.
As I touched on in an article I wrote about Kingston earlier this week, he, quite simply, deserves to leave the tag team scene and get another big push as a singles competitor, which he hasn’t really had since late 2009.
Kingston is very over for someone who’s never really been a main eventer, and perhaps more importantly, the guy is ridiculously athletic and is one of the most underrated wrestlers on the roster. As seen by his incredible match with Dolph Ziggler on last week’s Raw, he can flatout go, and should the WWE ever decide to push him to the same level as his talent, there’s really no telling just how far he can go or what he can achieve.
In order for Kingston to truly break out, though, he’s going to have to shed this notion, held by some, that he is nothing more than a tag team wrestler. In layman’s terms, he and R-Truth have to go their separate ways.
Ideally, this split will happen with Truth turning heel on Kingston and also getting a renewed push as a singles competitor.
Although I wouldn’t mind seeing the WWE take a chance on Kingston as a heel, the bottom line is that Kingston just looks, acts and wrestles more like a baby face and is more believable in that role. Truth, on the other hand, proved early last year that he’s much better as a heel.
While Truth’s crazed face character is fine for comedic purposes, he was undoubtedly at his best when he was a psychotic heel last year. This was evidenced by the fact that he actually got so over in that role that he faced Cena in a WWE title match on pay-per-view.
I found Truth’s heel gimmick to be 100 times more entertaining than any of his babyface characters he’s had in the WWE, which can be entertaining at times but often rely too much on goofy dancing and “Little Jimmy.”
Should Kingston and Truth split up?
There’s nothing overtly wrong with his face character, but a heel turn and split with Kingston could freshen him up and elevate him back to the level he was at in early 2011, when he was one of the WWE’s best and most entertaining performers week in and week out.
It could also do the same for Kingston, who has sort of just been marinating in the same spot on the card for about three years now and is ready for and deserving of a substantial push.
I think that both Kingston and Truth have a lot of value in the WWE, but with the tag team division now having more teams than it has in the last four or five years, that value is as singles competitors rather than tag team performers.
So, do me a favor, WWE: Let the guys who probably shouldn’t have been together in the first place finally go their separate ways.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!