The WWE’s tag team division has gone unnoticed for a long time now.
The WWE Tag Team Championship slowly became one of the least prestigious titles in the business. The WWE has gone out of its way to feature tag team wrestling on Raw and SmackDown over the last few weeks.
It’s been an exciting revival, but there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done.
Kane and Daniel Bryan, through their anger management storyline, experienced a meteoric rise to the top. Despite their bickering and lack of chemistry as a team, Team Hell No managed to dethrone champions Kofi Kingston and R-Truth at the Night of Champions.
Other tag teams have begun to form in recent months.
Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara, as well as Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel, have recently emerged as two of the most exciting tag teams in recent memory.
Titus O’Neil and Darren Young, collectively known as the Prime Time Players, have been slowly climbing the ranks of the division. They received a few shots at the WWE Tag Team Championships during Kingston and R-Truth’s reign. Their current mean streak has made them two of the more despised Superstars in the WWE.
Another great heel team debuted when Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow formed an alliance. Calling themselves the Rhodes Scholars, the two promising Superstars have set their sights on Team Hell No and the championship.
Also take into account the more seasoned teams. The Usos and Primo and Epico continue to be a force in the tag team division.
A tournament to name the new No. 1 contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship began recently. This tournament has not only helped restore some prestige to the title, but it also gives meaning to the tag team matches featured on Raw, SmackDown and even the new WWE Main Event show.
The WWE is definitely taking steps in the right direction.
Adding new teams to the division and setting up a tournament has done wonders for the competition within the division. In addition, having superstars of Kane and Bryan’s caliber holding the titles makes them feel that much more important.
To continue moving forward with this tag team renaissance, the WWE needs to give life to some of its teams.
Kane and Bryan have a program to work with.
The anger management segments and the “I am the tag team champions” arguments have given the fans something to get behind. Without that, Kane and Bryan would be nothing more than a pairing of singles wrestlers working together as a team.
Mysterio and Sin Cara are another good example. The commentators have been doing a great job of putting over the mentoring relationship between Mysterio and Sin Cara.
This is especially important for newly formed teams.
Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel need more television time and a genuine feud to help establish themselves as a tag team rather than a pairing of singles wrestlers.
That’s not to say that more established teams don’t need feuds, too. The Usos and Primo and Epico, for example, haven’t had much chance to develop their characters. The fans have nothing to get behind. If the fans have nothing to get behind, they don’t add much to the division.
The WWE needs to continue putting a significant emphasis on tag team wrestling. If they don’t get completely behind this revival, it won’t work.
All these teams, whether they’re old or new, can only do so much on their own. The WWE needs to give them the opportunity to develop a team dynamic.
Only then will tag team wrestling return to prominence in the WWE.
Michael Prunka is a Bleacher Report Featured Columnist and Sports Writing Intern. 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.