A few months ago, it would have been hard to believe that WWE's tag team division would be one of the undisputed highlights of the show.
In fact, for the longest time, the company's tag team division was a total joke.
Neglected by the booking team and ignored by fans, the title belts became an afterthought. Despite solid proof from years gone by that tag wrestling could draw huge in the company, it seemed Vince McMahon just wasn't terribly interested in pushing it. Remember the legendary TLC era, which saw the likes of Matt and Jeff Hardy wow fans with their incredible in-ring performances and feuds.
But all that has changed.
Indeed, thanks to the recent teaming of Daniel Bryan and Kane—or “Team Hell No” as a fan vote recently christened them—the division has emerged as one of the most entertaining, must-see aspects of the company.
In fact, at a time when Raw is burdened by a badly conceived three-hour format, stale storylines and floundering ratings, the tag division has become one of the few things in WWE programming worth watching.
Thanks to a great, intriguing premise—Bryan and Kane are both rage-prone and can't stand each other, but have been forced to work together by Raw GM AJ Lee—the two have established themselves as the company's No. 1 tag team. They've had several genuinely hilarious skits (check out the duo attending Dr. Shelby's anger management classes) and some first-class wrestling.
Bryan and Kane also won the tag team belts recently, furthering cementing their status.
For the first time in a long time, fans care deeply about a tag team. And so does management, too, judging by how much air-time the dynamic duo has received on recent episodes of Raw and SmackDown.
The recent pairing of Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara, two popular luchadore wrestlers, is also a step in the right direction.
Sin Cara, formerly Mistico in CMLL, has struggled since joining WWE two years ago, facing a wide variety of issues and problems (via Marc Middleton of WrestlingInc.com).
However, his team with Rey is a boon for his flagging career. Not only does his current pairing give him something to do, it also allows him to learn a great deal from his veteran partner.
For his part, Rey has always been one of the top babyfaces in the company. But for a variety of reasons, WWE seems reluctant to push him with his two wellness strikes and injuries, so it has assigned him a midcard role.
While some may see a tag team as a waste of Rey's talents—and maybe it is—at least his current position gives him a solid and steady role in the company.
Throw in respectable teams like Epico and Primo, as well as the Prime Team Players, and you have a thriving tag team division. With great wrestling and talented teams who are over, tag wrestling in the company is arguably in the best position it has ever been.
For the first time in a long while, it actually means something. Let's hope it continues.
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