If you’re at all familiar with my work, then you know by now that I normally like to start with something funny or clever, a witty one-liner to get your attention and hopefully reel you into reading.
But I’m skipping the usual routine this time and just cutting to the chase.
It’s time to push the Usos. Period.
This is unquestionably the hottest that the WWE tag team division has been in years. Thanks to Kane and Daniel Bryan, also known as Team Hell No, there is some real attention, some major focus, on the tag team championships in the House of McMahon. And for those of us who love tag wrestling, it’s about time.
After all, true emphasis has not been placed on the division in WWE since the days of Edge and Christian. For many fans that era remains the silver age of tag team wrestling.
Can you say Tables, Ladders and Chairs?
Long before the pay-per-view of the same name, the TLC match was owned by The Hardy Boyz, The Dudleys, and Edge and Christian. These guys put their bodies and their careers on the line so many times in one death defying match after another, giving fans drama and excitement that made the rest of the WWE locker room step up its game just to keep up with them.
These were the days that make so many fans long for a return to relevancy for the tag division. The three teams responsible for that era created an atmosphere that was impossibly hard to follow and apparently WWE agreed.
Mostly because the division has basically been on life support since then.
But now that Kane and Bryan have caught fire, WWE finally sees a reason to emphasize tag team wrestling once again.
Be honest, how many fans really expected a tag team tournament in WWE? In 2012? And if we had, how many of us actually thought it would even be worth a look?
Yet here we are, with Team Hell No, Team Rhodes Scholars, and Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara all working hard to put over tag team wrestling once again in WWE.
Oh yeah, there are also the brothers in that sweet pic up there.
The Usos had what seemed to be good timing when they first entered WWE in 2010. They challenged another established team in The Hart Dynasty when they debuted, but that feud did not end with them winning the belts. In fact, when 2011 began, the gold belonged to the unlikely duo of Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov.
Since then, Rikishi’s sons have been up and down in WWE. One moment they’re being presented as a formidable team, confident and charismatic. The next moment they seemingly can’t put any offense together and they’re jobbing out in a five-minute match.
But if there was ever a time for the Usos to turn the corner, it’s now.
With the apparent rebirth of the tag team division in WWE and the renewed interest from fans, this is the perfect time for a talented, cohesive duo like the Usos to step up and shine.
They have a good look, they have a link to the history of WWE thanks to their Samoan heritage and because of who their father is, and they have a unique entrance that immediately sets them apart from every other team on the roster.
Jimmy and Jey Uso are the kind of tag team that fans can rally behind. They can create some exciting moments and get it done in the ring. They are an experienced tag team who, with the right amount of spotlight, I believe could become huge in WWE. They are what the company is looking for in terms of image and potential to sell merchandise, and they have everything it takes to become a highlight for the company.
So why isn’t it happening?
Team Hell No is a big deal right now and there is no denying the chemistry that Kane and Daniel Bryan have. WWE has rebuilt the tag division around them and they deserve the attention that they’re getting. When workers are hot, you promote them as much as possible. That’s pro wrestling 101.
But there is no reason that the Usos cannot piggy-back on that stardom and get some of that attention for themselves. While WWE has fans looking in the right direction, now is the time to sell them as much talent as they possibly can. This could be the breakout moment for Jimmy and Jey.
The question is, will it happen?