WWE Survivor Series 2012: Tag Team Division Loses Chance to Shine

Robert Aitken@@RobertAitkenBRAnalyst INovember 17, 2012

Why not shine a light on Justin Gabriel and the other tag teams?
Why not shine a light on Justin Gabriel and the other tag teams?Gallo Images/Getty Images

The current WWE Tag Team Champions, known as Team Hell No, are featured on Team Foley this Sunday at Survivor Series. Assuming that Cody Rhodes is cleared to compete, Team Rhodes Scholars, the current top contenders, will be on the opposing Team Ziggler. Beyond that, the rest of WWE's growing tag team division seems left out of the main card of Survivor Series.

Once upon a time, which was back at the end of September, a tournament was set up with eight teams who wished to challenge Team Hell No for the tag team championships. This tournament combined existing tag teams like Primo and Epico and The Usos with new teams like Team CoBro and Team Rhodes Scholars.

The tournament was ultimately won by Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes, but there are 14 other men that were involved in that tournament and only four of them will be in action on Sunday night.

Kofi Kingston is also involved in the Team Foley vs Team Ziggler match at Survivor Series. R-Truth, Kingston's former tag team partner, will challenge Antonio Cesaro for the United States Championship in the same night. Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel, who are apparently referred to as International Airstrike in some circles, will take on two members of 3MB during the YouTube pre-show before Survivor Series begins.

This past Monday night on RAW, Kidd and Gabriel were involved in a good eight-man tag team match that saw International Airstrike team with Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara to take on Primo & Epico and The Prime Time Players.

Those other six men are, for the time being, left off of the card for Survivor Series. This doesn't even take into account The Usos and Team CoBro, both of which were involved  in the tag team tournament. My reaction to the match this Monday had me wondering why we didn't simply add a guy to either side and save it for this Sunday.

Let's replace Kidd and Gabriel with Team CoBro, so that we don't interrupt the pre-show. Have Zack Ryder and Santino Marella team with Mysterio and Sin Cara, as well as a big babyface like Brodus Clay. There's one team right there. Call it Team Mysterio since he is the veteran there, but I'm sure Ryder or Santino will have something goofy to say about it.

It isn't the ideal spot for a guy like Mysterio, who still has star power, but this is where he has been resorted to. He hasn't even been a thought for another match at Survivor Series.

As for the opposing team, take The Prime Time Players and team them with Primo and Epico. Ironically, that gives you four men that were once represented by A.W., who no longer works for WWE. For their fifth member, that can be kept a secret until the time of the match, where the four men can show a returning superstar such as Mark Henry or Christian as the fifth man.

Both have been sidelined with injuries for months, were heels upon their last appearances on WWE programming and could fit into a match like this great. It would give them a light load of work in the match, as well as the chance to turn on their team and turn out to be a babyface after all.

The flaw here is that Cody Rhodes may need to sit out his match this Sunday and the replacement for Team Ziggler may be someone as low on the totem pole as Tensai. Having a bigger star than Tensai return to fill a void in a lower-profile match doesn't make sense for booking.

However, both Henry and Christian would benefit with a match like this happening. Christian works well with lighter superstars and is a grizzled veteran much like Mysterio is. Henry could use the light superstars to throw around and reaffirm that he is strong.

There are only five matches on the card at the moment, and it's very possible to see a sixth emerge on the main card. A Tag Team Turmoil match could be another possibility, due to Team Rhodes Scholars losing at both Hell in a Cell and this past week on Main Event, where Rhodes was injured.

Something else needs to come out of this card because it feels too light, and if it is the showcase of the tag teams, do that. They certainly have earned that.

Mysterio is a mainstay on pay-per-views and WWE wants to market Sin Cara as much as possible, so they have to be involved in some fashion. The other superstars are lesser names with little caring for a place on a Big Four pay-per-view. It doesn't make sense to leave them off the card, and it sure feels like they'll be involved in some way.

There's still time to put the match onto the card. It has been a common occurrence for an extra match to be unannounced and put onto the card, usually involving lower mid-card wrestlers.

This makes for the perfect solution and gives these hardworking superstars a big stage to really show what they all have. If this doesn't work out, they can all focus their attention to making it onto the Royal Rumble pay-per-view in January, but even those aren't guaranteed.