JTG: Why Shad Should Return to WWE to Reunite Cryme Tyme with Him

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2013

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The tag team division in WWE is better than it has been in several years right now, and a lot of the reason for that is the formation of new teams over the last year and actual storylines being used.

The scene has been dominated by Team Hell No, Prime Time Players, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara as well as Team Rhodes Scholars.

Rounding out the division are Epico and Primo, Team CoBro, The Usos, International Airstrike (Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel) and to some extent, The Great Khali and Hornswoggle. It is still unclear how 3MB fits into the division at this point.

While several of the names in these teams are established superstars, none of the teams themselves have been in existence for that long.

The Usos and Colons are family, so obviously those teams have more history than most, but as teams in WWE, none of the other teams have been around for all that long.

What WWE needs right now is a tag team that fans will remember and who will have a familiar partnership.

This is where Cryme Tyme comes in.

The once-entertaining tag team was perhaps a little too early for their own success as they were broken up and Shad was released before WWE decided to invest some serious time in the division.

Now JTG is a glorified jobber and Shad is no longer in the wrestling spotlight. How anyone benefited from their team being disbanded is a mystery on par with who the father of Mae Young's latest baby is. (My guess would be Finlay, but I can't be sure.)

Bringing Shad back in and having him team back up with JTG to form Cryme Tyme again would be worth the investment for a few reasons.

Their antics during backstage segments and promos were largely PG, which means they would fit right in with the current product.

Shad's powerful style and JTG's faster pace made for a great combination and that fact that they never held the tag titles in WWE is still a little surprising.

They were not the best tag team, nor even anywhere near, but they were quite entertaining and their contributions to the division would be much bigger in today's environment.

One of the biggest reasons this would be a good idea is that the team was recent enough to still be remembered by the younger fans.

It has been over three years since we last saw Cryme Tyme as a team, but that is not long enough for fans to have forgotten them completely.

Whether they were to return as a heel or babyface team wouldn't matter, because their gimmick would work well as either one.

With today's kid-friendly product, there would probably be some backlash at the way Cryme Tyme portrays certain stereotypes, but when has WWE ever not been criticized for something like that?

Shad and JTG had fun with the gimmick, which is why fans cheered for them right from the get-go.

Shad might not be a name that is at the top of many people's list of superstars they hope will return someday, but his presence would benefit both JTG and the tag team division as a whole.


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