The WWE’s tag team division has been successfully rebuilt with surprising results.
It took two heated rivals in Kane and Daniel Bryan to create a formidable tag team in Team Hell No, among a handful of other factors, to get to this point. The tag team champions have now held the titles for nearly five months.
However, last week saw a mishap.
Team Hell No took on Team Rhodes Scholars on Raw. During the match, Bryan went to the top rope but landed awkwardly and was pinned by Rhodes.
Bryan is still selling the injury, but for the sake of argument, let's pretend this is a legitimate injury to one half of the tag team that single-handedly made the titles matter again.
Is the tag team division now deep enough?
First, let’s take a look back at last year.
The team of Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne (Air Boom) suffered a similar fate, with Bourne being suspended for 30 days for violating the wellness policy.
Many thought they would be stripped of the tag titles, but they kept them until January of last year. It was clear why they weren’t stripped—there were no other teams out there.
The only exception was the team of Primo and Epico, but they weren’t getting the reaction WWE officials hoped for. They eventually won the titles from Air Boom, but still didn't garner the desired attention. This happened while the tag team division was in shambles.
Fast forward to today, and you have teams more than ready to make the division great again. Forming Rhodes Scholars are the tandem of Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow. They seem poised to bring tag team gold to their collection.
Who knows what could happen at the Royal Rumble when Rhodes Scholars and Team Hell No wrestle each other again?
Besides Rhodes Scholars, you have the Prime Time Players. The team of Darren Young and Titus O'Neil will look to be a threat in the near future.
The 3-Man Band (3MB) can also become a force, despite their comedic role. If they set their sights on the tag team titles, they could surprise fans and win.
Even The Shield could win the tag titles if they decide to stop interfering in other matches. Let’s not forget about The Usos and Primo & Epico, who could still become threats in the tag team division as well.
These six tag teams can be a threat to the champions. Compared to the beginning of 2012, the division has grown and come a long way from being in shambles.
As far as Bryan goes, his knee injury should be a concern if legitimate. Otherwise, it just adds intrigue and generates attention to a thriving tag team division.