WWE Tag Team Division: What Tyson Kidd's Injury Means Going Forward

Tyson JonesSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 14, 2013

Recently, it was announced that Tyson Kidd suffered a severe injury that will keep him out for about one year. This essentially means that, at least for the next year, WWE won't have International Airstrike to kick around anymore. Which also means, we can most likely look forward to seeing Justin Gabriel doing more solo jobbing.

Oddly enough, though, I have a feeling that the loss of Airstrike for the time being will have some profound effect on the WWE Tag Team division, especially taking into consideration the loss of SinSterio due to injuries to both Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara.

As it stands now, the Tag Team division consists of the following teams: The Primetime Players, Primo and Epico, Khali and Hornswoggle, Hell No, Rhodes Scholars, 3MB, Team CoBro, The Usos and you could make an argument for The Shield as well.

Now, breaking things down for a minute, we have one temporary team that is holding the tag titles in Hell No, and I have a feeling their reign at the top is coming to an end in the next few months (likely at WrestleMania).

While I'm sure they'll feud with the team that beats them (I'd have to guess that would be either The Shield or Rhodes Scholars), I don't see them holding the titles again.

So, that means WWE has to find a face team to pick up the slack. Before their injury, I had my eye on SinSterio to make a bid for the tag titles once Hell No dropped them.

Their frequent teamups with International Airstrike led me to believe WWE had big plans for the tandem of Gabriel and Kidd, but that won't work now, which puts WWE in a bad position of having to build up a new face tag team to challenge the next heel champions, which can be done with one of two ways.

Either WWE can turn one of their heel teams face (I'd pick 3MB or perhaps the Primetime Players) or perhaps reestablish one of the face teams they already have, which would be (barring the obvious joke team of Khali and Hornswoggle) Team CoBro and The Usos.

Now, both teams have their upsides. Zack Ryder and Santino Marella, while comedy characters for the most part, are still very much over with the audience, which would also continue (on a smaller scale) the trend set by Hell No, in helping to draw attention to the tag team titles.

Aside from that, while it may be generally lost in their antics, Santino and Zack aren't bad wrestlers and both are competent on the microphone.

On the other hand, there's also nothing wrong with a push for Jimmy and Jey Uso. A more serious tag team than the apparent alternative, Jimmy and Jey with their family's legacy of great tag team stars, could easily lend credibility to both their team and the tag team titles.

Not only that, but I find them to actually be better in the ring than CoBro as a tag team. Nothing special on the mic (actually, I think CoBro consists of better talkers) but I still think they can deliver at the needed level.

WWE still has plenty of time, though, so who's to say WWE doesn't want to do something different. I recently threw out the idea of a Cena/Miz tag team, as well as several other teams including a revival of Awesome Truth, perhaps Sheamus and Ryback could join forces (they already have a shared enemy in The Shield), maybe WWE calls up Hollywood Express (Mike Dalton and Xavier Woods) to inject a little more into the division, or they could even have Xavier debut as the actual "Lil Jimmy" teaming up with R-Truth.

There are a ton of other things WWE could do, but the bottom line is Tyson Kidd's injury is an opportunity for a new team to step up to the plate. While losing Mysterio and Sin Cara to injury was bad, International Airstrike had gained a good bit of exposure in teaming with the duo (notably at Survivor Series where they won a Traditional Survivor Series Tag Match).

Now that the two most exposed face teams are out of the picture, and a heel team set to take the tag titles from Hell No (most likely), WWE finds itself with a fun opportunity to do some experimenting with who could catch on, who could they call up, and who could carry the tag division flag next.