WWE Raw: Dance off Should Lead to Brodus Clay and Tensai Forming a Tag Team

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2013

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

Both Brodus Clay and Tensai are extremely talented big men, but they have been floundering as of late in their current positions. After the two of them had a dance-off on Raw and were very well received by the fans, however, the logical move is to pair them together in a tag team.

When Tensai made his return to the WWE the night after WrestleMania XXVIII following several years in Japan, hopes were high for him in terms of being a main-event player.

He beat both John Cena and CM Punk early in his tenure, but a high-profile feud never happened as Tensai struggled to get over with the fans as a top heel and the WWE essentially abandoned his push.

Brodus is in a similar situation except he's a face. Everyone expected Clay to re-debut as an unstoppable, monster heel, but he surprisingly came back as a dancing Funkasaurus. The crowd got behind his act immediately and he proceeded to decimate the mid-card.

A mid-card title run seemed to be in Brodus' future, but the WWE lost confidence in him as well and made him into a jobber to the heel stars.

Based on their interaction on Monday, though, the WWE is sitting on a potential gold mine. Despite the fact that Clay was derailed, the fans still seem to like him and he's over with a face.

Tensai's old gimmick never got over, but he has gradually phased it out and is developing into a comedic character in his own right. That was cemented by the fact that he wore lingerie to the ring on Raw and then followed that up with "The Robot."

The only things remaining from Tensai's Japanese gimmick are his name and the fake Japanese character tattoos on his face. The opportunity to make Tensai a serious force passed long ago, but he can still be a relevant superstar on the roster at the very least.

The best way to do that is for the WWE to embrace the favorable reaction he received on Raw and make him Clay's tag-team partner.

Tensai is no stranger to being part of a lighthearted team as he tagged with Scotty 2 Hotty as Albert in 2001 and 2002. Albert was often referred to as "The Hip Hop Hippo" during that time and it was probably the most entertaining character of his career. All Tensai has to do is draw on that and he can be a big success alongside Clay.

For as much progress as the WWE's tag-team division has made over the past several months, it isn't as deep as many think. Team Hell No is fantastic, but it's only a matter of time before Kane and Daniel Bryan go their separate ways. The same can be said for Team Rhodes Scholars as well since Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow are ultimately singles competitors.

After them the next teams in line are The Prime Time Players, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara, The Usos, Primo and Epico and 3MB. That obviously sounds a lot better than what the WWE offered over the past couple years, but it doesn't come anywhere close to rivaling what the WWE had during its tag team heyday.

Back in the late 1980's and early 1990's, there were usually seven or eight teams on the roster that could believably win the Tag Team Championships. The Legion of Doom, Demolition, The Hart Foundation, The British Bulldogs, Nasty Boys, Powers of Pain, The Rockers, Money Inc., Strike Force, The Natural Disasters and The Brainbusters are just a few examples.

The same was true during the Attitude Era as well, and that speaks to the depth that the WWE roster had as a whole. The current roster obviously can't rival that, but it's safe to say that the roster is a lot better now than it has been in recent years.

There are plenty of talented guys who aren't utilized since there isn't always enough time, but putting Clay and Tensai together would kill two birds with one stone.

Tensai and Clay could initially be a comedic face team similar to Too Cool or Men on a Mission. They would dance around and play to the fans, but they would also win matches and eventually become a force in the tag-team division. The WWE can ride the wave as far as it takes them, and then when the gimmick has gone as far as possible, Tensai and Brodus can be turned heel.

It has been quite a while since the WWE had a big, strong, dominant, heel tag team, but Tensai and Brodus could pull it off. I would compare them to The Natural Disasters due to their sheer size, and they would definitely bring a different dynamic to the tag scene. Coincidentally, the name Tensai translates to "natural disaster," so it's almost as if it's a match made in heaven.

Clay and Tensai may no longer be relevant in the WWE as individuals, but they could be something special as a tag team. It isn't as if they're doing anything of note right now, so there is absolutely no risk involved with the WWE pairing them up. It simply makes too much sense for it not to happen.


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