For over three years, the Usos have been on a quest to become tag team champions in the WWE. A few times they were close to winning, but have never been able to win when it counts the most.
After debuting on WWE TV in 2010 with another second-generation superstar—Tamina Snuka—they embarked on a feud with the Hart Dynasty that gave us some of the best tag team matches a division can have. However, they were unable to obtain the tag titles, and eventually Tamina decided to leave the team.
About a year after their debut, the Usos once again focused on winning the tag team titles. This time on SmackDown as babyfaces against The New Nexus members David Otunga and Michael McGillicuty. Unfortunately, they were once again unable to win the titles, finding themselves mainly on NXT and the losing end of televised matches.
The Usos slowly resurrected in the tag team picture this summer, adding face paint to their Siva Tau war dance. With the WWE Universe behind them stronger than ever, they began a well-deserved winning streak, defeating the likes of Team Rhodes Scholars, 3MB, Tons of Funk and Prime Time Players. This gave them another No. 1 contender spot for the tag team championship, this time against Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns of The Shield.
They say third time's the charm, right? Well, not for the Usos.
Although more over than ever, the team once again fell short in gaining the titles—a trend that has been active since their debut—losing to Rollins and Reigns on the pre-show match of the Money in the Bank pay-per-view.
However, all hope was not lost.
They continued feuding with The Shield, even aligning with a newly-turned babyface Mark Henry to even the sides. Despite their popularity, they—again—may be demoted back to just another team on the list.
Instead of SummerSlam, their six-man tag match with Henry against The Shield was booked for the recent episode of Raw, in which they came up short.
This occurrence strengthens the latest projection of how The Shield will be booked on SummerSlam, and it does not include the Usos. Instead, they are scheduled to face Mark Henry and Big Show in a handicap match (h/t WrestlingInc).
The Usos are one of the most polished tag teams in a number of years. For them not to win the tag titles at least once already is a shame.
Granted, Team Hell No and The Shield are two teams that were very over with the crowd upon their win, but the Usos were still giving some light to a rather dismal tag team scene before they appeared.
Hopefully the Usos gain the tag team titles in the near future, winning them off The Shield, who are not doing a very good job reviving the tag division.
Starting a feud down the line against Luke Harper and Erick Rowan over the titles would do wonders to the division. Moreover, the Usos chasing for their second reign as champions (predicting a tag title victory and subsequent loss between now and WM 30) heading to WrestleMania would be a great way to showcase the division, as Jimmy and Jey have proven they have what it takes to carry it.
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Chris Featherstone is a writer for WrestlingInc.com.
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