5 WWE Tag Team Pairings to Improve Division Riddled with Breakups
A metamorphosis is coming for the WWE tag team division, increasing the need for Superstars like Dolph Ziggler and The Miz to form new alliances.
Animosity already destroyed The Prime Time Players. The Real Americans and The Shield have been squabbling so much lately that it's clear those teams will soon follow suit.
The Usos will need new need challengers when those teams split. The division will need more depth.
The following proposed teams make better use of Superstars' skills, build on previous storylines and add formidable and exciting pairings that will keep WWE's tag team renaissance from ending.
The Miz and Dolph Ziggler
WWE reportedly already thought of this idea, but nothing has come of it yet.
F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, reported that WWE is planning to pair The Miz with Dolph Ziggler, writing, "the idea is to do a 'disgruntled angry men' tag team with the two." That idea is an excellent way to bring both Ziggler and Miz some of the momentum they once had.
There's a Cleveland connection to play off of, as it's both mens' hometowns. They are both agile, quick performers whose styles would mesh well together.
The story of each Superstar being upset about lack of opportunities is smart as well as it veers close to reality. Both are former world champs who appear inconsistently on WWE programming today.
Forming a team would get them more matches, more airtime and a narrative impetus to drive them forward rather than suffer the drifting that they are now.
Facing The Wyatt Family and Ryback and Curtis Axel in tag action is a step up from Miz and Ziggler's irregular appearances on Raw and SmackDown.
Fandango and Tyler Breeze
Tyler Breeze's outlandish look is much like Fandango's. They seem to employ the same vision-impaired stylist.
The NXT standout would be best served as Fandango's partner after he's called up. As the team, "Beauty and Grace," their similar gimmicks would merge to make a compelling meeting of egos.
Their in-ring styles are a good match as well. Both Breeze and Fandango mix aggression with finesse.
Fandango has been mired in feuds with Santino Marella and The Great Khali. Entering the tag team division will elevate his place on the card as tag teams have been a consistent part of the WWE product as of late.
For Breeze, he gets the benefit of being on the main roster while not having to get over on his own right away.
As a bonus, WWE has a ready-made rivalry on its hands once these two Superstars eventually turn on each other thanks to jealousy and selfishness.
Big Show and Mark Henry
These two mammoth men briefly teamed together late last summer. Going back to this duo immediately shifts the division's balance of power.
While no team should be afraid of Los Matadores or 3MB, Big Show and Mark Henry working together will have every other team less confident of their chances.
Henry has been Brock Lesnar's punching bag, Big E's buddy and little else lately. Portraying him and Big Show as a team of unstoppable giants will inject new energy into his career.
If they both turn heel, The Usos have dangerous challengers charging toward them. Should they remain babyfaces, The Wyatt Family is suddenly not the most intimidating team remaining.
This pairing could also extend Henry and Big Show's careers. Age has slowed both men. Having them share in-ring responsibilities lessens their workload.
Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder
Rather than have Zack Ryder be mostly relegated to appearing on WWE Superstars and having Curt Hawkins sit on the bench, why not revisit their chemistry together?
Ryder and Hawkins may struggle to be one of the top teams, but WWE can play up their experience together, and they are both plenty athletic enough to produce some fun matches. Like Ryback and Curtis Axel, they can serve as a mid-level squad, adding depth to the division.
The story of them reforming is an easy one to tell.
Ryder can start to reflect on the success they had together and recruit Hawkins to restart their partnership. Hawkins, though, has changed. He's more aggressive and relentless (read: heel), creating an odd couple vibe between the two.
Sin Cara and Evan Bourne
Sin Cara and Evan Bourne are not headliners, but with as exciting as each wrestler can be in the ring, it's a shame to just waste that talent by rarely using the former and keeping the latter on the sidelines.
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via WrestleZone.com, Bourne "has been ready to come back for quite some time," but WWE creative just doesn't know what to do with him. The answer to that issue isn't complicated. Stick him with another high-flyer and have him produce fast-paced exciting bouts.
Bourne wasn't charismatic enough to be tag champs when he and Kofi Kingston carried the belts, but he and Sin Cara can excite fans as a valuable part of the division.
In the past, teams like The Killer Bees and The Rockers excelled without doing much mic work. Having Bourne and Sin Cara mirror those duos plays up to their strengths (speed, agility, fun spots) and downplays the underwhelming mic skills that holds them back as singles stars.
Adding this team gives WWE another quality option when booking tag matches each week which will be especially important after the division suffers all its expected breakups.