Lack of Competition Will Hurt the Usos' Title Reign

Erik Beaston@@ErikBeastonFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2014


On March 3, the Usos captured their first WWE Tag Team Championships by defeating the legendary duo of the New Age Outlaws in front of a hot Chicago audience. The win was the culmination of years of hard work and dedication, constant growth and improvement as workers.

After four years of scratching and clawing, evading release and irrelevancy, Jimmy and Jey Uso accomplished something their father had before them. It was a legitimate feel-good moment to see the twin brothers finally accomplish their lifelong goal.

With teams such as the Brotherhood, the Real Americans, RybAxel, the New Age Outlaws, Los Matadores and 3MB making up the rest of the tag division, it appeared as though there was an opportunity for a tag team wrestling renaissance in World Wrestling Entertainment.

Then, the Real Americans split up. The New Age Outlaws disappeared following a quick defeat at the hands of The Shield. Goldust and Cody Rhodes began showing signs of dissension, which will lead to a breakup that many have expected for months. Los Matadores and 3MB have been portrayed as comedy acts over the last month, sideshows for a feud between Hornswoggle and El Torito.

Which leaves RybAxel. At the start of the year, the team was left for dead, a failed experiment as Paul Heyman clients killing their heat and leaving them wallowing in the opening matches of events across the country.

Rather than cry and whine about their position, they worked hard, developed as a team and have become a really solid heel tandem. As late as the April 28 episode of Raw, they challenged the Usos for the tag titles in a great old school-style match.

They lost, and therein lies the problem. The company has disbanded, beaten or turned every potential challenger into a joke over the last month, leaving the Usos without any real competition, save for teams perceived as being significantly above them on the food chain.

Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are most likely to receive the next opportunity and, based on their current position on the card, would be heavy favorites to win the titles.

Evolution's Batista and Randy Orton could conceivably earn a shot, but they have destroyed the Usos on several prior occasions and, thus, no one would believe the champions have a chance at retaining.

So WWE finds itself in a conundrum. Just prior to WrestleMania, it had a solid foundation for a very talented, very diverse tag team division with the extra-over Usos leading it. Now, the second-generation Superstars are left with little in the way of competition and a tag team title reign that may turn into more of a disappointment than the realization of a dream.