When Triple H became chief operating officer of the WWE, he naturally took concern with several areas of the company that he felt were failing.
Chief amongst those areas was the tag division, with Triple H desperate to push the division back up to the stature that it had garnered in the days of the Attitude Era, when winning the Tag Team Championships actually meant something.
We constantly saw reports—like this one over at Wrestling Inc from last October—that Triple H had not given up on his idea and that he had brought in the NXT Tag Team Championship belts to try and push the division forward.
However, as we move into the middle of 2014, it is clear to see that his plans for the division have spectacularly failed. Not only has the tag division remained stagnant and stale, but it has actually become a bit of a joke, in all honesty. His plans haven't worked, and there are a few key areas we can identify that are the main reasons for his dreams for the tag division not coming to fruition.
Splitting Up Teams for No Real Reason
The first real area that you have to pick up on is how Triple H and the WWE handled the crop of tag teams that were already in existence when he took charge of the division.
Naturally, when you are looking at improving something like a division in professional wrestling, you start to look at the people from the outside—and in this instance, that would be NXT.
But Triple H has chronically neglected the crop of teams that were already together, and he has even split some up for no reason whatsoever.
The defining example of this is the Prime Time Players. They were a team that really had something special going, but for whatever reason, the WWE decided to split the Superstars up. That seemed like a fair decision, but the fact that neither man has progressed makes the decision completely moot.
You got the impression that the Prime Time Players were never a million miles away from a championship shot, and they added some depth to the division. Splitting them for no reason is a key failure for the tag division.
Younger Teams Not Getting a Chance
As mentioned, Triple H established the NXT Tag Team Championship in order to get some young, exciting teams to build some chemistry together before eventually making a move to the main roster.
Let's run through the teams that have won that championship since it was formed: British Ambition (Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey), Erick Rowan and Luke Harper, Adrian Neville and Corey Graves and The Ascension.
With the exception of Rowan and Harper, not one of those teams—or even a single member of them—has had a shot on the main roster. What on earth is the point of putting the belts on these young teams if they aren't going to move up with natural progression?
Triple H and WWE Creative are shooting themselves in the foot with this most basic of mistakes. Moving men up from NXT to bolster the main tag division would at least add substance to the division. The WWE has failed in this aspect.
Champions Becoming Embroiled Elsewhere
For the tag division to get a healthy reputation as one that can more than hold its own, the champions have to be able to pull off a decent feud to keep things exciting.
Unfortunately for the WWE, the company has pinned the Tag champions into feuds with other stars far too often. We can see that with the current champions, The Usos.
At the moment, they are currently acting as allies of John Cena as he locks horns with Bray Wyatt once again. Whilst it is nice to see Cena getting some backup and evening the scales out, could the company really not have found anyone else to play the role?
The championships just lose importance and significance when you put together storylines like this. In fact, it makes them basically irrelevant. Considering how Triple H's grand plan was to push the division to new heights, he has basically taken it backward with decisions like this from WWE Creative.
Not Capitalizing On Stale Singles Stars
One of the strengths of the WWE's tag division is that stars, legends and icons can often be born there after they may have failed elsewhere. It could be two guys who are struggling to piece together a role on the main roster as singles stars or simply a chance pairing that works out.
Take the Acolytes, for example. Both Bradshaw and Farooq were hardly pulling up any trees as solo stars. Sure, Farooq led the Nation of Domination, but it was when they came together that they really excelled.
There are plenty of other examples from down the years, too. And with the depth on the roster the WWE has at this moment in time, there could be another star tag team waiting to happen somewhere in the locker room.
However, rather than giving some guys like The Miz, Damien Sandow and Kofi Kingston a chance, they have been left to rot away in the lower reaches of the card. How is that right when the COO of the company is looking to push the tag division?
All in all, there are a fair few reasons why Triple H's grand plans for the tag division have left him with egg on his face. There could still be time to save it all, but he must make sure the same mistakes are not allowed to happen again.