WWE Tag Team Division: Coming Back to Life?
We WWE fans have all been wondering some of the same things lately. For example, how long will WWE keep this Orton vs. Cena feud going on? Why do they insist on giving us Hornswoggle and Chavo week after week?
Why do they make a straightedge superstar such an enormous heel with all of the other news they have to deal with? (Seriously, do they realize what kind of image that gives them?)
Well, I can't give an answer to any of those questions, but there is one question I would like to touch upon in my first-ever B/R article: Is the WWE Tag Team division coming back?
My answer: Yes, and soon.
Just a few months ago, I would have laughed at the gesture that WWE took their tag teams the least bit seriously. I mean, once they didn't even know how to use two tag titles, you knew they were running out of ideas. More recently, however, I have to applaud them in how much they're letting it grow.
The first thing that caught my attention was the Unified Tag Team Championship match at The Bash. I'll admit, I wasn't too excited for the Colons vs. Legacy. No one was, but when Teddy Long showed up and announced the triple threat stipulation, it got my attention.
Cue Edge and Chris Jericho.
I think I speak for everyone when I say I wasn't expecting that in the least. The moment it happened, though, I knew it was pure genius. Edge, my favorite superstar for the record, is probably better known for his time in a tag team than he is for his singles work (not that I have a single problem with Edge as a singles competitor).
Seeing him back in a tag team was beautiful. Chris Jericho, like Edge, makes for an amazing heel. Combine that with his amazing technical ability, and you have a great partner for the Rated R Superstar.
Now, as we all know, "Rated Y2J" took the gold in that very match, and the rise of the WWE Tag Team Division had begun.
As we also know, Edge was soon to take a leave of absence from the WWE thanks to a torn Achilles tendon, and Jericho was forced to replace Edge with the Big Show. Now, to me, this made me much less happy, as it was obvious the WWE had a lot planned for Rated Y2J, but, nevertheless, this opened the door for many other tag teams to form and reunite.
So form and reunite they did, as "JeriShow" found themselves taking on none other than Legacy, Cryme Tyme, and the team of MVP & Mark Henry in the following Pay Per Views.
It made me very happy to see WWE give a slight little push to Cryme Tyme. Yes, Cryme Tyme walked away gold free, but WWE made sure they didn't look like the slightest of pushovers.
Shortly after JeriShow vs. Cryme Tyme, MVP called for the help of the world's strongest man, Mark Henry. Now, although neither of these men are necessarily main eventers, together they form quite the duo.
They still have names for themselves, and the fact that WWE would take two popular superstars and use them for a tag team was yet another sign to me that tag teams are coming back.
Most recently, it is more than worth noting that the popular team of Batista and Rey Mysterio will be back for Hell In A Cell. Out of all of JeriShow's opponents to date, this will be the closest match for them, and the WWE Universe is split over who will walk away with the gold.
And finally, this article cannot end until I mention DX. Sure, they're not what they used to be, but they still prove to be entertaining, even in the world of PG. I don't see them going for the tag titles, but it's yet another sign to me that WWE is taking their tag division seriously again.
Will the tag titles be split again soon? I believe so. Let's not forget, a formidable tag team is dominating in the lesser-known world of ECW with the names Vladimir Kozlov and Ezekiel Jackson. The Hart Dynasty shows potential on Smackdown, and I see tons of singles competitors who I would love to see in tag teams! (Does anyone else agree that Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne would be amazing?)
So, folks, there we have it. My first B/R article. A little lengthy, yes, but I've always had a special place in my heart for the WWE Tag division, and this is something I have been thinking about for some time. Thanks for reading everyone!
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