Spoiler Alert! The Colons—Carlito and Primo—are about to reunite as a heel faction on the verge of breaking out for the second time in their collective run, and at least the fifth time for Carlito alone.
With a potential reboot on the brother tandem that inherited a defunct tag team division, there is hope and faith that the Colons will be just enough to feud with the WWE’s hottest, and as of print time only (sorry Trent Barreta and Caylen Croft), tag team specialists, the Hart Dynasty.
As sons and relatives of legendary competitors from the annals of wrestling history, David Hart Smith and longtime friend Tyson Kidd are excelling at the old school functions of tag team wrestling. Together, the Hart Dynasty finally received some much needed airtime on the big stage and the eventual move to tag team success.
WWE’s tag team situation has long been berated for the dismantling of teams before they ever gain traction, as well as combinations of singles wrestlers with estranged pasts. Since the submissive unification of the tag belts to one universal identifier, actual teams have lost all relevance to an audience that may no longer understand the joys of the two-on-two contest.
The wheels will be set in motion this week for Carlito and Primo, perfect examples of much of these aforementioned descriptors, to take over once again. Coming from the background of the legendary Carlos Colon, both have seen their fair share of ups and respective downs.
At one point, Carlito was primed to be a main event star in the WWE. In fact, he hit the ground running, picking up both the United States and Intercontinental titles in a short time frame, while also maintaining an arrogant persona that would literally spit into the faces of those below him.
But his attitude would doom him for much of his WWE career. Despite meteoric pushes in 2005 and 2006, Carlito was relegated to dropping further and further down the card until he was completely off it. He would get the occasional push to appease his ongoing—almost perpetual—threats to leave the company.
Despite WWE’s lack of desire to keep Carlito present, they certainly didn’t want him testing the waters outside of Stamford.
When the time came for Primo Colon to make his way to the main roster, WWE naturally paired him with his blood in an attempt to do two things: give Primo some instant recognition and, once again, keep Carlito from leaving. The two excelled on Friday Night SmackDown! in the only tag team division the WWE had.
Their most notable feud was with the Miz and John Morrison, which would culminate at WrestleMania XXV. But due to other promised obligations to acts like Kid Rock, the WWE ingeniously bumped the Colons, namely Carlito, from the card yet again.
And just like that, despite winning the unified tag team titles, plans were put in place to disband them altogether.
The Hart Dynasty, meanwhile, hasn’t always had the easiest trek in World Wrestling Entertainment, either.
DH Smith burst onto the scene with all the typical fanfare: He was a Jim Ross “blue chip” prospect billed with his relation to Davey Boy Smith. The spectacular correlation and resemblances between British Bulldog and Baby Bulldog were sure to entice fans to empty their wallets for years to come.
But, in a move that most insiders believe was made to send a message, Smith found himself on the outside looking in nearly every week. He was suspended, brought back to TV, buried, and shelved again indefinitely.
Most believed that the WWE, entering an image conscious post-Benoit era, was attempting to make an example out of a wrestler who looked suspiciously like a steroid user.
Then the rumors spread like wildfire that the WWE was considering a new Hart Foundation stable featuring Smith, T.J. Wilson, Nattie Neidhart, and Teddy Hart. Wilson, better known today as Tyson Kidd, was a victim of circumstance when his three colleagues were quickly separated from one another.
DH met with the WWE executives on the topic of wellness violations, Nattie became Natalya and got the promotion as a separate entity, and Teddy Hart went off the deep end with arrogance and irrationality.
When the WWE finally got around to giving fans the Hart Dynasty, they weren’t very threatening to anyone but Tommy Dreamer. The slow build was too slow, and fans lost interest quickly. Suddenly, thanks to the return of the Hitman and a changing of the guard in the WWE’s tag team creative, the Dynasty shines brightly.
For the WWE, a feud between the Colons and the Hart Dynasty could be just what the doctor ordered. No, I don’t anticipate that it will reignite the passion of having a dozen teams on the roster at any given time, but that isn’t really the point, either.
The WWE could benefit from this tag team feud by simply letting these guys perform. It hearkens back to the days of the Hart Foundation against the British Bulldogs, or more similarly, the brief feud of the Hart Foundation and the Rockers. Fans of World Wrestling Entertainment have long forgotten what a tag team match is supposed to look like and supposed to feel like.
I say enough of these Colossal Connection rehashes (Big Show and whoever he’s teaming with this season) and Beer Money (Robert Roode and James Storm, singles wrestlers lacking purpose) syndrome sufferers. The time has come for fans to get a better understanding of the art that is Tag Team.
And to those who say I’m crazy, I humbly implore: Is it really a bad thing if these four put on a show every week for the crowd?