Re-Building: New Tag Teams Based on the Current WWE Roster
On June 6, 1971, the World Tag Team Championships were formed, becoming THE prize for any tag team that got into WWE.
These would be held by some of the greatest teams in the history of pro wrestling: Hart Foundation, Wild Samoans, Edge & Christian, and more recently, the Hart Dynasty would be some of the great teams to hold the prizes.
Tag team wrestling has often been cited as a launching pad for great singles wrestlers: Shawn Michaels, Booker T, Scott Steiner, and Edge are some of many performers who came from great teams and established themselves as the best of their generation.
The popularity of tag team wrestling might have reached an all-time high in the late 90s and early part of the 21st century.
One of the amazing Tag Team TLC matches could save a PPV that was terrible.
Due to WWE management giving pushes to certain wrestlers in tag teams, it seems that tag team wrestling has become a lost art in WWE.
This topic has become a target for the IWC to ridicule.
It is tough for me to see a company like TNA that has their tag team division set with teams such as The Motor City Machine Guns, Beer Money, 3-D, Styles & Kazarian, and then see the greatest sports entertainment company in the world give teams that have NO credible title shots.
I'm not going to insult WWE, though. Instead, I have created a list of 10 possible teams that could help the WWE get tag wrestling to what it was.
There is no team on the slideshow that is too ridiculous to consider.
Let me know if you "like" the article and my selections.
Of course, the comment section is there for a reason, so feel free to express your choices.
Current State of The Tag Team Division
Hart Dynasty (Unified WWE Tag Team Champions)
Curt Hawkins and Vance Archer
Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov
The only team on the entire list with any credibility is the Hart Dynasty. They are the current WWE and World Tag Team Champions. What other team is going to face the Harts—the Usos again?
The Usos were immediately thrown into the tag title hunt because of their descent from the Anoa'i family and how "creative" it would be to have a feud against the Harts.
They needed to build them up before giving them a chance. They have talent so they could be very good next year or later on this year.
Dudebusters might have some talent but they can't get any screen time. Even if they cut a cheezy promo on how they were gonna "bust dudes," at least then we would know they still existed.
Santino and Vlad are entertaining from a comedic standpoint and knowing how "creative" they are, I think they should get a title shot soon. But again, no credibility as a team.
Hawkins and Archer simply don't have the "look" to be the champions in my eyes, they just aren't over with the crowd. Do we even know if they're heels or faces yet?
10. Chavo Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler-SmackDown!
Not an overly exciting combo but they could give the Hart Dynasty a better match then Santino and Vlad.
Ziggler has been getting a huge push lately and looks like he could be the next IC Champion but that doesn't mean Vickie Guerrero doesn't get Chavo to team up with him and get more gold around Dolph's waist.
With this new stable, Chavo would come back to relevance. His last actual feud was against Hornswoggle. Chavo's last tag title reign was with his uncle Eddie Guerrero.
He would certainly get some respect back since he replaced Kane for the "Biggest Jobber" tag.
9. John Morrison and R-Truth-RAW
They were put in a team to face Jeri-Show at Wrestlemania XXVI. I had hoped when they got drafted to Raw, that they would still be in a team.
It would be a real good team of two guys that are mid-carders, aren't doing anything significant right now from an individual standpoint, and seem to be lost with the pushes that Evan Bourne and Ted DiBiase are getting.
Both are great athletes and Truth's mic ability might make up for JoMo's lack of it.
And, JoMo's ring work might make up for Truth's lack of ring work.
Since, Miz used Morrison as a launching pad, maybe Morrison could use Truth as one when they disband.
8. Christian and Matt Hardy-SmackDown!
Perhaps a predictable choice.
Hardy and Christian both come from being partners in great tag teams: The Hardy Boyz and Edge and Christian.
Many thought that a push would come for one at the "Money In The Bank" PPV but that didn't work out.
Now, they look like they're about to start a feud on SmackDown!
How about they win the tag titles first? How about they beat The Hart Dynasty for the title and have a good reign as the champions.
Then when Hardy and Christian lose the belts, their feud finally starts over who is better.
And jealously gets the better of them.
7. The Miz and Zack Ryder-RAW
Two pompous clowns in one team...sounds like a plan.
I don't like having to give Miz a shot at the tag title since he already has the US Title and MITB Briefcase, but he looks like the only guy on the Raw roster who won't over-match Ryder.
Ryder looked like he was getting a tiny push from the writers; his name was getting out there but for some reason, "creative" pulled the plug on Ryder and now he is only being used for comedic roles.
They paired up once before in a losing effort.
Ryder has good mic skills as does Miz.
Both have OK in-ring skills.
This could be a winning team and Ryder could use the Miz to take that next step as a upper-level mid-carder.
6. Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes-SmackDown!
These two guys teamed up on SmackDown! the other night and looked pretty good.
Since Drew won't be getting an IC Title match and Cody is afraid to get his faced messed up by one of Kofi's kicks, how about they team up and make a good strong, young tag team?
Both are heels and have some personality.
Rhodes and McIntyre are similar wrestlers.
Cody isn't in any feuds right now and is almost being used for comedic roles. Drew could get in the World Title picture soon but isn't doing anything right now.
This could be a second coming of "Morrison and Miz" if it ever happened.
5. Kofi Kingston and Rey Mysterio-SmackDown!
This would be one of the most popular tag teams in the history of the WWE.
Both superstars are of foreign influence and are fun loving and crazy in the ring.
With Undertaker set to come back sometime near "SummerSlam," Rey Mysterio could go back to being a upper tier mid-carder with Kofi.
Maybe, at Bragging Rights they could get a shot in a SmackDown vs. Raw match.
Kofi is in a semi-feud with Dolph Ziggler right now. He might lose the title to get Dolph over with the fans.
Rey has been hurting for a while so after his match with Kane at SummerSlam, you can only assume that he will take a break.
No match they would be in would be boring, that's for sure.
4. Luke Gallows and Joey Mercury-SmackDown!
Kind of a obvious pairing here.
Gallows and Mercury are both members of the "Straight Edge Society" and could begin the first step to "Straight Edge World Domination" by winning the tag titles.
Punk could win the World Title and Serena the Women's Title, there would be no stopping them.
Gallows could make up for Joey's lack of strength and vice versa. Joey has good sound ring ability.
Kinda of a clone of Jeri-Show when I look at 'em.
3. Chris Jericho and Evan Bourne-RAW
In the past we have seen the WWE Legend team up with the young up and coming star.
Remember, Ric Flair and Batista or Hulk Hogan and Edge?
Well, this could be a great pairing of the legend Jericho and the youngster Bourne.
Jericho and Bourne have had their scuffles over the past month, but Jericho could take Evan under his wing and try to mold him into a Chris Jericho Jr.
It would be refreshing to see two smaller guys like these guys get the titles instead of the traditional combo of a powerhouse and a little guy.
2. Pair Up Members Of Nexus-RAW
Many members of the IWC have thought of pairing up members of Nexus into teams when the group finally breaks up.
Barrett is the singles star so that would even out six superstars and three teams for the price of one.
You would like to pair the bigger guys like Tarver, Sheffield, and Otunga with the more agile guys in Young, Gabriel, and Slater. And, not just put Tarver in the same team as Sheffield.
Maybe, it would go something like this.
Tarver and Gabriel
Otunga and Young
Sheffield and Slater
1. MVP and Shad Gaspard—SmackDown!
I think out of all the teams mentioned, this could be the most likely.
Don't let Shad's laughter fool you, he and MVP will be "Layin' The SMACKDOWN."
To make this work, obviously you need for Montel to turn heel again and persuade Shad.
Also, Shad said it was "his time." Well, that's gonna have to change also.
MVP is lost on the B-Show and Shad hasn't had any T.V. time in over a month, so both might finally get angry and team up.
Both have the style and money when they are heels and that pretty much turns anyone into a heel.
If the WWE would be better off if it can put at least two of these teams in the WWE tag team division.
If they could build the credibility of the Usos up a little and created one of these teams, then they would be fine also.
So, that's it.
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