Dudebusters vs. Hawkins/Archer: The Beginning of Something Bigger?
If you caught Superstars this week, you'll have noticed the second match was a tag team match between the Dudebusters and Curt Hawkins and Vance Archer.
In my opinion, this is something I have been waiting for a long time.
The two teams have spent the last six months on Superstars squashing local rookies, or engaging in singles feuds with their partner at ringside, but the two have barely ever crossed paths.
One look at the two teams in action shows that they are made for each other, both with a high-flying, agile, quick brand of wrestling which is so synonymous with tag team wrestling.
The match itself was everything we hoped for from a first-time match on Superstars. It was an excellent match with high-flying spots, fast-paced action and furious intensity.
In the end, Archer and Hawkins were able to pick up the victory before giving us an excellent promo signalling their intent to take on the Hart Dynasty, but I can feel something bigger coming for these two teams.
Throughout the match, the commontators kept referring to the fact that this match was, in effect, a No. 1 contender's match for the unified Tag Team titles in all but name and Archer/Hawkins have started to make a beeline for the titles.
But I honestly hope that the Dudebusters continue to challenge them and a feud starts because these guys have the opportunity to make themselves the next Hardyz vs. E&C, given time and room to breathe.
The only problem I think with this match was, even though it was a great match, it was on Superstars, and even worse, one of the best episodes of Superstars in its history.
I think this match will be overshadowed by the main event, Zack Ryder vs. Evan Bourne, which was exceptional for Superstars as well, and probably ignored.
However, I hope that these guys get a chance to go at it again on Raw, Smackdown or even a PPV, because this has the makings of a great feud...
Which brings me onto the second part of my article (It was meant to be 2, but I decided to merge them). As mentioned before, the Hardyz vs. E&C feud is the benchmark for modern-day tag teams to aspire to and what made that feud was their legendary series of Ladder matches and TLC matches.
Since those first three or four legendary matches (I count the fourth TLC with Kane winning by himself as part of this immortal canon myself, but opinions vary), the TLC has been on the wane.
It has descended into a poor shadow of itself, designed for Singles matches, that hasn't been able to live to the immortal quality of those first three or four matches.
The general consensus is that TLC was made for Tag Team Wrestling, and without multiple tag teams, the match cannot be as effective.
However, it seems that WWE creative has realised this, as there is now rumours of a return to the 6-man and 8-man TLC format that people so dearly loved, for the Unified Tag Team titles at the match's namesake event in December, in an effort to freshen up the tag division and hopefully make a career-defining feud from it.
The match being dubbed "TLC X", as it's the 10th match of its kind, seems to be gunning itself as an immediate successor to the first four matches, wiping out the memory of the inferior singles matches.
So here's some possible matches that I think could end up filling the possible spaces at the TLC PPV in December:
The Dudebusters vs. Curt Hawkins and Vance Archer vs. Zack Ryder and Primo:
Well, we've been talking about this feud earlier on in the article, so it seems reasonable to start off with this one.
One of the things which makes this probably my favourite combination is the fact that a TLC match depends on superstars who can read each other well.
Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder's legacy together is well-known and they know each other like the back of their own hands.
Not only this, but Trent Baretta is also from the same school of thought as Hawkins and Ryder, training and competing with them back in their Long Island days.
As a result, each team has members which are able to connect with the other teams and work together to create an awesome match.
The Hart Dynasty vs. The Usos vs. John Morrison/R-Truth vs. Matt Hardy/Christian:
Probably the most likely of the lot. Not only can it bring a new dimension to the constant Hart Dynasty/Usos feud that's been going on for a while, but it also has the benefit of two TLC veterans in Matt Hardy and Christian who will be able to bring their insider knowledge and experience to the match to make it as good as it possibly could be.
Not only this, but the addition of high-flying MITB veteran John Morrison and tag partner R-Truth can also take this to a higher level.
Joey Mercury/Luke Gallows vs. John Morrison/R-Truth vs. The Miz/Mystery Partner:
The biggest long shot, due to the mixed-brand nature of it's competitors, but I think it would work well due to Morrison's history with Mercury and The Miz. I could even see CM Punk replacing Luke Gallows, due to his Money In The Bank expertise.
So, what do you think? What did you think about this week's episode of Superstars? Can you see a future for the Dudebusters and Hawkins/Archer feud? What do you think of the possibility of another Tag Team TLC match?
Do you like these match suggestions? If not, who would you have in it instead? Chat away in the comment board!
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