Hello again, fellow Bleacher Report readers.
Today I bring to you an article that is my opinion on what can be done to save the WWE's fledgling tag-team division.
As we all saw on the Nov. 1 edition of Monday Night Raw, Nexus leader Wade Barrett made fellow member David Otunga lay down so that Heath Slater could pin him and become one half of the new Tag Team Champions along with fellow Nexus cohort Justin Gabriel.
Well, nothing kills the prestige of a championship faster than it changing hands in such a cheap fashion.
Many believed that this was the final nail in the coffin of a division that has been living on life support for the last year or so.
WWE has continued to completely ignore the tag-team division by continuously breaking up excellent teams and trying to make singles stars out of them, or by just having the title defended in throw-away matches or on PPV when the match isn't even advertised.
Right now many think there truly is no way to right this wrong, but I do believe there is still hope. If done correctly, the tag-team championship could gain some of its luster back and create some entertaining matches and feuds.
Its not an easy process, but is still fully conceivable.
We all know that WWE has been running a lot of gimmick PPV's as of late. These include Money in the Bank, Hell in a Cell, Elimination Chamber, Bragging Rights, and so on.
Well, I believe that a tag-team tournament PPV may be the right type of gimmick PPV that could possibly help get the championships over again.
Now, to actually have a tag-team championship tournament you would need to have tag teams, which as of right now are severely lacking on the both the Raw and Smackdown brands. This, though, is actually the easiest fix.
There are so many superstars on both brand's rosters that aren't currently involved in feuds or are in feuds where no championship is up for grabs.
The WWE could start pairing some of these guys together such as Rey Mysterio and Kaval teaming together against a team that is composed of Albert Del Rio and Jack Swagger.
Now one superstar in each team is currently feuding with a member on the other, these rivalries could easily be worked together to allow these superstars a chance to achieve a common goal.
In this case, with these four superstars in a tag-team feud, I do believe we as fans would be treated to some wonderful matches.
Other teams I would like to see put together would be:
- The return of Edge and Christian
- Dolph Ziggler and Cody Rhodes
- CM Punk and Daniel Bryan
- Sheamus and Drew McIntyre
- The Miz and Alex Riley
- Evan Bourne and John Morrison
- MVP and Kofi Kingston
Now, these teams would also go along with Nexus (Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel), The Uso's and The Hart Dynasty.
With a field of tag-teams in place, you could start to see the re-emergence of tag-team wrestling.
The next step I believe would be to strip whoever the champions are, at the time, of their belts. This would be a positive for a number of reasons.
First, would be that the stripped champions would want to enter the tournament to seek revenge and take back a championship they didn't lose in a match.
Another reason is that it would pretty much reset the entire division and allow for the tournament to have a full field without an automatic team being in the finals.
The tournament could start on the four weeks of Raw and Smackdown before the PPV. You would see qualifying matches taking place to determine the semifinal matches that would be held at the PPV along with the finals. This would also help create buildup and increase potential buys.
Once the tournament is all done and over with after the PPV, these championships need to be defended on a regular basis and in matches long enough to keep the fans interested in the tag-team wrestling scene again.
No. 1 contender's matches also need to take place to keep the division fresh and constantly in motion.
These are just a few thoughts on what I think could potentially return interest to the tag division. I know some of you out there will have similar, as well as different, opinions on this.
I am very open to reading your comments and welcome you to leave them at the bottom of this article.