The Tag Division, one of the many Divisions sinking in the WWE as I type this. We have the rebuilding of the Diva’s Division with Natalya Neidhart as Diva’s Champion. The singles Division is doing pretty good due to the long reigns by United States Champion Daniel Bryan and former Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler. The WWE and World Heavyweight Divisions are doing well, nothing great, but at least we have something. The only thing that is absolutely terrible is the Tag Division, and these are my simple ways to rejuvenate the desperate Tag Team Division.
First the WWE needs to realize they need to put the straps on an actual Tag Team, like The Usos. Besides the deflating and confusing Nexus, The Usos are the only tag team still going strong. These belts have been raped with the misfortune of being handled by the WWE Creative Department. These belts need to be put on serious competitors like The Usos, who are bred from the great Samoan Faction family. Not only could The Usos put on some serious wrestling, they also have entertaining characters, which go along with Tamina’s ringside skills. This should be happening soon because it's one thing for having the Tag division a joke, but by putting it on the "joke team" is even more of a slap in the face.
Still on the topic of the current Tag Champions, Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov, I have a plan. Marella should either be pushed for his wrestling abilities (YouTube his Ohio Valley Wrestling matches and pre-WWE matches) or stay in his comedy role by himself. But as for Vladimir, I believe he should be paired with FCW developmental wrestler Alex Kozlov aka Peter Orlov. The storyline could be Alex/Peter is Vladimir’s cousin from Russia. Alex/Peter can debut by screwing Vladimir of the Tag Titles in a match with The Usos, and putting the blame on Santino for making a joke out of Vladimir. Vladimir will eventually realize this, turn on Santino, and form the Kozlovs.
Primo Colón .. Primo .. Anybody? Exactly. Primo and his brother Carlito were the first Unified Tag Team Champions, but now Primo is stuck in the rut that is called WWE Superstars. It would make perfect sense for Primo’s cousin, Orlando aka Tito Colón, to be called up so they can form a Tag Team.
This is a prime example where the WWE creative department messes up. You waste Primo by putting him in Tag matches on Superstars with Yoshi Tatsu.
Despite some achievement in the foreign ECW days, Zack Ryder is in the same mixture that Primo is in, WWE Superstars and against the same people. The only time Ryder is on RAW is for Guest Host shenanigans or squash matches. This really hurts Curt Hawkins … Wait did I say Curt Hawkins? Oh yeah that’s right, the other one who is getting just as wasted now that his former Tag partner has been released. Instead of single squash matches, why not rattle these two former Tag Champs up, and become the Tag Team they’ve been since their wrestling debut. For their name, I was thinking just The Majors, cut a promo about how they're in the Major Leagues, because it also has history to their previous wrestling identities.
The Heart Dynasty had such potential to become a great Tag Team, but because of such a boring Championship run in which they barely defended their titles and now a lame feud all I see in each of their futures is Superstars *yawn*.
David Hart Smith should be drafted to the SmackDown-Heavy heel side, and compete for the IC Title (just sayin’). If the Cruiserweight Title was still around, I would say Tyson should be pushed with that with his new attitude and associate, Jackson Andrews. But because it's not, why not just keep Tyson Kidd around in the Tag Division, cut promos about how DHS was dead weight and he could climb back to the top of the Tag Division with his new partner.
Do I think they should have great achievements? Well I don’t know because I haven’t seen Jackson Andrews compete, but by the small talking Tyson did at the Slammys, he should be talking more. Even though a good US Title feud with Bryan would be great, Creative probably won't pull the trigger.
Another pairing that I think could have a bright future is Ted DiBiase & Brodus Clay. WWE could easily go the lackey way in which Brodus "bodyguards" for DiBiase and making Brodus his Virgil. Or Brodus could earn DiBiase'’s respect by being a wrestling talent, and forming a Tag Team. Now that we found that the NXT Winner gets a Tag Team Title match, this could be the perfect team.
DiBiase is another wrestler coming to waste in the deep single wrestler roster in the WWE. This doesn’t help him, because he's always jobbing to Daniel Bryan, the current US Champion or R-Truth. So for Ted to form a Tag Team in which he did with Legacy, could be switching the gears and hopefully more glory for the highly praised Million Dollar Jr.
It's just that these two are just so simple it might work. The storyline is already there, the WWE just needs to capitalize on Ted and his NXT rookie. (Money & Power for a name? hmmm maybe)
Speaking of NXT, Darren Young has been exiled from Nexus and is now surviving on Superstars. Woo-Hoo another single jobber in the pool of Raw. Well how about forming a team with former Tag Team partner and NXT alumni, Percy Watson. These two were called the South Beach Party Boys down in FCW. They both showed basically the same kind of attitude in NXT, so the pairing would be easy. The storyline could be Nexus going on a rampage like usual booking a two on one handicap match, (McGillicutty and Harris vs. Young) Nexus starts beating on Young and out of no where comes running down the ramp the electrifying Percy Watson, the newly signed Raw superstar. Percy would be protecting an ally from his Season 2 NXT alumnus. From there, have them form an ally and a bond on that they both like to party, and we got a team!
Hopefully Brodus Clay wins NXT, which leads the rest looking for spots on the roster. Which would bring me to my next storyline… Trent Baretta is desperately looking for a Tag Team partner to form the Dudebusters again. Trent could be holding backstage skits in which he auditions random people in hilarious skits. Who is better than the recently departed than Mr. Mantastic, Derrick Bateman from NXT? Those two seem to have the same personality, and I think mostly have the same styles, so it fits. Not only can both wrestle pretty good, but they seem to have the same kind of gimmick, and I find both Derrick and Trent hilarious. So this one is another no-brainer.
For the last Tag Team that is simply easy to create, takes a bumming WWE Superstar and a FCW developmental wrestler. The Superstar, The Great Khali. The Development, Jinder Mahal. Everyone knows WWE likes to do things simple, like grouping races together so this one should be easy.
How about The Great Khali finally returns from India and starts destroying wrestlers in Tag Team matches and to the side of him is a built Punjabi man. The storyline goes, while Khali was in India, he was met by Jinder he said he could rebuild Khali into the monster he was, and now that’s what they're going to do as a team.
Jinder could be The Great Khali’s speaker instead of the annoying Ranjin Singh. Jinder could work most the match, having Khali come in at last minute and destroying the rest and taking the pinfall. I think this one could work out for both wrestlers; for Khali’s deflating career and Jinder’s star potential. The only thing is that I couldn’t think of a name for these two, any suggestions?
Hopefully some of these would come true, because it's just too simple not to happen. There's no signing any new Superstars. Just use the ones that you're disrespecting and use their talent.
It's really a shame, how one promotion has Tag Team wrestling down perfectly, and the main promotion can't even use a Tag Team to help their shows. It's reasons like this that wrestling in general has fluctuated in its business. They treat their talent and fans as if we have no idea what's going on, and that we'll still be watching anyway.
If that was the case, we wouldn't have gone through an entire year of marketing campaigns like the Special GM of Raw to increase viewers. But anyway, this article was just about the importance of Tag Team wrestling and how the WWE could save themselves and their wallet by just letting their talent show their talent.