Tagging Out: The Appalling State of the WWE Tag Team Division

Will J BakerCorrespondent IIIMarch 29, 2011

There was a time when the tag team division was the pride of the WWF, a time when Hulk Hogan refused to main event house shows because he could not follow the Rockers and a time where the Road Warriors were two of the most beloved stars in the company.

Nowadays the lack of creativity and direction to the tag team division is showing a lack of respect to the great tag team champions of the past.

Santino and Kozlov are an amusing comedy duo, but to push them as the premier tag team in the company was ridiculous, particularly considering the presence of promising teams such as the Hart Dynasty and the Usos.

The Uso twins, Tyson Kidd and DH Smith, were all promising wrestlers with a history in the business and the added presence of Natalya and Tamina Snuka allowed the possibility for a long feud. Instead, the WWE decided to bury the Usos by having them lose repeatedly to Santino and Kozlov. They also took the decision to split up the Hart Dynasty, which made no sense as neither of them have achieved anything since the break and have been relegated to Superstars. They are all favorites to be future endeavored in the annual post-WrestleMania cleanup.

Now while these teams were a far cry from the great duos of yesteryear, they still had potential to provide entertaining matches and both partners meant something to each other.

That is the key difference between the tag team divisions of today and the past. Now when the WWE needs a tag team, they pair two wrestlers who they have no plans for such as Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes together and stick the belts on them.

Back in the day, sometimes you would not know the names of the individual wrestlers, they would just be the Killer Bees or the Conquistadors because they were actual teams. There was history between the Dynamite Kid and the British Bulldog or Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart. There were no random pairings in those days.

There was also an abundance of tag teams in those days that could all put on fantastic matches when called upon, and because of the strength in depth of the division, we were always kept on our toes. We would watch the Rougeaus, the Hart Foundation, the Bulldogs, the Road Warriors and the Brainbusters and it always seemed fresh.

Today, it seems that all the tag team matches are between Santino and Kozlov and some combination of the Nexus or the Corre! Technically, the WWE now has three teams and that is if you include the hot new Superstars team of Primo and Zack Ryder!

Only ten years ago tag team matches were stealing the show at key PPV's with Edge and Christian, the Hardy Boyz and the Dudleys. These teams arguably revolutionized the business with their high-flying spot-heavy TLC matches that had never been seen before in wrestling!

It is clear to see how much the tag team division has come down in the WWE creative department's priorities, even in the last year. In 2009 and 2010 they were willing to commit the likes of Edge, Jericho, Big Show, Triple H and Shawn Michaels to the tag team division, but now the tag team champions are a pair of failed rookies who are not even defending their titles at WrestleMania!

I am not expecting the tag team division today to emulate what was achieved in the past, as that would be an impossibility. There was much more talent available in those days and tag teams would come as a package such as the Rockers from the AWA (Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels).

What I am asking for however is for the WWE not to completely bury the division that has yielded so many incredible matches and memories!