WWE Raw Recap: Will Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne Revive the Tag Division?

TJ NagyAnalyst IIIAugust 23, 2011

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In one of the more overlooked moments of last night's Raw, Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne defeated Michael McGillicuty and David Otunga to become the new WWE tag team champions.

If you watched wrestling lately, it's pretty obvious that the tag team division is in tons of trouble. With no legitimate, marketable teams right now, the tag belts have been passed around like worthless pieces of garbage to any team the company decides to just randomly throw together.

Teams like Vladimir Kozlov and Santino, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater, and Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre have all been champions over the last several months; while real teams like the Usos or the Hart Dynasty continue to get buried or broken up way before their time. The last several champions all just joined together basically out of thin air, and all have been nothing but complete flops. 

Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne are one of such teams—no back story and no relevant past relationship. Last week, they came out together for a match, and just like that, they're a team.

But for some reason, this time it feels a little different. It feels like maybe, after months of spiraling downhill, the tag team division has finally taken a step in the right direction.

Even though Kingston and Bourne might not be a true tag team, their chemistry is already excellent. Their first two matches together have been very exciting and fun to watch. Both of these guys are huge fan favorites and incredibly talented in the ring. It's great to see them actually get a chance to shine on a Raw show filled with other huge stars and storylines.

The tag division still has a long way to go—even the announcers couldn't help but point out how weak the current state that tag teams are in. When two future jobbers are holding the gold, it becomes abundantly clear just how far and fast these one prestigious belts have fallen.

There is a sliver lining however. Since HHH took over, rumors have been circulating about the WWE potentially signing some big name tag teams from the independent scene. It's clear the new boss recognizes how horrible this division has become, and is trying to clean up the mess with some real talent. In the meantime, putting the straps on two young rising stars like Kingston and Bourne is a great place to start.   

Hopefully Kingston and Bourne's reign brings a breath of fresh air to the WWE, as it gives two great athletes something to do rather then just wander from match to match on Raw. Plus, it'll do nothing but increase their already very strong fanbase.

If the ovation for their victory on Monday is any indication of how big these two guys can become together, then I think it's safe to say that the tag team division is finally back.

Guess we'll just have to wait and see.