Beer Money, Young Bucks, and the 10 Tag Teams We Need in WWE Today
Now, for those who don't know, I'm a major fan of tag team wrestling. This is why it pains me to watch WWE try and put on tag team wrestling for our viewing pleasure every week.
Literally, I'd rather watch paint dry. The worst part about it is, most of the teams are just thrown together.
Then, when you finally get a good team, WWE just split them up for nothing.
This could be why many fans criticize WWE's tag team division. But, my biggest issue with it is, there is a lack of actual teams that are worth something. Sure, we've had some great ones and some up and comers, but, usually all teams are thrown together and it's just not worth it in the long run.
Sure, JeriShow or ShowMiz are great teams for the moment they are in, but, we know it'll end soon. We need teams that can come up week after week and make the tag division worth watching, otherwise why even have tag titles?
WWE has done good in some ways, as they have signed Kings of Wrestling, who will be bypassing FCW and heading straight up to the main roster. It's said by late September, they could be debuting.
Some believe the only reason WWE handed the tag titles to Kofi and Bourne was because KOW will be coming in as heels, and there is a need for a face tag team they can easily take down, but make them look good too. Say what you want about Kofi and Bourne, but both can go in the ring and sell like nobody's business.
But after KOW, there is a clear lack of teams. So, why not go outside WWE and find some hot teams in the indy scene or in other top companies around the world? Couldn't hurt to try and give the fans something new and fresh in the division again could it?
This is why I have come up with the Top 10 Tag Teams we need in WWE today. Enjoy!
No. 10 Dark City Fight Club
The Dark City Fight Club is made up of two guys who are just killers. When Ring of Honor first made it's way to HDNet, these two men became household names by coming in and burying every tag team in the company.
This led to many promotions loving the two. Each looked like they could be a World Champion at any point, but they were tag team wrestling. It seemed weird, but it was something everyone seemed to be for because they were wonderful to watch.
Right now, they are as hot as any team on the Indy circuit. If there is any team WWE should consider, it's these two. Scary when looked at, feared more when you see what they can actually do.
No. 9 Motor City Machine Guns
I know, I know. Chris Sabin is out until January 2012 at the earliest and Alex Shelley is a TNA guy who has been there for a long time. Plus, Sabin also is in a relationship with Velvet Sky, which would hurt any chance for him to leave the company.
But, Shelley and Sabin have expressed frustration with WWE in the past. And even though both are on the older side of things, compared to younger teams out there today, they can still produce as good as any in WWE or better.
TNA would never want to lose the pair, unless they decided to become idiots.
But, because they are so very good, many promotions want to grab the pair when the TNA deals they are currently under expire, which is said to be within the next year.
Sabin and Shelley, collectively known as Motor City Machine Guns due to their ties to Detroit, have been TNA Tag Team Champions and have teamed in TNA and other outlets for years now.
They have become household names due to tag team success, despite both having singles success.
Sabin is even a four-time X-Division Champion. Both have had critical success for how good they are in this field, in fact, they were tag team of the year for PWI just last year. They would have been this past year if not for Sabin getting hurt most likely.
If there is a team to keep an eye on and put in WWE, despite age, it's MCMG.
No. 8 Cutler Brothers
Brandon and Dustin Cutler, known as the Cutler Brothers, are seen as one of the best young tag teams in the world, simply because it's a fact that is hard to dispute. While they aren't the biggest or fastest group of guys out there, they can really wow a crowd.
In an interview I conducted with The Young Bucks, they said the Cutlers were one of their favorite opponents to face on the Indie circuit, and it's pretty easy to see why after watching those matches. The two can fly but also keep it technical.
Some would say they don't have a WWE look, and you'd probably be right. But, this isn't the biggest deal in the world because looks can be altered where talent cannot.
These two have an IT factor that is hard to dispute, and they deserve a spot in WWE, at least a FCW deal.
No. 7 Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas
In this case, it's probably better to say, we need this team back in WWE. Many people questioned the release of Shelton Benjamin, as he was always considered a great worker and top athlete in the company. While he can't talk on a mic to save his life, he was still very good and it shocked many when he was let go.
But in Haas' case, no one seemed shocked. Even though he was always considered a good worker, he doesn't stand out individually. This is why tag team wise, these two fit.
Named The World's Greatest Tag Team, it makes you think they can produce in the ring, which they can easily do.
WWE made the mistake of moving the two apart instead of keeping them together, and many on the Indy scene thank them for it. Because so far, they have put on some of the best tag team matches in the world every time they have gotten in a ring.
Right now, even though both are older and former WWE names, they could be considered the hottest team in the world today. Many can dispute it if they wish, but no one is making more waves across the world than these two, which is a pretty huge task if you ask me.
WWE would be smart to bring them both back into the company to help out the tag team scene, as it would be a major boost to have both teaming up and kicking tail.
No. 6 American Wolves
Some would say these two are could be the best technical wrestling tag team out there.
Now, both have had a lot of singles success as of late, but both Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards would absolutely rule the WWE Tag Team scene if they were to go there.
Ring of Honor has made both the ROH World Champion over the past year at separate times, and both put on great singles performances. But, the next step for both is WWE if you ask me.
Both could come in as a tag team and have singles success while also doing tag team wrestling.
Most fans are begging these two to enter WWE to make it better tag team wise, and while I won't go as far as begging, I will say that Richards and Edwards could absolutely make an impact in WWE that most teams won't be able to do.
They are exciting to watch, and technically, they are two of the best.
The issue is, will ROH ever let them go so they can pursue WWE? This much is up in the air as of now.
No. 5 The Young Bucks (Generation Me)
Now, both Matt and Nick, known as the Young Bucks, are seen as two of the best young tag team performers right now in the United States.
Most think they are WWE bound, but no one can be sure about that after the issue with Booker T during the WWE try out (dark match) they had a few weeks back.
Personally, I think Booker is way too high on himself if he is so very offended for not getting a handshake from the Bucks. Both are shy guys, who obviously know who Booker is. Heck, he may be someone they looked up to.
But, to think it's just disrespectful to pass someone in the hallway without shaking their hand is idiotic and Booker really needs a reality check. Yeah, you are a Wrestling Legend, we get it. Now, get over yourself and go back to sucking at your job.
The Bucks are seen as small guys, but the thing is, both can perform better than most who are twice the size. Which is why people seem to like them shockingly enough. Imagine that, not having to be huge can actually lead to fans liking you more.
If they were bigger, it's doubtful they could pull of some of the things they have done. So, I as a fan am all for them being the size they are. Probably could be better than past teams.
To me, the team who most deserves an FCW Developmental deal are the Young Bucks. And if they get them, within a year I'd be willing to bet they are on the main roster giving us some of the best tag team matches we've ever seen.
No. 4 Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino
Now we go over the pond to Japan, where we have two guys in Doi and Yoshino who can really make you jump up in excitement.
Some consider these two THE best in the world today tag team wise, especially if you live in Japan. While this is debatable, these two do have a good case if you ask me.
Both have been champions throughout the Japanese area, and it seems they are always a package deal, because both realize how good they are and what they are worth together.
If you ask me, WWE would definitely want to get these two in because of the clear lack of Japanese talent, and the fact that we haven't had a legit Asian tag team in some time now.
Now, both can barely speak English, but I'm sure they could be given a manager who could easily help their case.
Due to their style, they could bypass FCW and go straight to the main roster.
The thing to love about these two is they can bring power and speed all at once.
Speed is something you'll love with these two, but then add in the power they possess, and it's a complete package. Both are on the smaller side too, which is why people are so fascinated by the strength. Could be why their nicknamed "Speed Muscle."
I'd make the case to see these two in WWE, today!
No. 3 Briscoe Brothers
If there are two people who don't fit the WWE mold, but deserve a WWE contract, it's these two.
Neither one is going to make you enjoy them in the look category, but they are what Indy tag team represents more than any other out there today.
Many love that these two will give long, drag out matches. Lovely style is not what these two are about, they simply just beat people up.
Now, both are fantastic technical wrestlers who can put holds and submissions together as good as any, but they don't do this when they team up. They just go out and hurt you. It's what draws you really.
WWE did bring them in for a week down in FCW, but neither left with WWE contracts, which left many stunned to say the least.
Some believe they turned them down, others believe WWE just didn't think they were ready.
However, right now, looking at them, they are two legit guys who would bring some excellent match ups to WWE's tag division.
Two guys who may not wow you with spectacular high-flying moves, but could show you what tag team wrestling is all about.
No. 2 All Night Express (Kenny King and Rhett Titus)
The All Night Express could be considered two of the best in the world.
Rhett Titus and Kenny King remind people of a young Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas, but entertainment wise, these two fit the bill for WWE much more than Benjamin and Haas, just not technically.
King is considered one of the best athletes on the Indy scene today, but then add Titus, who may have to switch around his gimmick in WWE, but can perform better than most. These two are all about entertainment, but they can really beat you down if you don't take them seriously.
All Night Express can be seen as two excellent entertainers, but ones who can really wow you in the ring.
It took time for them to be taken seriously, but they proved they belonged and now have a ton of people backing them.They push boundaries and really enjoy the match from beginning to end.
To me, they may be the best Indy team WWE could go after because they have skills in every category WWE loves, plus both have a good WWE look, which would work out well for them.
No. 1 Beer Money
If you want to find the most complete team WWE could go after, it would be James Storm and Robert Roode, known simply as Beer Money.
Many saw it as a joke when they got together, then after a while you looked at them, and said, hey, these two can really go out there.
Both were always good in the tag team world, especially Storm who was a part of another great TNA team known as America's Most Wanted, in which he along with Chris Harris became multiple time TNA Tag Team Champions. His Total Tag Titles in TNA is 11, which will rise most likely.
Right now, these two have the distinction of being considered the most popular and best tag team in the entire world by wrestling journalists.
Roode is seen as one of the stars TNA wants to break out into singles soon, as he is seen as "ready" by many. Storm however is a tag team specialist and always has been, and will never be taken very seriously as a singles guy.
Both can go in the ring, and both can entertain. People always react to them, no matter heel or face and their popularity due to how good they are is so massive that TNA banks big as a result. This is why they are one of the few tag teams in TNA that get guaranteed money.
Roode signed a long-term deal with TNA a year or two back, while Storm still has a little while on his contact.
It is believed by 2013, both will be up for a re-sign. Both are also very loyal to the TNA product and it would take a lot for them to leave. WWE can offer cash, and they both know it, but what else could they offer may be what they would want to know.
If WWE can sign a ton of the world's top teams, it may draw Beer Money in due to them knowing they could still stay as a legitimate team if they came in.
It seems every fan wants to see how these two would fare in WWE, despite if they are a TNA fan or not. Because TNA is being used in such a negative way according to critics and some within the company, by the time their deals come up. Beer Money could be thinking about saying goodbye, but will they?
This is something we'll have to wait and see.
If they do wish to go to WWE, the company would take them in very fast due to how big they are and the fact that both fit the WWE product outside of the name and Storm's drinking habits. If APA can get away with it, I think these two can.
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These are my top 10 tag teams who WWE should sign when given the opportunity. But, what I wanna know is, who are the top 10 you'd sign?
Leave a comment below telling me who, and we'll see if the rest of the B/R World agrees with you.
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