The Usos Will Complete WWE's Tag Team Renaissance with Return

Graham GSM Matthews@@WrestleRantFeatured ColumnistNovember 4, 2015

The Usos are ready to take WWE's tag team division by storm, again.
The Usos are ready to take WWE's tag team division by storm, again.Credit: WWE.com

The Usos returned to WWE on Monday's Raw, making an immediate impact with their back-to-back eliminations of New Day members Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston during the main event.

In March, Jey Uso was sidelined with a serious shoulder injury that kept the team on the shelf for more than seven months. In his absence, Jimmy Uso served as a color commentator on SmackDown, and although he fared well behind the booth, it was evident he belonged back in the ring.

The Usos have been a staple in WWE's tag team division for five-plus years but have been consistently involved in the WWE Tag Team Championship scene for the last two. Since capturing the titles for the first time in March 2014, there hasn't been a point while they've been active that they haven't been chasing the championship.

At the time Jey was injured, they had essentially done it all. They were fresh off their second run with the straps and failed to recapture them at WrestleMania 31, which meant they likely would have floundered had they stuck around.

As fun as The Usos are to watch in the ring, they were overexposed on WWE TV for the better part of the year. The lengthy layoff allowed them to recharge their batteries, reinvigorate their characters and feel rejuvenated upon their return.

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In the months they were gone from WWE programming, it allowed other tag teams to rise to prominence.

The Prime Time Players were treated to a well-deserved, albeit brief, reign as WWE tag team champions over the summer. Granted, they're nowhere to be seen on Raw these days, but it was a fine effort by WWE to build new stars.

Meanwhile, The Dudley Boyz returned to the company the night after SummerSlam and immediately set their sights on the WWE Tag Team Championship. They have yet to regain the gold, but it's safe to assume they'll have the titles in their possession for a 10th time sooner rather than later.

Most importantly, The New Day have evolved into the best act in all of WWE today. They had a bumpy beginning as babyfaces, but over the course of 2015, they have honed their characters and become one of the biggest highlights on Raw each week.

That's not even mentioning the likes of The Lucha Dragons, the newly paired duo of Sheamus and King Barrett, The Wyatt Family and The Ascension.

There have been several points over the years where the tag team division has been on the verge of meaning something, only to revert back to the status quo of only three or four tandems at most. Tag team wrestling will likely never reach the heights it was at in the 1980s and '90s, but it can come close with the surplus of talent available right now.

With The Usos now back in the picture, they have a fresh batch of teams to go up against and steal the show with in addition to a ready-made rivalry with The New Day.

WWE spotlighted its tag division in a major way on Monday night with the twin brothers and The New Day taking part in the main event. If the company can continue to focus on the division in the weeks ahead, it will have officially ushered in an all-new era of tag team wrestling.

That said, there are still ways WWE can make it more meaningful, including creating feuds below the tag title scene. With a shortage of stories but so many tandems, additional programs should be unfolding.

Nevertheless, for the first time in many years, the tag team division is almost absolute. Prominently featuring teams on the flagship show is a step in the right direction, but it's time to take it one step further and start making the division feel as loaded as it looks on paper.

The Usos have been the centerpiece of WWE's tag division for just about as long they've been with the company, and now that they're back and better than they were before, they have a chance to lead the charge and complete the tag team renaissance.

Graham Mirmina, aka Graham "GSM" Matthews, is a journalism major at Endicott College. Visit his website, Next Era Wrestling, and "like" his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling.