WWE's tag team division is getting a new look.
NXT's standout duo of Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady debuted on the April 4 edition of Raw, while The Vaudevillains debuted two days later on SmackDown. Both teams had a generous amount of spotlight in NXT, but now they call the main roster home.
Now it's up to WWE to get the most out of these moves.
Fans knew this was coming for quite some time. NXT has been doing its job as WWE's developmental brand, and that means the constant flow of new talent to both Raw and SmackDown. Baron Corbin, Apollo Crews and Sami Zayn are the latest singles stars WWE has called up, and they will not be the last.
But now the tag team division is seeing some new blood as well, and this could not have come at a better time.
The Usos might be the best tag team in WWE, but they've been struggling to maintain their positive crowd reaction. The Dudley Boyz still look good in the ring, but they are not the team to carry the division into the future. The League of Nations has been doing a fine job as arguably WWE's top heel group; however, it seems like a quick fix to fill a hole.
All of this is happening as The New Day rules the land, and that group deserves the top challengers to elevate it every week.
That's where the new teams come in.
However, it's about more than just making The New Day look good. This is about giving the tag team division the same treatment that the women's division is now receiving. Women's wrestling in WWE has finally been shown the proper respect it so richly deserves, and the same should happen for tag team wrestling.
In fact, the time may be right for new tag team belts in WWE, similar to what the women now have. The division needs trophies that are sought after and represent the company. The big gladiator belts have become outdated.
Tag team wrestling used to be big business at one point, but it saw a major lag in popularity thanks to WWE's refusal to shine the spotlight on it. If not for the work of The Dudley Boyz, The Hardy Boyz and Edge and Christian, tag team wrestling could've become nothing more than a memory.
Therein lays the key to making this tag team makeover stick—competition.
Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods can't do it all by themselves and will only remain hot if they have viable competition to keep them afloat. This means that WWE must put this all to good use, or it will all have been for nothing.
Feuds are the best way for the company to dig in, and The Dudley Boyz vs. Enzo and Cass is a great place to start.
It's a natural rivalry, one that will see the two teams complement each other in the ring and on the mic. Enzo and Cass are what Bubba Ray and D-Von used to be—a fun and lighthearted gimmick that can get brutal and punishing quickly.
Spotlighting this feud will be good for WWE, and it will set the tone moving forward.
The Vaudevillains are a unique combo, one that will need the right team to do business with. The Usos may be the right fit here, as fan support will likely strengthen for them almost immediately.
Once the feuds are established, WWE can address the booking.
The best way to make this work for everyone is to feature tag team wrestling deep on the card. This will build fan interest and plant the seed that it's OK for a tag team match to close out a program and then do it again the next night.
WWE can't force fans to like what they see, so the desire must be there for tag team wrestling to get over big. Booking the tag division with a new level of importance will accomplish this, and it will get fans accustomed to seeing that new emphasis on a weekly basis.
The most important thing for WWE is to give fans what they want and for the company to take it seriously. If these two things are carried out, then there could be a renewed interest in tag team wrestling that rivals the days of the TLC matches.
Getting the most out of what it has is what WWE has proved it can do better than anyone else. This must be the case again because just throwing one tag team after another to the main roster will not help matters at all.
These teams need a rhyme and reason to exist, or there's just no point to it at all.
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