WWE: 5 Teams That Can Challenge for the WWE Tag-Team Titles

Mark Pare@NEPats17Correspondent IISeptember 9, 2011

WWE: 5 Teams That Can Challenge for the WWE Tag-Team Titles

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    The WWE has had a few weak spots over the years and that could be attributed to most of the bigger stars from the Attitude Era moving on to newer and greener pastures.

    A couple of the things that WWE has seen in decline have been the tag-team and Divas divisions.

    Recently, the WWE Divas have received positive reviews and have been on an upswing.  That was step one.

    Step two is to tear the tag-team division a new one and make it as good as it was in the days of the Dudleys, the Hardys and Edge & Christian.

    Those were the days.

    Now the division is so looked down upon, when the WWE unified the titles from RAW and Smackdown, they had it in a dark match at WrestleMania 25.  Yes, a grand stage for such an event, but the WWE didn't bother to give it any airtime. That means it was only witnessed by the live audience, online viewers and then went straight to the DVD box set.

    Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston are the new champions and are breathing a scent of fresh air into the division, and if they can do what Beth Phoenix and Natalya have done for the Divas division, we could be in for a promising future in the tag-team division.

    There are a few possibilities that WWE could take and give "Air Boom" some competition for the short term and long term.

    Here are five teams that could take the "air" right out of the new champions.

The Miz and R-Truth

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    This is the most likely scenario for the short term.

    The Miz and R-Truth have challenged the champions to a match at Night of Champions and could start a feud that may last through Survivor Series.

    It benefits everyone.  The tag-team belts receive recognition for being coveted by a former WWE Champion (Miz), it could get R-Truth pushed into a permanent spot in the main event picture, especially if he and Miz continue to work their magic on the mic, and both members of "Air Boom" get some face time that doesn't involve the log jam that is always the United States title picture.

    A lengthy feud over the tag-team titles are just what the WWE needs to restore the division to its former luster.

David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty

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    Well, they are the former champions.

    The former New Nexus duo may have to wait a while before getting a shot at the gold again, but they are the young, upcoming talent that WWE needs to keep the division strong.

    They may not be all flashy but in the last couple of weeks, their feud with Jerry Lawler and his comments on their bland style of wrestling has lit a fire under them.  They are a good heel team to keep around and honestly, if WWE is going to split up "The Hart Dynasty," they may as well keep these two together for a while.

    They have nowhere else to go but up, and if they can work with Lawler for a bit, they could learn a thing or two about personality and fill in that much-needed spark that they missed in their reign as WWE Tag-Team Champions.

    In the short run, they may not be the No1. contenders but as stated above, they are the former champions and in the world of WWE, that's enough to get a title shot when the current title feud fizzles out.

Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler

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    Who else is seeing this one develop?

    A stable involving Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero is a potent combination, and having two former World Heavyweight Champions team together and make a run for tag-team gold is pure genius.

    It may fall through if Ziggler or Swagger decide to turn face and the two decide to feud with each other over the services of Guerrero, but imagine if they would patch up their differences and become a cohesive unit.

    It's pure speculation, but this could also benefit everyone involved.

    Swagger could use the mouthpiece in Guerrero, like we were expecting to happen, tag-team or not.  Ziggler could drop the United States title (or keep it, double champions aren't unheard of in this day and age), and the two can develop some nasty finishes.

    Who else is wondering what mayhem a sleeper hold and an ankle lock can cause.

    One more thing, Ziggler is a former tag-team champion...Spirit Squad, anyone?

Santino Marella/Jerry Lawler and Zach Ryder

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    Zach Ryder can use a good title push because that Internet Championship could be a thing of the past, considering he is spending more time on TV than ever.

    As for Santino Marella, we await his return after the car accident he was in.  Until then, Ryder and Jerry Lawler are a good duo to go with.  The two looked great on RAW and when Marella gets back, he can take the place of Lawler and go for gold.

    It likely won't happen right now, as "Air Boom" happen to be babyfaces, but in a tag-team turmoil situation, it would be a mistake to count out Ryder and Marella.

The Usos

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    The Usos could use a push.  They are your generic family tag-team and they are probably Smackdown's best chance at getting tag-team gold back to one of their teams.

    RAW is loaded with teams and including The Usos in the mix can bring the brands together, like they've done with the other divisions.

    Plus, what else are they going to do with them, split the pairing up, have a short, blow-off feud that turns one heel and eventually send them on their future endeavors by 2012?

    Others considered for the list are the combination of Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins, like we saw on Monday night, but haven't been seen together anywhere else, and Jinder Mahal and The Great Khali.  For that one, tune into Smackdown or read the spoilers.

    What do you think?  What current WWE Superstars would you like to see paired up?  Make it interesting and if you are making teams up, give them a good name, like "Air Boom."

    Mark Pare is a Featured Columnist for WWE. You can follow him on  Twitter and don't forget to check out his sportswriter page.