When someone says WWE tag teams, who comes to mind? The Legion of Doom aka Road Warriors? Nasty Boys? Money Inc.? Hart Foundation? The Rockers? Dudley Boyz? Hardy Boyz? Demolition? What do all of these teams have in common that make them different from today’s tag teams? The answer is not so simple.
[adinserter name=”366 right”]First, they all have tag team names. WWE tried to solve this issue with Air Boom and the Awesome Truth, but all they were doing was combining two names or nicknames. Most of the tag teams in the last few years have just been superstars’ names – Kofi Kingston and R-Truth, Primo and Epico, David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty, Big Show and Kane, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater, Santino Marella and Vladmir Kozlov and now I think you see my point. Most of these tag teams also did not possess another issue…
The old tag teams shared one gimmick. All of the tag teams mentioned at the beginning of this blog had matching attire and outfits. While Primo and Epico also had this attribute, they are the first ones to do so since David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd whose outfits matched those of the Hart Foundation! Instead of just shoving two random superstars down our throats as a tag team, how about WWE give us a real tag team? One tag team that comes to mind, who share a gimmick are treated as a jobber tag team – The Usos. Why on WWE Earth, are the Usos not tag team champions? Is it because one of the Usos was arrested? That’s right. On September 29th, 2011 PWTorch.com shared the information:
“One-half of the Uso Brothers, Jimmy Uso (Jonathan Fatu), was arrested on a drunk driving charge early Thursday morning in Florida. Fatu was arrested at 3:14 a.m. in the Tampa area when a police officer “observed the defendant traveling the wrong way on Howard Avenue in a silver Mustang,” according to an arrest report.”
It’s almost the end of 2012; give the Usos the opportunity they deserve. Another tag team that recently began to share a gimmick and attire are the Prime Time Players – they will be discussed later.
The final point I would like to make about the disgrace of the current tag team division in the WWE is the air time that they are given both on television and pay-per-view. The current tag team champions, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth (no team name, no shared gimmick) won the championships from Epico and Primo on April 30th, 2012. In May, The team successfully defended the championships at Over the Limit against Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger, although I preferred to see the latter team win. In June, there were multiple reports that R-Truth had suffered a sprained or broke foot. Instead of having them lose the championships, WWE just chose to not disclose the information and wait until R-Truth was healthy again. REALLY?
[adinserter name=”366 left”]There was not another team to give the championships to? REALLY? WWE went so far as to have a #1 contender’s match for the tag team championships at the June pay-per-view No Way Out. What was the point of that match? The winners of that match, the Prime Time Players, have not been successful in claiming the championship so I do not see the point. The most recent pay per view event, Money in the Bank, included the tag team champions in a match during the PRE-SHOW! REALLY? That just tells the audience the titles are not going to change hands so don’t bother watching this match. If WWE would like its fans to have a respectable tag team division, then they need to have REAL tag teams! REALLY!
What do you think of the current WWE tag team division?
Seth Guttenplan is the writer and editor of GuTTWrenchPowerBlog, a brand new WWE blog. When Seth is not writing about wrestling, he is a Special Education teacher in New Jersey. To read more from Seth, follow him on twitter ( @sethgutt ) or visit http://guttwrenchpowerblog.com
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