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Evan Bourne’s Return Only Adds to the WWE’s Tag Team Problems

The WWE is about to welcome back Evan Bourne to its family after a long layoff from injury.

Bourne had what can only be described as a cryptic message on his Twitter account the other day for his fans.

“Soon the caterpillar will will emerge from his cocoon as a shark with a gun for a mouth #airbourneiscoming.”

The message, which was taken from wrestlinginc.com could be taken many ways, but the fact is Bourne will be back and could inject some life into the tag team division. The former tag team champion with Kofi Kingston has been out of action since March 2012 because he was involved in a car accident which broke his foot in four places and dislocated it in five.

While I am not a fan of Bourne’s (no specific reason), his return undoubtedly will add some spice to a stale division of larger wrestlers. Bourne could be teamed R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Sin Cara or even a Justin Gabriel. I also like him with Heath Slater, should the WWE finally decide to rid themselves of 3MB.

Like I have stressed before, the WWE needs to make sure it has five or six strong tag teams and stick to a continuity that allows for steady competition. The Shield currently holds the tag team titles and the feud with the Usos looked solid.

Now, the Usos have been wrestling with Mark Henry, which actually makes them look weaker and the prospects of a return match for the tag titles at SummerSlam looks bleak. Effectively, the WWE hurt both the Usos and Henry’s career in the process. If Henry were to find a tag partner (Big Show), then there could be another team to add to the division.

Also, because The Real American’s are a heel team that looks to be a solid contributor, the WWE must find a solid combination to even the division. Tons of Funk will not be the equalizer in my opinion.

It’s easy to say this, but I blame the creative team, Vince McMahon and even John Cena (he isn’t responsible, but let’s throw him under the bus) for the lack of concentration on a staple of the WWE. Vince wants solid champions, one-on-one competition and the larger wrestler (muscle-bound) who can draw and sell. Tag teams other than The Shield or maybe The Wyatts cannot do that right now. Cena is the example because no matter how stale his shtick is, he can sell to the masses.

Back in the day, tag teams were a major part of the WWF machine. The Hart Foundation, Demolition, LOD, The Samoans and even the KIller Bees. They all had personalities, they all had a gimmick and they all could rake in money. Maybe Vince should be more worried about the tag teams being able to sell rather than whether or not he sees money in someone like a Daniel Bryan (that’s my commentary on that subject).

By the way, this is not just an issue in the WWE. It has become an issue in TNA as well where tag teams were part of its program with the Knockouts. While the Knockouts still remain a viable part of their show, the tag teams have become a four team race and the numbers are dwindling.

Bourne will come back, earn some cheers from the WWE crowds, hopefully find Sin Cara and give the fans in the seats a great time or two, but he is not a solution to the issues with the tag team division. If anything, he exacerbates them because Bourne and a smaller wrestler cannot make a title run look legit because other larger wrestlers have already failed.

Hopefully the WWE will reorganize its tag team division, add some bulk (Sheamus and Wade Barrett or The Miz and Christian) and make it a priority, not a minority in the company.

David is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and can be read here. Follow David on Twitter @davidlevin71

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