So, Triple H wants to rebuild the WWE tag division. As the lead HR guy in WWE, he’s in prime position to do that. As an old-school wrestling fan who grew up on the Road Warriors, Steiner Brothers, Money, Inc., the Hart Foundation, Demolition and the Nasty Boys.
I’m all in favor of that. While fans like me would just love to see the Kings of Wrestling or the Briscoe Brothers thrown into WWE and feuding, there’s a problem, the same problem the Uso Brothers ran into last year when they were thrown together with the Hart Dynasty to feud. Not enough people know about them in order to care, and there are really no other tag teams in WWE to use to build them up.
Now, with Trips slowly taking over in the front office (he’s not the boss yet, but I think you’d be pretty naïve to suggest that the transitional process hasn’t begun at all), there seems to be a shift towards bringing back the long build and having patience in guys rather than throwing them to the wolves and yanking the rug from underneath when they don’t get an immediate reaction.
When you have an infrastructure in the main event of guys like John Cena, Randy Orton, Kane, The Big Show, Rey Mysterio, Christian and even Jerry Lawler, it’s easy to add folks like The Miz, Alberto del Rio, Sheamus and now CM Punk to that pantheon. However, what happens when the most tenured tag team you have is the aforementioned Samoan duo, or when the Tag Champs consist of the two least over guys on the roster?
[adinserter block=”2″]Well, work needs then to be done to get the tag division to a place where WWE tag teams can come in and be accepted by the fans as entities they should care about. The only way to do that is to give it a main event transfusion. I know that part of the problem in the past was that the tag division was stripped of all its regular teams and made into a playground for mongrel teams of main eventers to come in and have something temporary to do between runs at the title, or worse, as a way to further their own feuds by winning the belts despite being adversaries.
The thing is, the “mongrel” teaming method HAS produced some really good tag teams in the past five years or so. Chris Jericho and the Big Show, or JeriShow, if you will, was one of the best and most entertaining teams during their run with the unified Tag Titles. John Morrison and The Miz didn’t start life as a tag team, and for all intents and purposes, their teaming was a stopgap between singles runs for both of them. I’ll be damned if I didn’t think that it was one of the best things to happen for either one of them, though. Hell, even D-Generation X’s reformation in recent years was fun and felt like a team rather than two random guys being put together.
That’s the direction I feel like they need to go. Bringing in the Kings of Wrestling would be great, but when they come into a division where they’re the only ones who have any kind of buzz, they’d be on the fast track for separation sooner than you could say “Brainbusters vs. the Hart Foundation”. Bringing in the Kings of Wrestling after the Usos and Nexus had a chance to tangle with teams such as The Miz and R-Truth, Rey Mysterio and Evan Bourne, Legacy Mk. II (Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase), Zack Ryder and Santino Marella or any other teaming of guys who are just there and not really doing a whole lot.
Right now, WWE has a glut of main event guys standing around doing nothing. Cena, Punk, Christian and Orton are hardly the only guys who deserve shots at the World Titles on each brand, and even then, there are only so many other singles feuds you can have near the top of the card. That will definitely leave guys that I listed above as potentially standing around and doing nothing. So, instead of having guys not really having any purpose, why not combine forces and build a solid tag division? I doubt that Chris Hero or Claudio Castagnoli are coming aboard immediately anyway, even if the rumors of their arrival are true and they have been signed already. Even if they skip FCW, WWE is usually really good about letting guys honor their indie dates.
[adinserter block=”1″]A tag division means nothing unless it’s vibrant and has teams that are established and that people care about. The Kings of Wrestling, or the Briscoes, or even Beer Money (who are still under Impact contract for 2 years, so it’d take a miracle to get them to WWE for one and two, even talking about them going to WWE might be tampering) wouldn’t save the tag division just by showing up. There needs to be work done to get them to mean anything.
Triple H seems to be a smart guy, and he also seems to be a guy who has an appreciation of the old school. Hopefully, those smarts and that appreciation mean he’ll do right by the tag division and not just expect Hero and Claudio to show up and work magic just by walking into the company. If he lays the groundwork, only then will the Kings truly be able to reign supreme, for themselves and for WWE.
Tom Holzerman is a lifelong wrestling fan and connoisseur of all things Chikara Pro, among other feds. When he’s not writing for the Camel Clutch Blog, you can find him on his own blog, The Wrestling Blog.