Did the WWE tag team belts lose their importance because the talent pool dried up? Or did the talent pool dry up because the belts stopped mattering? Either way, the WWE is allegedly on a quest to revamp a division that has really hit the skids. So far, we’ve seen them turn four singles wrestlers into two solid tag teams.
I am speaking, of course, of the recent pairings of Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne (known as Air Boom, current Tag Team Champs) and The Miz and K-Kwik… I mean R. Truth. This works well (I especially love the Miz and R. Truth) because these are four guys that are pretty over with the crowd but really have nothing to strive for in the singles division right now. Another rumor running rampant around the WWE tag division is the imminent signing of ROH’s the Kings of Wrestling, Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t follow ROH, or any other independents really (I’m trying to find a way to learn more if anyone has suggestions), but I have read a lot about these guys, and I’m excited to have them join the roster. These guys are a real tag team!
Who are the other teams in the WWE right now? The Usos are a real tag team, which I like, but thus far they’re about as over as a couple of farts in church. Michael McGillicutty and David Otunga are currently jobbing to a geriatric announcer and his partner of the week (I love Lawler, don’t get me wrong). Who else is left? I can’t consider Reks and Hawkins a real tag team yet, until I see them wrestle a match outside of Superstars, but I’d like to see what they can do…. That’s pretty much it.
I mean, really! Maybe I’m a little spoiled, but I grew up as a little WWF fan watching the likes of The British Bulldogs, the Hart Foundation, Demolition, Strike Force, The Brain Busters, The Nasty Boys, The Rockers, The Steiner Brothers, Money Inc., The Quebeckers, The Head Shrinkers… I can go on and on (some would say I already have). When I was in high school and came back to wrestling (I had strayed for a few years), I came back to The Dudley Boyz, Edge and Christian, the Hardy Boyz, the New Age Outlaws, Too Cool and the Acolytes/APA.
I miss those days. I really hope that Air Boom, Miz and R. Truth, The Kings, and even Reks and Hawkins, give this division a much needed boost. I think, of all of these guys, Miz and Truth have the best shot at lifting the division because they are both very over as heels, and fans want to see them both on the mic and in the ring (at least I do). I think they can make themselves hated enough to get any face team that challenges them popular with the WWE fans, but the WWE needs a real popular face team to take them on. Is Air Boom that team? I don’t know, but I think I know who is.
I’m speaking, of course, about Colt Cabana. CM Punk speaks for the voiceless, so why not tag with the voiceless and take on the new corporation as part of a team? It’s really not as crazy as you think. It would not only keep the tag division on fire, but it would introduce a new talent who deserves a shot, and keep Punk’s angle vs. HHH alive once the singles feud has run its course. Once Cabana is red hot over, Punk can go back to chasing the World Title and Cabana can go after the Intercontinental or United States belts.
Please share with me your thoughts… be nice.
Martin Stezano is a lifelong wrestling and sports fan. You can read more from him at his sports blog, http://www.jobus-rum.com, and check out his lighthearted look at his corporate day job at http://www.iworkwithdumbasses.com.