Why the Tag Team Division is Getting There.
by, 04-20-2013 at 05:56 AM (2155 Views)
Another week in the WWE and another blog. I was feeling nostalgic this week and dug out a load of my old WWE videos to feed my hunger for some WWE nostalgia. Not dvd's or blue-ray, videos. As Roddy Piper says, "old schools cool".
So i dug them out and decided to watch Judgement Day from 2001. Don't get me wrong there was a plethora of classic matches on the ppv and it was great looking back. But one match got me thinking, and the match i'm referring to was the 'tag team turmoil match to determine the #1 contenders for the tag team titles'. It was an entertaining tag team contest that consisted of teams including; APA, Dean Malenko & Perry Saturn, The Dudleys, X-Pac & Justin Credible, The Hardy Boyz, Edge & Christian and Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit. So besides from the mini nostalgia fest i believe this concept of tag team turmoil could be used in the here and now as for the first time in a long period the WWE has a good group of tag teams. Obviously the current crop of tag teams don't measure to some of the names mentioned above however this idea of tag team turmoil could be a legit way of finding an official #1 contender for the tag team gold.
Team Hell No have been brilliant in rejuvenating the WWE's tag team division. Since they won the gold back at Night Of Champions last year i believe that they have provided stability and a renewed sense of prestige to a tag team division that has been lacking in recent years. The fact that Kane and Daniel Bryan are 2 of WWE's top names has also helped. The fact that 2 of the company's top names hold the tag belts is a sound way of re-building the division and it kind of harks back to over a decade ago when you had top names such as HHH & Austin as tag team champs as well as the Brothers of Destruction. Therefore having 2 top main event names as tag team champions adds weight to the division and clearly gives it that legitimacy. Three things make a good tag division. Top names, solid teams and good quality/exciting tag team matches. But whilst Team Hell No have been champs, there have been a good selection of tag teams building up around them. The thing that i believe has given that added credibility to the division is the fact that the other teams have a sense of identity and no longer look as though it's just 2 guys put together at last minute for a tag match. The Prime Time Players, Tons of Funk, 3MB, Rhodes Scholars are all teams that consist of singles wrestlers who have been manufactured into teams however rather than looking like 2 separate competitors, they have been given a sense of identity as a team that fans can relate to and acknowledge as a proper team. Also The Shield look as though they'll challenge Hell No at Extreme Rules, The Shield also being a team with clear identity as a solid tag team/group.
Therefore aside from the fact that it looks as though The Shield will challenge Team Hell No i believe it would add a great deal of excitement should we see all of the WWE's current teams compete in a tag-team style elimination turmoil contest in order to determine a #1 contender. The WWE now has great depth in it's tag team division similar to back in 2000/2001 when you had the likes of; The Dudleys, E&C, The Hardyz, APA, New Age Outlaws and even Kaientai and Right To Censor added depth to the division too. So this renewed depth is brilliant and has given new life to WWE's tag team division that was seriously plagued with terrible teams and teams with no identity or purpose up until recently. I don't believe we will ever see legendary tag bouts like the one's we were treated to around the time of the millennium however it can be said that the WWE's tag team division is getting there, getting to a point of credibility and quality.
Thankyou to whoever reads and lets look forward to another week in the world of wrestling.