Eight Simple Rules for Developing my Tag Team Division
by, 07-10-2013 at 12:06 PM (2415 Views)
Hi all. Forgive the appalling title to the blog entry!
I've spoken about the tag division before on here. It's something close to my heart, as some of my favourite matches and wrasslers have been superb tag workers and it makes me sad as hell seeing the tag division sitting in the toilet. I especially hate the way thrown-together singles workers get to go over established tag teams on a regular basis to build them up. There's absolutely no need.
So, if I were in charge (hah!), I'd set a few basic guidelines to the booking team:
1) Unless they out-and-out cheat, no cobbled together alliance of two singles competitors should beat an established tag team unless in very special circumstances. These are specialist matches, and so the experience and tactics of a solid team should be winning every time, which, imo, solidifies the division.
2) If they do want to create a team from existing singles stars, they should have to work their way through the tag division from the bottom of the top before being able to get title shots. This, in kayfabe, is their learning curve, getting used to the tag style and developing their tactics. We should see that learning curve presented to us on TV.
3) Teams should also have a team name and a general matching look, to be more of a team. (I know the likes of Edge and Christian were 'individual names' team names, but they still shared a look, vibe and had a definite team feel to them). None of this "Team (something random)" nonsense either - a proper team name. (I still maintain Team Rhodes Scholars would have been better simply as "Rhodes Scholars" - there's no need to have "Team" in there - show they're a team, don't tell us they are.)
4) The Tag Division should be the hour 1 main event for either Raw or Smackdown (or both) on a reasonably regular basis. Hype them up like crazy, hammer home the importance of the belts and the history of the great teams - LoD, The Rockers, Freebirds, Edge & Christian, The Hardyz, The Dudleys, etc, who have held them).
5) Throw in some more attention-grabbing matches for the #1 contender and title matches. TLC, Tornado Tag, no DQ, etc. Again, make them a focus - make the matches worth people tuning in for.
6) Even if your division has to have some jobbers (3MB, for example), don't bury them completely. Even if it's a fluke, give them some wins just to show they can operate as an actual team unit.
7) Mix up the team styles. Have some big powerhouse teams (like the Wyatts and Tons of Funk), some fast Rocker-style teams (put Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel together properly and give them a fucking push - they'd have folk going NUTS), and some mixed-balance (big man/little man) teams. Make the teams utilise different styles of moveset. It'll feel more unique and organic.
8) Lastly, give them some half-decent promo and backstage time. RAW is three hours. You also have two hours of Smackdown and an hour of Main Event. Six hours per week - make sure at least one solid hour is spent developing the storylines and rivalries in the division.
It's not rocket science, seriously. A decent tag division would be easy with the numbers and talent the WWE possesses.
I'm interested in your thoughts (or flames) here, people.