Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hell Yes to Team Hell No

Team Hell No
Kane & Daniel Bryan
Photo from: WWE
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Daniel Bryan and Kane are wrestling's new "big thing."  Monday night the WWE Universe spoke and gave this duo the name of Team Hell No.  It's a wonderful play on words and I must admit I (for the most part) find the whole anger management angle to be entertaining.

I think pairing these two has helped to give a shot in the arm to the tag team division as well.  Slowly it seems the WWE is growing the ranks.  We still have Boom-Truth, the Usos, the Colons, the Prime Time Players, and the new make shift combos of Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara as well as the brand new team of Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow.  That unit is known as Rhodes Scholars, another play on words.

Rhodes Scholars attacks Team Hell No
Photo from: WWE
While I like Hell No, I'm not sure yet how I feel about Rhodes Scholars.  This seems like an odd pairing to me, and quite honestly I think both men would do better in the singles ranks.  I know in this era of wrestling, it'll never be the way it once was with tag teams.  Even in the late 90's when guys like Road Dog and Billy Gunn and Faarooq and Bradshaw were thrown together and enjoyed great success in the tag team ranks.  Can it work for Rhodes Scholars, time will tell.  But in the five years Cody has been with the WWE, he's held the tag team titles with three different partners: Hardcore Holly, Ted DiBiase, and Drew McIntyre.

I think what the tag team division in the WWE needs now is stability and long term players.  Guys like Rhodes and Sandow (and even Kane and Bryan) are great individual wrestlers. I don't think they're in it for a long term team.  They don't need to be in my opinion either.  I still firmly believe that Cody is future WWE champion material.  Sandow has a TON of potential as well.  I think ultimately too many of these make shift teams will hurt the division again in the long run.  It also just seems like an easy way to do something with guys they have no plans or ideas for.

I can see guys like Titus O'Neil, Darren Young, Justin Gabriel, and Tyson Kidd staying in the tag team division and actually excelling and growing as superstars.  Years ago, it was tag team wrestlers coming in as a unit and eventually splitting into singles stars (ala The Rockers, Hart Foundation, and in TNA the Dudleys) Now it seems we're taking established singles guys and turning them in to teams.  Don't get me wrong, I like the love the division is being shown, I'm just not 100% sold on the idea of some of these teams.

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1 comment:

  1. I like the play on words, too. And while I'm 100% sure their writers came up with it, they could have acknowledged that some fans came up with the same thing... like I did in my September 14 blog post.

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