Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Can't We All Just Get Along

Tons of Funk break up
Photo courtesy: WWE
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

It seems every few months I write a blog either condemning or praising the tag team division in the WWE.  Sadly, this post is going to be a critical one, as I'm not sticking with my own personal goal to write about more positive things.  But I will say until recently I thought the tag team division in the WWE was pretty solid.  After recent actions on Raw and SmackDown!, I've adjusted that line of thought.

I grew up in the 80's and watching tag teams like the Hart Foundation, British Bulldogs, Road Warriors, Midnight Express, Rock N Roll Express, and Demolition.  Tag team wrestling ruled back then and even into the 90's with The Steiner Brothers, The Dudley Boys, The New Age Outlaws,  Harlem Heat and plenty more.

Right now, the NAO are the tag team champions.  I'm not knocking them, but they haven't wrestled in the WWE in about a decade.  They haven't held the titles together since 2000.  They're friends with Triple H.  I'm not saying that's why they're back on TV and the champions, but I certainly think it helps.  My hope is the company is resetting the division and putting the belts on a more established team.

Titus boots Young
Photo courtesy: WWE
In recent weeks some tag teams have broken up, while there have been hints of dissension between other partners.  Brodus Clay has turned on Sweet T, thus ending Tons of Funk.  Titus O'Neil for some reason brutally attacked Darren Young dissolving the Prime Time Players.  The short lived duo of Rey Mysterio and the Big Show appears to be finished, despite a win over the then tag team champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust.  Jack Swagger appears to be on the outs with his Real American brothers Zeb Colter and Antonio Cesaro, and rumors persist that Roman Reigns will be booted from The Shield in the near future.

The Wyatts & The Sheild
Photo courtesy: WWE
While I complain about the lack of really good tag teams, I am impressed by the strength of groups like The Shield and The Wyatt Family.  Even with the rumors of Reigns leaving The Shield, I've also heard that he'll be replaced with another star in developmental.  If they keep the threesome concept, I'd be fine with Reigns moving on to a singles career.

Right now I hope WWE better utilizes the tag teams they have and stops splitting up duos.  I fear that all of these recent breakups will end up further lost in the shuffle than they were before. But I'm going to remain optimistic and hope for the best.

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