Since the very beginning of wrestling, tag team wrestling has been a staple of the show. Usually on in the beginning or the middle of a card, tag teams are there to entertain the crowd and get them ready for the big main event. There job is to get the crowd hyped up with high flying and double team maneuvers, some of which has never been seen before. This has worked well with all wrestling promotions in the past, including the biggest one, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). But now, WWE is in a slump when it comes to the tag team division and is in one of its weakest era’s ever for tag team wrestling. Gone are the days of D-Generation X, The Hardy Boyz, Edge & Christian, and the Brothers of Destruction.
Because of WWE’s weak tag team division, other wrestling promotions (TNA & ROH) have taken advantage and capitalized, claiming that they have the best tag team division in all of wrestling. Total Nonstop Action (TNA) has had Beer Money and the Motor City Machine Guns, two of the best tag teams in wrestling today, put on five star matches in the past weeks, as well as signing Generation Me (formerly known as the Young Bucks), one of the hottest new teams in wrestling. Ring of Honor (ROH) continues to center all of its attention to their own tag team division, bringing Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas, The World’s Greatest Tag Team, into the mix to join their other great tag teams in the American Wolves, the Briscoe Brothers, and the Kings of Wrestling.
Let’s take a look at the bleak WWE tag team division:
The Hart Dynasty (Tag Team Champions): Comprised of David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd, and Natalya, the Hart Dynasty is the WWE Tag Team Champions. Hart Dynasty made its debut on the ECW roster just last year, after being on FCW (Florida Championship Wrestling) for two years. After being drafted to Raw they started to compete against D-Generation X and were in Bret Hart’s corner in his match against Vince McMahon at WrestleMania. They won the championships on April 26 over ShoMiz (Big Show and The Miz), but have only defended it a handful of times, against The Usos. They were presented new tag belts by Bret Hart last week on Raw, but rarely defend them.
The Dudebusters: Caylen Croft and Trent Barreta make up “The Dudebusters”, two best friends who have the same taste in everything, especially video games. Croft and Barreta got their start in the development territory, over at Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) in 2007 where they became FCW Florida Tag Team Champions twice. They were finally called up to ECW in late 2009, and booked as heels. They have never gotten a tag team title shot, and lost the only #1 contender match they had to Goldust and Yoshi Tatsu who isn’t a team anymore. The Dudebusters are there to make other teams look better, but both are still young and could turn into a credible team in the future.
Hawkins & Archer: Curt Hawkins and Vance Archer make up this team, and both have experience with tag team wrestling but not with each other. Curt Hawkins was former tag team partners with Zack Ryder from 2007 to 2009, and the team won the WWE Tag Team Championships during that time. Ryder would go on to be drafted to the ECW brand, while Hawkins was sent back to FCW. Vance Archer used to be in TNA under the name of Lance Hoyt where he teamed with Christy Hemme and Jimmy Rave, the group being called the Rock ‘n Rave Infection. Hawkins and Archer made their debut on the SmackDown brand in May 2010 and have yet to make a strong impact so far.
The Usos: The newest tag team in the WWE is that of The Usos, which consists of Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, and Tamina. Every single member of the Usos has wrestling blood in them, with both Uso brothers being twin sons of former WWE star Rikishi, and Tamina being the daughter of Jimmy Snuka. Like many of the current tag teams competing in the WWE, the Usos had their start in FCW. They only spent less than six months there, as they were quickly called up to Raw, attacking the Hart Dynasty and setting up at title match between the two at the Money in the Bank PPV which the Usos lost.
John Morrison & R-Truth: While John Morrison and R-Truth are single stars, having both held singles gold before, they have recently started to tag team together, including last week against two members of Nexus in a losing effort. It is unlikely that both Morrison and R-Truth will stay in the tag team division and go after the tag titles, but they are one of the most experienced wrestlers and the most talented. They would work very well as a tag team, and would bring unique offense to the table. Both are crowd favorites and would easily get over if they were to form a tag team with a unique name, such as “Truth and Wisdom”.
As you can see from these five tag teams, the tag team division is not the same as it once was. Most of the tag teams today are comprised of young talent, like The Dudebusters and The Usos, to get experience under their belt before turning them into singles competitors. If the WWE wants to revive their frail tag team division and bring it new life, they need to put established stars that aren’t main eventing, who are mostly wrestling in the mid-card level, into tag teams. For instance, stars like Matt Hardy, MVP, Christian, Edge, and Kofi Kingston can form tag teams with each other and make the division enjoyable again.