What happened to good tag teams in the WWE?

Posted on July 5, 2011

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A few years ago, something happened that has made the WWE a lot more boring in my opinion. That was the sudden decision that there were too many titles in the WWE. I understand that having lots of titles make them less special (As we saw during The Invasion), so some parts of this were good. The Diva’s Championship and the Women’s Championship were unified, which I completely understand. To be honest I didn’t see the point of having two of them in the first place, although keeping the Diva’s Championship and retiring a belt with so much history made little sense to me. They also retired the Cruiserweight Championship, which as I have mentioned before I think was a mistake. But they also unified the World Tag Team Championships and the WWE Tag Team Championships, and I think that was a huge error.

This was the time when the WWE completely gave up on tag teams. It wasn’t as if they were giving them a lot of attention anyway, but they completely gave up on them when those belts were unified. Suddenly the Unified Tag Team Championships were used as a reason to get people like Chris Jericho on both Raw and Smackdown every week, rather than as a way of finding new stars by putting them into tag teams. Now the tag titles lie with David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty. Why?! They don’t defend them, they’re about to become irrelevant with CM Punk leaving. Why are they even champions? They have little chemistry. I’m still sore about them taking the belts off of my beloved Kane and Big Show.

When the WWE decided to unify the two tag team titles it meant that there would be less tag team feuds, and therefore less tag teams. It’s been said a lot, but WWE really was at its best when it had many entertaining tag teams such as The Hardy’s, Dudley’s and Edge and Christian. Even after that with teams such as Billy & Chuck, The Un-Americans, La Resistance and Booker T and Goldust, tag team wrestling was still important and gave a lot of mid-card stars who had nothing to do some relevance. That is exactly what the WWE needs right now. Instead of wasting Drew McIntyre away on WWE Superstars maybe he could be in a team? Instead of Chris Masters and Primo doing nothing why not get them team mates?

Why doesn’t the WWE start building two strong tag team divisions? There’s three or four teams on Smackdown. The Usos, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal and The Great Khali (although Khali is more of a lackey for Mahal, rather than a team mate) and Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase (again, Dibiase is more Cody’s lackey). On Raw there’s three. Vladimir Kozlov and Santino Marella, The Nexus and kind of Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins (although I don’t think they’re officially back together).

If another two teams were added to both rosters, and WWE decided to take the division seriously, people might actually start caring about tag teams again. The last time people cared about teams was when John Morrison and The Miz were a team, and look what happened there. The Miz is now a former WWE champion and i have a feeling Morrison will be too one day. This is the best example of what can happen with decent booking of teams, so why is the WWE not bothering with it?

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