We’re just mere weeks away from WrestleMania, and slowly but surely all the pieces of the show are sliding into place. We all know that we’ll be seeing John Cena and The Rock face off one more time (because TWICE in a lifetime is two times better than once, right?), CM Punk will be challenging the Undertaker’s streak, and Triple H will go toe to toe with Brock Lesnar. But one division is strangely conspicuous by it’s absence. What about my beloved Tag Teams?
Rumours abound recently that the WWE Tag Team Titles will be defended at WrestleMania, but at the moment WWE seem to be edging towards a match between Team Hell No and Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston. Now don’t get me wrong I like Dolph and Big E, but I really, REALLY don’t want to see another hurriedly thrown together team challenging for the tag straps. I can understand WWE possibly wanting to use this as a way to try and distract attention away from a potential Ziggler cash-in, but you’ve got to believe that there are teams far more deserving of a tag title shot on the Grandest Stage of Them All.
“Like who?” I hear you cry (well imagine that’s what you’re saying anyways).
Oh…you didn’t know? Or perhaps you were just not aware?
If my not so subtle references were lost on you I’m of course referring to both the recently resurgent New Age Outlaws, and the always academically illuminating Rhodes Scholars. You only need look at the last fortnight of WWE programming for it to become instantly apparent that both these teams have the tools necessary for a successful reign in the Tag division.
The return of the New Age Outlaws has been revelatory in as much as reminding us just how great tag teams used to be. From the opening riff of their entrance music the crowd are instantly on side, and even though they’ve only put in short appearances so far, I haven’t seen anything to suggest they couldn’t be given the ball to run with one more time. In fact allowing the Outlaws one more run in the Tag Division affords the younger teams the opportunity to work with an experienced team with a plethora of knowledge to pass on. Imagine what teams like The Usos, International Airstrike, The PTP and others could learn from working with NAO. A couple of bonafide veterans from the boom period passing on what they’ve learned to a bunch of young guys in need of some direction. It just makes sense.
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There’s still plenty of time to get this underway ready for WrestleMania. You don’t need a lot of booking, just 3 or 4 tag teams competing to see who the better team is. It’s wrestling 101, and it really is that simple. It’s how the first ever TLC match came about, remember? Allow me to indulge myself for a second and get all “fantasy booker” to expand upon something mentioned in this week’s TWO Podcast (PLUG ALERT) for a moment.
I’d spend the next 4 weeks having Team Hell No, Rhodes Scholars, NAO, and…let’s say the PTP for arguments sake, getting all up in each other’s business constantly across all shows. All 4 teams get promo time to declare themselves as the best. New Age Outlaws get to say they’re the best of all time (debatable I know, but stick with me), Hell No ARE the current champs, Rhodes Scholars get to run the “intellectual saviours” schtick, and the PTP get to declare themselves the next big thing (or words to that effect).
All 4 teams get involved in each other’s matches and generally cause havoc between them until it’s announced that the only way to settle this is a tag team fatal four way at Mania. Throw in a stipulation like some ladders, and I think they could have a midcard hit on their hands?
But that’s just me. I’d much rather see Dolph freed up, or if you must give him a match then let him and Jericho take a crack at tearing the house down. Now if we could have that match, a 4 way Tag team throwdown, and CM Punk vs. Taker, well that would be justification enough for my WrestleMania viewing.
But what do you think? Drop us a comment here, or over on the TalkWhateverOnline forums and let us know what you’d like to see come April 7th.