This episode sees the debut of a new recurring feature.
It is imaginatively titled Three Things. The premise of it is simple. We take
three wrestlers, tag teams, or other role in wrestling and think of things
(three to be precise) that could be done to improve them.
Here we apply it to three WWE tag teams. I won’t mention
any specifics because I think finding out who we’re talking about and how we
think they could be bettered is a large part of what makes the episode
enjoyable. Although it’s possible you can guess through a process of
I will say that I think WWE is overlooking their tag team
division and not doing as much as they could with the teams they have. It’s not
that the doubles scene is bad. It’s been improving for around eighteen months
now. In that time we’ve seen Team Hell No, The Rhodes Scholars, The Shield and
the Rhodes bros doing everything they can to make the division and the titles
mean something. The spate of six man tags involving The Shield and The Wyatt
Family has helped too.
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But WWE are at risk of losing this. The Rhodes brothers
seem to have been cooled off a little since losing the championships in January
and The Shield have been moved away from doubles action this year. Even The
Prime Time Players, a duo who had lots of potential to work as a fun supporting
act but never got the chance to be as good as they could be, have been split (read my thoughts on that stupidity here).
The division is currently in the hands of teams that are mostly proficient but seem
unlikely to keep the momentum of recent times going.
Of course, wrestling well is fine. It’s better to have
good wrestling than bad, especially when it comes to an aspect of WWE
programming that hasn’t been handled too well for much of the last decade. But
there’s more to wrestling than just putting on good matches, especially in WWE.
The tag scene is the perfect place for WWE to be experimental with characters
and gimmicks or for humour to be inserted into shows. These things are
important to keeping shows varied and for experimenting with guys who could be
stars for the company in the future.
If the Usos are left as the centrepiece team of the
division it’s not going to take long for the good work of Daniel Bryan, Kane,
Cody Rhodes, Goldust and ‘The Hounds of Justice’ to be undone. Even if Luke
Harper and Erick Rowan, the obvious choices to oppose Jimmy and Jey in the
post-‘Mania season, are moved into the division it will lack the variety of the
last year and a half.