The rumours have been doing the rounds for a few weeks now, and it seems that it is just a matter of time before they become a reality. Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli, (AKA: The Kings of Wrestling) are WWE bound. The latest information on this story is that both men will bypass development and be promoted to the main roster. Needless to say, we here at The Boston Crab are huge supporters of both men and have been saying for quite some time now that they should be brought into the big leagues. But how will both men be brought up? Will they come together as a team or will they be both on separate tracks? We believe that these two could lead the way for a revival of the tag team scene in the WWE, but it will take a lot of work.
Fans and critics have been speaking for years about the problems associated with the tag team division in the WWE, the number one complaint being that there really isn’t a tag team division at all. Over the past few years, the WWE Tag Team Titles have been used as more of a story line prop rather than showcasing tag-team wrestling. How many times have we seen two wrestlers who have been feuding end up winning the tag titles just to make people go “Oh but they are enemies that have to co-exist”? Tag teams lately have been just random pairings of guys on the undercard who creative seem to have nothing for. It’s almost like someone from creative put random wrestler’s names on a dart board and threw darts at them to create teams and hoping for the best. Other times the tag team that wins the belt are just forgotten about or have no other tag team to battle against.
The WWE has had glitters of hope though. Every once in awhile they strike gold, such as John Morrison and The Miz. But the problem is that the WWE puts all their focus on one tag-team and makes it impossible for you to believe another team can beat them. So with The Kings of Wrestling making their debuts in the WWE by October at the latest according to latest reports, how can the team bring about a new age of tag-team wrestling in the WWE?
The WWE needs to start having solid tag teams that actually look like a team, such as The Usos. Give them similar trunks and gimmicks and you are on to the right track. There are plenty of guys on the roster who this can work with and other guys who are already paired together that just need to give slight changes to their image and it’s the easy part of the jobs done. A roster of The Kings of Wrestling, The Usos, Slater and Gabriel, McGillicutty and Harris, Rhodes and Dibiase, Hawkins and Ryder would make a great start to the division.
The most important thing for the WWE to do to ensure that their tag team division returns to its glory days is another simple one, but one that they keep messing up is this: keep your main event single wrestlers away from the tag team division. There is nothing worse for the image of a tag team than having John Cena or Randy Orton destroying them alone and without breaking a sweat. It makes those teams look incredibly weak and does nothing for the division. Gabe Sapolsky always believed that tag titles should always be made to look like an equal to a world title, as it is the only title that can be made look incredibly strong without taking away from the world title since they are in completely separate divisions and showcase a different style of wrestling.
If the WWE follows these then we could be looking at a new age for tag team wrestling. If they followed this with signing other successful tag teams on the independent scene such as The Briscoe Brothers, The American Wolves or The Young Bucks then we could once again see exciting tag team wrestling on our TV screens once again.