No matter how much Vince McMahon may not be a proponent of it, tag team wrestling is a key part of the industry and when done right can treat us to matches that are simply unmissable. Take the recent series between The Usos and New Day for example. Ever since they first clashed at Battleground their matches have been stealing shows throughout the summer. They may actually be marking a return to prominence for tag team wrestling as it's an element of the business that really experiences peaks and valleys. There was a golden age during the time of The Rock N Roll Express and The Fabulous Freebirds and that was followed by a bit of a down period until the likes of The Hardy Boyz and Edge and Christian came along.
Speaking of which (not to give too much away) Edge and Christian plus a couple of gentlemen they regularly shared the ring with are two teams that most fans would love to see brought back for one last run. There are a number of teams from various boom periods of tag wrestling that I'm sure both WWE and the fans would love to see return and teach the present tag teams a thing or two. There are also a handful of teams that WWE could do with breaking up for the greater good. Tag wrestling right now is on the upswing, so here are ten teams whose reunification would only further the plight of WWE's teams and five others that should step aside so that the better duos (and trios in some cases) can further their cause.
15 Reunite: Daniel Bryan And Kane
On to another tag team that as of right now can't possibly be reunited. I say as of right now because Daniel Bryan is still dead set on fighting his own retirement. One of the reasons Bryan was so popular in WWE and had the backing of the fans on the way to his WrestleMania main event was what came before all that: his tag team partnership with Kane. The two of them were affectionately known as Team Hell No and truly captured the hearts and imaginations of the WWE Universe. Not only did they work well together in the ring but they also provided some much needed comic relief back stage. They had an unquestionable chemistry and it would be great if we could see it demonstrated again in WWE one day.
14 Reunite: Finn Balor And The Club
This one has got most fans waiting with baited breath. The Bullet Club may very well still be alive and well outside of WWE, but the company can't ignore that they've got some key elements of the faction's past under their own roof. So far we've seen AJ Styles briefly reconcile with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson which turned out to be nothing to write home about really. What we really want is the above three to join forces. They're all on Raw, they have a name (Balor Club) ready to go, plus Finn as a heel with these two by his side would make for some must see TV. You have to feel it's coming, and that it's more a question of when rather than if.
13 Split: The Miztourage
The Miz has undergone an incredible transformation over the past 18 months. Ever since The A Lister won the Intercontinental Championship from Zack Ryder the night after WrestleMania 32 and had his wife returned to WWE programming in the process Miz's career has been rejuvenated. The latest addition to his character is his Miztourage, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. It's nice for the two Superstars to have something to do but a recent story line has rendered their current positions pretty pointless. Miz will square off with The Shield at TLC soon. Lucky for him he has two trusty companions to fight by his side. Except WWE have given him Sheamus and Cesaro instead. Split The Miztourage if you're going to have Miz look for help elsewhere when he already has it.
12 Reunite: DIY
One of the most heart breaking moments of 2017 came down in NXT when Tomasso Ciampa made the decision to turn on his tag team partner Johnny Gargano. The much loved pairing, known as DIY, went head to head with the Authors of Pain in a ladder match at NXT Takeover: Chicago. Gargano and Ciampa failed to win back the Tag Team Championships and it all proved to be too much for Tomasso. The pair made it to the top of the entrance way and it was there that Ciampa unleashed hell on Johnny Wrestling, a man he is actually best friends with in real life. A blockbuster match between the two of them is coming, but after that it would be nice to see them reconcile.
11 Reunite: Prime Time Players
I may very well be on my own with this one, but I believe there is a place in the current tag team landscape in WWE for a Prime Time Players reunion. Now by no means would it be the same as they were before. Instead WWE could run an angle involving O'Neil's new venture, Titus Worldwide, recruiting Darren Young as the newest member of his franchise. The pair of them wouldn't necessarily have to tag together very often, but it would be nice if the option was there. Young has been off of TV for a long time now, ever since his gimmick with Bob Backlund hit a dead end. He's a talented Superstar with a lot of charisma and it seems a waste to have him warming the bench.
10 Split: The Ascension
The story of The Ascension in WWE is a frustrating one, especially for the two men who make up the tag team. When Konnor and Viktor were in NXT they were one of the most popular acts on the roster. That popularity led to them becoming the longest reigning NXT Tag Team Champions of all time, an accolade they still hold to this day. With acts that popular in NXT it always feels like a given that they will make a smooth transition on to the main roster. That has not happened with The Ascension. The two of them have been on the main roster for almost three years now and haven't really moved an inch in terms of their ascent up the card. It might be time to give them the Vaudevillain treatment. There's no need to fire one of them necessarily, but split them up and have them go their separate ways.
9 Reunite: The Divas Of Doom
There aren't exactly a litany of example of great female tag teams in WWE. One of the best might very well be the duo of Natalya and Beth Phoenix, otherwise known as The Divas Of Doom. Very good friends in real life, the formidable pairing decided to team up on television and take the women's division by storm. With the Women's Revolution currently raging on in WWE, plus constant talk of a set of Women's Tag Team Championships being added to the division, it's a real shame that Phoenix isn't around. With Nattie as SmackDown Women's Champion right now if Beth did want to make a comeback the champ could bring her in as an ally to help her keep the belt, similar to what Alexa Bliss did with Mickie James.
8 Reunite: Edge And Christian
While we're on the topic of Beth Phoenix we would be remiss not to mention her husband, and fellow Hall of Famer, Edge. That also brings us to the first entry on this list where no matter how much we wish it could happen, we will never see Edge and Christian wrestle another match. Christian has effectively been told he can't wrestle again and Edge most certainly can't. That won't stop the WWE Universe from dreaming and fantasy booking though. There's certainly an argument to be made that these best friends are the best tag team in WWE history. Their work with The Hardys and The Dudleys revolutionized tag team wrestling and will never be forgotten. We may never see them wrestle again but they still do plenty of other stuff together for our entertainment.
7 Split: The Hype Bros
From one tag team that will never wrestle again to one that may be broken up by the time you read this. The Hype Bros, made up of Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley, are a SmackDown Live tag team that is very much on the rocks right now. WWE have been teasing their demise for a while and we've arrived at the point where we just want them to do it already. Sadly for Ryder they probably wouldn't be at this point if it wasn't for his recent injury. While Zack was sidelined, WWE gave Mojo a bit of a singles push and clearly saw something that they liked in the former NXT star. Now they want to continue that and Zack (the long term employee of the team) is likely viewed as dead weight.
6 Reunite: The Dudley Boyz
Edge and Christian have well and truly retired. The Hardy Boyz have already made their triumphant return to WWE. That just leaves Bubba Ray and D-Von when it comes to the three tag teams that helped put tag team wrestling back on the map during the tail end of the Attitude Era. If you recall though The Dudley Boyz have already reunited and returned once. Fans were left wanting though as the legendary 'brothers' were never awarded that one last run with the titles. D-Von is still with the company, and Bubba is still competing for Ring Of Honor, it wouldn't be impossible to get the two back together for one last run and break a few more tables in the process. One can dream!
5 Reunite: 3MB
3MB have come a long way since the trio were little more than a joke tag team on WWE's main roster. Two of its three members eventually left the company only to recently return and achieve big things. Jinder Mahal is WWE Champion on SmackDown Live and Drew McIntyre is NXT Champion down at Full Sail. Those two men likely shudder at the mere thought of getting the old band back together, but the third member, Heath Slater, would probably love the idea. There is a way it could be done though without diminishing the two furthered Superstars too much. Perhaps a heel Heath pulling strings to get his former partners on the same show and the three of them running together?
4 Split: New Day
This one may seem a little strange to some people, but hear me out. New Day have been around for a while now. So long in fact that some people have probably forgotten what its individual members were doing before they were teamed together. Kofi being slightly older than his tag partners already enjoyed a pretty successful singles career. He never quite reached the top though and you have to feel it's something he could do. Same with Big E. Rumour has it that Vince McMahon wanted to push the former Intercontinental Champion before Roman Reigns caught his eye. Then there's Xavier who has shone as a part of the New Day and would have no issue going it alone. It doesn't have to be a messy break up, but it would be nice to see what these guys have to offer outside of the tag division.
3 Reunite: Enzo And Cass
These two may not have been apart for very long, but it already feels like WWE may have made a mistake. Together Enzo Amore and Big Cass had one of the most popular acts on the roster. They were a unique pair with a routine that in house audiences around the world could and would take part in. Since they've split however it's not been great for either man, although Enzo may argue that. Admittedly Cass's injury wasn't the fault of the two breaking up, but without the big man by his side Amore has effectively been given the cold shoulder from the rest of his peers. When Cass returns from injury get them back together and forget the last few months ever even happened.
2 Reunite: The Brothers Of Destruction
The subject of what exactly would be the best way for The Undertaker to retire has been talked about to no end over the last few years. Apart from Vince McMahon most people would likely agree that a poor match against Roman Reigns is not the best way to have The Deadman ride off into the sunset. Most would also probably agree that on the back of that match it's clear Taker might not be able to compete successfully in singles competition any more. There is a simple solution to that though. Getting the Brothers of Destruction back together. The Shield have just reunited so there's even a built in story line, sort of. The Phenom returns for revenge on The Big Dog and just as you think he's a fool for trying to take on all three men, he reveals his trusty brother Kane to fight by his side. Again, one can dream!
1 Split: Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable
SmackDown Live's newest tag team comes in the form of Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin, and there are a number of reasons as to why they shouldn't be together. For starters they don't have a name and saying both their names individually each time hardly rolls off the tongue. That can be remedied of course. What can't be is the fact that both men would seemingly be better off as singles stars. The only real reason these guys are together is to pay homage to The World's Greatest Tag Team and American Alpha in one fell swoop. Benjamin's in ring ability speaks for itself and he deserves a singles run. Gable on the other hand hasn't really been given the chance, but right before Shelton turned up he was starting to show signs of how good he can be. Have one turn on the other and watch the magic happen.
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