The tag team scene in WWE is rather disappointing right now. Fans had high hopes following the brand split, allowing the teams to be showcased effectively to make tag team wrestling relevant for the first time in many years. Raw and SmackDown Live both have deep divisions, but there are too many bland teams. The wrestlers would benefit from being split and given the chance to work as singles talents. It would give the talent in failing tag teams the chance to succeed and improve the tag division by changing things up for the better.
On the other side, there are many tag teams that belong together for the long run. They either haven’t hit their potential or are just too perfect together to risk splitting. We'll look at the current landscape of tag teams currently on Raw, SmackDown Live and NXT. The argument will be made for how eight specific teams could benefit from splitting up. Seven teams that belong together in the long run will also be examined as to why they should remain a team. WWE would be a better place for teams if the following eight teams were to break up and the following seven teams stayed together for many years.
15 Break Up: Cesaro & Sheamus
The talents of Cesaro and Sheamus are up there with any other team in the business today. The problem is they are just not a tag team. We can all clearly see the reasoning for Sheamus and Cesaro teaming together is WWE not having anything else of substance for them to do. Both men were floundering in the mid-card and the company decided to make them a tag team.
14 Stay Together: The Usos
Jimmy and Jey Uso are a fixture in the WWE tag team picture. The Usos are currently the best heel tag team on SmackDown Live, portraying villainous characters for the first time in many years. They are extremely entertaining together when given a chance to tell a great story in the ring. Most of the best WWE tag team matches in recent years have featured The Usos in some form.
13 Break Up: Heath Slater & Rhyno
WWE found some short term magic with Heath Slater and Rhyno as a tag team. No one would have expected them to be the first SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions at the time of the brand split. Slater was an enhancement talent who was rarely used on television and Rhyno wasn’t even on the main roster at that point.
12 Stay Together: The Revival
The Revival have become a top tag team in NXT, mixing both old school and new school in their style. Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder are arguably the best team in NXT history when looking at the track record. Their matches against DIY and American Alpha stole the show at every TakeOver special they wrestled on.
11 Break Up: The Hype Bros
Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley brought their NXT tag team act to the main roster following the brand split, as The Hype Bros became a fixture in the SmackDown Live tag team division. A recent injury to Ryder has put the team on hold, while Mojo has rarely been featured on television and is playing the same character in his rare on-screen moments.
10 Stay Together: Golden Truth
WWE placed R-Truth and Goldust together as an odd couple of veterans teaming together. They are rarely featured on Raw and are only used when the company needs to fill time. Golden Truth are mostly needed for comedic segments or a pointless match to put over others. Both R-Truth and Goldust are in the final years of their careers and this is the only role they can really have.
9 Break Up: Breezeango
Tyler Breeze and Fandango have both shown short spurts of being over as singles stars. Sadly, the current role as Breezeango is a complete waste. They're entertaining as humorous jobbers, but it's a waste of their potential. Breeze has shown he's a great wrestler with the ability to make his character a successful heel if given a fair chance, like back in NXT.
8 Stay Together: The Ascension
You would assume The Ascension needs to break up given the lack of focus on them. The successful NXT tag team completely flopped on the main roster after a very short lived push. WWE’s brand split could have given them a new opportunity, but they still remain an afterthought in the SmackDown Live tag division.
7 Break Up: The Shining Stars
The Shining Stars continue to flop every time they're given a new gimmick. Primo and Epico both have talent, but their lack of charisma and personality always holds them back from getting over enough to receive a push. Their current run as The Shining Stars is the end of the line for them as a tag team. It just won’t work.
6 Stay Together: DIY
Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa were very successful singles wrestlers on the independent circuit. They never teamed together until WWE brought them in for an appearance on NXT. Gargano and Ciampa did so well that WWE signed them to become a full-time team for them. Under the name of DIY (Do It Yourself), they have achieved huge success, capturing the NXT Tag Team Championships.
5 Break Up: The Vaudevillains
The main roster tenure of The Vaudevillains has been a complete flop following their call up from NXT. Simon Gotch and Aiden English succeeded in NXT, with the fans completely buying into their characters. WWE called them up in 2016 following WrestleMania 32. It was instantly realized that they wouldn’t get over with the unique gimmick and rumors surfaced that Vince McMahon detests it.
4 Stay Together: Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
WWE signing Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows to main roster contracts in 2016 without putting them in NXT first was a huge surprise. The tag team dominated New Japan and it impressed WWE enough to sign them to great contracts. Anderson and Gallows have already captured gold in under a year and will be the Raw Tag Team Champions heading into WrestleMania 33.
3 Break up: Big Cass & Enzo Amore
It may be a controversial call to break up Big Cass and Enzo Amore right now given the popularity of their entrance. Unfortunately, it all goes downhill after they recite their weekly lines that fans chant along with. Their matches and feuds have consistently failed to deliver since they got called up to the main roster.
2 Stay Together: American Alpha
American Alpha was the big call up in the brand split for the tag team division. Jason Jordan and Chad Gable have clearly become the faces of the SmackDown Live tag division in a short time period. They dominated NXT with a tremendous run that made them very popular and they have the potential to become one of the best tag teams in WWE history if they stay together.
1 Break Up: New Day
The New Day have dominated the tag team scene in WWE over the past two years. Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods all have achieved success beyond their wildest dreams as a popular trio. The branding opportunities have seen New Day get dozens of shirts, their own Funko Pop set and Booty-O’s cereal. Sadly, they have become a stale act.
WWE is struggling to find a role for them. New Day won’t have a match at WrestleMania 33 and will just serve as the hosts. The best booking decision would be for one of the guys to turn heel and go the singles route. That wrestler would get a huge push with the potential to be a future World Champion. The other two could keep The New Day brand alive. WWE gets to have their Booty-O’s and eat it too if one of the three members forces New Day to break up.
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