After years of irrelevancy, the WWE has rebuilt a strong tag team division – highlighted by the record-breaking New Day, Cesaro & Sheamus and Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan, among others.
WWE hasn’t been afraid to sign other tag teams from rival promotions, such as Gallows and Anderson – who started out in New Japan Pro Wrestling before moving over to Ring of Honor. Speaking of NJPW and ROH, WWE announced they have signed the War Machine tag team – who had previously worked for those two rival companies. WWE reported that they will both immediately head to the Performance Center.
War Machine consists of Hanson and Raymond Rowe – a combined weight of 550 pound guys who slightly resemble The Bludgeon Brothers. War Machine won the IWGP Tag Team Championships twice in NJPW, and the World Tag Team titles in ROH once.
Hanson and Rowe wrestled at Wrestle Kingdom 12 on Jan. 4, then departed NJPW after wrestling one more match the following day. The two men debuted in ROH’s Top Prospect Tournament in 2014, then formed the War Machine tag team.
There will be no shortage of possible feuds for War Machine when they head over to the WWE. Though Cesaro & Sheamus look to continue feuding with Rollins and Jordan for the Raw Tag Team Championships, Gallows & Anderson and/or The Hardy Boyz look like possible rivals.
If War Machine heads over to SmackDown, they could challenge The Usos – the current SmackDown Tag Team Champions. If not, Rusev & Aiden English or The New Day could be options.
The Royal Rumble pay-per-view takes place on Jan. 28, but it’s unlikely that Hansen and Rowe will appear then – as two Tag Team Championship matches are already set. It’s very likely they appear by WrestleMania 34, however.
The WWE has not been shy in signing away top talent from their rival promotions. The tag team division is stacked as is, but War Machine will undoubtedly make it that much better.
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