The current WWE Tag Teams champions is Daniel Bryan. Or it is Kane? Yes, the WWE Tag Team championship belts are held by the most dysfunctional tandem in recent memory. With both Daniel Bryan and Kane harking “I’m the Tag Team Champions!” and their well documented anger management issues, WWE has really put some personality back into its floundering tag team division.
Daniel Bryan and Kane, who were forced to team together by orders of their anger management therapist Dr. Shelby, have proven to be two explosive personalities that can agree on one thing: they love to cause pain. In a recent vignette, (inspired by the iconic scene from When Harry Met Sally) Daniel Bryan was intensely elated as Kane recounted their chair shot attacks on the entire tag team division. Although Bryan and Kane have issues following the other’s lead during matches, the result remains the same – they keep on winning.
The biggest testament to Team Hell No’s rise was their tag team main event spotlight on Monday Night RAW as Kane chokeslammed WWE Champion CM Punk for the deciding pinfall. When was the last time that the WWE Tag Team champions were in the main event? Or even the last time you heard of a tag team champion pinning the WWE champion? It’s almost unheard of, but what do you expect from two former World champions?
But a division cannot be carried by its champions alone, which is why SmackDown General Manager Booker T issued a single-elimination tournament to determine Team Hell No’s opponents for the Hell in the Cell pay-per-view. As of this post, so far the teams of Rhode Scholars (the newly formed unison of Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow), Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara, The Prime Time Players, and Zack Ryder and Santino Marella have advanced to the semi-finals.
Aside from The Prime Time Players who were called to the SmackDown roster as a tag team, and Rey Mysterio who is a multi-tag team champion throughout the world, the list of semi-finalist aren’t exactly well renowned for their tag team abilities. Be that as it may, what all these teams have in common is the brash confidence that they can subdue Hell No.
While much credit should be given to WWE for attempting to restructure and revive their tag team division, TNA Wrestling should also be commended. TNA, long known for their booming tag team division, have been in a slump for the past year. Yet in spite of Team 3D and Beer Money Inc. splitting so as to pursue solo careers, and The Motor City Machine Guns divided, TNA has prevailed under the conniving leadership of Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian.
How did Daniels and Kazarian become the most hated individuals in the IMPACT locker room? Simple. Daniels and Kazarian attempted to tarnish the reputation of their former friend AJ Styles. With a series of doctored photos, audio and video clips, Daniels and Kazarian had the whole world believing, including Styles, that The Phenomenal One was having an affair with a recovering drug addict. The whole Claire Lynch storyline–though overdrawn and eventually making little to no sense–established Daniels and Kazarian as a dastardly duo that fans love to hate. Because seriously, how egotistical must one be to dub themselves the World Tag Team champions of the World?
So who has decided to oppose Daniels and Kazarian? Whereas the WWE can have eight tag teams to compete in a single-elimination tournament, TNA’s two-hour weekly time slot only needs two: the teams of AJ Styles and Kurt Angle, and Chavo Guerrero and “SuperMex” Hernandez. Styles and Kurt Angle are a dream team consisted of two of the most gifted wrestlers in the world; and Chavo, a tag team specialist throughout the world, coupled with Hernandez is a perfect small man-big man duo.
The two teams, though failing to unseat the champions on their own, are set to take on Daniels and Kaz in a triple threat match at Bound for Glory.
So whether it’s WWE or TNA, tag team wrestling is back on the rise. Thoughts on who the better tag team champions are?
That’s it for this post, feel free to subscribe to this blog if you like what you read and how it was written. If you love the writing so much and wish to propose a writing job, then you can submit all serious proposals at WrestlingTimesX@gmail.com. Follow me on the twitter @WrestlingTimesX.