In the WWE, tag team wrestling was once an important part of their broadcasts. In my opinion, the best matches in the division occurred between the 1980’s to the early 2000’s. However, over the past few years, the quality of tag matches, have deteriorated because of a lack of teams, and interest on the part of the company. But, lately, it seems that tag team wrestling is making a slight comeback, and I will attempt to show why I believe this to be true.

The current tag champions are Kofi Kingston and R-Truth. But, they have a wide array of challengers gunning for the gold. One of them is the team of Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger. Both perform extremely well as singles competitors, but as a consistent tag team, they truly are one of the best. These four will wrestle for the tag team championship at the Over the Limit pay-per-view on May 20. If these two teams are given enough time, this will be one of the best matches of the night. Their flare for the sport, and their unique moves, promise to make this an exciting match.

Epico and Primo lost the tag titles to Kofi and Truth on an episode of Raw. But, for some reason, they have not been granted a rematch. I am not sure why that is the case. While the former champs may not win at this present time, and while the match may not be too entertaining, these two at least deserve to receive their tag team title rematch. Perhaps the WWE is keeping fans in suspense, while grooming Epico and Primo for a spectacular rematch. We will have to be patient, and perhaps read between the lines as matches are scheduled.

Two promising young wrestlers ,Titus O’Neal and Darren Young have been teaming up on WWE’s NXT show. Recently, they “received a contract” to move to Smackdown, and have started to display their talents on the show. But, when they start to wrestle regularly, and fans are able to see the talent these two possess, I am sure they will earn a WWE tag team title match in the future. When that match takes place, I am sure it will be an exciting and action packed one.

Some long-standing wrestlers like Jimmy and Jey Uso have been with the WWE for a while, and have yet to win the tag team titles. I think they deserve to have a reign as champions. I think they have had championship opportunities, and non-title matches against previous champions during their tenure, but unfortunately, the WWE opted not to give these two a chance to hold the tag team belts. Hopefully, the company will see that these two tough and talented individuals receive a reign as WWE tag team champions some day. It seems unfair to keep talented wrestlers on the back-burner. These men need to be given the opportunity to hold a title, so that they will be motivated to become better competitors.

The WWE has the ability to develop more teams to challenge the champions, and organize solid matches with other tag teams in the division. If the matches are given enough time to develop ( I mean at least 8-10 minutes) on Raw, Smackdown, and on monthly pay-per-view events, then storyline rivalries between the teams will develop, which will result in fans becoming re-invested in the division. Something has to be done to generate passion and interest in this aspect of the sport.

There are those who will say that the WWE’s tag team division is non-existent. To an extent, that is true. But, I truly believe that the company is doing its best to turn things around as far as tag team wrestling is concerned. It may never be what it was in the 1980’s to early 2000’s, but fans will become interested in tag teams again, if the WWE starts to care once again about the division.

Innovative ideas and competitive matches must come into play to ensure interest is stimulated. Tag team wrestling can be exciting and nail-biting, but WWE has to do what they can to reinvent the division, and put some serious thought into an area that is currently somewhat defunct. It’s time for change!

Azeem Kayum

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