Those who have been watching wrestling for a long enough time, know that Vince McMahon isn’t a fan of tag team wrestling. But Vince understood it had a place in his promotion. It’s a shame, though, that Vince holds that view, as tag team wrestling has provided us with some memorable rivalries, stories, and moments. From the triangle ladder match between E&C, the Dudley Boyz, and the Hardy Boyz, to those same teams in the countless TLC matches, to the high flying action of London and Kendrick, the Shield debuting and causing havoc to the Uso’s vs New Day and their amazing rivalry that included one of the best Hell in a Cell matches.
Tag team wrestling also created one of the biggest rivalries in the 80s with the Mega Powers. You’d think that, given Vince has been in tag team feuds in the past, he’d lighten up a bit on the art form, but he hasn’t. I was hoping Triple H would start having more focus on the division, since he started the Dusty Challenge in NXT, but that hope was lost when Vince announced he was unretired.
Who knows what the future holds.
There was big hopes for the tag team division in AEW. It was going to be their foundation. But they’ve failed at that. Sure, on the surface, they do a good job with it, but it hasn’t been the base they were hoping for, especially since the Young Bucks got suspended (albeit, just after winning the Trios Championships) for their involvement in the backstage scuffle with CM Punk after All Out last year. One of the hottest acts in AEW, though, has been The Acclaimed with Daddy Ass. As a fan of theirs, I think it’s a shame they didn’t hold the AEW World Tag Team Championships for longer than they did. But maybe the Trios Championship is in their future? Unfortunately, all of this falls onto Tony Khan. Like Vince McMahon, Tony holds all the creative power. But, unlike Vince, Tony only has one person on creative, himself.
Speaking of the Trios Championships, one thing I enjoyed was the best of 7 series between Death Triangle and The Elite. Every match was entertaining, had me on the edge of my seat. I can’t say I’m surprised The Elite won, but hey, that’s pro wrestling for you. Hopefully, AEW can go back to their intended roots, though, and bring tag team wrestling to the big stage.