Thursday, April 18

WWE Tag Team Championships Have Become A Problem, Here’s How To Fix It

Highlights

  • The WWE Unifying Tag Team Championships hindered other teams and gave dominance to The Bloodline.
  • Holding both Raw and SmackDown titles downplays other teams like Street Profits, DIY, and New Catch Republic.
  • Splitting the titles again at WrestleMania 40 will give more opportunities for WWE tag teams and elevate the division.



Back in 2022, WWE decided to unify the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championships into one. For the last two years, the red and blue brand titles have been called the Undisputed Tag Team Championships. While exciting in the beginning, and a way to show the Bloodline’s dominace with the Usos, it has only helped to hinder every other tag team in WWE. It’s time for WWE to fix the problem they created and separate the belts once more, giving other tag teams like the Street Profits, DIY, the New Catch Republic, and others a chance. WrestleMania 40 is the perfect place to make it happen.

WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship History Since 2022

The Usos beat RK-Bro to unify the Raw and SmackDown titles

Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens beat The Usos at WrestleMania 39

Finn Balor and Damian Priest have been champions twice

Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso held the titles briefly



Splitting The Tag Team Championships Allowed The Bloodline To Be On SmackDown And Raw

RK-Bro Lost The Raw Tag Team Championships When Randy Orton Injured His Back

Two years ago, the tag team championships were split between Raw and SmackDown. On Monday nights, Randy Orton and Matt Riddle ruled as the fan favorite Raw Tag Team Champions, RK-Bro. Over on Friday, Jimmy and Jey, the Usos, dominated as the SmackDown Tag Team Champions. That all changed on May 20, 2022, during an episode of SmackDown, where the Usos defeated RK-Bro to unify the two titles.

The cons of this decision could be overlooked at the time. With Randy Orton’s back injury, RK-Bro needed to drop their titles and the Usos were the only team that felt worthy. Having Jimmy and Jey carry both brand’s titles made the Bloodline look even more dominant and allowed the group to move between Raw and SmackDown whenever they wanted. It also made it matter that much more when former best friends Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens reunited to defeat the Usos in the night one main event of WrestleMania 39.


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The Unified Tag Team Championships Have Held Down Other Tag Teams

Nick Aldis Told New Catch Republic That He And Adam Pearce Have A Plan

The Undisputed Tag Team Championship reign of Zayn and Owens was a dud. Their story was all about the chase, but once they won there was nothing left for them to do. WWE couldn’t simply have them turn on each other yet again, so instead, they feuded with the Judgment Day week after week on Raw for months. It became a frustrating joke, as the main even of every Raw became some combination of the Judgment Day vs. Zayn, Owens, and Cody Rhodes. Thankfully, finally, the Judgment Day, in the form of Damian Priest and Finn Balor, took the titles, but that changed nothing. There was a bit of excitement when Rhodes and Jey Uso won the belts, but their reign was so short that it had no effect.


Meanwhile, every other tag team in WWE has suffered. Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa were huge stars in NXT, but the reuniting of DIY has felt flat on Raw. The Creed Brothers came to Raw from NXT, and while they have awed with their skills, their push has already fallen. On SmackDown, the Street Profits are part of Bobby Lashley’s business, but they have no gold to seek. Then there’s the new team of the New Catch Republic, made up of Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne. After losing to the Judgment Day at Elimination Chamber, they went to SmackDown GM Nick Aldis on March 1 for a rematch. He didn’t give it to them, but told them that he and Raw GM Adam Pearce were talking about the Undisputed Tag Team Championships and would have an announcement soon. What could it be?


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WrestleMania 40 Is The Place For Raw And SmackDown Tag Team Champions

WWE recently had another title problem after Roman Reigns beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 38 to unify the WWE and Universal Championships. With Roman almost always on SmackDown (when he bothered to actually show up), it meant the stars of Raw had nothing to fight for. The same is now true of the tag team division. If the Judgment Day is feuding with a team on Raw, for example, it means all teams on SmackDown has nothing to do. Titles are what matter most. A simple championship match tells the best story, and nothing gets fans behind a team more. It meant something when the Creed Brothers got a title shot, but it’s forgettable when they’re put in a Raw match with no stakes.


The only way to solve this is to split the championships again between Raw and SmackDown, and WrestleMania 40 is the perfect place to do it. A tournament over the next several weeks gives every WWE tag team more opportunities to shine, and with not one but two tag team title matches on the biggest show of the year, it allows more names to get on the card. The World Heavyweight Championship was created to give Raw wrestlers a chance at a title, the women’s are split, and the secondary Intercontinental and United States Championships stay on separate brands. It’s understandable why there is only one women’s tag team championship (there aren’t enough teams), but with the plethora of talent on the men’s side, why are they the ones who have to miss out?

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