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It’s not going to be the end of the world or wrestling as we know it if the Hardys retain the RAW Tag Team Championships against Sheamus and Cesaro this Sunday at Extreme Rules. It will, however, be a pretty weird use of both teams that just keeps Monday’s tag division in a weird stasis — one the arrival of the Hardy Menz and the heel turn of Sheamus and Cesaro was supposed to help them avoid.
The Hardys are still kind of running on nostalgia fumes, and that’s been working out so far, but they’re eventually going to need more than that if they are going to be anything besides a Dudley-esque return that never did much with character outside of “hey look it’s those guys you used to like!” Losing to a heel team — a heal team who should beat the heck out of everyone always, too — would be a good way to do ensure some Hardys development. And this isn’t even a reference to making sure the Broken version of Matt shows up, either.
(That would be fine, too, but it’s not happening until the lawyers sort it all out.)
Plus, as Sheamus and Cesaro have said, they’re the future. This is a tag team who could anchor that division for a long time, especially if there isn’t any room in the main event scene for the pair at the moment. They’re two huge dudes who should be able to wreck anyone, they connect with the crowd both as faces and heels, and setting them up as the pins for someone else to knock down makes so much more sense than the Hardys defeating a team they’ve defeated before, except this time, that team is the bad guys.
Anything that opens us up to the possibility of Matt and Jeff working singles and adding depth to RAW is a good thing. And losing to Sheamus and Cesaro, who seem to have found their niche as a killer tag unit, is part of that anything. It puts over the future, it lets the old guard move on to the next stage of their return tour — be it a new tag feud following a rematch or singles competition — and it opens the door for someone down the road to benefit from defeating Sheamus and Cesaro. And that can all start this Sunday.
- In Friday’s Rumor Roundup: Hulk Hogan and WWE very well might have had conversations about a return, so prepare to celebrate or groan depending on your feelings on the man.
- Natalya bought her parents a house!
- Here’s Rockstar Spud hitting Hornswoggle right in the beans with a hammer.
- The main event for Slammiversary changed during this week’s episode of Impact, and Kyle Decker says not to be surprised if it changes four more times in the four weeks before it runs.
- Did you miss Lucha Underground? Don’t worry, not only is the show back, but so are features about it. Here’s Paste on Taya as the key to the top heel stable on the show.
- Willie Mack’s road to Lucha Underground was not without hardship, as this feature from ESPN details.
- Cameron is talking about the possibility of a WWE return, saying her exit from the company was amicable.
- Alexa Bliss does kind of care about what people think, but the character she plays on television sure doesn’t.
- The secret to Hardy Body Mahal’s hard body? Lots and lots of meals.
- Xavier Woods gave Dean Ambrose’s theme lyrics, so good luck not hearing those every time the Lunatic Fringe’s entrance starts up.
- Kennadi Brink debuted as a referee during an NXT Live event, which helps along the idea that they’re getting her ready in time for the Mae Young Classic.
- Dalton Castle in WWE? Reportedly, that’s a real possibility.