WWE has seen its share of oddball tag teams. Heck, current Raw champs Sheamus and Cesaro started as one of them and have dominated their division for nearly a year now. But as Valentine’s Day fades into the rear view, let’s fantasy book a new duo to challenge them, one whose current fortunes are treading water right now.
It’s (almost) time to bring Woken Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt together.
Much of the attention on Bray (other than how many feuds he loses) has been on how maybe new followers might invigorate his fortunes. But what if he became a follow of the House of Hardy instead?
You get there by scheduling a match at Elimination Chamber where the loser has to join the other’s faction as a follower. (Clever names for the match welcome.) Maybe they do it as a pre-recorded offsite piece to give it a distinctive feel. Matt wins and asks Wyatt to join him for the great war.
From there, a series of vignettes show Wyatt meets Senor Benjamin, Vanguard 1 and other members of the Hardy estate, as Woken Matt rambles on about his plans. At first, Bray’s excellent facial expressions convey a "this guy is even crazier than I am!" vibe, but the more he learns, the more he comes to realize that Matt is his ideal ally to take down the machine or whatever the Wyatt mission is supposed to be.
In the ring, remember that glimpse of how good Wyatt can be as a hot tag when he teamed with Roman before getting injured? That would be Bray’s role in the bigger matches as Matt face-in-perils as they climb the ladder -- eventually becoming challengers to The Bar, who really need the opponents in a Raw tag scene with nobody really shaping up to that role.
So crazy it just might work, or too crazy to be realistic?
The following Tag Team Power Rankings take into account wins, power and placement of segments, recentness of appearances, creative direction and momentum for main-roster teams.
WWE Tag Team Power Rankings through Feb. 13:
1. The Usos (last week: 2)
Pro: Still the champs. Had yet another great promo.
Con: Kind of got rudely interrupted though. Also, would be nice to see them in action.
2. The Bar (1)
Pro: Still the champs, potentially for a while. Sheamus reminded us of his singles prowess.
Con: Lost, albeit in a really good match, to Roman Reigns.
3. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn (6)
Pro: Once again had an episode built around them, and showed plenty of ring prowess.
Con: Lost both singles matches.
4. The New Day (5)
Pro: Impressive, heady win over Gable and Benjamin. Their kente cloth gear was really cool.
Con: C’mon, Big E was nowhere near breaking that pancake record.
5. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin (3)
Pro: They’re really growing into their anti-fun gimmick, and always good in the ring.
Con: Lost to New Day.
6. The Bludgeon Brothers (4)
Pro: Clever way of interrupting a promo by destroying a TV. Brief but effective.
Con: A squash might have been more fun.
7. The Revival (7)
Pro: Got their win back from The Balor Club and looked very Revival-ish in doing so.
Con: Are these two teams just trading wins or is this going somewhere?
8. Balor Club (8)
Pro: Their leader won -- OK co-won -- the second-chance Elimination Chamber and, in a pro wrestling development, got a spot in the PPV’s eponymous match.
Con: Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows took a loss to The Revival.
9. Rusev Day (10)
Pro: The Lion of Bulgaria and The Ravishing Russian won a mixed-match challenge bout. And Rusev is still super over.
Con: But can WWE ever give Rusev, with or without partner Aiden English, a deserved push?
10. Breezango (not rated)
Pro: Call this a retroactive award for meritorious service …
Con: … because this week made it hard to find 10 teams to put in this list.
Best tag segment of the week: For a lackluster tag week, the best match with the best use of characters was the New Day-Gablenjamin bout on SmackDown. That a New Day distraction leading to a missed tag contributed to the anti-fun faction’s loss will likely continue this program, and we know they would shine given even more time.
Grade: C-. Minimal attention to the tag scene this week, with only two matches, leaves plenty of room for improvement.