Destroying the women's tag division notwithstanding, the annual draft reset the men's divisions for Raw and SmackDown and left some intriguing options in its wake. Let's break it down to expected teams or factions:
- RK-Bro (champs)
- AJ Styles and Omos
- Street Profits
- The Mysterios
- Alpha Academy
- Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez
- Dirty Dawgs
- Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin (who may or may not be in The Hurt Business)
- The Usos (champs) within The Bloodline
- New Day (the non-Big E version)
- Hit Row
- Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs
- Viking Raiders
- Jinder Mahal and Shanky
- Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo
- Mustafa Ali and Mansoor
Besides the handsomeness of those last two teams switching to SmackDown, what's most notable is the potential programs of babyfaces chasing The Usos' gold. Usos-New Day were blood rivals, then friendly rivals but are back to straight up enemies with The Bloodline forming. Through any incarnation, they're incapable of bad matches. Usos-Viking Raiders is a fun fresh matchup. But any Hit Row-Bloodline feud may well have the most potential for mic work.
Meanwhile, most of SmackDown's teams moved over to chase new champions, try to usurp top contenders in AJ and Omos and pick up some wins over enhancement talent (sigh) Ced and Shelly. Street Profits and Alpha Academy are most likely to rise once RK-Bro finish off Skipper and his colossus, while Dirty Dawgs will continue losing competitive matches and The Mysterios continue to splinter. Where WWE decides to put Crews and Azeez might be the biggest factor.
And wherever these teams fall in the pecking order, they're better off than the long trail of broken-up teams in the women's division.
The following Tag Team Power Rankings take into account wins, power and placement of segments, recentness of appearances, creative direction and momentum for teams and factions.
WWE Tag Team Power Rankings through Oct. 8:
1. The Bloodline (last week: 1)
Pro: Still all champions, and Roman is still clearly the top star in WWE.
Con: But can he survive Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel?
2. New Day (2)
Pro: Big E continues to reign on Raw, while New Day added a win over Hurt Business. And they have a new Netflix choose-your-own adventure with The Undertaker.
Con: Their time performing together will be up (for a while at least) after the rosters are reset.
3. Super Brutality (Rhea Ripley and Nikki A.S.H.) (3)
Pro: Still women's champions, beating the previous champs, and now have absolutely no contenders.
Con: Having no contenders doesn't give them much to do.
4. MSK (6)
Pro: Still the NXT men's tag champs after winning a fun elimination fatal four-way.
Con: Still haven't won over a large portion of the NXT fanbase.
5. Io Shirai and Zoey Stark (4)
Pro: Still NXT champs and at least have teams to face.
Con: Also have at least three teams chasing them.
6. RK-Bro (5)
Pro: Still the Raw champs. Still very over and wildly entertaining. When Orton's around, they still keep getting the best of AJ and Omos.
Con: They still have to hold off the previous titleholders, which means finding a way to neutralize Omos.
7. Angel Garza and Humberto Carillo (8)
Pro: Kept their win streak going with another win over Mansoor and Mustafa Ali.
Con: They could stand to beat more teams higher on the card.
8. Toxic Attraction (not ranked)
Pro: Mandy picked up a win over Ember Moon and the threesome continue to be heavily featured on NXT.
Con: Their promo skills have room for improvement.
9. Imperium (not ranked)
Pro: Coming back to beat down MSK keeps them in the title picture.
Con: As smooth as they are, the chances of them recapturing gold seem slim.
10. Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen (not ranked)
Pro: Had their best outing in the fatal 4-way for the NXT championship.
Con: Couldn't come away with the gold.
Best tag segment of the week: The fatal four-way helped establish a couple of new teams while continuing MSK's notable reign.
The main-roster shakeups looked interesting, but other priorities meant little action there. The NXT tag title match was the only thing to pull the grade up.