Doesn't seem that long ago the conventional wisdom was that the NXT men's tag division would need rebuilding, or at least restocking. Not very long into the 2.0 era, that has very much happened.
Having a sound team like Imperium at the top helps because we've seen them have bangers with just about anybody. Whether bookers view them as somewhat transitional or will extend their already pretty good run remains to be seen, but the rest of the division is now shaping up well.
MSK is finally getting some backstory, righting their main drawback when they showed up, won the Dusty and then captured the titles without us knowing them. Whether or not you're a fan of their vision quest and learning that Matt Riddle was their guru, at least they feel a lot more fleshed out as characters to go with their already solid in-ring skills.
Beyond MSK, plenty of other contenders are slowly building toward their first dance with the titles. Briggs and Jensen are getting some shine with some wins even if their literal dancing and going to a country concert with Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter was an odd detour. Jacket Time has picked up a couple of wins and can easily become crowd favorites with the right booking complementing their oodles of charisma.
On the heel side, the Creed Brothers are somewhat running in place and moving toward a rudo-rudo matchup with Grizzled Young Veterans, who are currently learning that cheaters (in their case) never win, but maybe this is leading to an uptick in their fortunes at some point? Legado del Fantasma will always have good matches, even as they remain the bridesmaids of the division and might never strike gold, as good as they are.
While Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams aren't wrestling in the tag division, they have ample star power if NXT wanted them at the head of that scene. You have some potential pairing already in place with Joe Gacy and Harland; Andre Chase and his as-yet-unnamed star pupil; and Solo Sikoa and Edris Enofe.
Essentially, NXT could have teams for days at this point - the main challenge is getting them all screen time and storylines. In the meantime, that's as deep a tag division as WWE has ... which could make for some very entertaining time ahead for fans of the tandem arts.
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 Dec. 17:
1. New Day (last week: 1)
Pro: Continued their win streak over The Usos in advance of their upcoming title match.
Con: Are all of these victories pointing instead to the Usos retaining?
2. The Bloodline (2)
Pro: Still all wearing gold. Still the star attraction on SmackDown.
Con: Roman firing his wise man, who can help Brock Lesnar, might not have been a wise move. The Usos, meanwhile, took another loss to New Day.
3. Beauty Queens (Carmella and Queen Zelina) (5)
Pro: Still women's tag champions. Zelina continued her win streak by pinning Rhea Ripley.
Con: Once again, Nikki A.S.H. was ultimately the reason for their win.
4. RK-Bro (3)
Pro: Still Raw champs.
Con: Riddle took a clean loss to Otis.
5. Toxic Attraction (5)
Pro: Still all wearing gold. Put a beatdown on Cora Jade.
Con: Slowly starting to gain a lot of enemies aiming for their titles.
6. Imperium (4)
Pro: Still the NXT men's champions.
Con: Disappeared from TV again.
7. American Alpha (not ranked)
Pro: Otis picked up a rather dominant win over Riddle.
Con: Probably means Chad Gable gets pinned by a member of RK-Bro next week.
8. Viking Raiders (not ranked)
Pro: Continued their winning ways with a victory of Shanky and Jinder Mahal.
Con: They have to wait for The Usos and New Day to finish their business before moving up in the division.
9. Dirty Dawgs (not ranked)
Pro: Got back on the winning train, and against a pair of higher-profile wrestlers in Damian Priest and Finn Balor.
Con: Only picked up the win thanks to an Austin Theory distraction.
10. Jacket Time (not ranked)
Pro: Picked up another win and looked style strong doing it.
Con: Don't seem like title contenders just yet.
Best tag segment of the week: As many times as we've seen it, New Day and Usos don't seem capable of a bad match together. Why WWE would give this to us so close to their title match is weird, but the performers themselves always shine.
The main-roster women's division continues to spin its wheels (which will happen when you only have two teams and one is on a losing streak) but otherwise the WWE tag divisions are in pretty good shape.