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Tag Team Weekly Roundup and Power Rankings: Big E rocks, but what does this hold for New Day?

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Since he is a super popular wrestler to fans and fellow professionals alike, Big E winning the WWE championship on Raw constitutes one of the few things that just about everybody within the WWE Universe could support.

Coming to the red brand also reunites one of the most accomplished (inside and outside of the ring) tag teams of all time in New Day. Seeing Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods celebrate with E after his win drives home how special their brotherhood is in kayfabe and reality.

But it also makes one wonder what this means for the team going forward. It's worth noting that New Day's performance in the Tag Team Turmoil for the #1 contendership, running much of this gauntlet-style setup, shows that their stock was already rising. They still can't solve Omos, who took the win in an eight-man tag on Big E's championship night, but neither can anybody in the company.

WWE has already found a way to put New Day and The Bloodline in the ring together next week, which puts all of them into a main event match for Raw plus shows the Princes of Positivity are high on the food chain.

When Kofi ascended to singles gold, he was clearly the emotional leader with a well overdue reward for so much hard work. Heck, E and Xavier even made Kofimania possible by winning a gauntlet match to put him into the WrestleMania bout. Some say Big E's reward is overdue as well, but to a different degree. When he was separated from his mates in the draft, they acted really distressed about it, but obviously the long-term plan of giving him a run with the Intercontinental title and the Money in the Bank win worked out really well.

You still have Bobby Lashley lurking around the title picture, and maybe he'll recruit some backup with MVP unable to compete that will lead to a trios match? If he and a partner claim tag gold from RK-Bro, it sets up a natural feud with various members of New Day. But the other folks being built toward the title picture -- Drew McIntyre, Goldberg and Damien Priest -- are all more loner types, so maybe New Day will have to find another program. Or, if they're unfortunate, keep losing to Omos (with or without AJ Styles) as the colossus eventually makes his way toward the main title.

Wherever Kofi and Xavier end up in the booking pecking order -- and they certainly deserve a place in the upper midcard at this point -- the reunion surely is as sweet as E's gold and should provide plenty of sports entertainment.

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 Sept. 17:

1. New Day (last week: 6)

Pro: Big E wins the title and comes back home to his boys in one night -- and then picks up a tag win on SmackDown to set up a match with The Bloodline? Hard to beat that, like, ever.
Con: Wondering what the dynamics of reunited New Day will be.

2. The Bloodline (3)

Pro: Still all wearing gold. The Usos reminded everybody of how dangerous they are with a backstage beatdown of Big E.
Con: Came after The Usos lost to the makeshift team of E and Finn Balor.

3. RK-Bro (1)

Pro: Still Raw champs. Orton had yet another main event slot in a match that was well built toward and competitive.
Con: Unable to supplant Bobby Lashley (but in a way he helped Big E do so).

4. Rhea Ripley and Nikki A.S.H. (7)

Pro: Beat both halves of the women's tag champs on Raw in singles matches (to the point the champs aren't even in the top 10 any more), and finally get a title shot.
Con: It seems weird that they get one while Shotzi and Nox didn't.

5. MSK (3)

Pro: Still NXT men's champs.
Con: Can we get them more character work or a program or ... something?

6. Io Shirai and Zoey Stark (4)

Pro: Still the NXT women's tag titleholders, and got to attend a fun wrestling wedding.
Con: Still wondering what's up with their title reign.

7. AJ Styles and Omos (not ranked)

Pro: Omos led the team to an eight-man match win and continues to be booked stronger than anybody on Raw.
Con: But will this lead him or the team anywhere?

8. Street Profits (8)

Pro: Still have a tag championship match against The Usos.
Con: Haven't quite proven they can beat The Usos yet.

9. Diamond Mine (9)

Pro: Roderick Strong will get his shot at Kushida's Cruiserweight title. The Creed Brothers squashing local competitors is still happening. And Ivy Nile looks like an intriguing addition.
Con: Hoping the new NXT can stay focused on a team working so many threads.

10 (tie). Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne (not ranked)

Pro: The new-look Mandy had a really good in-ring showing in joining her new group to win a six-person match.
Con: Waiting to see if this gets any of them in any title pictures.

10 (tie). Imperium (not ranked)

Pro: Death, taxes and Imperium having solid matches are among the most reliable things on earth. Their winning on a night with so much new blood bodes well.
Con: The problem is that they've also lost all kinds of title shots -- so where do they go next?

Best tag segment of the week: While not strictly a tag-team segment, Big E finally winning the big one and getting joined -- in the ring and for the near future -- by his pals in New Day has a lot of meaning going forward.

Grade: A-

Hard to be sour about much when Big E strikes gold, although NXT could do more with their tag championship scenes.

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