If nothing else, WWE is pretty good at letting us know who are contenders and who are pretenders in the tag division. Unless you're Alpha Academy.
After scoring a tag win over RK-Bro -- one week after being swept in singles action -- the duo might finally be in the former category. Certainly Otis has been booked well between the ropes recently, as Randy Orton working overtime to finally hit him with an RKO has been a rare singles loss since the erstwhile member of Heavy Machinery turned heel. Generally he's portrayed as dominant and hard to even take off his feet, which is classic monster heel booking.
Chad Gable, on the other hand, loses pretty much all his singles matches. Anybody with any appreciation can see he's one of the best technical wrestlers on the roster, and his mic work has developed well, but he looks at the lights too frequently to be taken as a threat. Granted, he's lost really good (albeit generally too short) matches to some of WWE's best, but more wins either solo or like the team had on Monday would help.
But it's a weird situation where Otis, who once had one of the more popular characters on the roster, now is the one with no personality while Gable, who is a top-tier wrestler, has to play weak link. It's not as ludicrous as AJ Styles being the weak link in a duo with Omos, but it's still a strange dynamic.
It's all strange enough that it's hard to see them taking the belts from top stars in Orton and Riddle, but the tag team world doesn't always make sense in WWE.
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 Jan. 7:
1. The Bloodline (last week: 1)
Pro: The Usos retained in a really good match on Day 1(ish), then won the SmackDown main event, and Roman Reigns still heads the table as champ on SmackDown.
Con: Reigns now has both Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins seeking his gold.
2. Beauty Queens (Carmella and Queen Zelina) (5)
Pro: Still women's tag champions after retaining on Raw to stay unbeaten as a tandem. Probably no immediate challengers for them.
Con: Pinning Nikki A.S.H. is, alas, a pretty low bar these days. Plus they'll need actual challengers to stay relevant.
3. RK-Bro (2)
Pro: Retained their titles against Street Profits, then Riddle went to NXT to help MSK secure a big six-man victory.
Con: Back on Raw, Riddle's attempted RKO resulted in a loss to Alpha Academy.
4. MSK (not ranked)
Pro: Teamed with their Shaman Riddle to beat the NXT tag champs and a returning Walter at New Year's Evil.
Con: Now just need a chance to retake the tag championships.
5. Imperium (7)
Pro: Still the NXT men's champions, had Walter back (at least this week) and put on a fun six-man tag.
Con: Still couldn't top MSK and the returning Riddle.
6. New Day (3)
Pro: Showed once again at Day 1 why they are among the all-time greats, then had a main-event tag title match on SmackDown.
Con: Unable to come away with the win or the belts from The Usos in two attempts.
7. Toxic Attraction (5)
Pro: Still all sporting gold, as Mandy Rose retained at New Year's Evil. Perhaps more importantly, Mandy has access to a helicopter, which has to be fun.
Con: Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne continue to be missing, which one hopes isn't a big issue.
8. Street Profits (4)
Pro: Defeated Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez on Raw after a good outing at Day 1.
Con: Unable to overcome RK-Bro last weekend to claim the titles.
9. Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs (not ranked)
Pro: Boogs picked up a win over Sami Zayn, while Nak continues to know the best way to keep the Intercontinental Championship is to not win it.
Con: That's also making Shinsuke's IC run not very notable.
10. Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss (not ranked)
Pro: Picked up a win over Viking Raiders on SmackDown.
Con: From feuding with Drew McIntyre to beating a second-tier team is a drop on the card.
Best tag segment of the week: On the first day of 2022, The Usos and New Day put together a bout that might still be on the best-matches list at the end of the year.
All the tag champs except for the Toxic Attraction tandem saw action this week, including some really good matches.