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Tag Team Weekly Roundup and Power Ratings: Revived Survivor Series can showcase teams, factions

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The long-overdue reinvigoration of Survivor Series -- which will no longer be Raw vs. SmackDown with no real stakes and even less logic -- is great news for wrestling fans. Especially the importation of WarGames to the main roster.

It's also an opportunity to showcase some tag teams and factions, whether in the double-ring cage structure or in traditional elimination bouts. It's been really hard to get everybody on Street Profits, New Day, The Brawling Brutes, Imperium and Judgment Day onto recent premium live events -- especially since the holders of the unified gold in The Usos can't travel everywhere.

And that Bloodline faction that holds all the gold makes all the sense in the world for one of the WarGames match. Roman will probably enter last, which is completely in character, but giving extended time to Jey and Jimmy Uso, Solo Sikoa and Sami Zayn is by no means a bad thing. One of them (especially Sami) taking a pin really advances storylines, and WWE can avoid trying to prop up a paper champion to lose to Reigns for another PLE.

A team with a core of The Brawling Brutes could be pretty fun and play on the Sheamus-Roman history with their alignments swapped now that The Celtic Warrior is over like rover. Maybe Kevin Owens and Matt Riddle, or Street Profits, or somebody whose path crosses with the dynasty team in the future can appear and get the rub. Any combination of the above would produce fantastic matches and a little more drama than we would get just waiting to see how Reigns and The Usos will pin their challengers, as is the case for most shows.

On the women's side, it's easy to see where Damage CTRL and the Bianca Belair-Asuka-Alexa Bliss triumvirates form cores for their teams. The fantasy bookers of Sasha and Naomi have inserted them here, and anybody else not battling for a title (Ronda? Shayna? Raquel? Shotzi? Natalya? Liv? A returning Charlotte? Could Becky be ready?) could round out the teams. We have plenty of time to provide reasons for that -- keeping the central 3-on-3 feud hot seems like a bigger challenge.

Judgment Day has plenty of enemies already with Edge, Dominik Mysterio, Riddle, maybe AJ Styles, and maybe they take a leap and throw in Rhea Ripley and Beth Phoenix, who mainly get physical with one another, although Rhea can still beat up babyfaces when they're outnumbered. Some clever producer will find a way.

Meanwhile, New Day could sure use a PLE match, maybe teamed with whomever is left out of the musical chairs of the WarGames match vs. oh, let's say Imperium and a couple other heels. Or throw Bobby Lashley in a team and tease us with some action against Gunther, or maybe use them as the one brand-vs.-brand match. Nobody's gonna complain about those big meaty men slapping meat. Whatever path you take, you have Kevin Owens, Drew McIntyre, Seth Rollins, Austin Theory and plenty of other stars available you just need to give a reason.

Under this structure, find dance partners for the SmackDown women's champion and anybody not covered above and you have a much better offering than previous Survivor Series -- and you can showcase tag teams and get a lot more people on the card. Seems like wins all the way around.

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. 23:

1. The Bloodline (last week: 1)

Pro: The Usos retained and Sami Zayn is officially an honorary Uce with Solo Sikoa beating up fools who disrespect him. It's good to be in the Bloodline ...
Con: ... mostly, that is, with the Jey Uso-Sami friction very much still a thing.

2. Damage CTRL (Bayley, Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai) (2)

Pro: Sky and Kai continue to rule the roost in the women's tag division, while Bayley called her shot on Bianca Belair after beating Alexa Bliss.
Con: Kai took a loss to Raquel Rodriguez due in part to new face ally Shotzi Blackheart.

3. Judgment Day (4)

Pro: The faction continued their winning streak, and Dom did some of his best heel work. And heck, how many of us would do whatever Rhea asks us to do?
Con: Edge is due back soon and isn't going to let the squad skate.

4. Toxic Attraction (not ranked)

Pro: Mandy Rose remains still champ with the division orbiting around her, while Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne got back in the win column.
Con: The women's tag champs The KCs seem more connected to Nikita Lyons and Zoey Stark at the moment.

5. Katana Chance and Kayden Carter (7)

Pro: Still the NXT women's tag champs.
Con: Still not doing that much with the gold.

6. Pretty Deadly and Lash Legend (5)

Pro: Still the NXT champs and no real competition at the moment.
Con: And a lack of a storyline is keeping the boys off TV.

7. Imperium (6)

Pro: Gunther remains a fearsome champion and the whole trio is top-rate workers. They also helped ensure Brawling Brutes didn't take gold.
Con: Gunther will have to survive another war with Sheamus to keep the Intercontinental Championship.

8. Brawling Brutes (3)

Pro: Sheamus gets a return date with Gunther for the Intercontinental title (which should totally rule), while Ridge Holland and Butch looked good in challenging for the tag titles.
Con: Lost that match, thanks in part to Imperium.

9. New Day (not ranked)

Pro: Picked up a win for what felt like the first time in a while.
Con: Beating Maximum Male Models isn't a huge W, plus the heel stable lost by getting in their own way.

10. Chase U (not ranked)

Pro: It's a good day in the wrestling universe when any member of the U picks up a win, and Andre Chase pinning Carmelo Hayes in a tag team match is a big deal.
Con: But will it bring a rise up the ranks for the very over squad?

Best tag segment of the week: The Usos-Brawling Brutes match was fun as expected, and was Ridge's best match and Butch's best outing on the main roster. The outcome also keeps the Brutes and Imperium program going.

Grade: B+

A great men's title match and plenty of Damage CTRL action are both good. The NXT tag titles are kind of running in place for now but shouldn't take much to get some championship programs going.

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