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Tag Team Weekly Roundup and Power Rankings: The plight of Alpha Academy

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The evolving Alpha Academy have been, for a long time, one of the best things about Raw on Mondays. And now they're one of the most entertaining parts of Tuesdays too. It's just too bad they don't have a lot of wins to go with it.

Put Chad Gable in the ring and you're pretty much guaranteed a very good match, and that happened twice this week when he tangled with Shinsuke Nakamura on Raw and challenged Noam Dar for the Heritage Cup on NXT. Alas, being wary of an exposed turnbuckle led to a pinfall loss on Raw, while the shenanigans of Meta-Four and an eventual draw kept him from capturing the cup.

The loss to Nakamura meant the King of Strong Style swept the Academy's male wrestlers in Gable, Otis and Akira Tozawa. Otis hasn't had a lot of W's lately but looked good in his matches, including requiring three Kinshasas last week for Nak to finally overcome him. And between his impeccable coming timing, having Maxxine on his arm and an affection for Lash Legend, he continues to make every segment entertaining.

Maxxine Dupri has potential to turn into a breakout performer, despite not having much ring experience. She was the most over wrestler in the fatal-four way for the #1 contendership for the women's tag championships, and she and unintentional partner Ivy Nile had a really good outing. This should lead to more time for her, either solo or as a duo.

Tozawa remains enhancement talent, but at least he's getting more chances to show out in the ring. Outside the ring, he's always been a fun and funny act, and the whole "that's nasty" catchphrase related to his dancing might be catching on yet. Comedy carpenters are always valuable to any company.

But will any of this result in gold? Chad came tantalizingly close to wresting the Intercontinental title from Gunther, and some still fantasy book that possibility. Otis and Akira can focus on the tag division, but are far from expected to win next week's tag team turmoil for a shot at the championships.

But ultimately Alpha Academy has shown they don't need titles to excel in the business. Heck, they had two promo segments during Survivor Series despite not wrestling on the card. As long as they continue to bring fun to Monday, and even Tuesday, nights, they remain very valuable players.

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 Nov. 25:

1. Judgment Day (last week: 1)

Pro: Rhea Ripley is still women's champ; Senor Money in the Bank Damian Priest and Finn Balor hold tag gold; and Dominik Mysterio remains NXT North American champ.
Con: All that and they still lost to the face team and a returning Randy Orton.

2. Imperium (5)

Pro: Gunther is still Intercontinental Champion, and showed on Raw that his promo game is catching up to his formidable in-ring skills (the latter were again on display on Saturday).
Con: Ludwig Kaiser took a loss to Johnny Gargano because of some clear issues between him and Giovanni Vinci.

3. Damage CTRL (2)

Pro: Iyo Sky is the champ and with quality backup. Bayley showed during War Games that she is still one of the best in the business.
Con: Bayley also took a bunch of finishers and the pin. How will the rest of the team feel about it?

4. The D'Angelo Family (3)

Pro: Got to celebrate their NXT championship with fine food and libations this week.
Con: Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo gave them a post-feast beatdown.

5. Chelsea Green and Piper Niven (6)

Pro: The women's tag champs got to show some personality while four other teams duked it out to become #1 contenders.
Con: They'll have to find a way to keep Tegan Nox and Natalya from giving them a short-ish title reign.

6. Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo (not ranked)

Pro: Picked up a win on NXT, then beat down the NXT champs after the latter's celebration.
Con: Will need to build more to be viable contenders to the championships.

7. Pretty Deadly (not ranked)

Pro: Fun fact: Yes boy, they haven't been pinned in a TV match since Elton's miraculous return. Defeated the splintering Brawling Brutes again on SmackDown.
Con: Still looking for a way to move up the ladder.

8. Meta-Four (7)

Pro: Noam Dar took a draw with Chad Gable to hang onto the Heritage Cup.
Con: As always, some shortcuts were required to retain. And one gets the feeling these two factions will remain entangled for a while.

9. Bobby Lashley and Street Profits (4)

Pro: Street Profits looked good in a title bout with plenty of TV time on SmackDown
Con: Couldn't overcome Judgment Day's numbers game ... why wasn't Bobby out there to help?

10. Alpha Academy (9)

Pro: They remain some of the most entertaining parts of Monday and Tuesday nights. Maxxine Dupri is super over and had a great outing in her first tag match with Ivy Nile.
Con: Gable couldn't defeat Shinsuke Nakamura, nor Noam Dar, despite looking great in the ring, as always, while Maxxine came up short in the #1 contenders match.

Tag Team Segment of the Week: Damage CTRL vs. face team makes a strong case for Match of the Night honors in a very eventful Survivor Series. And Bayley constantly saving her teammates yet taking the pin has a lot of storyline potential.

Grade: B+

That so few actual tag teams were in action for Survivor Series, while understandable given the night's focus, speaks to WWE still needing to build some more teams to be deemed worthy of spotlighting at the big events.

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