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Tag Team Weekly Roundup and Power Rankings: The Awesome Truth

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Titles don't change much on the main roster in Triple H's reign, so Judgment Day has enjoyed a nice long run with the men's tag team championships. Other than a very brief interlude when Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso held tag gold, Judgment Day has been the top team since September.

Given that and general bookings, you would need a really good story and hot team to relieve them of the championships.

Enter Awesome Truth.

R-Truth is, as most of us would say, a national treasure and one of the most over acts in the business. His pops during Royal Rumble were some of the loudest because you know when you see Ron Killings, you're probably going to be entertained. As wacky as his continued belief he was a member of Judgment Day might have seemed, Truth still remained endearing because of his sincerity and enthusiasm.

While some wondered whether The Miz's face turn would work, you simply can't underestimate his charisma or commitment to the bit, and as a result he's become a very strong mid-card babyface. Working with R-Truth only amplifies his appeal.

And so when Judgment Day (except for Damian Priest, in an interesting bit of continuity) finally laid a beatdown on Truth, and Miz made a well-intended but doomed attempt to save his old friend, the crowd's reaction showed how they have bought into these characters. Then R-Truth "inadvertently" cost JD McDonagh a win, with Miz's victory keeping the rivalry very much alive.

Or was it inadvertent after all? Truth has previously told JD he wasn't entitled to a cut of the bootleg shirt sales. And he also scooped up the money after it went flying from McDonagh trunks following Miz's Skull-Crushing Finale (great visual, btw). So is R-Truth crazy or crazy like a fox? That just adds another layer of interest.

As great as many challengers (including next team up Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne) are in the ring, their stories are more about taking the titles and earning respect. For Awesome Truth, things are personal. It's a great story that WWE has built slowly and effectively.

Looking around Raw and SmackDown, you can find a lot of very good teams worthy of the gold. But Awesome Truth is the best story, one relying on two of WWE's best all-around performers. That makes them the perfect candidates for becoming the new tag champs.

Does that mean they'll take the titles in the inevitable match? That depends at least somewhat on what the narrative determines is best for the Judgment Day story arc, and whether it looks like a feel-good WrestleMania moment. But you can be sure that Miz and R-Truth will do their part to make the audience want to see them capture gold.

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 Feb. 10:

1. Judgment Day (last week: 1)

Pro: The men's tag champs are still Senor Money in the Bank Damian Priest and Finn Balor. Rhea Ripley still holds the gold and top sport in Raw's women's division, and will be a much-beloved face for her Australia homecoming at Elimination Chamber.
Con: JD McDonagh took another loss. Nia Jax continues to get the best of Mami.

2. Damage CTRL (3)

Pro: Still a lot of gold here, as Iyo Sky remains women's champ and women's tag champions Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) defeated former champs Katana Chance and Kayden Carter.
Con: Bayley got the best of her former teammates on SmackDown, and might (or might not) have Dakota Kai as an ally.

3. British Strong Style (Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne) (6)

Pro: Earned a title chance at Elimination Chamber by defeating DIY in a fantastic match.
Con: A title change there seems unlikely.

4. The D'Angelo Family (2)

Pro: Still the NXT men's tag champs.
Con: Still could use more to do on NXT, especially in the ring.

5. Wolf Dogs (Bron Breakker and Baron Corbin) (5)

Pro: Are genuinely entertaining and maybe even charming? Will challenge The Family for NXT tag titles next week.
Con: Breakker still looks like a main roster priority, making it less likely they would win NXT gold.

6. DIY (8)

Pro: Won a very fun match on Raw to advance to a #1 contenders' match on SmackDown, where they again looked tremendous.
Con: Couldn't defeat Bate and Dunn to get the title shot.

7. Meta-Four (9)

Pro: Noam Dar is still the Heritage Cup holder, while Lash Legend and Jakara Jackson defeated Fallon Henley and Wren Sinclair.
Con: Hey, remember when NXT had women's tag titles that Legend and Jackson would look great with?

8. Imperium (6)

Pro: Gunther is still Intercontinental Champion and a top-tier performer. Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci continue to look great in and outside the ring, albeit still more like henchmen.
Con: Jey Uso is a hot enough act to pose a serious threat to the IC gold.

9. Axiom and Nathan Frazer (not ranked)

Pro: Picked up a win over Malik Blade and Edris Enofe in a highly entertaining match that made the victors look worthy of being in the tag title picture.
Con: There seems to be a long line to get that chance.

10. Viking Raiders (not ranked)

Pro: Ivar and Valhalla picked up a win over Alpha Academy. Ivar's star continues to shine brightly enough to earn an Elimination Chamber qualification match.
Con: Even if he somehow gets past LA Knight (possibly via an AJ Styles distraction), he'd mainly be in the chamber to eat a pin.

Tag Team Segment of the Week: Certainly an important match with a title shot on the line, but British Strong Style vs. DIY was also a tremendous showing for both teams.

Grade: B+

Both sets of men's tag titles don't feel in jeopardy currently, although establishing top contenders was nice. Kabuki Warriors have been fighting champions over an improving women's tag roster.

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