Once Seth Rollins lost his second partner to injury, the storyline for the tag team titles on Raw has been all about The Bar cleaning out the division.
A week after Cesaro and Sheamus defeated Titus Worldwide twice (with three pinfalls, no less), the current champs beat The Revival on Mon., Mar. 5, continuing to prove no one on the roster is ready for
Asuka Shea-saro. So with only about a month until WrestleMania 34 and no reason to think WWE will spend valuable minutes building Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows or Heath Slater and Rhyno into viable challengers, the Irishman is making like a cross between Bryan Mills and Goldberg...
Search the globe. Find us worthy opponents for #WrestleMania... is there NO ONE willing to step-up to #TheBar? #RAW pic.twitter.com/TmXWDpEqsj— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) March 6, 2018
It’s conceivable one of those teams could face The Bar on the Kickoff, or the red brand’s tag belts could take ‘Mania off so the Swiss Cyborg and the Celtic Warrior can take part in The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal (or another multi-man match if the rumor about The ‘Dre not happening turns out to be correct).
But there are more interesting options than that. So let’s kick them around!
Setting Cesaro and Sheamus up as an unbeatable force will make whoever does beat them seem like a big deal. Therefore, it’d be a heck of a way to debut a new team. Possible evidence of this being the direction comes from PWInsider, who says their sources backstage tell them The Bar will face someone who’s “not currently a team” at WrestleMania.
Does that mean a new alliance between singles stars already on Raw, or something else?
The Hardys were last year’s ‘Mania surprise, and if Jeff Hardy could be cleared in time, a Woken Brother Nero running in at his older sibling’s side would earn a big pop in New Orleans. But Matt just made a(nother) match with Bray Wyatt, this one for the Hardy Compound. No one has officially said that will be part of the April 8 card, but if it happens earlier, where would that leave Bray for The Showcase of the Immortals - a show he entered as WWE champion last year?
Outside of that, I’m scratching my head for a new team they could form. Bray and Matt? Elias and Braun Strowman would be crazy, mis-matched fun, but doesn’t make a lick of sense. What am I missing?
Call-up or debut
Unlike The Boyz last spring in Orlando, there’s not a team outside WWE who could make a splash (even if they were interested, The Bucks of Youth are busy well into the summer). Speaking of Orlando, however, there are options in Developmental. A ‘Mania rollout would be huge way to debut new players on the scene... if the company wants to spend minutes on their marquee show making tag Superstars.
Authors of Pain and SAnitY are both former NXT tag titleholders who feel like they’re treading water on the black-and-yellow brand. Both units have the kind of larger-than-life big men Vince McMahon loves, and SAnitY’s Killian Dain was on ‘Mania in 2017 in The ‘Dre, and is already teasing his next shot at the main roster with this response to Sheamus’ tweet:
March 6, 2018
Another option would be to shoot former Ring of Honor (ROH) and IWGP tag champs War Machine straight to Raw. Hanson and Raymond Rowe (or whatever their WWE names end up being) are probably ready for the big stage, but promoting them past similar teams like AoP and SAnitY who’ve already spent time in NXT might send the wrong message.
Battle to be the best/Unification?
Is there time for two tag title matches at WrestleMania? Will there be spots for both sets of belts on the dual-brand pay-per-view (PPV) events which will become the norm starting with Backlash?
It’s not exactly the same, but the tag title scene on SmackDown isn’t too much different from The Bar’s dominance of Raw. No one can beat The Usos except The New Day. Those two squads are already booked for the latest showdown in their rivalry on this Sunday’s Fastlane card. Could they rematch again in less than a month? Is either or both teams against Bludgeon Brothers really a ‘Mania-worthy bout?
Or could the winners stand across the ring from Cesaro and Sheamus in a battle to prove who’s the best? Maybe even to unify the titles ahead of the end of brand-split PPV?
Usos/Bar would build from their Survivor Series match, or Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E could be thrown in for a Triple Threat that would also get the longest reigning tag champs in WWE history on the card. With New Japan putting on Bucks vs. Golden☆Lovers a couple weeks before April 8, this would also let The ‘E promote their own “best in the world” tag battle quickly after NJPW/ROH/Bullet Club does theirs.
Lots of options, but no clear path as of yet. Let us know what you prefer - and what possible route we’re not seeing - below.