Once I was watching Smackdown LIVE previous week Tuesday, I needed to rub my eyes forwards and backwards as a result of I needed to verify what I used to be seeing. I truly noticed American Alpha, the Smackdown Tag Crew Champions, ON SMACKDOWN! I actually couldn’t imagine it. They hadn’t been on the present since across the Elimination Chamber PPV, so after I noticed them, they have been like strangers to me. This, in fact, all indicative of the larger difficulty. The followers, and extra importantly, WWE, doesn’t care in regards to the Smackdown tag group division. And why ought to we? Throughout their match (if you wish to name it that) towards The Usos on Smackdown final week, WWE continually reduce the digicam to Shane McMahon strolling out in the direction of the world. I’m certain the followers have been concentrating extra on that versus no matter was occurring within the ring. This is a matter that may be traced again to the WWE draft.
When the draft was introduced, I instantly stated that there shouldn’t be any tag groups particular to any model. Initially, I believed that the model cut up may assist as a result of every model would have concentrated storylines and having their very own division for every model may invoke the sense of competitors. Nonetheless, the model cut up has particularly harm the tag group division, far more so on Smackdown. All of us knew RAW was going to get the extra mainstream, in style tag groups from the lot together with Enzo and Cass, The New Day and The Membership amongst others. Since then, they’ve added Cesaro and Sheamus to the RAW tag group division. In the meantime, on Smackdown’s facet, the tag groups are massively missing in credibility. From comedic tag groups akin to Breezango to tag groups which might be lucky to get air time on their very own present just like the Vaudevillians, there’s simply nothing to be enthusiastic about on Smackdown’s finish. Whereas the Usos are serviceable in matches and American Alpha can maintain their very own towards anybody, we simply have actually no purpose to look after any of them. They’re simply spot-holders. Merely teams of groups with no path.
In fact, it isn’t totally the fault of the tag groups. The shortage of care, time, improvement, and a focus given to the tag groups on Smackdown has been beginner at finest. On most nights, we might not see any tag group, and after we do, there’s a scarcity of selection or we simply don’t care why they’re there. The primary SD Tag group champions, Heath Slater and Rhyno, have been solely a comedic tag group during which their solely function was to get Slater his contract with Smackdown. The following tag group champions from SD, The Wyatt Family, solely held the titles to assist facilitate the eventual dissension in the Wyatt Family. American Alpha was only a group to take the titles off of them to make it occur. Now, think about if the tag groups have been model impartial and so they have been allowed to go on any model?
Now, think about if the tag groups have been model impartial and so they have been allowed to go on any model, with all of them competing for one set of tag group titles? Now, you have got extra match prospects, extra depth and by no means a scarcity of slots to fill for the tag groups. You might have recent matchups like American Alpha taking up New Day. Or maybe you may have The Usos tackle Cesaro and Sheamus (should you noticed their ending sequence to their match at Survivor Series, this could be a very good factor). Perhaps Enzo and Cass may have taken on the Wyatt Family once they have been a tag group. RAW has extra time to fill, so it’s not stunning they not solely have extra tag groups, however extra credible tag groups. Once you have a look at Smackdown’s tag group roster, Breezango, the Vaudevillians, The Hype Bros earlier than Ryder’s damage, The Ascension and even Slater and Rhyno barely present up on the present. The Usos have additionally already crushed each different tag group on the roster already, rendering any future tag group matchup pointless in its entirety.
With the blatant lack of care, it’s truly stunning to suppose that American Alpha and The Usos will truly make the WrestleMania card, even whether it is almost certainly going to be on the pre-show. For each optimistic side that the model cut up has introduced, the Smackdown tag group division has been an unmitigated failure of colossal proportions. What’s unhappy is that Smackdown’s roster, whereas stuffed with expertise, isn’t precisely deep. There’s greater than sufficient time to permit round 10 – 15 minutes for the tag groups on every version of Smackdown LIVE. Nonetheless, regardless of that, the followers merely simply don’t look after the groups on Smackdown, as a result of we’re not given causes to care. Many have been excited when American Alpha was referred to as as much as the principle roster, as a result of many noticed the standard of their matches in NXT, particularly with The Revival. Nonetheless, their competitors was relatively scarce on the SD division. Now, they’re left in flux with little to salvage the division barring a principal roster name up for The Revival or DIY (Let’s face it, Smackdown may use each.)
All hope will not be misplaced for SD’s tag group division. With the subsequent draft set to happen at round June of this 12 months, Smackdown might salvage some tag group energy. Or possibly they’ll get an NXT increase after the subsequent spherical of call-ups post-WrestleMania. Regardless of that, as for now, this can be a baseless and aimless division that wasn’t wanted to be made. I’d say the identical for RAW, however at the least these tag groups have personalities and are given sufficient time to make followers care about them (or at the least strive).
Smackdown has RAW beat in lots of areas. The tag groups should not certainly one of them.