At Sacrifice, The Wolves finally ousted The Bro Mans and became World Tag Team Champions for the second time. Only this time, the duo of Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards have managed to keep hold of their belts for longer than a week!
Now, all eyes turns to their next potential challengers – who will bring to an end the hunt of The Wolves? GiveMeSport looks at the top contenders to the title, including possible challengers for the upcoming Slammiversary event, which takes place on 15th June:
• Beer Money Inc. (Bobby Roode and James Storm)
Comfortably the most successful duo in TNA Tag Team history, Beer Money have held the belts for a combined 466 days during four reigns as champions – nearly 300 days more than their nearest challengers (Christian’s Coalition). The pair had seemingly developed inconsolable differences when Roode turned on Storm and took from him the World Heavyweight Title. However, the pair recently reunited as Storm feuded with Gunner, and Roode with Bully Ray, teasing a possible long-term reunion. But with Roode currently suspended from TNA, and Storm in the midst of a feud with Mr. Anderson, it could be sometime before we see this duo together again.
• Gunner and Mr. Anderson
This newly formed duo won their first match together on last Thursday’s edition of Impact, defeating The Bro Mans. While both men hold strong aspirations for singles competition, neither would turn down the opportunity to win Tag Team gold. Brought together by their hatred of the Cowboy James Storm, this two-time World Heavyweight Champion and former World Tag Team Champion could make a fearsome partnership.
• The Bro Mans (Robbie E and Jessie Godderz)
While many might not consider them serious contenders, the two-time World Champions are in fact the joint-third most successful duo in TNA history, having held tag team gold for 182 days – behind only Beer Money and Christian’s Coalition, and level with The Motor City Machine Guns.
They won their belts for the first time at Bound for Glory last year when they defeated Storm and Gunner. They dropped the titles for a week to The Wolves before immediately claiming them back. They lost out to The Wolves for a second time at Sacrifice, and despite also losing their rematch, they could yet benefit from being one of the more experienced partnerships still in the division.
• The Menagerie
The madness of The Menagerie has been seen in full-force over recent weeks, with the quartet of Knux, Rebel, Crazzy Steve and the Freak wreaking havoc, and particularly scaring the clown-fearing Robbie E. While no obvious tag team has yet emerged, a combination involving Knux and the Freak (i.e. Rob Terry), would have enough brute strength to be a match for anyone.
• Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud
While outsiders, this duo cannot be forgotten, particularly while EC3 – yet to be pinned or forced to submit during his time with TNA – has a part to play. Carter always seems to find a way to win, and while his close friend Spud might not have quite the same levels of flair, strength and potential, he has proved in the past that he can provide an adequate distraction for Ethan. More of a comedy duo perhaps, but having already stepped into the ring with Kurt Angle and Willow at Sacrifice, TNA have shown their willingness to put faith in their young talent.
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