With the surprise appearance of Enzo and Cass on the post-Wrestlemania Raw, and The Vaudevillains having debuted on Smackdown, the tag team division got the adrenaline shot it desperately needed.
The two teams may have had little interaction on NXT, most notably meeting to decide the number one for the NXT Tag Team Championships the week before The Vaudevillains turned face, but the drastically different duos can be a large part of the rejuvenation of WWE’s tag team division.
Enzo and Cass wasted no time making an impact on the main roster, interrupting the Dudley Boyz on Raw at the start of the month. The crowd salivated over every word that Enzo Amore uttered, with his charisma felt around the world. The WWE Universe knew exactly who they were, and followed along with all of their catchphrases.
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The Vaudevillains, meanwhile, defeated the Lucha Dragons on Smackdown in impressive fashion, with the latter team’s high-flying antics serving as a perfect complement to the throwback team’s relatively grounded style.
For a Smackdown audience, the crowd was receptive following the anticipation of The Vaudevillains’ promotion.
After the Dudley Boyz’s return to WWE failed to ignite a flame under the tag team division, only one group has captured the attention of the WWE Universe: The New Day.
The promotions of the two hottest NXT tag teams, however, gives The New Day a couple of new feuds – and it’s about time.
The men’s division has always been the focus of the WWE, with new stars like AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and Apollo Crews already on the main roster, and the likes of Finn Bálor, Samoa Joe, and Shinsuke Nakamura waiting in the wings.
The newly-renamed Women’s division, too, has undergone a revolution, with the Four Horsewomen at its helm.
After years of yearning for the classic days of the tag team division to return, the fans may finally have their wish granted.
Most would agree that the best days of the division were in the early 2000s, when the scene was dominated by the feud between the Hardy Boyz, the Dudley Boyz, and Edge and Christian. Their ladder matches were classic bouts that set the wrestling scene aflame.
Even though E&C are now retired, the Dudley Boyz are a shell of what they used to be, and the Hardy Boyz seem to be staying put at TNA for the time being, the new generation of tag teams can lift the division to new heights.
Aside from Enzo and Cass and The Vaudevillains, NXT is also home to technical masterminds such as American Alpha and The Revival. With The Ascension and the Lucha Dragons already carving out a niche for themselves on the main roster, there may be a reunion of NXT tag teams in the near future.
Of course, WWE Creative still has to create captivating storylines and defined roles for the teams, but simply having such excellent pieces to play with is winning half the battle. And these days, the WWE will take any victory with its tag team division.