On the past two weeks of Smackdown, The Vaudevillians made their main roster debut in picking up a surprising victory over The Lucha Dragons, and then they defeated Goldust and Fandango to advance to the semi-finals of the tag team tournament.
A victory by the former NXT Tag Team Champions in their debut match came as no real surprise, but with it being over an established tag team in The Lucha Dragons was a bit strange. Kalisto being the United States Champion has really hurt the credibility of The Lucha Dragons as a team, so maybe WWE creative are setting up a feud between Kalisto and Sin Cara; which would make more sense in The Vaudevillians picking up the clean victory.
From what we have seen on Raw, it looks like the League of Nations will be transiting into a feud with The Wyatt Family, and the newly debuting Enzo and Cass will be embarking on a feud with The Dudley Boyz. Also, the shocking debut by Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows has added another dimension to the tag division.
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Now that The Vaudevillians are on the main roster it’s easy to think that they could easily fade into the background like former NXT teams like The Ascension have in the past.
So how do you avoid that? You give them credibility straight away by winning the tag team tournament.
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We now know that in the semi-finals, it’ll be The Vaudevillians taking on The Usos on one side of the bracket, and The Dudley’s taking on Enzo and Cass on the other. To give The Vaudevillians some credibility, they have to win, but not cleanly. It would be expected that WWE will have Anderson and Gallows cost The Usos the match as they set up a potential match between the two at Payback.
The other obvious element this sets up is a Bullet Club reunion in the main event of Payback. If Anderson and Gallows were to help AJ Styles win the World Championship, it would bring full circle to why they are going after The Usos, but also set up a ‘Bullet Club’ vs Anoaʻi family matchup at Extreme Rules.
The other semifinal matchup is a tougher one to book. With Extreme Rules coming up, it probably makes more sense for The Dudley’s to go over and win. Maybe by some fowl play, they can pick up the victory to advance to the finals against The Vaudevillians.
In the final, you now have the most decorated tag team of all time in The Dudley’s, and the new kids on the block in The Vaudevillians. Both teams are heel at the moment, but as recent booking with Bray Wyatt teaming up with Roman Reigns on Raw has suggested, the ‘Good vs Bad’ theory doesn’t apply to WWE anymore or to Shane McMahon for that matter.
Enzo and Cass need to establish their rivalry with The Dudley’s, so one match isn’t going to cut it. In the final, they should cause a distraction to help their former NXT compatriots The Vaudevillians to pick up the victory. This sets up a solid Pre-Show match between Enzo and Cass and The Dudley’s at Payback, which you expect the babyfaces to go over. A perfect way to start a PPV.
For The Vaudevillians, this sets up a fair matchup with The New Day at Payback, which they end up losing anyway… but at least they are looking credible here.
If WWE did this, it creates a situation of a potential feud between all four teams, The New Day, The Vaudevillians, The Dudley’s and Enzo and Cass, which could carry the next two or three paper views. That’s where WWE went wrong with The Ascension, they were never given constant PPV matches for the tag titles, and they weren't even used long enough as henchmen to Stardust or even The Authority.
For Extreme Rules, The Dudley’s will still feel like they were screwed and want their shot now, Enzo and Cass beat The Dudley’s at Payback so they deserve one too and The Vaudevillians also deserve another chance, so a four corners tag match for the belts occurs at the PPV.
This is where it gets interesting. Extreme Rules is basically the home of the ECW alumni and with four credible teams fighting over the belts… why not maximize.
At Extreme Rules, the four corners tag title match should be a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Match. In the illustrious career of The Dudley’s, they have never actually won a multi-team TLC match in WWE, so why not give them that moment in their homecoming to Extreme Rules. It makes sense because they are the team in the recent build-up that doesn't deserve to be in the match, but they'll shock us all by walking out champs.
This can all eventually set up for SummerSlam, with The Dudley’s dropping the belts to Anderson and Gallows in what is a dream card scenario. The New Day would be left in the lurch a little without the belts, but it’ll be a great opportunity to see them evolve some more. Enzo and Cass are future of the division, so their success will come.
Now looking back at The Vaudevillians, by putting them in some high profile matches early they have gained some serious credibility without slapping the belts onto them. At the next PPV event, you could realistically give them a Pre-Show victory over Enzo and Cass as well if WWE wanted too.
WWE’s tag team division just keeps growing at the moment with teams like The Revival and American Alpha waiting in the wings of NXT, but also with Primo and Epico expected to make a return soon to the main roster. It’s important the WWE capitalises on their booking decisions of The Vaudevillians now before they’re forced to push them aside for better talent.
How do you see WWE booking The Vaudevillians? Do you even see them being Tag Team Champions one day, let us know in the comments sections.