The WWE tag team division is in a strange situation. There's plenty of talent, and there are some reasonable feuds, but it feels directionless.
The problem is The New Day aren't really involved in any storyline in any meaningful way. Extreme Rules saw The New Day retain their titles over The Vaudevillains.
It was the right call, The Vaudevillains are nowhere near ready to be tag team champions, the crowd is not yet invested enough in them, they've only been in the main roster a little while and their strange gimmick doesn't work anywhere near as well as it did in NXT. But the match was created by the tag team tournament, not by any kind of significant storyline.
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The trouble started with two events. First, the injuries to Luke Harper, then to Bray Wyatt, removed the Wyatt family from being feasible title contenders.
Second, the break-up of the League of Nations exposed the lack of other viable opponents for The New Day. Don't misunderstand, the league needed to go, but who's next for The New Day now?
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There are good teams out there but are any of them really at The New Day's level? So who are the next contenders to be number one contenders?
Looking at the more experienced teams in the division you have just two; The Dudley Boyz and The Usos.
The Usos have problems, they have gone from fan favourites, to people being uninterested in them, to crowds actively booing them, in a relatively short space of time.
I'm a fan, but I think they desperately need an image change before going for tag team gold. The Dudley's could be a realistic option, but they seem to be on a mission to earn respect from the younger tag teams, in particular the team of Enzo Amore and Big Cass.
Which brings us to the newly formed or newly added tag teams. Cream of this crop is definitely Enzo and Cass. The injury to Enzo Amore at Payback was awful timing. There was good chemistry between them and The Vaudevillains, and between them and the Dudley's.
And while Big Cass has been doing a great job of keeping things going in his partner's absence, momentum will inevitably be lost.
It appears from the Dudley's and Big Cass segment on the Extreme Rules pre-show that the feud will continue when Enzo returns. If the feud is to culminate in a pay-per-view match, that effectively rules both teams out of being next in line to face The New Day. It's a shame if this is the case, Enzo and Cass would be my choice to finally end this long title reign.
The Vaudevillains have work to do on their image before they take another shot at the champs. Anderson and Gallows have just arrived, and all they've really done since they got to WWE is beat up and get beaten up by the Usos, and play heavy mob for AJ Styles.
Despite a strong win over the Usos at Extreme Rules, putting the tag team gold on them would be premature to say the least. The Shining stars Primo and Epico arrived last week, to a distinctly lukewarm welcome from the crowd and internet fans alike, and beat some 'developmental talent'.
Time will tell where they fit into the division but it seems unlikely they will slot straight into a title feud (unlikely as in please, just no).
This leaves us with The Ascension, The Lucha Dragons, Social Outcasts, Golden Truth, Breezango (possibly - this should definitely be a thing), or waiting for the Wyatt's.
Luke Harper has confirmed he is out until at least August, and possibly as late as October, with a serious knee injury, and Bray Wyatt looks set for a singles push on his return, so they seem unlikely challengers. Can anyone make a case for giving any of the other teams a title shot at this point in time? In a while, maybe, for some of them. But not right now.
Unless a made up team of higher profile superstars is formed for the purposes of challenging, which is as undesirable as it is unlikely, it seems we are back to The Dudley Boyz or Enzo and Cass.
Either would make sense, The Dudley's for what would likely be a final run as tag team champions or Enzo and Cass for their first run. While Enzo and Cass haven't been on the main roster long their popularity far exceeds that of The Vaudevillains, and arguably every team other than The New Day themselves. And we are in a 'new era' after all.
The New Day have been entertaining and dominant tag team champions, but it's time for WWE to find a way to elevate some of the other teams in the tag team division to become credible opponents before the division gets stale.