WWE tag team division looks strong ahead of brand split

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With the WWE brand split fast approaching, the draft having been confirmed for the first live SmackDown show on July 19, everything in WWE is naturally being looked at with this in mind.

Much discussion is taking place as to whether the tag division will be split across brands, or exclusive to one, the suggestion being the women may go to one brand, and the tag teams to the other.

But recent WWE programming suggests that there is enough talent across the divisions (main roster and NXT) to support tag team competition in both brands.


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The Money In The Bank Pay-Per-View, which took place with its accompanying pre-show, on June 19, showcased much of the talent currently on the main roster, with a total of eight teams involved in the proceedings.

Two tag team matches took place on the pre-show, and the main card featured the massive fatal four-way tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship.

In the first pre-show match, 'Golden Truth' took on 'Breezango', in the comedy segment of the evening, in which 'Breezango' fought despite 'severe burns from a tanning bed'.

It may have been a comedy match, but it gave 'Golden Truth' their first win, and really cemented these pairings as teams with potential.

The other pre-show match, The Dudley Boys versus the Lucha Dragons, was a simple showcase of the particular skills of both teams, seemingly without much reason for it to occur.

The main Money In The Bank card saw the four-way, tag title match. The Champions New Day, took on Enzo and Cass, The Vaudevillains and The Club's Anderson and Gallows. 

The majority of WWE fans had previously expressed concern that there were no teams in the tag team division sufficiently accomplished to seriously challenge New Day for the belts. While this match had some precision issues, almost inevitable for a match this chaotic, it still went a long way towards instilling confidence that teams are stepping up to New Day's challenge.

Not featured on the PPV is yet more talent. The Usos and, the newly returned, Wyatt family, can't possibly be ignored, and while the Social Outcasts, Ascension, and Shining Stars may currently be seen as making up the numbers, they must still feature in the draft. 

NXT Promotions

That's thirteen teams so far, and even if a few teams dissolved from now until the time of the draft, that's still enough for five teams per brand, and that's before the expected pillage of the NXT roster.

Over in NXT, tag team wrestling is definitely on the up. Aside from the top teams of The Revival and American Alpha, newly arrived TM-61 and the Authors of Pain are looking to make an impact. 

Zack Ryder's part-time tag team, The Hype Bros, are a semi-regular feature, as are the pairing of Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano (although presumably continuation is dependent on their respective success in the upcoming Global Cruiserweight Series). 

And, of course, being NXT, there are always fresh crops of talent waiting to make their mark in a WWE brand.

This is good news for NXT because it is likely their top two teams will be drafted to either RAW or SmackDown come July 19. 

The NXT tag team champions The Revival, and former champions American Alpha are hotly tipped to be included in the draft, and what an addition to the division they would make. 

Both teams could slot straight into the title picture on the main roster without anyone batting an eyelid. The addition of these two teams would definitely strengthen an already fairly stacked division.

The brand split will necessarily bring a lot of controversy and uncertainty to the WWE universe in the coming weeks. 

Fans wait with baited breath to see where their favourites will end up, and if indeed whether WWE can make the split work at all. 

Whatever uncertainty lays ahead for WWE fans, it seems we can be confident in the knowledge that the tag team division is going to be just fine.

Who is your favourite tag team on the current roster? Let us know in the comment section below!

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