So we have RAW, one of the most directionless shows on television, with the one-note La Resistance as champs, and the still-stale Dudleyz as top contenders...
But there is hope. A "SuperFriends" team of Hurricane and Rosey seems to be brewing on the horizon, as is Goldust and Lance Storm's "DustStorm." The "Youngbloods" of Garrison Cade and Mark Jindrak, while semi-established, need more exposure, and The Clique of Kevin Nash and Shawn Michaels, while accepted as a legitimate tag team, haven't tagged since Nash's return.
On the heel side, Mark Henry might be returning soon to team with Rodney Mack, but they'd need to establish momentum. Evolution (perhaps with Batista teaming with Orton) seems destined for good things, but they'd need time to gel. Rico's gimmick could use a tag partner, as does Steven Richards (although I wouldn't necessarily put them together). In short, there are a lot of teams with little to no team chemistry and cohesion, and building up all of them at once seems unwieldy.
Unless, of course, the division features some type of tournament.
The set-up would be simple: La Resistance finds a way to escape the wrath of the Dudleyz, then goes on to declare that no team deserves a shot. They then concoct a means for teams to prove themselves: The La Resistance French Open Tournament of Challengers. Through this tournament, the fans can be exposed to, and get a feel for, these new teams, all the while putting heat on the champions, who refuse to name #1 Contenders.
I've got some ideas of my own, but I'd love to hear what you all's thoughts...
'The La Resistance French Open Tournament of Challengers' Ha ha ha you have made my day! That would take a hell of a lot of french wine! (or any other alcoholic drink for that matter) Tournaments would be good if they were done right but this is the WWE here! Mack is all but gone. Jindrak and Cade are Heat only at the mo. I personally could not stand to watch the Dudley Boys every week. And please- Hurricane and Rosey are actually an entertaining pair with a great mix of styles therefore they cannot win! And this- a final thought: Where are La Resistance?
That's actually not a bad idea. Tournaments are a good way to establish new teams and depth to a given division. All I ask is that they have it make sense in a storyline context and don't just make it "we're having a tournament because...we want to have a tournament".
Well, the storyline ostensibly is that since the Dudleyz would've lost to the Frenchmen, they drop to the "bottom" of the title contenders. Then, since they have no top contenders, they come up with the aforementioned tournament. It makes sense, within the context that the cowardly Frenchmen would do anything to not have to defend the title, but constantly have opportunities to parade around with the belts in tow...
There is a need for new tag teams, though I don't know about Rico being paired with Steven Richards. They seem to be working Richards into the Test storylines, they have tagged a few weeks ago and whole the Lap Dance thing with Stacy on Raw. Test would give more of a rub to Steven, because Test wins alot and for reasons unknown to me they job Richards a tremendous amount of the time. Plus, with Rico having such an over the top gimmick, then sticking Steven with his "Crazed Man" gimmick it would be to cartoonish, they both need a sort of generic or straight man to work off of(no pun intended!). So unless they add some bad ass into Steven's persona I don't like the idea of him teaming with Rico.
It seems to me the WWE just isn't interested in creating a competative tag team division. Someone higher up obviously feels the same way as Bischoff once did and considers tag team wrestling to be meaningless.
I can't stand mix and match tag teams and I have even less tolerance for them when they actually win titles. Specialised tag teams shoudl 99% of the time ALWAYS go over any mix and match.
The fact that they don't hurts the tag team division.
Listen, sorry to hurt some people's feelings here, but the Hurricane/Rosey thing is fucking stupid. Just plain fucking stupid. S.H.I.T.! Har har har!! That's....SHIT! Haha - wow I didn't think they could get more clever than TESTICLES! WHOO HOO HAHA. Fucking please.
eric bishoff could solve the tag title situation in two words "lethal lottery" just like wcw did in its heyday.that kind of system of "blindly drawing" your partner would make for some interesting pairings.
Originally posted by FurryHippieListen, sorry to hurt some people's feelings here, but the Hurricane/Rosey thing is fucking stupid. Just plain fucking stupid. S.H.I.T.! Har har har!! That's....SHIT! Haha - wow I didn't think they could get more clever than TESTICLES! WHOO HOO HAHA. Fucking please.
Though it is just a comedy angle, it has some charm to it. Whether you like it or not doesn't matter, because the segments seem to be over with the majority of the audience. They are going to run with this until the majority of the audience gets tired of it, and I can see them getting belts of some kind during this time.
"Listen, sorry to hurt some people's feelings here, but the Hurricane/Rosey thing is fucking stupid. Just plain fucking stupid. S.H.I.T.! Har har har!! That's....SHIT! Haha - wow I didn't think they could get more clever than TESTICLES! WHOO HOO HAHA. Fucking please."
Well no, it really isn't. The execution is lame, but both guys inhabit their roles with such energy that the fact that one of them is the S.H.I.T is irrelevant.
So, what tag teams are there?
The SuperFriends The Playaz (Mark Henry & Rodney Mack) La Resistance (Hopefully with Rob Conway instead of Grenier) Jindrak & Cade (They need to do something about the blandness) Dudley Boyz Shawn Michaels & Kevin Nash Orton & Flair (I think this'd be a good way for Orton to improve his game, and Flair could pick up a coupla tag titles along the way) Possibly a new tag team, mabe Slash & Seven?
I also think it's time to start shelling out for a few new teams. I know if I were Vince that I'd be signing away Simon/Swinger and AMW from TNA. AMW would make good foils for WGTT on SmackDown, and Simon & Swinger could be a strong heel team for RAW.
I think that instead of Orton/Flair maybe go with Batista/Orton once Batista returns. Sure neither have the expierance compared to an Orton/Flair combination but I figure at the very least it's the fresh faces of Evolution going for something.
Originally posted by shinstrifeI think that instead of Orton/Flair maybe go with Batista/Orton once Batista returns. Sure neither have the expierance compared to an Orton/Flair combination but I figure at the very least it's the fresh faces of Evolution going for something.
I too would like to see some sort of Evolution presence in the tag scene, but I would like to see a push for Orton into the I/C as I think ramming him down our throats as a main eventer will backfire. Better to grow him for the future.
In terms of the Evolution tag team, that would leave Batista and someone, logically Flair, however I would tag Batista with a young heel (increase Evolution to 5 ppl)- someone like Nowinski and have Flair act as manager / ring apron work for HHH, Orton and the tag team. That guy is pure gold on the apron and can make a dull match watchable. (Refer HHH vs Steiner RR03)
Originally posted by madiqThrough this tournament, the fans can be exposed to, and get a feel for, these new teams, all the while putting heat on the champions, who refuse to name #1 Contenders.
I've got some ideas of my own, but I'd love to hear what you all's thoughts...
I really dont see why this would put any heat on La Resistance at all. They're holding a tournament to establish the #1 contenders. Therefor they will end up having to face the best tag team at the end of it all. Doesnt seem particulalrly cowardly to me.
Unless they did something like having the Dudleys challenge them to a rematch tonight. La Resistance could then do the whole schtick about how the Dudleys will have to earn it, leading to a tournament where the Frenchies do everything they can to stop the Duds winning.
Having said that I think I'd rather be forced to sit through another 6 months of Christian/Booker than see this feud continue but that might just be me.
Here's my prediction: We end up with a HHH/Hogan/'Taker triple-threat match at Backlash. 'Taker pins Hogan clean, getting back the win that Hogan "owes" him. 'Taker drops the belt the next night to Austin or HHH on RAW.