AEW should have the best division in the world, but their continuous mishandling of it makes it difficult to get behind on a week-to-week basis. They have had matches that get fans on their feet and have them celebrating it online. But the storylines aren’t consistent, teams who aren’t ready get shots while their best get mistreated and take a back seat time and time again.
Let’s look at the struggles they’ve endured to this point and the solutions that could be made to fix it once and for all and finally be treated like the best tag division in the world.
When All Elite Wrestling was created, it was made clear by the Young Bucks in the very first event that they were going to have the best tag team division in the world. Something incredibly believable considering they had Young Bucks to start it off and soon enough that same night, The Lucha Bros.
- The Acclaimed (Max Caster & Anthony Bowens)
- Bear Country (Bear Boulder & Bear Bronson)
- Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent & Orange Cassidy)
- Butcher & The Blade (w/ Matt Hardy)
- Chaos Project (Luther & Serpentico)
- Dark Order (Evil Uno & Stu Grayson)
- Dark Order (John Silver & Alex Reynolds)
- Dark Order (5 & 10)
- Eddie Kingston & Jon Moxley
- Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky
- The Factory (QT Marshall, Aaron Solow, Anthony Ogogo & Nick Comoroto)
- FTR of The Pinnacle (Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood) (w/ Tully Blanchard)
- The Gunn Club (Austin, Colten & Billy Gunn) (of The Nightmare Family)
- The Hybrid 2 (Angelico & Jack Evans)
- Inner Circle (Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara & Jake Hager)
- Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss
- Jurassic Express (Luchasaurus, Marko Stunt & Jungle Boy)
- Lucha Bros. (Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero M)
- The Pinnacle (MJF & Wardlow w/ Tully Blanchard)
- The Pretty Picture (Peter Avalon & Cezar Bononi)
- Proud N’ Powerful (Santana & Ortiz) (of Inner Circle)
- Private Party (Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy) (w/ Matt Hardy)
- Sting & Darby Allin
- Sydal Brothers (Mike & Matt Sydal)
- Team Taz (Brian Cage, Will Hobbs & Ricky Starks) (w/ Taz & Hook)
- Top Flight (Darius & Dante Martin)
- Varsity Blonds (Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison) (w/ Julia Hart)
- Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) (of the Elite)
Makeshift Teams Getting Opportunities Instead Of The True Teams:
The longest reigning AEW Tag Team Champions to this point are Hangman Page and Kenny Omega. They were not a real team, and it was proof when they went their separate ways following the loss to FTR after we saw Chris Jericho and MJF join forces to compete for the tag team gold. Most recently we had Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston get a title shot against the Young Bucks.
Jumping The Line:
FTR was instantly propelled into the title picture and won the titles at All Out by defeating Hangman Page and Kenny Omega. We bring this up because they got the championship match not even six months into their tenure with the company. The Lucha Bros, Santana & Ortiz, and The Dark Order are just among the many teams to be left out for FTR to jump over them.
The Best Teams Don’t Get The Shine They Deserve:
Lucha Bros are finally picking up the steam they deserve as they reformed Death Triangle with PAC, but for a long time, there they were ineffectively used, and it was a real problem. Evil Uno and Stu Grayson have almost been exclusively featured on AEW DARK instead of television as a team, considering how good they are and how over The Dark Order continues to become that may be a mistake.
Look at Jurassic Express. Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus continuously receive the loudest reactions, but nothing in terms of rising the card. Then, there’s Santana & Oritz, who have been in AEW for over a year and have yet to receive a match for the AEW Tag Team Championships.
Open Criticism from Current and Past Wrestlers:
Back in December, Chris Jericho had a similar issue with the tag division. As a result of being frustrated with the rules being so loose, Jericho called a backstage meeting to address this issue.
“The lack of tags and the lack of just normal tag team wrestling psychology drove me nuts to the point where that was one of the big knocks against our company in about week three or four if you remember.”
On a recent episode of Busted Open Radio, WWE Hall of Famer, Bully Ray aka Bubba Ray Dudley, had a strong opinion towards the current tag team division of All Elite Wrestling.
“You changed the rules [to a 10 count] to make your style of tag team wrestling a little bit easier, so your tag teams can be in the ring longer, then you’re not even abiding by your own rules, and nobody’s supposed to have a problem with that? Listen, I only have a problem with it from the professional’s point of view… if you’ve changed your own rules to fit the structure and psychology of your match, can you do me a favor? Can you just stick to your own rules?”
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