This WWE year has been especially rough for tag teams.
With the recent draft even more tag teams have been split in the both the male and female divisions.
WWE is in desperate need to bolster up its tag team division to have enough contenders ready for the Streets Profits (SmackDown Tag Champions), New Day (Raw Tag Champions) and Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (Women’s Tag Champions).
However, taking advantage of what you’ve already got seems the smarter way right now than hiring even more talent. All rosters are full of singles stars with nothing to do.
The so-called ‘Franken-teaming’ is not a success guarantee – what the teammates need is a purpose and a storyline that gets fans interested in the act.
That is why it has worked for teams like The Bar, but not for teams like Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode.
Today, we try to find tag team partners that not only have similarities in character and style but also fill a void in the division and have the potential to become an entertaining unit.
10. Aliyah & Carmella (SmackDown)
Yes, Aliyah and Carmella actually faced each other on an episode of SmackDown in 2017.
But this is not why they are teaming. Carmella recently debuted a new gimmick on SmackDown, seemingly portraying her as some kind of fashionista-character.
This actually fits quite well with what Aliyah is doing in NXT as part of the Robert Stone Brand, displaying a character she herself dubs ‘boujeé’.
While Stone would have to find another client again, Aliyah could come over to SmackDown as Carmella’s boujeé protégé. Over time, Aliyah could work herself into the heart of fans while Carmella is trying to use her as a shield. A wonderful dynamic which could get fans invested for a longer run.
9. Ariya Daivari & Kona Reeves (Raw)
Reeves’ ‘The Finest’ character in NXT and Daivari’s ‘Dinero’ character on 205 Live are actually quite similar. Also, both have been waiting for ages to do something of note on their respective brands.
Putting them together and moving them to Raw would display their talents to a wider audience. While Reeves could easily slide into a comedy role, Daivari is there to bring some serious grit into the tandem.
Their dynamic of workhorse and mouthpiece should direct them to some interesting storylines and entertaining segments. Vignettes with them showing their wealth and arrogance would put them over as a heel team.
8. Bo Dallas & Cameron Grimes (SmackDown)
Hear me out on this one. At first, this seems a bit random but there is much more to it.
Not only have both been criminally underestimated in their respective careers, but Dallas’ original ‘Bolieve’ and Grimes’ current gimmicks have them both consider themselves as a much much bigger deal than they actually are.
Simply: They are pretty delusional. Dallas even took at as far as trying to tell the audience to be like him to find success in life. This act getting together could rally up the fans against it with emphasis.
Imagine Dallas and Grimes getting victory after victory, proving their point. You would not hear the end of it. This has all the potential in the world.
7. Shorty G & The Brian Kendrick (SmackDown)
Both of them had their biggest career highlights as tag team champions.
The Brian Kendrick is one of the longest-reigning tag team champions specifically with the ‘WWE Tag Team Championship’ lineage between 2002 and 2009 – an accomplishment he achieved alongside Paul London.
Shorty G, or Chad Gable at the time, formed a beloved tag team with Jason Jordan which led to them winning NXT and SmackDown tag team gold before the duo was split up.
Also, Shorty G held tag team gold on Raw too with Robert Roode. Remember that? Oh, and there was a tag team with Shelton Benjamin, too… which led to nothing.
So why would you put them in a team? Creative certainly has nothing for both of them as singles wrestlers, but together they could find new greatness. While Kendrick could adapt the role of a mentor knowing what it takes to remain tag team champion for over 300 days, Shorty G could thrive again by taking his opponents back to wrestling school.
This act certainly needs a lot of time to grow and has a risk to drown, but given the right time, this could be Kendrick’s last chance to land a hit and put over a younger talent at the same time.