WWE Raw put the tag team division on full display, helping to satisfy a hunger fans have suffered through for years.
Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara defeated Primo and Epico. The Prime Time Players made their voices heard. The Tag Team Championships were on the line.
We can only hope that this is a trend and not just a blip.
It seems that every week WWE gives us a glimmer of hope that the tag team division will be going through a revival.
Tag team wrestling may never return to its glory days, but this episode of Raw showed a significant commitment to the division. Fans saw tag feuds, multiple teams and the tag titles given some much needed attention.
The division features two surefire Hall of Famers in Kane and Mysterio and a litany of young stars. Keeping the focus on tag teams is a brilliant move.
Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara vs. Primo and Epico
WWE's resident luchadores battled former tag champs, Primo and Epico, in the early part of the show.
Four speedy wrestlers put on a solid match featuring a double 619, Sin Cara's usual springboard offense and an enthusiastic reaction from the crowd throughout.
Judging by Mysterio and Sin Cara's dominance of the match and the fact that the commentary team repeatedly mentioned that Sin Cara and Mysterio are undefeated as a team, it looks as if they may get a push, perhaps right up to championship level.
Not to be left out, The Prime Time Players got involved after the bell rang.
The Prime Time Players attacked Mysterio and Sin Cara before Titus O'Neil gave a short, emotional promo.
WWE is wisely letting O'Neil and Darren Young address the No. 1 contender's spot situation. It allows them to stay relevant.
Perhaps The Prime Time Players will attack each and every team that competes until they get the title shot they believe they deserve.
Giving Young and O'Neil a motivation and narrative to work with not only helps them, but gives Raw an added boost. The Raw writers suddenly have some interweaving feuds to work with.
Tag Team Title Rematch
Once Kane and Daniel Bryan won the titles, WWE could have easily just kept them out of the ring like they did for Kofi Kingston and R-Truth for most of their title reign. Instead, the former champs got an immediate rematch against Team Friendship.
This wasn't just a throwaway match either.
It served to help legitimize Kane and Bryan's title reign, as well as keep their entertaining ways in full view.
Every time one of Daniel Bryan's catchphrases is on the verge of going stale, WWE gives him a new one. He and Kane screaming "I am the tag team champions" has enough hilarity to maintain momentum for a few weeks at least.
The in-ring action featured more infighting from the new tag champions. Kingston soared as usual. Both teams scored some intense blows.
The match was one of the night's best.
With all the talent involved and the titles being on the line, this contest felt like one of the bigger tag matches on Raw in weeks.
Bryan gave his own partner a hangman on the top rope before breaking up the three-count that followed. This set of unlikely partners is going to entertain WWE audiences for a good while, especially if WWE keeps dedicating this much of Raw to tag team wrestling.
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