Team Hell No: Why WWE Tag Team Champions Are Right Concept at the Right Time

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2012

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Just a few months ago, the WWE's tag-team division was in absolute shambles. There were about three teams to speak of and there simply wasn't any effort being put into the booking. When the idea to pair Kane with Daniel Bryan and form Team Hell No came to fruition, however, everything changed for the WWE's tag-team scene.

Whether it was for lack of trying or lack of resources, the WWE simply had nothing compelling going on with its tag division for the past couple years, but rumors surfaced that Triple H wanted to change that. The WWE finally took some initiative by creating new tag teams and giving them proper storylines, and that is how Team Hell No was born.

Kane and Bryan had been feuding with each other as ex-beaus of A.J. Lee, but they were ordered to attend anger management classes together. There were still some hard feelings, but they found some common ground and were forced into teaming with each other.

Despite their dysfunction, Team Hell No captured the Tag Team Championships from Kofi Kingston and R-Truth at Night of Champions.

The unlikely duo has held the titles ever since, although there have been some bumps in the road. It's blatantly obvious that Kane and Bryan won't remain a team forever since Kane can still contribute in the singles scene and Bryan is likely a future WWE Champion, but they are the perfect guys to hold the Tag Team Championships for the time being.

While Team Hell No has worn the straps, the WWE has quietly built up a very solid tag-team division around them. Their main challengers, Team Rhodes Scholars, are a temporary team in their own right, but they have all the makings of Tag Team Champions. In addition to Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow, The Prime Time Players and the team of Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara are major players at the moment.

When you add auxiliary teams like Primo and Epico, The Usos, Team CoBro and Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd, it becomes quite obvious that the WWE finally has some much-needed depth. Without Kane and Bryan, though, it wouldn't have been possible for the WWE to build this war chest of talented teams.

The first step to revitalizing the tag-team division was making people care about it again. The writers could have put the straps on The Prime Time Players and tried to build around them, but I'm just not sure that it would have drawn enough people in. Kane and Bryan are both main-event-caliber performers who get great crowd reactions, though, so they generated instant buzz.

Their segments with Dr. Shelby were absolute gold and they helped take the Tag Team Championships from the back burner to the forefront in no time. The WWE has lacked this type of impactful team since back when Big Show and The Miz combined to form ShowMiz, so that should tell you how overdue the WWE was for a tag-team renaissance.

I commend the WWE for putting Kane and Bryan together because while it may not make a ton of sense on the surface, many teams have thrived under similar conditions. The Rock and Mankind were on shaky ground together when they became a team, but many fans remember The Rock 'n Sock Connection fondly and consider it one of the most entertaining teams ever.

Team Hell No may be mentioned in the same breath one day because the comedic chemistry between Kane and Bryan is something special. It could be said that they are merely a temporary fix to the tag-team division, but I believe that Team Hell No has generated enough interest in tag-team wrestling that it will flourish even when they are no longer a tandem.


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