OK, we know the reign of Team Hell No as World Tag Team champions would not go on forever, even if it seems like the storyline relationship between Kane and Daniel Bryan has.
What started as a lark about anger-management classes grew into the improbable partnership of the “Big Red Monster” and the “Submission Specialist” and the even more improbable tag team title victory. Ever since that victory at last year’s Night of Champions pay-per-view, everyone kept an eye on the subsequent pay-per-views to see (a) Kane and Bryan drop the titles; (b) Team Hell No implode; or (c) all of the above.
So far, it’s all quiet on the Tag Team front. During its reign, Team Hell No has beaten back legitimate contenders (Team Rhodes Scholars, Prime Time Players) and not-so-serious threats (Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston, 3MB).
But with the development of The Shield as a major team force in WWE, it is inevitable it will be the one to finally derail Kane and Bryan.
Let’s amend that. It’s not inevitable. It’s pretty much written in ink.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via LordsOfPain.net) is reporting that a title change is likely at next month’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view in St. Louis. The match has not been officially announced, but the report states it is almost certain that if the contest indeed happens, then two members of The Shield will walk out of the Scottrade Center with the tag team belts.
The report goes on to say that the title change was originally planned for WrestleMania 29. However, the undercard was shuffled around, and each team wound up in separate matches.
Which is a blessing in disguise for Extreme Rules. A match between Team Hell No and The Shield would be like opening windows on a spring day and letting the stale air of winter out of the house.
It’s too bad, though. The Shield could wind up as the champion of a division that apparently is back on life support after a promising rally. Look past Team Hell No, and you will see more title pretenders than title contenders.
Rhodes Scholars? Not on Cody Rhodes’ “love-stache.”
Prime Time Players? Nah, because Titus O’Neil is on the verge of breaking out as a solo act, and Darren Young definitely needs some days off.
Brodus Clay and Tensai/Sweet T/Albert/Matt Bloom? Somebody call my mama and tell her I must be delirious for even suggesting that.
How about The Usos, Primo and Epico and 3MB? The only way any of them could get into the title picture is to photobomb it.
Unless there is a superteam out there waiting to blow out The Shield like birthday candles, it is possible it could hold the belts for a long time just because someone has to hold them.
It would not be bad, however, for Kane and Bryan to drop the titles and move on. They made their names as solo stars, and that is where they belong. The run was fun, but it needs to be done.
Who knows? Putting the straps on The Shield just might be the shot that the division needs to stumble back into relevancy—especially if WWE invokes the Freebird Rule and allows the entire stable to be considered the champs. That way, you never know which Hounds of Justice would be unleashed on their opponents.
Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns certainly have built up enough heat over the past few months to become credible championship material. They certainly cannot keep wrestling in three-man matches for the rest of their time in WWE.
They need to branch out if they want to stick around. They need to strike some WWE gold.
It’s time for Justice to be served…the tag team championship titles.
Titles in WWE have been changing hands at a fever pitch recently. With the exception of the Intercontinental title, each men’s singles belt now is worn by someone who was not a champ heading into WrestleMania 29.
Is it time to do the same thing with the tag belts at Extreme Rules? Daniel Bryan may disagree with this declaration, but “YES! YES! YES!”
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