WWE Money in the Bank 2016: New Day Doesn’t Need to Retain Tag Titles


The New Day are the longest running tag team champions in the WWE since 2007, but their time with the titles might be up at WWE Money in the Bank.

Coming into Sunday’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view, there’s plenty of places the WWE can take its storylines. That is, of course, the nature of the pay-per-view.

Besides the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, the most unpredictable outcome may be the fatal four-way tag team title bout. The New Day will defend their WWE Tag Team Championships against The Club (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson), The Vaudevillains, and Enzo Amore and Big Cass.

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The fact is, though, that The New Day no longer needs the tag team championships. The group has eclipsed the titles, becoming three of the top stars in the company today – not just in reporter merchandise sales, but in that every time the trio’s music hits, the WWE crowd becomes electric.

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The New Day has been graced with every seal of approval the company could give them this early on. They were the opponents when The Dudley Boyz returned last year, they were involved in a 10-plus minute segment during The Rock’s return to Monday Night RAW leading up to Wrestlemania, they were in the ring with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mick Foley and Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 32, and the fan-favorites have held the tag team titles for 298 days – the longest reign since Brian Kendrick and Paul London held the titles for 334 days in 2006-07.

While The New Day’s time is certainly not up, it’s time with the WWE Tag Team Championships is certainly ticking down. The titles will soon be better served to making another team look like a true competitor in the WWE’s tag team division. But who needs them the most?

Truth be told, any of the three challengers could use the tag team titles to help build up their credibility. Arguably, the team that mostly needs the belts is The Vaudevillains – as much as the WWE Universe would hate to see them with the titles. The Club looks stronger and stronger by the day, and will continue to, assuming they can decimate John Cena later on in the show, erasing the memory of a loss in the fatal four way. Gallows and Anderson will need to capture the tag team titles later on down the road, but for right now while the faction is still fresh, The Club just needs to seek and destroy.

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Enzo and Big Cass are a strange case, however. The pair have instantly become one of the top tag teams in the WWE despite never having held tag titles together at any level. We all thought they’d hold the NXT Tag Team Championships a few different times this past year, but it seems the writers believe Enzo’s gift of gab might be greater than his gift of jab. Beyond getting the WWE tag titles as a sort of “thank you” for carrying the NXT tag division before the arrival of Jason Jordan and Chad Gable, Enzo and Cass might find their current situation in the WWE similar to their run in NXT – similar to The New Day in that they’ll be asked to do a lot more talking the talk than walking the walk.

Alongside Enzo and Cass, The New Day don’t need belts to build up their credibility. Their presence already shows the WWE Universe just how big of a deal they already are. While we all might miss The New Day as the tag champs, it’s no doubt they’ll be holding up the tag titles a lot more before their time is up.

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