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The RAW Tag Team Division
Highlights of the Division
The tag champs retained their goal in dramatic fashion in the Iron Man match at Great Balls of Fire. We knew how talented they were in the ring and that match defined of what their team is all about. The question now is who is next for Sheamus and Cesaro. The fact that they beat the Hardys would signal that Team Extreme won’t be competing for the titles anytime soon—so who would it be?
That’s a difficult question to answer because of how shallow the division is at the moment—especially since it’s filled with a lot of heel tag teams. The Hardys lost to Gallows and Anderson on RAW but it won’t look like that team will face the champs anytime soon. A face turn and aligning with Finn Balor to reform the Club could definitely get them some buzz and catapult them to the top of the division. They have been stale for months now and it’s hard to differentiate between them and the Revival at this point of their careers. Both teams carry on the same persona so it would benefit Gallows and Anderson to stand out from the rest of the pack by turning into a fan favorite which will rejuvenate their careers.
What Happens Next?
As for the Hardys, it looks like they are planting the seeds of introducing their “Broken” characters that made extremely popular during their run outside of the WWE. It’s about time they are starting to do that since their characters got stale back in May and their feud with the tag team champs got repetitive and boring. Their metamorphosis is key to draw eyeballs back to this lackluster division. This feud with the Revival is the perfect opportunity to slowly transform the Hardys into the team we’ve all appreciated during their run outside of the WWE—it’ll be WONDERFUL.
These are the rankings for the division this week.
RAW Tag Team Champions: Cesaro and Sheamus (9 Wins – 8 Losses)
- No.1 Contender: The Hardy Boys (6 Wins – 3 Losses)
- Contender No. 2: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (9 Wins – 12 Losses)
- Contender No. 3: The Revival (3 Wins – 0 Losses)
- Pretender No. 1: Heath Slater & Rhyno (4 Wins – 5 Losses)
- Pretender No. 2: Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel (1 Win – 0 Losses)