The WWE Raw Tag Team Champions will face off against the SmackDown champs soon, but the future of the tag titles should belong to Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander.
After weeks of being recruited by the Hurt Business on WWE Raw, Cedric Alexander finally made his move on Sept. 7. In a six-man tag match, Alexander betrayed babyfaces Apollo Crews and Ricochet, attacking Ricochet outside the ring before turning his attention to Crews, aligning himself with the heel faction that has been dominating Monday nights this summer.
Alexander had resisted attempts from MVP to bring him to the Hurt Business, but Alexander, as he said in a promo later on Raw, realized that his best chances of success, particularly financial success, would come with the Hurt Business.
He’s now “in”.
The Hurt Business have the current United States Champion in Bobby Lashley, who won the title after beating MVP’s long-time rival, Crews, at Payback.
However, the Hurt Business have designs on total domination of both Raw and Raw Underground, which means they will be pursuing more titles.
The Hurt Business should make a move for the WWE Raw Tag Titles
The current WWE Raw Tag Team Champions, the Street Profits, are ready to feud with Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura from SmackDown. Perhaps the Men’s Tag Titles will be unified and defended across multiple brands like the Women’s Tag Titles, but I think this is just a case of WWE wanting to come up with a short-term fix for a Clash of Champions feud rather than develop new tag teams on both brands.
But after that feud is done with, the Hurt Business should be ready to make their move. MVP is the leader, Lashley is the US Champ, and the faction can add more gold with Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander winning the Raw Tag Team Titles.
Benjamin had a little discussion with Alexander backstage before their eight-man tag match win against the Viking Raiders, Crews, and Ricochet. The pro wrestling legend was suspicious of Alexander’s intentions, wondering if he was only pretending to join the faction as a ploy.
Now, though, Alexander’s intentions are clear. He wants to succeed in WWE and believes the Hurt Business can bring him that success. And after that promo, he’s probably earned the respect of Benjamin, who surely has those tag titles in sight.
Benjamin is one of the best tag team wrestlers in WWE history. He won the tag titles twice with Charlie Haas in an influential, acclaimed tag team. And he put together some brilliant tag work with Chad Gable on SmackDown, but they ultimately could not take the titles off the Usos in what was a show-stealing rivalry on the Blue Brand.
In 2020, the Red Brand’s belts should be Benjamin’s to hold, and, as with Gable, he’ll get to work with an extremely talented, yet overlooked wrestler in Alexander. The Hurt Business is here to elevate Alexander’s career, and the former face of the Cruiserweight Division is more than deserving of a great tag title run with the experienced Benjamin.