AEW’s tag team division needs to regain momentum now that FTR are champions and there are many potential challengers waiting in the wings.
When FTR (Dax Harwood, Cash Wheeler) made their return to AEW in March and then won the AEW World Tag Team Championships in April, many hoped their reign would revitalize AEW’s tag division however that has yet to happen. Their first rivalry in their reign came from Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal, who for some reason were rewarded with another title shot after their loss at the Revolution PPV in March. This feud was never going to be the one to revitalize the tag division, however with the team recently siding with Ricky Starks in his feud with Bullet Club Gold (Jay White and Juice Robinson), the possibility of a feud with BC Gold is up next.
Let’s look at which other teams could challenge the champions and help the division regain momentum.
An honorable mention is Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher, Mark Davis). The match cannot happen at the moment as Davis is out injured, however, when he returns FTR vs Aussie Open is bound to happen.
Three challengers for FTR.
FTR and The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens, Max Caster) with Billy Gunn were the two hottest teams of 2022. FTR held three different belts from three different companies and The Acclaimed got themselves over to the point where every week crowds were chanting “Oh, Scissor Me Daddy” and “Scissor Me” shirts were becoming top sellers. The Acclaimed became stars all on their own and made themselves the most popular act in AEW.
With FTR busy defending their titles, The Acclaimed went after the AEW tag titles which they did successfully capture at Dynamite: Grand Slam in September. The Acclaimed would lose their titles in February to The Gunns (Austin Gunn, Colten Gunn), who would then lose to FTR in April thus beginning their current reign. While The Acclaimed were still Champions, they did successfully defend their titles against FTR, however, a rematch between both teams now while they are both still as popular as they were last year would be great for the tag division.
Blackpool Combat Club
While the Blackpool Combat Club (Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley, Wheeler Yuta, Claudio Castignoli) is a foursome, they have competed as tags and trios more than they have the four of them together. You can take any two of them and have them challenge for the titles.
- Moxley & Danielson
- Moxley & Castignoli
- Moxley & Yuta
- Danielson & Castignoli
- Danielson & Yuta
- Castignoli & Yuta
The BCC is dominating AEW right now, as they have been doing for the past year. The BCC and FTR are two teams who pride themselves on performing technical and traditional wrestling, making for a very interesting matchup that many fans would love to see.
The prospect of a third match versus the Young Bucks should get every fan excited as their previous matches did not disappoint as they produced two of the greatest tag team matches in AEW history.
If you want the tag division to regain momentum, you use the two best tag teams in the world who are FTR and the Young Bucks (Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson). The Bucks are currently involved in The Elite’s feud with the BCC however when that is done, they will be free to compete in the tag division once again. The two teams first faced off in 2020 at the Full Gear PPV where the Bucks defeated FTR to win the AEW tag titles. Their second match came on an April 2022 episode of Dynamite when FTR successfully defended their ROH and AAA tag titles. A third match is highly anticipated by many fans, and will surely live up to the standards of the previous bouts.