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Well, it’s been all of two days since last I wrote, and a lot has happened since then.  We’ve got a new General Manager of Raw (and if you didn’t see Raw, you wouldn’t believe me who it is), a new United States Champion, and another new tag team to challenge the Hart Dynasty.  All in the span of two hours.  This was actually one of the best episodes of Raw I’ve ever seen.  Let’s go through the whole show.  I’ll attempt to be brief since I want to talk about tag teams coming out of the woodwork recently.

We begin with an injured Batista hobbling down to the ring, arm in a sling, bandages everywhere.  He actually has to sit in a wheelchair while in the ring.  Why he wasn’t wheeled down to the ring in the first place is a mystery.  Anyway, he gives a whiny promo before getting cut off by the ring announcer, who introduces the new Raw GM.  And I, as well as everybody else, was absolutely stunned to hear that the new Raw GM is Bret Hart!  I wonder what Vince promised Bret in order to keep Bret with WWE for the foreseeable future…Bret was supposed to leave after Wrestlemania.  It’s been nearly two months since then, and now Bret is the GM of Raw?  Man, Vince must have dangled an awful lot of money in front of Bret to keep him around.  Anyway, Bret informs Dave that there will be qualifying matches to determine the contenders for the WWE Title at Fatal Four Way (a show I’m looking very much forward to).  Batista is put in a match with Randy Orton.  If you saw Over the Limit, you know that Orton is in no condition to compete seeing as how he suffered a dislocated shoulder on Sunday.  Lucky for him, Batista decided for forfeit, putting Orton in the title match.  Hart leaves Batista fuming in the ring.  Dave gets so angry, he starts yelling at the fans, telling them that he’ll quit the company.  People don’t seem to mind, so guess what?  Dave Batista quit!  I threw my arms up in the air in celebration of this joyous and momentous occasion.  Batista is finally gone!  No more half-assed matches with a sub-par worker.  No more bland, meaningless promos!  We’re free!  Yaaaay!

Okay, enough gloating.  The next major event was the crowning of a new United States Champion.  As the Hitman became the GM, he vacated the title and made a match between The Miz and R-Truth.  I guess giving Ted Dibiase a concussion gets you title matches?  Anyway, these two had a pretty good match, but in the end, in a surprise, Truth won the match and because the NEW United States Champion!  I’m very happy for Truth, as this is his first major WWE singles title (if you don’t count the two Hardcore Title reigns he had a decade ago).  Yet while I’m happy for Truth, his win has a backlash effect.  For one, this puts Bryan Danielson’s WWE future in jeopardy, as I had figured that his first major feud would be with The Miz over the US Title.  Since Miz has no gold anymore, it makes me wonder what, if anything, Danielson will be used for in the future.  Second, it feels like this pretty well guarantees David Otunga to win NXT.  We know that he and Truth don’t really get along, so what better title match to give to him than a US Title match against Truth?  While Creative seems intent on pushing Wade Barrett as well, Otunga is going to win NXT, much to my chagrin, and he’ll probably win the US Title.  And he becomes yet another undeserving champion in this company.  Let’s hope Truth can hold on to the title for a while.

And while some people would consider the WWE Title match at Fatal Four Way to be big news, to me, the last important moment of the night was the introduction of a new tag team on Raw.  After a short match with Regal and Kozlov, the Hart Dynasty was attacked by a trio of crazy-looking Samoans, who decimated the Canadian-born champs.  Now, if you don’t read various wrestling websites to keep up-to-date on all the latest news, I’ll tell you now that the two men are the current FCW Tag Team Champions, Jimmy and Jules Uso.  In real life, they are the twin sons of former WWE wrestler Rikishi Fatu.  And the woman is Tamina, who in real life is Jimmy Snuka’s daughter.  You have no idea how incredibly happy this makes me.  After Umaga’s tragic death, we’ve finally got some new Samoan talent back in a WWE ring.  I still think that Afa Anoa’i, Jr’s release was a mistake, but as long as we’ve got the Uso’s, I’m happy as a clam.

That transitions nicely into my next topic.  It looks like, with the Hart Dynasty being the tag team of the future, WWE Creative is setting up a laundry list of challengers for these young and talented champs.  In the past couple of months, we’ve seen some teams reunite (only to be torn apart thanks to one man’s refusal to get help for a problem that ended up costing him his job) and some men return after months away from television.  As well, we’re getting established teams moving higher up the ladder, and new teams forming from singles competitors left and right.  Is WWE actually giving tag team wrestling its fair share for the first time ever?  I honestly can’t predict that, but I certainly hope that they are.  I’d like to take a look now at all of the tag teams currently formed and competing, just to get a taste for what’s to come, and maybe make one or two new ones just to keep the competition fresh.

The Hart Dynasty – the current WWE Unified Tag Team Champions.  These two have all the talent and chemistry in the world.  Tyson Kidd can work with literally everyone, and David Hart Smith fills the power guy of a tag team about as well as anyone can while not being bogged down by excess weight that most power guys have (his billed weight is 250 pounds, much lower than most power guys’ billed weights).  With Natalya at their side, they’ve got the potential to hold the titles for a very long time.  Can they hold the titles longer than Demolition did, or London and Kendrick?  Only time will tell, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re still champions when 2011 rolls around.

Jimmy and Jules Uso w/Tamina – While I’ve already discussed them briefly just a few lines ago, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this trio could be the foil for the Dynasty.  I’m betting that these two teams could feud for a year or more and I’d never get tired of it.  I’m going to have to watch some of their FCW matches.  If anyone’s seen their matches and would recommend any, I’m open to suggestions.

Chris Jericho and The Miz – If these two stick together after Over the Limit, we could have the next Two Man Power Trip, only I guess we’d call these guys the Two Man Ego Trip.  Both Jericho and Miz know how to work a crowd, and both can draw heat second only to Vickie Guerrero.  I’d love to see them take on the Dynasty a few more times.

William Regal and Vladimir Kozlov – God help me, I love this team.  Regal is one of my all-time favorites, and Kozlov is very underrated in my humble opinion.  With Regal’s guidance, Kozlov could turn out to be a great competitor.  These two will probably stay together until Ezekiel Jackson returns from injury.  Maybe a reformation is in the works?

John Morrison and R-Truth – I think this team may be done since Truth won the United States Championship and I believe Morrison is on the injured list (again).  But if they do reform at some point, they’ll provide a good challenge for the Dynasty.  Both Morrison and Truth are accomplished in-ring competitors, and while I’ve soured on Morrison’s current face run, he’s still entertaining.  Maybe once Truth drops the US Title these two can team together again.

The Dudebusters – First off: best tag team name EVER.  Second, Caylen Croft and Trent Barreta are two young, talented up-and-comers who could pose a threat to the Hart Dynasty in a few months.  Right now, nobody takes them really seriously, but I think that these two have some real potential to be great competition.  All they need is a push from Creative and they’ll be on their way.

Curt Hawkins and Vance Archer – Wow, I never thought I’d see Hawkins in a WWE ring again.  While they have yet to really have any sort of challenge, at least they’re back on TV.  Archer was progressing decently well when ECW was shut down a few months back, and now that he’s back with Hawkins on his side, I think he’s got a real chance.  They both do.  They’re one of the few tag teams with a finisher that requires both men, so at least they’ve got that going.  Here’s hoping that Creative keeps them on Smackdown longer than the 30 days that the story says they’ve got.

The Straight Edge Society – Well, we don’t really know what’s going to happen with CM Punk now that he’s mostly bald.  Will the S.E.S. dissolve?  Or will he wear a baseball cap like Vince McMahon did after he got his head shaved?  It doesn’t really matter that much to me.  I don’t really want to see this faction dissolve after such a short amount of time.  It’s gaining momentum.  And besides, without the S.E.S., Luke Gallows’ time is probably up.  He’s gone through three gimmicks in the past couple of years.  This one needs to last him a while.

And now, I’m going to make a few teams.  Some have teamed before once or twice, and some just seem like good ideas.  The important thing is that each team could provide competition for the Hart Dynasty.

Evan Bourne and Yoshi Tatsu – These two were in a six-man tag match with Kofi Kingston a few weeks back.  With Kingston now on Smackdown, what better way to keep the high-flyer-loving fans entertained than with this pairing?  Both of these guys are immensely talented and have a similar style that combines high-octane flippy-do maneuvers with Japanese strong style.  I think it would give most IWC smarks multiple orgasms if Bourne and Tatsu faced the Hart Dynasty.  I’d love to see it, for sure.

Primo and Tito Colon – With Carlito’s departure thanks to a refusal to enter rehab, Primo was basically left to the wolves.  So what better way to keep the Colons a staple of WWE programming than to bring his brother up to the main roster?  It might be a bit soon for him, as he’s still in FCW, but without Tito, Primo’s career will be circling the drain in no time at all.

Christian and Kofi Kingston – Who wouldn’t want to see these two team up?  They had a fantastic match a few weeks back, and if they pooled their resources, there’d be no stopping them.  Though with Kofi being the Intercontinental Champion and all, it may be difficult for Kofi to pull double duty.  It’s more of a dream than a reality.

The Big Show and Santino Marella – We’ve had The World’s Greatest Tag Team and The World’s Strongest Tag Team.  Why not have The World’s Funniest Tag Team?  You know you’d love to watch a promo with these two.

Bryan Danielson and Low Ki – This is more of a pipe dream, but I’m sure that if these two ever teamed up, ROH fans would need to change their pants afterward.  Unfortunately, Low Ki is injured, so if this ever happens, it won’t be for a while.

Brett Dibiase and Joe Hennig – These two were FCW Tag Team Champions for a while.  Unfortunately, Dibiase is injured.  But when he’s healthy, why not bring them both up?  Hell, have them team with Cody Rhodes, and they’ll form a triumvirate of doom!

What I would really love to see is a huge faction of all these second- and third-generation wrestlers, led by Randy Orton.  We’d have Cody Rhodes, Ted and Brett Dibiase, Joe Hennig, Jimmy and Jules Uso, Tamina, Afa Anoa’i, Jr. (hey, it’s my fantasy, damn it), Primo and Tito Colon, and Richie Steamboat.  When was the last time there was a WWE faction that had more than three permanent members?  Legacy had five for about a month.  That isn’t permanent.  It’s been a very long time since we’ve seen a really big, dominant faction, and I think it’s high time we see one put together again.  I’d love to see this faction created.  Nearly all of them are heels already, and changing those that aren’t won’t be difficult.

And you know what would be the icing on the cake?  Make Michael Cole the mouthpiece.  Make him their manager!  He’s basically already a heel now.  And if you do this, you take him away from the announcer’s desk.  It’s a win-win!  Damn, this would be an epic faction.

Okay, I think that’s enough for today.  I’ll return again soon with a post about revising the current TNA roster.  Maybe I’ll save that for next week so I’ll actually have something to talk about between PPV shows.  That is, unless every week is as productive as Raw was this week.  So, until next time, stay awesome everyone.


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