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An Effective, Albeit Predictable, Tag Team Tournament
Daniel Bryan and Kane are doing absolutely nothing for the actual tag team "division". At least, not directly.
They won't be part of the division long enough to take part in rebuilding its image, but I do think their winning the titles inspired this tournament -- the result of which could absolutely have a positive impact on the division going forward.
Then again, it might not. It is still the WWE tag team division. I won't hold my breath quite yet.
Looking at the WWE tag team tournament bracket, common wrestling logic would tell you Rhodes Scholars makes it to the end. That is, unless you can see them getting axed by Santino and Ryder or Gabriel/Kidd. Yeah, me neither.
On the other side of the bracket, the Prime Time Players are the only hiccup worth mentioning, but I assume WWE will want a heel team vs face team finale. Thus, I'll go with Rey Rey and Sin Cara to advance.
For the same reason I picked Mysterio and Sin Cara over PTP, I'll go with Rhodes and Sandow to win the whole kit and kaboodle. They'll be the "heel" to Kane and Daniel Bryans' "face". (And yes, I consider Kane and DB temporary good guys.)
I can't guarantee Rhodes Scholars will be successful in their first attempt to win the gold, but ultimately, they will and should be your next WWE World Tag Team Champions (of the World). And I think it's absolutely a perfect scenario.
WWE needs to start thinking long-term, and by that, I mean a year to two years out. That's not very long in the grand scheme of things, but it's plenty of time to be productive. Especially in pro wrestling.
Let's not force or rush Sandow's singles push. Let's truly get his gimmick over, first. Time is the only tried and proven way that can happen. A run in a reputable tag team could be just the ticket.
And we know Rhodes isn't going anywhere but down right now, as long as he stays by himself. This couldn't have come at a better time for him.
Makeshift tag teams could end up playing a major role in the tag division going forward. And I'm okay with that. It's a fresh way to build potential stars of the future (ex: Sandow) and a great way to give new legs to talent that's tapped their solo potential (ex: well, you get it).
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