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Ranking Each WWE Tag Team Break-Up of 2017

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2017 was a year of tag team break ups for WWE. With the year’s end days away its time to rank each split from worst to best.

8. The Golden Truth

Goldust and R-Truth began teaming together after months of back and forth of trying to get the team together. It looked to be trying to capture the magic of Booker T and Goldust, but they never did reach those heights. The Golden Truth didn’t get many wins as a team. This was even stated by Kurt Angle when they asked him for an opportunity. They did seem to gain new life before their break up, but that died when Goldust turned on his partner. Now neither man is doing anything important after a series of match ups.

7. The Vaudevillains

The main roster run for the team of Aiden English and Simon Gotch was simply lackluster. A prime example of NXT Champions not having the best transition to the main roster. The two were never a threat in the division, so no one really cared when Simon Gotch exited the company. Many thought Aiden wasn’t too far off from leaving himself, but what puts this ahead of the Golden Truth, however, is that it lead to Aiden English forging a team with Rusev, which is becoming one of the best parts of SmackdownLive.

WWE American Alpha Jason Jordan Break-Up

6. American Alpha

One of the more successful teams to transition from NXT to the main roster, Gable and Jordan were able to capture the SmackdownLive Tag Team Championships before they split. Kurt Angle announced that Jason Jordan was his son, sending him to RAW while Gable stayed on the blue brand. Both members have found themselves in other tag teams since they’ve separated, with Jordan winning the RAW Tag Team Championships with Seth Rollins, and Gable in prime contention for the titles with Shelton Benjamin. Both have seemingly benefited from their off-screen fallout, but with no pay off to speak of it brings this break up down.

5. The Hype Bros

The most recent addition to this list, Mojo Rawley  turned on his friend Zack Ryder after a devastating loss to the Bludgeon Brothers. While the team never held tag team gold, they were number one contenders before Ryder came down with injury. Mojo’s Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal win set up the split months in advance, and it took months before Mojo finally snapped on his hype brother. We’ll have to wait and see where both men go from here, but for now it isn’t the worst we’ve seen.

WWE Enzo & Cass Break-Up

4. Enzo and Cass

This break up was inevitable, with Cass being seven foot tall and Enzo having little wrestling acumen. That split came earlier this year when Cass was revealed to have been attacking Enzo on multiple occasions. There was a mystery about who had done it before the confession, and a few minor twists kept it interesting. However, the proceeding feud between the two was nothing special, and ended abruptly with Cass being injured. Add on to that the fact the team won no championships together, and you have a break up that didn’t create much of an impact.

3. Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt

It is easy to forget how interesting the Orton/Wyatt/Harper storyline was before WrestleMania 33, but it was a highlight of the end of SmackdownLive’s “Golden Era.” Arguably the moment the rivalry began to lose its luster was when Orton turned on Wyatt by burning down his compound, but many point it to the removal of Luke Harper in the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania. The feud didn’t do much for either man as Wyatt would lose yet again and Orton would go on to lose his championship to Jinder Mahal.

2. JeriKO

For a good portion of 2016 Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho were the stars of Monday Night RAW. Throughout all our laughs, though, we knew there would come a time Owens would betray Y2J. This would lead to some decent matches between the two, but also Kevin Owen’s loss to Goldberg at Fastlane. However, let us not forget the Festival of Friendship, where the betrayal took place. It was one of the best segments of 2017 and is the main reason this is so high on the list.

WWE Johnny Gargano Tommaso Ciampa Break-Up

1. DIY

The emotional journey we went on with these two men was like nothing we have ever seen. From amazing matches with the Revival and Authors of Pain, to the battle they fought against each other in the Cruiserweight Classic. While the turn itself was speculated upon, it didn’t take away from the moment. Gargano is now in contention for the NXT Championship, which may lead to him winning the gold, and defending his title and honor against his former friend.


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Top 5: WWE Raw Superstars That Should Go To Smackdown In 2018

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The brand split has given us two distinct rosters with their own faults. While both shows could stand to mix the rosters up, today we look at five Raw superstars that should come to Smackdown Live within the next year.

WWE Apollo Crews Smackdown

5. Apollo Crews (Titus Brand)

Since coming to RAW, Crews was able to find a mentor in Titus O’neil, and did get a few wins under his belt. With Reigns and Lesnar holding both singles titles, the best opportunity for gold lies with the tag team championships, and that doesn’t seem probable at this point. A switch to Smackdown Live, not only for Crews, but Titus Brand, would open up opportunities. Smackdown’s tag team division is the best it has been in a while, and with a new U.S. champion getting crowned Crews can be a viable challenger for the victor.

WWE Superstar Bayley Smackdown

4. Bayley

With both Asuka and Paige top contenders for Alexa Bliss’ Woman’s Championship, and Sasha and Nia waiting in the wings, Bayley doesn’t have much she can do. Smackdown Live’s Woman’s division is in need of new competition, with Becky Lynch and Ruby Riott being the freshest competitors to challenge Charlotte. Reports are coming out that WWE is giving up on Bayley, but a switch to the blue show could open up

WWE Superstar Samoa Joe Smackdown

3. Samoa Joe

Unless he wins the Intercontinental Championship, there doesn’t seem to be anything for Samoa Joe to do on RAW until Roman eventually gets the Universal Championship. Even then the likely candidate to be a worthy challenge to the Big Dog is Braun Strowman. A move to Smackdown Live would give the main event scene a big player heading into WrestleMania and could provide for some memorable dream matches. Joe is one of the few NXT call-ups that still has a good bit of his aura still intact, but moving to SmackdownLive could provide much more prominent role.

WWE Superstar Bo Dallas Curtis Axel Smackdown

2. Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel

While a trade to the blue brand might not do much for the Miztourage, a change of scenery could do them justice. Bo and Axe are two talents most fans believe to be underutilized, as Axel is the son of Curt Henning and Bo is a former NXT Champion. The Smackdown Live tag division is flourishing at the moment, and while the two may not be challenging for the titles, at least Harper and Rowan can have another team to destroy outside of Breezango.

WWE Superstar Finn Balor Smackdown

1. Finn Balor

Like Joe, Balor will have to wait a while before getting the chance at one of the two singles titles on Monday nights. A plethora of challengers awaits Roman Reigns with both his I.C. and Universal Championships, and while Balor could be one of those challengers, it is unlikely he will take one of them. A brand change could open up a possible run at AJ Styles, as Balor has a victory over him. Not to mention, like Joe, the plentiful amount of dream matches that could come of this.


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Official Rundown: The Chairshot 2017 Match of the Year

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All of the voting is done, and we finally know the winner of the Inaugural Chairshot Match of the Year. We’d like to thank everyone who participated across multiple groups, we saw a total of 400 people express their opinion in the results. Each of the five matches brought something a little different to the table, and in most groups we had a difference of merely 3 or 4 votes between first and second place. However, one group tipped the scales significantly for the match that ended up winning.

So let’s see where each of the Top 5 ended up in the final rankings:

 

(t) 5th – The Usos vs The New Day – WWE Hell in a Cell – 17 votes

While many people enjoyed this match, the in ring quality wasn’t quite up to par with the other options, as well as people preferring one of the other matches between these two teams. Given the year both teams had, and how The Usos are most people’s tag team of the year…tying for 5th in this vote isn’t really an insult.

 

(t) 5th – Katsuhiko Nakajima vs Brian Cage – NOAH Summer Navigation – 17 votes

This match suffered from the lack of overall exposure to the general crowd. Brian Cage’s popularity in Lucha Underground helped to put this on some people’s radar but, Japanese companies not named New Japan still have issues garnering more fans. This match showcased a lot of Brian Cage’s ability not seen on Lucha Underground. So the fact it at least tied for 5th, instead of getting no traction, is a small testament for word of mouth still doing work in the social media age.

 

WWE John Cena AJ Styles Match Of The Year

3rd – John Cena vs AJ Styles – WWE Royal Rumble – 56 votes

The WWE’s Match of the Year, finishes third, with a respectable number of votes. A very good match for WWE standards, had the uphill battle of following Wrestle Kingdom 11, and put up a good fight. Cena ties Ric Flair’s record 16 Heavyweight Title reigns with this match, but it sadly didn’t measure up to the caliber of our top two matches this year.

 

WWE Tyler Bate Pete Dunne Match Of The Year

2nd – Tyler Bate vs Pete Dunne – NXT Takeover: Chicago – 91 votes

When this match ended and Meltzer’s ratings gave it less than 5 Stars, the internet wrestling community collectively lost their minds. NXT as a brand is highly beloved since it’s basically the WWE’s version of a Indy promotion, with better production values. The match was quite good and even won the vote in a few of the groups we extended the poll into. Definitely a well deserved Top 5 entrant, but still fell to the match that won over many critics and decisively won our vote.

 

NJPW Kenny Omega Kazuchika Okada Match Of The Year

1st – Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega – NJPW Dominion – 219 votes

Was there really any doubt? These two have put on enough classic matches this year to basically have a Top 10 of matches just including them. Not only did this match surpass their first bout, which was Kim Kardashian’s backside levels of breaking the internet, it immediately drew comparisons to Steamboat vs Flair thanks to the 60 Minute Broadway, which isn’t seen often, much less for the Heavyweight Championship. Regardless of where you lie on your feelings between the best match of the trilogy, or what trilogy is the best, or who the better wrestler is, the main fact is; without these matches capturing your interest, you wouldn’t have a basis for argument in the first place.

This vote caps off 2017 nicely as the year of New Japan. It became more visible to the public even before Jericho’s announcement and gives fans a plausible number 2 to try to rally behind. Would it be nice to see WWE step up their game a little? Yes it would, but it probably won’t happen yet. Should you be hopping on the Japanese Wrestling Hype Train and look into NOAH, Dragon Gate and All Japan? Definitely yes, at times those three companies put on matches that were better than New Japan and have stars that can easily compete with your favorites in NJPW.

Use your internet connection to educate yourself further…and Always Use Your Head.


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