So I think we can all agree that the current climate of Tag Team Wrestling in the WWE has hit a cloudy period. And this isn’t something that has recently happened but has been on a slow decline for many many years. The toughest part with the current scene is there is actually quite a lot of talent but most slip through the cracks unless they are in a title feud.
For this post I will be focussing on the RAW title match. As many of you know at Roadblock: End of the Line The New Day lost their Tag Team Titles to Sheamus and Cesaro this ending their record setting reign. In my booking this will not take place. In fact The New Day will be the champions going in to Wrestlemania. So let’s start this out.
Act One: Hit a Roadblock
So going into Roadblock: End of the Line New Day was becoming very desperate to keep their reign going. There was some shady finishes in their matches with Sheamus and Cesaro. So this will lead to the match at Roadblock. Before the match we discover that Sheamus and Cesaro have been attacked backstage making them unable to compete. On the floor we see 2 ski masks with skull designs on them. Cesaro is out and Sheamus is screaming in pain. Mick Foley doesn’t want to loose a Tag Title Match so he makes the match vs Anderson and Gallows.
Match starts with a very physical New Day. Anderson and Gallows manage a comeback. During the match Michael Cole gives us an update that Cesaro was un esponsive and sent to the hospital while Sheamus is currently being monitored in the back. This match would end when Gallows is on the outside and Sheamus comes down using a crutch and hits Gallows in the back screaming accusations regarding the assault. Match is stopped. Anderson and Gallows win by DQ and New Day is still the champs. After the match Anderson attacks Sheamus followed by a Magic Killer as New Day make their way to the back.
Act 2: Ready to Rumble
Anderson and Gallows meet with Mick Foley. Foley says he has a strong suspicion that it was them that attacked Sheamus and Cesaro butadiene of now he can’t prove it. He says they do have back stage tape they are looking into but nothing concrete yet. Anderson and Gallows remain aloof during this and firm on the fact they didn’t do anything. They continue saying they got screwed by Sheamus and want a rematch for the titles. Mick Foley says ok at the Royal Rumble they will face the New Day, but if the evidence comes back saying they had something to do with the attack they loose their shot.
From that point you book it like you normally would. Involve the 2 teams in singles matches. Tie them into a match with Roman and KO. The week before the Rumble have Cesaro and Sheamus come out. They say they know it was Anderson and Gallows that attacked them and think that them loosing out on their shots is BULL!
This brings us to Royal Rumble. During the pre-show Mick Foley is doing an interview in the back. He is being questioned about any evidence in the attack at Roadblock. Mick says nothing was shown and all we have is the ski masks. Just then you have a producer whisper something in Micks ear (his good one). Mick looks pissed says this interview is over and starts darting off. Cameraman follows Mick leading them to the scene of Anderson and Gallows laying on the ground next to the same ski masks found with Sheamus and Cesaro. Mick leaves them with medics saying he is getting to the bottom this. We cut to the pre-show match. Afterward we see Sheamus and Cesaro walking backstage Mick comes into the room. He flat out accuses them of attacking Gallows and Anderson. Mick goes on saying that there is no proof linking Gallows and Anderson to their [Sheamus/Cesaro] attack. Cesaro is quick to say bring up how Anderson and Gallows got the title shot at Roadblock so they want the shot tonight. Mick is reluctant but wants to do the fair thing so he makes New Day vs Sheamus/Cesaro. During the entrance of Sheamus/Cesaro they are jumped by Anderson and Gallows. While the four brawl New Day is seen just watching and laughing from the ring.
Act 3: Turning on to the Fastlane
Mick Foley comes out saying that he has had enough of Cesaro, Sheamus, Anderson and Gallows. All four men come out and instantly start arguing. He puts the teams in a match for the next RAW. The next week the match starts and quickly spills out on the floor. Referee counts 10 and calls it a draw. Even after the bell the brawling doesn’t stop. So Mick Foley comes out and says he is done with this and they can settle this at Fastlane in a Falls Count Anywhere Tornado Tag Match. Both teams agreed.
Later on that night New Day comes out. They commend Mick Foley for his decision. And since that takes care of the competition they assume they get the next few weeks off. Then Enzo and Cass’ music hits. The crowd pops. Enzo comes out does a promo regarding all the great things to do on time off from work. Enzo then apologizes cause they are going to spoil their [The New Day] day off because they were just talking to Foley and New Day has a match with the badaboom realist guys in the room. Back from a break and they are in midst of the match. New Day is doing everything they can to keep Enzo in the ring. Their tactics are on the shady side but nothing drawing too much attention.
Some how Enzo gets the hot tag leading to Big Cass running through everyone. There is some sort of confusion with Nee Day leading to Enzo/Big Cass getting the win. After the match New Day is seen complaining to Mick Foley about loosing their time off they earned by being the “longest reigning W-W-E Tag Team Champions” (said in the New Day Way). Mick Foley says that he is sorry but Champions should be fighting champions so at Fastlane it will be New Day vs Enzo/Big Cass. New Day seems kind of out of sort. Xavier is about to go off but Kofi/Big E wrangle him in.
This brings us to Fastlane. We start out with the Falls Anywhere match. This would lead to the back. Eventually they get to the locker rooms. Have Anderson/Gallows beating up on Sheamus in the hall Cesaro running splash at everyone. They go slamming into a locker room and there are The New Day in all black holding the ski masks over an knocked out Enzo and Big Cass. There is a staredown that breaks into a huge brawl. Mick Foley and security get involved. Order is restored by taking some superstars out of the building. Foley is frustrated clearly and when approached by an interviewer he says he will address the issue on RAW.
Act 4: Next Stop Wrestlemania
On RAW Foley calls out The New Day to explain themselves. New Day says they don’t need to. They have established themselves as the greatest Tag Team by beating all competitors on their way to DEMOLISHING the record. Foley says that’s right but now your legacy doesn’t reflect that. On top of that you have screwed 3 teams out of their chance at the titles. So at Wrestlemania it will be The New Day vs Enzo/Big Cass vs Sheamus/Cesaro vs Anderson/Gallows in a 4-way Elimination Match for the RAW Tag Team Titles.
So the reason why this is booked like this is currently there are two major problems with the RAW tag division;
1. It is way too shallow. Currently there are 5 teams.
2. Out of 5 teams 2 are heels and one of those is Shinning Stars.
With booking it this way you are giving the New Day a stronger heel run than their original one. You also have a huge feud in the making with New Day and Enzo/Big Cass. That’s why it’d be best to have Enzo/Cass go over and give them a strong Wrestlemania moment.
You’re also creating tension between two other teams (Sheamus/Cesaro and Anderson/Gallows) that has the fans attention and it doesn’t need the titles to further it. Without the titles driving the feud you can build these teams stronger based on character development. And it opens that door for them to work other programs after.