Breaking down tag team chemistry

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  1. Breaking down tag team chemistry


    As the tournament to crown new No. 1 contenders to WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No, Kane & Daniel Bryan, continues to unfold, the WWE Universe cannot help but notice that the tag division is flourishing — if not undergoing a renaissance altogether.

    The division is the most stacked it has been in years, as the eight-team bracket makes clear, and that’s not even including duos that fell just short of the tournament, such as Mexican miscreants Hunico & Camacho. Meanwhile, presiding over the division is the hugely successful and extremely volatile championship pairing of Kane & Bryan. A reluctant combination of two main-eventers, Team Hell No has garnered new interest in tag team competition and shown that it is not just established teams that have a place in the division.

    The depth and diversity of the tag team field is owed largely to an influx of nascent duos. Apart from The Usos and Primo & Epico — who are twin brothers and cousins, respectively — the division is filled with partnerships that have only sprung to life this year.

    For example, The Prime Time Players, Darren Young & Titus O’Neil, quietly forged a team on WWE NXT Redemption before being recruited to SmackDown in April. Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel, unofficially known as “International Airstrike,” bonded over mutual respect after a stunning but little heralded series of one-on-one matches between the two in which neither Superstar scored a decisive edge. Rey Mysterio has only recently taken fellow masked luchador Sin Cara, now in his sophomore year in WWE, under his constantly flying wing.

    The wave of fresh tandems has breathed new life into the division, but also a high degree of unpredictability. With so many teams gelling at the same time, it begs the question, which ones are built to last? Which partnerships have the tools to go the distance, and which are likely to implode? The makeup of each team differs slightly, and the variables can be all that separates contenders from pretenders.

    According to WWE’s foremost tag team experts, a successful tag team unit all begins with chemistry.

    “To have chemistry, you’ve got to know what the other guy’s thinking about doing in the ring even before he does it, and vice versa,” said Michael Hayes, who held tag team championships in multiple promotions with various combinations of Fabulous Freebird brethren Buddy Roberts, Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy and Jimmy “Jam” Garvin. “It’s really important to become a unit and not just two guys who work together.”

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