Examining the Tag Team Championship Match at WrestleMania


The Tag Team Championship match at WrestleMania this year is a triumph in many respects that show the growth in the WWE. The match between Team Hell No and Dolph Ziggler & Big E. Langston offers opportunities to the roster and restore tradition in the company. The Tag Team Title match this year benefits the Tag Champions for both men in this stage in their careers. More so Dolph Ziggler & Big E. Langston will have everything to gain in this match, and have everything to lose in my opinion. The biggest winners of this match are the Tag Team Titles and WrestleMania, bringing prestige back to both. This is not the match I would have booked for this show, but can see why this is the match that the WWE decided to go with. Regardless I believe that everyone will be more than satisfied with this match and still holds the possibility to steal the show.

Team Hell No had some of the highlights of 2013 in the WWE, brought a new phase of Kane’s career and established Daniel Bryan. Both men provided comedic segments that few expected and changed the public’s perception of both men. The pairing of the two is aesthetically hilarious to look at and have great timing in the ring. Kane was able to be much easier on his body and extend his career by going into comedy; a transition it seems Kane has been itching to do. Daniel Bryan was able to shoot to the front of the WWE upper middle card with fear of him getting lost in the shuffle after his series with CM Punk and Kane for the WWE Title. While this team has done great, the team seems to be nearing the end of its time; Daniel Bryan even saying in an interview that he was ready to more serious work, which could be coming up after WrestleMania. The grandest stage of them all offers the possibility for this team to finally implode, attacking each other and setting both men up for what should rightfully be a long feud. It would be a great series of matches with these two knowing each other so well after teaming for such a period of time. I believe Daniel Bryan should be the heel in this feud, possibly showing Kane in a more sympathetic role, but that’s just my humble opinion.

Team Hell No can gain very little by retaining their Titles, and consequently would not lose much if they lost, but in fact gain if thy split. Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston on the other hand have everything to lose if they get beaten in this match and can be truly established by winning at The Showcase of the Immortals. If this team loses, Dolph Ziggler will have lost every match of his I can remember for some time. I sense it’s to surprise for the Money in the Bank, but if he loses to Team Hell No, then cashes it in, it will only make him look like a cheap shot artist.  Big E. Langston similarly can’t take the lost as this will be the first time he has competed on WWE television. I believe Dolph Ziggler should be in a match against Chris Jericho, beating him and cashing in the briefcase later in the show. I would put Team Rhodes Scholars over Team Hell No instead, but that leaves Fandango without a dance partner. Wow I’m good. I think Dolph Ziggler should win the Tag Team Titles, then cash in the briefcase and walk out with 2 titles, although it seems creative is using Dolph to get Langston over, kind of leaving Ziggler neglected.

On the up side this match is adding tremendous opportunities for young talent and as prestige back to the industry. The Tag Team Titles have not been defended at The Grand Daddy of Them All since WrestleMania 26. The tag team division has been revitalized this past year and the proof is no clearer than this match being featured at WrestleMania. Dolph Ziggler has never had a title match or a match with less than 6 people at WrestleMania and I believe this match highlights him better than ever before. Daniel Bryan’s only WrestleMania match lasted 18 seconds and he lost; this match offers Bryan the opportunity to ply his craft properly on the largest stage in the world. Big E. Langston has still yet to have a televised match, let alone a WrestleMania match, what a debut winning the Tag Team Titles. This will also be the first time the newly design copper Tag Team Titles will be used at a WrestleMania. Finally I believe that WrestleMania is only enhanced by having, not only a tag team match, but defending the titles. It highlights tag team as a serious division and makes the sports spectacular seem much more legitimate.

This match is not the pick I would have made if I were booking for this show, but there’s a reason I’m not paid to do so. This match uses all four talents effectively and adds credibility to all aspects of the event that this match effects. Daniel Bryan finally gets his greatly deserved time at WrestleMania to show what an incredible wrestler he truly is. Kane is in a position that his body is not expects to take a serious beating in this match, while still looking strong. Both men can enter a new chapter in their story and create a tremendously dramatic moment at WrestleMania by splitting and fighting each other during the match. Similar to Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler is finally getting a legitimate opportunity to shine at the biggest show of the year and could potentially ride the win of the Tag Titles to cashing in the Money in the Bank and winning the World Title. Big E. Langston has a chance to do something outlandish with his strength and impress the world with something they’ve never seen with more people watching that night than any other. This is a sound creative decision as a match and has the ability to not only steal the show, but set all 4 men up for big things in the post-WrestleMania season.