2013 Awards: Best Group/Tag Team

Let’s get this over with.

It’s Shield.  It just is.  Moving on to the other nominees.

FIrst team I want to talk about is Bad Influence.  These guys are what happens when you let entertaining guys be entertaining instead of trying to make wrestlers into comedians.  Every week these guys go out there and make me laugh which is something WWE very rarely does anymore.  Bad Influence is a good example of playing to wrestlers’ strengths and that’s the best thing that can be done a lot of the time.

Then we have the Rhodes Brothers.  If there’s been a better renaissance than the one Goldust is currently on, it’s been more years than I can remember.  These guys are going out there and stealing the show every night and I’m still not tired of them.  I’d also like to point out how important a story can be.  The Brothers got over with the audience not because of their in ring work (which has been very good) but because the fans can relate to their problems.  Cody just got married and lost his job and Goldust is out of work.  They’re given a chance to fight back and that’s exactly what they did.  A story like that connects with so many fans and that’s why it worked so well.  Do more of that, though it helps to have one of the best tag teams going today involved.

Finally, we have the Usos.  They’re a pretty distant fourth, but they deserve some recognition for how consistently good they are.  A lot of the time you just need a pair of interesting guys who can fly around the ring and pop a crowd.  Right now no one is as good at that as the Usos and I’m a big fan.


But yeah, if you didn’t know this was going to be Shield you haven’t paid enough attention.


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  1. noahconstrictor says:

    What about the Wyatt Family? They have to be some of the most innovative characters I’ve seen in a while.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    My issue with them is they took so long to get going. They’re getting awesome now, but for a year long run it doesn’t work for me. The Rhodes Brothers work because we don’t have to get used to the characters if that makes sense.

  2. M.R. says:

    I dont know what to make of Bray Wyatt. He’s absolutely fantastic promowise, and fluid in the ring, but how high up the card can a fat guy in southern fishing attire really climb?

    klunderbunker Reply:

    If we had been around 23 years ago, we would have asked the same about a zombie mortician from California.

    M.R. Reply:

    But he was 6’10 and in shape, physically imposing. Don’t get me wrong I’m in Wyatt’s corner, I just wonder.

    shemp Reply:

    Wrestling has always had fat guys. his weight is no issue, it’s a question of if the writers get bored.

    M.R. Reply:

    You’ve clearly missed my point.