The Tag Team Division has been the crowning glory of NXT given how they have created stars and perfect gimmicks for each pairing. The division has been shallow as of late with the Authors of Pain dominating a division missing some of their key pieces. With #DIY’s breakup and the departure of The Revival to the main roster, the division is left with a bit of a void.
Though Heavy Machinery and SAnitY are currently in the title picture, these five teams might just get the break they are patiently waiting for soon once the title holders search for new contenders.
The team composed of Australia's Shane Thorne and Nick Miller were one of the hottest things in NXT's Tag Team Division last year. With solid performances both in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and their title match against then champions #DIY back in Australia, it seemed like 2017 would be their breakout year until Thorne suffered a serious knee injury back in January thus sidelining the team for at least eight months.
With us being halfway through 2017, expect these two to pick up where they left off once ready to return and hopefully deliver the same classics they had in 2016.
Editor's Note: I will never stop saying this, but they should still be known as TMDK. Because they are The Mighty. And The Mighty...Don't Kneel.
2 The Street Profits
In another world, Angelo Dawkins could be the real premiere athlete having a rich background in multiple sports back in his college days, but he has been under WWE's developmental system since 2012. Montez Ford, on the other hand, is bringing in a ton of conditioning from his stint in the US Marines.
We have sporadically seen Dawkins on TV, usually jobbing to up and comers such as Sami Zayn and Tye Dilinger during their time down developmental. Ford on the other hand has done some live events where Dawkins usually performs more often as well.
Last Wednesday on NXT, we saw a video package of two swaggering individuals who could be identified as Dawkins and Ford calling themselves the Street Profits. As a team, they were quite the gatekeepers in live events but their character and persona seem to get the crowd engaged in their antics.
Cryme Tyme 2.0 anyone?
3 The Ealy Brothers
We have already gotten a look at the two hulking twin brothers named Gabriel and Uriel Ealy as they were made sacrificial lambs to the Authors of Pain. Don't let the jobber record at house shows fool you as the WWE has the ability to hypnotize the universe into amnesia and it might be just a matter of time before we see these two athletic big men hang with the division's top talent.
Besides, if there's anything NXT has a good track record of, it would definitely be developing homegrown tag teams out of scratch (talents with minimal indie experience included).
4 Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick Moss
These two blue chip athletes could definitely have passed as top singles performers with multiple title runs had we been in the Ruthless Aggression Era where it was mostly Vince McMahon was almost exclusively making those decisions. Now that we are in the era of "safety first," these two former American Football players, namely Riddick Moss and Tino Sabbatelli, have to spend the time to hone not only their in-ring ability but also their persona.
Right now they have not shown many signs of turning into in-ring technicians which may or may not be their fault as they definitely need an active veteran to work with on top of the coaches at the Performance Center. If they could also parallel their dedication to the weight room with investing more into their characters and their mic skills, they might be seeing themselves chasing for titles earlier than they should.
Bright side though is with the sudden shallowness in NXT's tag team division and the split of one of their more popular ones, we just might see these two on TV more often sometime soon.
5 Lars Sullivan and anybody paired with him
Lars Sullivan (formerly known as Dylan Miley) has already been drawing comparisons to the Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar himself due to their similar vital statistics. Sullivan has been wrestling in house shows and pretty much shows potential as he is more mobile than he looks.
The reason he is included in the Tag Team scene is because there is promise in a potential Big Guy/Small Guy kind of team similar to what Enzo Amore and Big Cass was but right now it is unlikely as he has a knack for beating up anyone that teams up with him shall they lose the match. Though he has been racking up wins at house shows, he is recognized more as a tag team guy regardless of how his partners end up after losing.
Whatever route NXT wants to do with Sullivan, the man has to start somewhere first from a television standpoint so it is just wise to put him in the Tag Team scene first for TV tapings and given how NXT would rather raid big indie names for their top titles, it doesn't seem likely that we are going to see him compete for the NXT Championship anytime soon, so Tag Team is the most logical way to go for this big guy.
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