The grueling 30-minute Iron Man Tag Team Match between The Hardy Boyz and Sheamus/Cesaro at the WWE Great Balls of Fire Pay-Per-View seemed to be the final match in their feud for the WWE Raw Tag Team Titles. Having that 4-3 victory is more than enough validation that the Super Tag Team of Sheamus and Cesaro is here to stay for the long run. The Hardys really put Sheamusaro over!
So who (WHO x 9 in high pitch) in the blue hell is next in line to challenge Sheamus and Cesaro for their WWE Raw Tag Team Titles? Who will be the #1 contenders for the championships? The Raw Tag Team division is not that deep right now I shall say. The Hardy Boyz are planned to have a program with The Revival. Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder have already started their feud with Jeff and Matt Hardy by attacking them last week right after Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson defeated the Hardy Boyz.
There are several plans by creative on how to deal with this, especially since Summerslam is right around the corner. Plan A would be to ‘call up’ the team of Nick Miller & Shane Thorne, also known as TM-61from NXT. This will only happen if Thorne has recovered fully from his serious knee injury way back in January. For those who do not follow NXT, TM-61 is a pretty legit tag team. They went all the way to the finals of the recent Dusty Rhodes Classic Tag Team Tournament.
Plan B would be to have Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson turn face and battle Sheamus/Cesaro for the Raw Tag Team Titles at SummerSlam. This could come in the form of the formation of the Balor Club that the WWE needs right now. We can agree to disagree, but both Finn Balor and Gallows/Anderson are really in booking limbo right now. Now, more than ever, their faction formation is a must.
Plan C is: No Raw Tag Team Title defense will happen at Summerslam. It is virtually impossible for every championship in the WWE to be defended at the ‘Biggest Party of the Summer.’ Even if the PPV is inflated to 5 hours with a pre-show, it wouldn’t be enough to have all titles from both SmackDown Live and Raw be defended in the same night. This is entirely OK in my opinion if it gives booking enough time to establish a better Raw Tag Team Division.