Someone has to lay down the law. AEW is a lot of things, but one of the most important things about it is its youth. The company has not even been around for a year now and has not even been running weekly television for three months yet. As a result there are going to be growing pains all over the place and that is to be expected. What matters is how AEW responds to these issues, and one person seem to be on top of things.
AEW is trying something different with its tag team division. Tag team wrestling is one of those things that a lot of promotions talk about trying to make into a big deal but AEW is actually doing just that. They have a bunch of tag teams on their roster and several of them are pushed as big deals, with the Young Bucks being some of the biggest stars in the company. Things are not perfect though and that needed to be addressed.
AEW World Champion Chris Jericho recently appeared on Konnan’s Keeping It 100 podcast and talked about a backstage meeting he held with the talent regarding the tag team division. During the meeting, Jericho told the roster to crack down on following the tag rules and psychology during the tag matches. He cited too many instances of wrestlers just coming into and out of the ring without tags, which Jericho said has been criticized by fans. Jericho described it as a problem that is changing “slowly”.
There are a lot to pick from. Check out some tag matches from AEW (these are great):
Opinion: Honestly, Jericho has a good point. I know the AEW fans know what is going on, but if you’re an outside fan trying AEW out for the first time, this is something that can get a little confusing. AEW can’t just do their own thing all the time if they want to grow. Yes there are fans that are always going to like that kind of wrestling, but you do have to give the fans something a little more traditional at times, especially if you want things to get bigger.
What do you think of AEW’s tag division? What do they need to fix? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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