We are not in a sun-drenched time for mainstream tag team wrestling.
Vince McMahon spent much of 2018 undoing a lot of the good he'd permitted others to do in 2017, leaving 2019 resembling the mid-1990s nadir for his doubles division. NXT does what NXT always does and tries in vain to make magic with a limited number of spells left to cast, but that's feeling all the more futile when The Chairman takes the first opportunity to miss the point entirely upon calling an act up. He pulls the rabbit from the hat, saws it in half and makes both bludgeoned bits disappear, then wonders why the crowd aren't cheering (or, in the case of Stomping Grounds, turning up) for the show.
New Japan Pro Wrestling relegates tag wrestling to the undercard as a point of protecting it singles star, but a lack of direction for all of their paired titles in 2019 has rendered a selection of very serviceable wrestlers altogether rather meaningless.
All Elite Wrestling have enough of a roster to give the impression of a vibrant tag league, but have already made a hurdle for themselves with a convoluted tournament to crown the first champions. Quality pairs like the Best Friends may end up overwhelmed and undermined by The Dark Order. Ultra-quality pairs like The Young Bucks need to wrestle every week and stay over.
Every company continues to bristle with potential of course, but how much will actually be realised?
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