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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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EOTR Tag Team Tuesdays: Tyson Kidd and Cesaro

By @OmegaShammgod 

By now I think most people who consistently read my articles have learned one important thing I love about tag teams. I love two random wrestlers coming together and creating insane chemistry. From Joe/Magnus to London/Kendrick, Miz/Morrison and The Revival, it's always a great thing to see two guys struggling to find their footing while chasing the imaginary brass rings come together to kick people's heads in. I've written about this team multiple times before and you'll probably be tired of it, but I don't care because I love this team just that much.

Before they became a team, just a month earlier (on the November 14th episode of Smackdown, a pretty good match if you'd like to go back and watch) Kidd and Cesaro were facing off with Dolph Ziggler in a triple threat match for the Intercontinental Championship, which ended with Ziggler retaining. A month later, they competed in a tag team gauntlet match for a title shot, but they were eliminated by the Usos. They joined Adam Rose in a short-lived feud with the New Day (a pretty weak feud, however we did get to see them walk out with Adam Rose's posse). The feud continued up until the Royal Rumble where Kidd and Cesaro defeated Big E and Kofi Kingston on the preshow.

A month later at Fastlane, they defeated the Usos to win the WWE Tag Team Championship. Although hesitant to join in on Cesaro and Kidd's heelish antics, Natalya intentionally got them disqualified so that they would retain their titles in a rematch with the Usos. At Wrestlemania 31, they defended their titles on the preshow in a Fatal 4 Way tag team match against the Usos, Los Matadores and the New Day with Cesaro getting the pin on Big E after Jey Uso delivered a diving splash and was tossed from the ring. At Extreme Rules, they dropped the Tag Team titles to the New Day, which at the time made zero sense to me until The New Day officially turned heel the next day. They would fail to win the titles back at Payback and at Elimination Chamber. The Elimination Chamber Tag Team Match would turn out to be their final match together as a team as Tyson Kidd would suffer a (pretty much) career ending injury at the hands of Samoa Joe on June 7th.

When they were intially put together, I prayed to God that WWE would let them become an official team (I have the tweets to back it up!). Kidd was going through a career rebirth after his stint in NXT. He was called back up to the main roster and things got better and better for him. Cesaro was on a long losing streak and there seemed to be no end in sight. Putting them together resulted in the creation of one of my favorite teams ever. I loved both of these guys as individuals. Two extremely talented wrestlers being overlooked because they didn't have the "It" factor on the microphone.

However, when put together, Kidd's cocky attitude rubbed off on Cesaro perfectly, kind of like how Chad Gable's energetic personality rubbed off on Jason Jordan. Had Kidd never got injured who knows what could have happened? My hope had always been that they'd get a few more runs with the Tag Titles, agree to mutually part ways, one wins a midcard title and they have a competitive rivalry for the belt. Now we're unsure if Kidd could ever step foot in any kind of ring period. The matches they've had together were good, not great but it was always clear who the better team was in their matches. They were always a step ahead of the others and seemed to be communicating with their minds or something. Only one can wonder what could have been.



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