In early 2015, there was nothing I wanted more than to see Enzo Amore and Big Cass become NXT Tag Team Champions. NXT had just come off The Lucha Dragons taking down The Ascension after the latter held the championships for almost a year. Out of nowhere, Blake and Murphy exploded onto NXT and, after doing very little, they beat the Lucha Dragons for the NXT Tag Team Championships.
For the next 219 days, I respectfully hated Blake and Murphy. In my mind, they blocked Enzo and Cass from getting the Tag Championships and they eventually added Alexa Bliss to give them an edge on Camella. I started to like them a little more because Bliss gave them more layers and a female element to their dynamic. Their feud with The Vaudevillians was the moment I was looking for — a team I loved finally beat them. What’s funny is that now that they’re gone, I miss Blake and Murphy.
The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team tournament has done wonders for NXT’s tag team division. New teams are becoming the focal point of the division and some of the older teams are getting lost in the shuffle a little bit. The Ascension were champions for 364 days, they went to the main roster shorty after losing the titles. Blake and Murphy were champions for 219 days; they lost their titles to The Vaudevillians 44 days ago. Are Blake and Murphy ready for the main roster now that their work in NXT is done?
The problem here is WWE has been notorious for not properly using former NXT Champions on the main roster. The best examples are the two teams that came before Blake and Murphy. The Ascension came to the main roster and were used to elevate legends segments before fading into just another tag team. The Lucha Dragons are exciting wrestlers, but they’ve rarely had momentum on the main roster. Would Blake and Murphy suffer the same fate?
The WWE main roster is sort of a mess at the moment. The Dudley Boyz are a great way to plug up that hole with duck tape, but eventually that glue is going to run out. The New Day are the most interesting thing going in the division right now. They’re highly entertaining, have good chemistry and as shown this past Monday night on Raw, The New Day can be very dominant.
Other than that, it’s really confusing what everyone else is doing in the tag division. The Usos are still hurt. The Lucha Dragons and Los Matadores fill whatever void they’re designed to fill, which doesn’t involve much wrestling. The Prime Time Players aren’t doing anything of value. The Wyatts are busy with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, so right now it’s a two team show.
What the WWE tag team division needs is depth and a lot of it. When the roster is stretched thin like this, the only solutions are good quality teams that can produce good quality matches on a really regular basis. WWE’s ideas and philosophies are to bring in veterans to fix the problem until something new arrives, or string a couple of singles superstars together to form a team and fill depth. Their way has been working for them for decades, but it leaves a lot of teams in limbo.
The problem there is when teams get hurt and the roster grows thin, those teams in limbo have opportunity, but no momentum. That doesn’t allow for a ton of interest and competition. This leads WWE to one of their two philosophies again, but there is now a third option with developmental. That is calling up young talent from NXT to fill the void.
WWE likes its tag teams to be either very charismatic, or to be especially entertaining. If WWE is about to pull out some fresh teams from NXT then they’re going to specifically need Blake and Murphy. Enzo Amore and Big Cass have got the personality and charisma to make it on the WWE roster. The Lucha Dragons could use a bigger push and they’re especially entertaining in the ring. Blake and Murphy are entertaining, charismatic and they’re the only ones with recent history facing those two teams.
The Vaudevillians are NXT Tag Team Champions. The Dusty Rhodes Classic tournament has given life to some new teams, which puts Blake and Murphy in limbo in NXT after dominating it’s tag division for essentially all of 2015. There isn’t much to do with them down in development. They’ve developed and frankly, WWE is in need of some fresh blood.
Their wrestling style is fast, seamless and their entire shtick in the ring is about team chemistry. If The Usos can be over on the main roster, Blake and Murphy can too. They’re a true team inside the ring. Outside the ring, they’re goofy guys with an affinity for dubstep and the accompaniment of the beautiful Alexa Bliss, which truly added a lot of depth to their connection with the fans. They can be heels and with WWE’s cheesy humor, they’d fit right into that niche as well.
Blake and Murphy are prime WWE guys that haven’t been to WWE yet. Now is a great time for them. WWE needs new teams and NXT has too many. Blake and Murphy aren’t going to do any good in NXT as the guys that used to be champions for 200 days. At the very least, they can be the ones putting over other teams in WWE like The Ascension and Lucha Dragons have become.
All are capable of better, but sometimes under WWE’s umbrella, it’s better to be dry and inside than outside and wet. They deserve a chance on the main roster and now is the time for them to make the move up.