So, I'm supposed to take Riot Squad seriously as a close-knit, three-woman unit, and yet they lose to a randomly thrown together three-woman team? Where's the logic in that? As a team, they're already dead because the booking has now made it clear that they are nothing distinctive *as* a team. What, they're a real team because they come out together? Because they wear matching gear?
It's always bothered me that every team in wrestling, even if it's their first time teaming together, is booked by the agent to look like they basically have perfect chemistry in the ring (unless they're going to feud together). They have perfect co-ordination together, never make any mistakes with the timing, always know when to tag out, etc. Even worse, if it's a random pairing of two top guys, they're almost always booked to win over an established team that's been together for years.
Am I the only one who finds this approach outdated and silly? It just seems to unrealistic from the viewpoint of ring psychology. I mean, what sport is there where you could be thrown into a team with someone you've never worked with and work almost just as well together as a team that's been working together as a cohesive unit for years?
The one exception to this in recent years was The Shield. They got over because they beat everyone, and the message was as simple as anything – these guys together are more organized and cohesive together than any other team, and so you can't beat them if they are together. And what a shock – The Shield got insanely over even if individual members didn't (like a certain Samoan you hear about who can't get over as a top guy…who was that again?).
Thoughts? Keep up the awesome blog.
Hey man, four words: Las Vegas Golden Knights.
Regardless, I don't find stuff like the Bray/Matt team particularly compelling either, but at least they're doing something with Matt and doing something different with Bray. The top guys beating an established team thing I'd also disagree with, because in theory if you're a top wrestler, you're good at a variety of things and can compete on a level where if you're, say, John Cena, you can team up with Shawn Michaels and win the tag titles by sheer force of being better than both members of the opposition.
But yes, certainly point taken otherwise.