Divisions are only as good as their champions. Title holders are standard-bearers, setting the bar for the level of competition it requires to be on top. TakerOver 25 crowned new NXT Tag Team Champions. After a brutal four-way contest, the Street Profits stood tall. With the emotional event behind us, one has to wonder what is next for the NXT Tag Team Champions and the division?
The Future of the NXT Tag Team Division
Leading up to TakerOver 25, NXT lost several talents to injuries and call-ups. This essentially shaped the match-card for the historic event. While the matches were nothing short of incredible, it ultimately ended with the start of another transitional period for the black and yellow brand. Of course, this is habitual for NXT and not necessarily a bad thing. It just means the next few weeks will be setting the landscape for the next era with the Street Profits leading the way for the tag team division.
Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins are a legitimate team. Despite their antics and less than traditional wrestling attire, the two have proven to be a mainstay. Together, they have chemistry, synergy, and a seemingly limitless pool of athleticism to get the job done. Their only drawback may be that Ford tends to outshine Dawkins in star power, but this shouldn’t be much of a problem as long as they are together. Moving forward, it will simply be a matter of proving they are the champions NXT needs them to be.
A New Challenger Approaches?
Their reign as champions has potential to be very exciting. Unfortunately, it may require an investment in new talent as opponents. That is not to say the current teams do not have merit. After all, the Undisputed Era are two time champions. Their credentials in NXT alone make them well qualified number one contenders. This is regardless of which combination of UE members compete. Given Adam Cole’s momentum, it is likely the Undisputed Era will target the Street Profits in the next few weeks of NXT. Unless Ford and Dawkins are looking at a call-up soon, it’s unlikely they will drop the titles to Fish/Strong and O’Reilly in their first defense as champions. The Era has proven their tag tea, dominance time and again. If the Street Profits do put them done in their first defense, it just proves the confidence behind pushing a strong Street Profits reign.
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Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch are no slouches either. However, The Brit-Am Brawlers have been jobbed out on and off since competing against Strong and O’Reilly back at NXT TakeOver: Chicago II. To be fair, NXT does a good job at not completely squashing credible talent. Still, their momentum and threat level has definitely subsided since then. Nonetheless, they would make excellent first challengers for the NXT Tag Team Championship. A victory for Street Profits here would cement them as champions. Also, it provides a opportunity for Ford and Dawkins to prove they work well against any style of wrestling.
The Forgotten Sons are something a dark horse in this mix. Each member has had some time to mature in NXT. One could argue after their intense performance during and leading up to TakeOver 25, they are going to be more than just a thorn for the champions. Before the Viking Raiders vacated the titles, The Forgotten Sons were already starting to target the champions. This behavior and a strong showing in the 2019 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic hints that they will likely end the reign of the Street Profits down the line.
Dangers of Success
Each team certainly has its strong suits. Unfortunately, with conditions deteriorating at an alarming rate on the main roster, any of these teams can be called up before the NXT Tag Team Division is brimming with new talent once again. It is the price one pays for being that good in NXT. Currently, the division has 4 teams, including the champions. That leaves essentially two successful defenses and storylines with the final one being the Street Profits finally dropping the championships. Of course, there are other options. They could take the Adrian Neville route, beating each team individually, then again all at once.
In the end, it is NXT. No matter the direction of booking, it’s unlikely there will be an unfavorable direction. The Street Profits are more than capable and ready to hold down the fort until NXT inevitably refreshes the pool of talent.