Pro Wrestling Since 1997


Shawn Michaels talks the state of tag team wrestling

HBK Reveals Thoughts On WWE Tag-Team Future During Exclusive 60 Min “Iron Man Interview”

One of the most iconic names in the history of pro wrestling, “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels joined up with the Ministry Of Slam wrestling radio show for an exclusive 60-minute talk. Dubbed the “Iron Man Interview” the hour long chat goes in-depth on Shawn’s career, specifically focusing on several notable aspects of his lengthy tenure in wrestling. In this snippet, “The Showstopper” tells MOS his thoughts on recent rumours WWE may be about to put more focus on the tag-team division once again.

“I really don’t know (what the future holds for tag-team wrestling)”, Michaels stated. “When we were doing it, there were a lot of talented and very different tag-teams, but I think it might be fair to say that the business is more individually-oriented now. That’s why I don’t know if things can go back to the way they were, as phenomenal as it was. I also think that when there was a number of different territories, it wasn’t a strange thing for the tag-teams to be the main draw. Obviously that’s something, perhaps from a business standpoint, people don’t think can be a reasonable expectation now, so it’s more focused on individuals.”

“Regardless, I think a lot of it comes down to the guys themselves – I think they’re more individually focused, and a lot of folks look at being in tags as a stepping stone to get towards an individual career. I know that’s something I obviously did, but it was never really the intention at the time. Marty and I of course talked about it, but when he and I got together it was really our first break. That’s all we thought about, how we could be the best team possible.”

“As for any resurgence of tag-team wrestling? I really can’t say, it’s impossible for me to get into the minds of individuals, but I don’t know if that’s a real focus now with the guys. Not a lot of guys seem to go into tags looking to make that team the absolute best it can be. Whether the company standpoint is that guys have to be individuals in order to be successful, or that comes from the wrestlers themselves, there does seem to be more emphasis on single success now than there was back when I started.”

The full interview is available on a bumper 3-hour edition of MOS Radio, available via Podbean, iTunes and by visiting MOS Radio goes LIVE each and every Monday from 9pm GMT/4pm EST, with a special mid-week podcast, “Rewind” looking at a Pay-Per-View from wrestling history. Special, subscription only premium content is available through MOS Elite. Visit the website for more details! Ministry Of Slam; Right Stories, Right Guests, Right Time.

Post Category: News

Tags: ,

6 Responses

  1. Shane says:

    All these Vince guys say the same things about the way the industry has changed and things can’t go back and there’s more emphasis on the individual performers. It’s all BS. The industry didn’t change. Vince has just tried his damnedest to make it this way. If the WWE started pushing tag teams, managers, and midcarders tomorrow, it’s not like they wouldn’t get over.

  2. Genghis Khali says:

    Tag teams have died out in every promotion, not just WWE. WCW had no real tag division to speak of as well. The belts were held by stables and 3 man groups a lot of the time.

  3. Shane says:

    WCW had no real anything to speak of. They had the main event angles and everything kinda just fell where ever. Are you gonna tell me that ROH as well as a ton of other indies don’t have active Tag Team divisions? Even TNA has a decent tag division that’s bordered on great a few times over the years. Again, if the wwe started pushing tag teams, it WOULD and COULD work. They’re just not going to.

  4. Thatguybob says:

    If they are good enough to split then split them. If they only have midcard expectations then dont.

    The Dudleys, E & C and the Hardys were a great example of this in WWE. 1 worked badly when split the others went on to do well. Well until 2012-2013 anyway. Bully Ray has done well.

    Or atleast if you do put them with a different guy against their old team mate.

  5. Thatguybob says:

    The WWE did a bit for the last year.

    A tag team can count a good stable. So The Shield would pass as a good tag team.

    Kane & Daniel Bryan before that also. Maybe if they add more up and comers to teams rather than unused singles wrestlers. E.g. The Miz, Cesaro etc. i think they should drop the US title and just have the Intercontinental Championship on both shows.

    They are not near the level that TNA has. They have many split teams but yet still have a pretty good tag division.

  6. Thatguybob says:

    So IC Champ Vs US Champ title combination. Why not.

Leave a Reply



Would you like to see Eric Bischoff back in WWE?

Loading ... Loading ...

Do you listen to wrestling podcasts?

Loading ... Loading ...

Should Demolition be inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame?

Loading ... Loading ...