Why the Team of Heath Slater and Rhyno Won’t Last
On Smackdown Live we have seen lots of excellence in the ring and on the mic. We have had AJ Styles, John Cena and Dean Ambrose dominate the singles division with four star matches and promos worthy of ending off shows.And in the Women’s division we have seen Becky “Balboa” Lynch face old and new challengers with the crowd behind her at all times. But the tag team division has been on the decline.
The tag division has not had much engagement from the crowd recently, making them the sideshow of Team Blue. There is some originality in the division of course, with The Usos turning heel recently and many teams that have been doing nothing the past few years have finally had a spot on TV. Even with that though, I still don’t have much to care about!
So what in the division lacks? The champions, Heath Slater and Rhyno. Heath Slater and Rhyno had a great story at the start of their championship reign, but since then they have fallen flat on their face. For those who didn’t witness their road to the gold, you missed quite a bit. The duo tried to act serious but had a great comedic side to them, and they were the type of team that you can’t help but get behind.
So why didn’t that transition over past when they won the Smackdown Tag Team Titles? They plain and simple haven’t done anything. They have repeated the same jokes that brought them to the championships, even though the crowd wants something new.
But what is that something new you might ask? They have to lose the titles. They have already reached a ceiling on what they can do with the titles, so they have to lose the titles. This brings me back to the title of this column, “Why the team of Rhyno and Heath Slater won’t last”. Why won’t they last? Because we are two months into them being a team and they already jumped the shark. They can have a storyline of Rhyno being the heel and Slater being the babyface if they turn against each other, but past that there is nothing for them. Their gimmick was a meme. It was a trend that is now over.
I don’t know who to blame this on, but I doubt it’s just a weird trend that the numerous groups that Slater has been with in the past have ALL died out quickly. 3MB, Social Outcasts, even Nexus if you want to go far back. That might just be a coincidence, but either way, I see Slater going back to the drawing board in the next 2-3 months.
I like Heath Slater and Rhyno, but this gimmick was something that was meant to be short but sweet. This gimmick turned sour, and I’ve had enough of it.