There goes the tag division and I liked the paragraph before the last one.TOP TNA TAG TEAM MAY ALREADY HAVE MADE THEIR LAST APPEARANCE, CONTRACTS EXPIRING THIS WEEK
by Mike Johnson @ 3:22 PM on 8/23/2010
As I have previously noted in the Elite section of PWInsider.com, Team 3D, Brother Ray and Brother Devon, may have made their last official appearances for TNA Wrestling during a promo on last week's Reaction as their contracts are scheduled to expire this week and the team are not written into this week's Impact tapings.
Brother Ray is backstage at the tapings today working as an agent. I have not heard whether Devon is at the tapings. I am told the two sides are still in negotiations but they are not close to a deal yet.
After the beating Fortune laid on EV2.0 several weeks back, Team 3D were featured in an interview that aired on the following week's Reaction episode. That promo may prove to be their TNA swansong, as anti-climactic as it seems.
In my mind, it's a strange situation to think 3D might be on the way out just as the EV2.0 angle is taking off, since they were one of the all time greatest ECW acts and one of the most successful post-ECW as well. When you factor in how many of their students have been signed by TNA and how much strong work that has come out of the team in recent years, to me it seems like a no brainer to want to keep them around, especially for a company that pushes itself as a place where tag team wrestling really matters.
At the Lockdown PPV this past year, we saw how important Team 3D could be in the right scenario. The mic work by Brother Ray and subsequent brawl through the building against Beer Money woke up a crowd that had lacked energy previously in the PPV to the point that the crowd was far more into the remainder of the show. When you have someone who can use psychology and pull the crowd out of the doldrums so easily, to me, that's a veteran presence you want to keep around. While the Team is certainly older, unlike a lot of veterans, you can make a case that they still have something to give back, having learned the right way under the likes of Paul Heyman, Terry Funk, etc.
Team 3D have been with TNA since departing WWE towards the latter part of 2005. During the TNA run, they captured both the NWA and TNA Tag Team championships, positioning the team as the most decorated champions of all time by virtue of their ECW, WWE and WCW Tag Team championship wins as well.