Road Warrior Animal with his take on The Usos and tag team wrestling.
WWE Hall Of Famer Road Warrior Animal is one of the more respected wrestlers in the industry as he was a part of what some consider to be the most dominant tag team of all-time in The Legion Of Doom consisting of himself and Road Warrior Hawk. The duo are WWE and NWA Hall Of Famers. Hawk and Animal are two-time WWF Tag Team Champions, one-time NWA World Tag Team Champions and much more is penciled in on their resumes' as a duo.
The current landscape of tag teams in professional wrestling is occupied by The Young Bucks, The Usos, The Revival, The Briscoes, EVIL and SANADA, 'Aussie Open', 'Grizzled Young Veterans' and many others pairs that are building their legacies as a team. While outside of PCW Ultra's 'Believe' show this past Friday, Hannibal TV spoke with Road Warrior Animal and asked him about the current crop of tag teams and if any teams come to mind that can match the legendary teams of old. Animal pointed out the pros and cons of tag team wrestling today and why it is not clicking in some aspects and further dove into why he feels that way as he continued explaining:
“I don’t know. It’s so hard. Just like you can’t redo the The Funks, and you can’t redo someone like The Bushwhackers and the Road Warriors were feared as the best team of all time so, I don’t know if there’s anybody that’s gonna be able to follow the footsteps of Road Warriors." He said. "There’s a lot of great tag teams out there but there’s always… there’s not two bigger guys. There’s always one little guy, one guy out of shape or one short guy, one tall guy. So, even the tag teams today - they’re trying. I see WWE is trying to make the Tag Team division better but it’s still... if you ask the fan[s] it still kinda stinks." He continued, "You know, and I mean God damn, I love The Usos but the Uso Penitentiary? What’s that? You’re a Samoan, be a Samoan. Now they want to act like guys from the hood and I love The Usos man. I love the Samoans. I’m here on the card tonight with Jacob Fatu, the Tonga kids’ son and I see Rikishi all the time and his sons are doing great, and they stay within their Samoan heritage which I love because there’s a great lineage there. Three, four, five generations deep all the way from Peter Maivia, and I just like it when the Samoan boys stay Samoan."
Regardless of the opinion, The Usos are highly regarded by wrestling fans who watch them work and the pair will be looking to become six-time WWE Tag Team Champions this coming Friday at WWE TLC when they meet The New Day and the champions The Bar in a Triple-Threat Tag Team match with the titles on the line.
If the quote in this article is used, please credit Hannibal TV with an H/T to Fightful for the transcription.