Two of TNA Impact Wrestling’s most impressive acquisitions in 2014 have been Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards.
The minute they came on the scene this duo, known collectively as The Wolves, turned the company’s tag division upside down. Given their credentials working for Ring of Honor and other promotions around the world, it was an immediate shot in the arm for TNA.
They are ones with a proven track record to put on great matches no matter where they go. Teams these days are often thrown together with the hope there would be some short-term chemistry. This is not the case for the current tag team champions. Edwards and Richards have been tagging for well over five years. It takes time to build a successful tag team, but they have done that through experience.
When you look at the best tag teams in the history of TNA, you think America’s Most Wanted, Beer Money, Bad Influence, Team 3D and the Motor City Machine Guns to name a few. They shared a bond, a trust and brotherhood with one another. They shared a mutual dedication to entertain the masses and be the best.
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Edwards and Richards have now been added to these names, as they complement one another and go out there like a well-oiled machine. You can see the comparisons to the legendary duos of yesteryear including the British Bulldogs and Hart Foundation with the level of technical prowess and intensity they bring to the ring with them.
The Wolves have also elevated the game of their opponents. The BroMans Jessie Godderz and Robbie E, along with Zema Ion, were often seen as the comedy portion of the show. Even with the tag team titles around their waste they weren’t necessarily taken seriously. However, Robbie and Jessie have proven they can more than hold their own with a series of tremendous matches with Edwards and Richards. Whether it was on American or Japanese soil, the BroMans made many believers and The Wolves gave them that opportunity to do that.
In the few short months Edwards and Richards have been in TNA, they have made quite an impact. I’m looking forward to watching them evolve as one of the crown jewels of the tag team division. They have also achieved in the singles ranks. So X Division and world champions (present and future) should be careful because The Wolves are on the hunt.
•YouTube video interview with The Wolves
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