If you're anything like me, tag teams were a big part of why you watched wrestling in the first place. Sure, everybody loves to hear the Rock break someone down, or watch Kane or the Undertaker do something spooky, but the rest of the time, there's not much better than seeing some good old "tag team action!"
Maybe you grew up with The Hart Foundation and The Legion of Doom, but I got into wrestling right around the turn of the millennium, so for me the pedestal carries the Hardy Boyz, Dudleys and Edge and Christian. But it wasn't just those three teams doing it all. There was actually a bevy of other teams going at that time.
APA, T&A, Kaientai, Too Cool, the New Age Outlaws, not to mention bigger stables like DX and Right to Censor, plus all the shorter-lived or occasional teams like the Holly "cousins" and the Brothers of Destruction—and of course, the many teams of "any two guys."
These were the glory days of tag teams in my mind. You had power, speed, high risk, style, humor, ruthlessness, danger and all of that wrapped up mostly in what would otherwise be largely forgettable individuals.
At that time, nobody would have imagined Edge, Jeff Hardy or Christian as World Champion material.
But they didn't need to be.
The "big three" of TLC fame were each establishing a style in-ring, a look, an attitude and making themselves synonymous with a particular weapon. Each team had its supporters. There wasn't a straight-up "heel" team everyone had to boo. You just liked who you liked.
Too Cool were out there making everyone see something through those glasses and dancing after every match. Scotty 2 Hotty managed to do something more ridiculous than the People's Elbow, and people ate it up.
Test and Albert had only three things in common—size, unfortunate names and Trish Stratus—and that was more than enough to legitimize them for a while.
APA were getting backstage segments that had no bearing on anything in the ring, giving people Clotheslines From Hell, and working for the highest bidder.
They weren't just the day's main eventers thrown together for a night, or the Big Show and some small heel staying together as long as they have the belts.
They had specialized styles of wrestling, they had combination moves that took actual creativity, cooperation, and practice to make look good, but they were good. Some of them even became legendary. Table or no table, a 3D is a memorable move. It sticks with you.
Now, it was inevitable that things would end, and all these teams would break up. And the WWE may never have three teams as good or as popular at the same time again, let alone such a deep and varied division.
But they never will if they don't have at least three full-time teams running concurrently. And they could have had much more than that, and with practically zero effort.