Abandoned: The History of WWE's World Tag Team Championship, Pt. 4

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer IFebruary 26, 2012

Abandoned: The History of WWE's World Tag Team Championship, Pt. 4

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    For this edition of Abandoned, I present WWE’s World Tag Team Championship.

    Some say the title is made up of three different belts. Arguments can be made for both sides whether it does or not, but I put them together anyway.

    The first major tag-team titles for the WWE were the Northeast versions of the NWA United States Tag Team Championship.

    They were established in 1956 when the WWE was Capitol Wrestling Corporation and a member of the National Wrestling Alliance.

    When CWC withdrew from the NWA in 1963, the company became known as the World Wide Wrestling Federation, and the titles were renamed as such.

    The titles were abandoned in 1967 when one of the champions gave up his half of the titles.

    The titles were then replaced by the WWWF International Tag Team Championship in 1969. While the WWWF World Tag Team Championship was created in 1971, the international tag belts continued on for a bit.

    When the company became WWF in the 1980s, the titles were renamed as such.

    They became the WWE Tag Team Championship in 2001 when the company went under another change, and in 2002, were renamed the World Tag Team Championship when the belts became exclusive to the Raw brand.

    In 2010, the titles were unified with SmackDown’s tag-team titles, and since WWE follows the history of the SmackDown titles, the World Tag Team Championship side of the belts was abandoned after 54 years of history.

    Throughout those 54 years, the titles have seen over 200 champions.

    In part 1 you got to see the first 51 champions, part 2 another 54 champions and in part 3 you saw the next 51 champions!

    In part 4, you’ll be seeing the final 53 champions featured!

    So let’s get started.

The Rock and Chris Jericho

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    Defeated: The Dudley Boyz

    Where: Kansas City, Mo.

    When: Oct. 22, 2001

    Title Reign: eight days

    The Rock left the WWE in 2004 to pursue an acting career.

    He has starred in such hits as Walking Tall, Get Smart and Fast Five, but has had his share of flops like Doom.

    The Rock would make the occasional appearance for WWE throughout the next five years before making his much-awaited return last year to host WrestleMania XXVII.

    At the event, he delivered a Rock Bottom to John Cena setting up Rock vs. Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII.

    He has only appeared once in a while over the past year due to his schedule but will be appearing more now that WrestleMania is right around the corner.

    Chris Jericho debuted with WCW in 1996 and entered into the cruiserweight division. Within a year, Jericho would win his first Cruiserweight Championship. He would go on to win the title a total of four times.

    After spending a year in the cruiserweight division, Jericho would win the Television Championship in August 1998.

    He would lose the title three months later and stayed with WCW until the summer of 1999 when he made his way to the WWF.

Booker T and Test

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    Defeated: The Rock and Chris Jericho

    Where: Cincinnati, Ohio

    When: Oct. 30, 2001

    Title Reign: 13 days

    Booker T debuted in 1989 as G.I. Bro in the WWA. He wrestled in the Texas independents before both he and his brother were signed to WCW in 1993.

    As Harlem Heat, Booker T and his brother Stevie Ray dominated the tag-team division in WCW for years eventually winning the gold a total of 10 times. 

    Booker would also win the Television, United States and World Heavyweight Championships before WCW was shut down in 2001.

    Test debuted in 1997 in Canada as Martin Kane and sometimes wrestled as T.J. Thunder.

    He debuted with the WWF in 1998 and soon joined the Corporation stable.

    Test would find moderate success in the company winning the Tag Team, European, Intercontinental and Hardcore Championships.

    After the company became WWE, Test was lost in mid-card obscurity. He remained with the company until 2007 and debuted with TNA that same year.

    He didn’t last long, though, and he was released a few months later.

    Test would announce his retirement in December 2007 but planned to tour Ireland in March 2008. However, he would pass away on March 13, 2008, before he had the chance to do so.

The Hardy Boyz

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    Defeated: Booker T and Test

    Where: Boston

    When: Nov. 12, 2001

    Title Reign: six days

    The Hardy Boyz would reunite in 2006, now known as just the Hardys.

    They stayed together for three years while also having separate feuds with other superstars. During this time, they would win the Tag Team Championship one more time and also hold singles titles.

    Jeff would end up capturing his first world title when he won the WWE Championship and Matt would capture the ECW Championship.

    After Matt lost his title, he grew jealous of his brother and they started to feud.

    After Jeff would win the World Heavyweight Championship, he lost a feud to CM Punk and he left WWE in 2009.

    Matt would stick around in WWE for another year before being released.

The Dudley Boyz

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    Defeated: The Hardy Boyz

    Where: Greensboro, N.C.

    When: Nov. 18, 2001

    Title Reign: 50 days

    On this night, the WWF World Tag Team Championship was put on line in a unification match with the WCW World Tag Team Championship.

    The Dudley Boyz won the cage match recognizing them as the WWF world tag team champions. After the match, the WCW World Tag Team Championship was abandoned.

    After leaving WWE, the Dudley Boyz debuted with TNA Wrestling in 2005 under the name Team 3D.

    They would capture their first NWA Tag Team Championship two years later and became the only team to win tag-team gold in ECW, WCW, WWF/E and the NWA.

Tazz and Spike Dudley

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    Defeated: The Dudley Boyz

    Where: New York City

    When: Jan. 7, 2002

    Title Reign: 43 days

    Tazz debuted in 1987 in Puerto Rico as Kid Krush. He became the Tazmaniac in the early 1990s and joined ECW in 1993.

    He would win the tag-team and television titles as Tazmaniac before becoming Taz in 1995.

    As Taz he dominated ECW and ended up winning the World Championship on two occasions. He left ECW in 2000 and joined the WWF that same year.

    He wouldn’t find much success in the company and would retire two years later.

    After retiring, he became a color commentator for SmackDown for seven years before leaving in 2009 to go to TNA.

    While in TNA, Tazz was at first the manager of Samoa Joe but ended up at the announce booth with Mike Tenay where you can still see him today.

    Spike Dudley debuted in 1994 in the California independent circuit. He joined ECW in 1996 and became a member of the Dudley family.

    He was a part of history in 1997 during his feud with Bam Bam Bigelow.

    During one of their matches, Bigelow threw Spike into the crowd and the fans not only caught him, but they would body surf the smaller wrestler around the arena before returning him to the ringside area.

    He remained with ECW until it folded in 2001.

    He soon joined the WWF and stayed with them for four years. He would win 10 titles in the company including this title and the European, Hardcore and Cruiserweight Championships.

    After leaving WWE in 2005 he joined TNA Wrestling in 2006 and stayed with them for a year mostly associating with the former Dudley Boyz.

    After wrestling in the independents for a few years, Spike Dudley would retire in 2010.

Billy and Chuck

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    Defeated: Tazz and Spike Dudley

    Where: Rockford, Ill.

    When: Feb. 19. 2002

    Title Reign: 89 days

    Billy and Chuck formed in 2001 after Billy Gunn defeated Chuck Palumbo in a match and Gunn suggested that they form a team.

    They rose to the top of the tag division as a face team but soon turned heel with a gimmick that suggested that the duo were homosexual.

    They soon won the Tag Team Championship and introduced their personal stylist, Rico. They entered into a feud with Rikishi and would lose the titles to him and Rico, who Vince McMahon chose as Rikishi’s mystery partner.

    Billy and Chuck would win the belts back within a few weeks after help from Rico.

Rikishi and Rico

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    Defeated: Billy and Chuck

    Where: Nashville, Tenn.

    When: May 19, 2002

    Title Reign: 16 days

    Rikishi debuted in 1985 under the name Fatu as a member of the Samoan Swat Team. He and his partner wrestled throughout the NWA before signing with the WWF in 1992.

    The Samoan Swat Team became the Headshrinkers and they would win the Tag Team Championship in April 1994. The team broke up in 1995 and Rikishi began wrestling solo.

    He became the Sultan in 1997 and stayed with that gimmick before becoming Rikishi in 1999.

    He joined up with Too Cool and became very popular with the crowd. He would capture tag team and Intercontinental gold under the gimmick before leaving in 2004.

    You can still see Rikishi in the independents as Kishi or Junior Fatu.

    Rico debuted in 1998 in the independents before signing with WWF in 1999. Due to an overall lack of training, he didn’t actually debut until 2002 when he became the personal stylist of Billy and Chuck.

    After he split from the team he managed Three Minute Warning before turning face.

    He teamed with Charlie Haas for a year winning SmackDown’s tag titles once before Rico was released in 2004.

    Rico is now retired from professional wrestling and is an officer for the Nevada Taxi Cab Authority.

Billy and Chuck

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    Defeated: Rikishi and Rico

    Where: Oklahoma City

    When: June 4, 2002

    Title Reign: 28 days

    On May 6, 2002 the WWF officially made the transition to World Wrestling Entertainment after they lost a lawsuit over the initials “WWF” with the World Wildlife Fund.

    Billy and Chuck are recognized as the first WWE tag team champions.

    After losing the titles to Hulk Hogan and Edge, Chuck soon proposed to Billy and they had their wedding ceremony in September 2002.

    Before they got married, though, they both revealed that being homosexual was a publicity stunt and dropped the gimmick. Three Minute Warning then interrupted the ceremony.

    Rico became furious that his team dropped their gimmick and began to feud with them, managing Three Minute Warning. After the feud ended, the team broke up when Billy went down with an injury.

    Billy Gunn can now be seen in the independents.

    Chuck Palumbo also wrestles independents while managing his custom motorcycle shop and playing in his band 3 Spoke Wheel.

Hulk Hogan and Edge

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    Defeated: Billy and Chuck

    Where: Boston

    When: July 2, 2002

    Title Reign: 19 days

    Hulk Hogan debuted in 1977 in Championship Wrestling from Florida. Hogan became a contender for the NWA World Championship in 1979 but he failed to win the title.

    He joined the WWF later that year but left in 1980 to wrestle in Japan and in the AWA.

    He returned to the WWF in December 1983 and the following month he won his first WWF World Championship.

    That night Hulkamania was born, and the rest is history!

    You can still see Hulk Hogan in TNA Wrestling.

    Edge debuted in 1992 as Sexton Hardcastle in Canada alongside Christian. He and Christian joined the WWF in 1998 and they soon became one of the most popular tag teams in in WWF history.

    They would go onto win this title seven times before breaking up.

    After the team broke up in 2001, Edge went solo and went onto become a huge star.

The Un-Americans (Lance Storm and Christian)

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    Defeated: Hulk Hogan and Edge

    Where: Detroit

    When: July 21, 2002

    Title Reign: 64 days

    The Un-Americans formed in June 2002 when Lance Storm brought Christian, William Regal and Test together due to their hatred for America.

    They were first known as the Anti-Americans but when Jim Ross dubbed them the Un-Americans a month later, the name stuck.

    They feuded with various American wrestlers or fellow foreign wrestlers who were proud to be in America.

    The stable was short-lived, though, as the wrestlers involved were afraid of the heat they generated due to their actions.

    The stable broke up three months after forming.

Kane and The Hurricane

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    Defeated: The Un-Americans

    Where: Anaheim, Calif.

    When: Sept. 23, 2003

    Title Reign: 21 days

    In October 2002, the titles became exclusive to Monday Night Raw. “WWE” was dropped and they became known as the World Tag Team Championship.

    Kane and the Hurricane were still recognized as the champions.

    In 2008, Kane would return to heel status. He had various feuds and once again became a face by the end of the year rejoining his brother the Undertaker.

    After claiming that he found the Deadman in a vegetative state, he vowed revenge on whoever did it. Kane would win the SmackDown Money in the Bank and cash in the same night to win the world title.

    Undertaker soon returned to reveal that it was Kane who attacked him, turning him back into a heel. Kane would win the feud and ultimately lose the title to Edge.

    The Hurricane debuted in 1991 on the independent scene in North Carolina. He spent eight years in the independents before signing with WCW in 1999.

    As Sugar Shane Helms, he was a member of the boy band 3 Count. The stable broke up a year later and Helms went solo winning the Cruiserweight Championship.

    He stayed with WCW until they were shut down and went to the WWF during the Invasion.

Chris Jericho and Christian

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    Defeated: Kane and The Hurricane

    Where: Montreal, Quebec

    When: Oct. 14, 2002

    Title Reign: 62 days

    When Jericho signed with the WWF, a clock started to countdown on Monday Night Raw and the countdown ended on August 9, 1999, while the Rock was standing in the ring.

    Jericho made his memorable debut cutting a promo against the People's Champion.

    Y2J would spend six years with WWE winning every title there was to win, including being the very first Undisputed WWF world champion.

    He had memorable feuds with the likes of Chris Benoit, Triple H and Shawn Michaels before leaving in 2005 to work on his band Fozzy.

    Christian debuted in 1995 as Christian Cage on the independent circuit in Canada. He signed with the WWF in 1998 where he and Edge became an extremely popular tag team.

    After the breakup, Christian remained in the mid-card winning the Intercontinental Championship on a few occasions before leaving in 2005.

    He debuted with TNA Wrestling that same year and became a main-event star there, winning the NWA World Championship twice.

    He stayed with TNA until 2008 and returned to WWE a year later.

    Christian finally entered into the main event in WWE in 2011 after Edge retired. Christian would win the World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules but only hold the title for two days.

    You can still see Christian on SmackDown.

Booker T and Goldust

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    Defeated: Chris Jericho and Christian, William Regal and Lance Storm, the Dudley Boyz

    Where: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

    When: Dec. 15, 2002

    Title Reign: 22 days

    This was a fatal four-way tag team elimination match.

    After WCW went under, Booker T debuted with the WWF as a member of the Alliance stable. His first gold in the WWF would be this title but his first singles title would be the Hardcore Championship.

    Booker stayed with WWF for six years, winning the Intercontinental, United States and World Heavyweight Championships before leaving in 2007.

    Goldust debuted in 1988 and debuted with the WWF in 1990 as Dustin Rhodes. He only lasted a year and went to WCW for four years in 1991.

    He would win tag team and United States gold before heading back to the WWF in 1995. It was at this time where he became Goldust.

    He won the Intercontinental Championship three times before heading to WCW in 1999.

    He bounced back and forth between WCW, WWF/E, TNA and the independents before settling back in with WWE in 2008.

    He has had various feuds before becoming a backstage producer for WWE last year.

William Regal and Lance Storm

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    Defeated: Booker T and Goldust

    Where: Phoenix

    When: Jan. 6, 2003

    Title Reign: 13 days

    William Regal debuted in 1983 wrestling at carnivals in England. He stayed in England until heading to the United States in 1992 when he signed with WCW.

    He was originally a face but became the heel Lord Steven Regal a year later.

    He would the Television Championship four times and would be released in 1998 after he out wrestled Goldberg in a match.

    Lance Storm debuted in 1990 in Canada and also wrestled in Japan and Smoky Mountain Wrestling. Storm got his first major exposure as a member of ECW when he signed with them in 1996.

    He was first a member of Shane Douglas' Triple Threat stable along with Chris Candido. They would soon breakup and started to feud.

    Storm brought in Tammy Lynn Bytch, later known as Dawn Marie, to combat Tammy Lynn Stych.

    After the feud ended, Storm partnered up with Justin Credible as the Impact Players.

    Despite only being together for a year, the team dominated ECW, winning the Tag Team Championship on two occasions.

    The team broke up when Lance Storm signed with WCW.

The Dudley Boyz

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    Defeated: William Regal and Lance Storm

    Where: Boston

    When: Jan. 19, 2003

    Title Reign: one day

    While with TNA Wrestling, Team 3D would win the tag titles two more times after the company created their own belts.

    They would also capture New Japan Pro Wrestling’s IWGP Tag Team Championship twice as well.

    The Dudley Boyz/Team 3D are now 23-time tag team champions, holding titles in every company they stepped foot in.

    Team 3D is without a doubt one of the most decorated teams of all time.

William Regal and Lance Storm

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    Defeated:  The Dudley Boyz

    Where: Providence, R.I.

    When: Jan. 20, 2003

    Title Reign: 63 days

    William Regal and Lance Storm were stripped of the titles on March 24, 2003 by Chief of Staff Chief Morley for not defending the titles in 30 days due to Regal’s illness.

    After being released by WCW, Regal made his way to the WWF in 1998. He got stuck with the Real Man's Man gimmick but it was short-lived as Regal went to rehab in 1999.

    After leaving rehab later that year he returned to WCW but only lasted a year with the company. Regal returned to the WWF in 2000.

    Lance Storm signed with WCW in 2000. He reached instant success holding the United States, Cruiserweight and Hardcore Championships at the same time.

    After failing to win the World Championship, Storm gave up the cruiserweight title to Elix Skipper and the hardcore title to Carl Ouellette.

    Storm was with WCW when it was shut down by the WWF and soon debuted with them during the Invasion storyline.

Lance Storm and Chief Morley

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    Defeated: Awarded

    Where: Sacramento, Calif.

    When: March 24, 2003

    Title Reign: seven days

    Chief of Staff Chief Morley awarded the titles to Lance Storm and himself.

    Lance Storm would join the WWF as a member of the Alliance and would win the Tag Team and Intercontinental Championships during his three year stay.

    Storm would retire in 2004 but wrestled one last match for WWE at ECW One Night Stand.

    He now runs a wrestling school in Canada and is the head booker for the Prairie Wrestling Alliance.

    Chief Morley debuted in 1995 on the independent circuit while also appearing in Japan and Mexico.

    He debuted with the WWF in 1998 as the porn star Val Venis. He would win the Intercontinental and European Championships before getting lost in mid-card obscurity.

    He was repackaged as chief of staff Chief Morley in 2002 and was Eric Bischoff’s assistant.

    He returned as Val Venis in 2003 but was mostly used as a jobber.

    Venis was released in 2009 and popped up in TNA when Hulk Hogan brought in a bunch of WWE rejects.

    He left that same year and can now be seen in the independents.

Rob Van Dam and Kane

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    Defeated: Lance Storm and Chief Morley, the Dudley Boyz

    Where: San Jose, Calif.

    When: March 31, 2003

    Title Reign: 76 days

    This was a triple threat tag team match.

    Rob Van Dam debuted in 1990 in Ohio and also wrestled for WCW in 1992 as Robbie V.

    He joined ECW in 1996 where he became a star. RVD’s style got him noticed immediately.

    He spent the year feuding with Sabu and the two would steal the show every night. They soon began teaming and would win the Tag Team Championship on two occasions.

    He won the Television Championship in 1998 and held the title for about a year and a half.

    He left ECW towards its demise and joined WWF as a member of the Alliance.

    Kane reunited with the Big Show last year and they would win the Tag Team Championship one more time.

    They would lose the titles a month later and the team once again broke up after Big Show was injured by Alberto Del Rio. 

    Kane was attacked by Mark Henry a few months later and he disappeared from WWE until December.

La Resistance (Sylvain Grenier and René Duprée)

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    Defeated: Rob Van Dam and Kane

    Where: Houston

    When: June 15, 2003

    Title Reign: 98 days

    La Resistance unofficially debuted in February 2003 when Sylvain Grenier was a heel referee screwing face wrestlers out of matches.

    When they started to confront him, he called in René Duprée to help him but the angle was dropped after WrestleMania XIX.

    The team officially debuted on Raw in April 2003.

    They would win the titles two months later and soon brought in Rob Conway.

    After Duprée was drafted to SmackDown in 2004, Grenier and Conway continued on as La Resistance.

The Dudley Boyz

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    Defeated: La Resistance (Sylvain Grenier, René Duprée and Rob Conway)

    Where: Hershey, Pa.

    When: Sept. 21, 2003

    Title Reign: 84 days

    This was a handicap tables match.

    The Dudley Boyz/Team 3D can still be seen in TNA Wrestling, though they are no longer a team.

    Devon was last seen at the Genesis pay-per-view last month reuniting with his sons.

    Bubba Ray now goes by Bully Ray and has become one of the best heels in the business today and has had many great matches with the likes of A.J. Styles, Mr. Anderson, Abyss and James Storm.

Evolution (Ric Flair and Batista)

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    Defeated: The Dudley Boyz, La Resistance, the Hurricane and Rosey, Mark Jindrak and Garrison Cade, Chief Morley and Lance Storm, Test and Scott Steiner

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: Dec. 14, 2003

    Title Reign: 64 days

    This was Tag Team Turmoil. This match is a gauntlet match where a new team enters after one is eliminated. The last team standing wins the match.

    Evolution formed in 2003 when leader Triple H brought Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Batista together.

    They were known as a modern-day version of the Four Horsemen due to their dominance on Monday Night Raw.

    At first the group served as protection of sorts to ensure that Triple H stayed world heavyweight champion and they feuded with whoever Triple H was feuding with.

    Come Armageddon 2003, the heel stable controlled Monday nights.

Rob Van Dam and Booker T

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    Defeated: Evolution

    Where: Bakersfield, Calif.

    When: Feb. 16, 2004

    Title Reign: 36 days

    After Rob Van Dam joined the WWF, he became a bigger star then he already was. Throughout his six years with the company, RVD would capture 16 titles including the Intercontinental Championship six times and the WWE Championship once.

    He left WWE in 2007 and made the occasional appearance on the independent circuit.

    He joined TNA in 2010 and quickly won the TNA World Championship. He would never actually lose the title as he was stripped of it due to a storyline injury.

    RVD has had random feuds since then and is still with TNA.

    In 2007, Booker T ended up in TNA Wrestling. He spent two years with the company winning the Tag Team Championship with Scott Steiner and he was the inaugural holder of the TNA Legends Championship, which is now the Television Championship.

    Booker left in 2009 and wrestled in Puerto Rico and Mexico before returning to WWE in 2011.

    While serving as a color commentator on SmackDown, Booker engaged in a feud with Cody Rhodes.

    After losing the feud, Booker returned to announcing and you can still see him today.

Evolution

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    Defeated: Rob Van Dam and Booker T

    Where: Detroit

    When: March 22, 2004

    Title Reign: 28 days

    Shawn Michaels and Chris Benoit would win the titles in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 29, 2004 but special guest referee Johnny Nitro declared that Benoit didn’t pin the legal man.

    So the titles were awarded back to Evolution.

    Armageddon 2003 saw Randy Orton defeat Rob Van Dam to win the Intercontinental Championship, Ric Flair and Batista win the Tag Team Championship through Tag Team Turmoil and Triple H win a triple threat match to become the world heavyweight champion.

    As the PPV came to a close, all four members were holding titles up high.

    After Triple H lost the world title to Chris Benoit, Orton soon got it back for Evolution.

    Because Orton won the title, though, he was kicked out of the group.

    The group finally disbanded after Batista won the 2005 Royal Rumble and challenged Triple H. Ric Flair would stay with Triple H until Vengeance in June.

    Ric Flair is now with TNA Wrestling and will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame for a second time this year, this time as a member of the Four Horsemen.

    Batista is now done with wrestling and is trying to pursue a career in mixed martial arts.

Chris Benoit and Edge

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    Defeated: Evolution

    Where: Calgary, Alberta

    When: April 19, 2004

    Title Reign: 42 days

    Chris Benoit debuted with WCW in 1995 as a member of the cruiserweight division. He impressed Ric Flair, and Benoit joined the Four Horsemen by the end of the year.

    He would have some memorable feuds with Kevin Sullivan and Booker T while winning the Television, United States and Tag Team Championship throughout his tenure there.

    He would also win the WCW World Championship but would only hold the title for one day as he left WCW after a dispute with management.

    After breaking up with Christian, Edge won the Intercontinental Championship and the two feuded over the title.

    Three years later, Edge began to pursue the World Championship but he wouldn’t win a world title until a year later when he cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the WWE Championship.

    After having a “live sex celebration” with Lita the following night, Edge became known as the Rated R Superstar.

La Resistance (Sylvain Grenier and Rob Conway)

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    Defeated: Chris Benoit and Edge

    Where: Montreal, Quebec

    When: May 31, 2004

    Title Reign: 141 days

    William Regal and Eugene would win the title in Manchester, England on October 11, 2004 but general manager Eric Bischoff awarded the titles back to La Resistance after Regal used brass knuckles to win the match.

    After Dupree was drafted to SmackDown, La Resistance stayed alive with Grenier and Conway. After failing to win the titles on multiple occasions, La Resistance finally won them back much to the delight of the Quebec crowd.

    They managed to cheat their way to victory during each title defense but would lose the titles at Taboo Tuesday.

Chris Benoit and Edge

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    Defeated: Recognized

    Where: Peoria, Il.

    When: Nov. 1, 2004

    Title Reign: Chris Benoit: 13 days, Benoit and Edge: a few minutes

    At Taboo Tuesday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 19, 2004 both Benoit and Edge lost the fans vote to challenge for the world title so they were forced to team against the tag champions.

    The match became a handicap match when Edge walked out but Benoit was able to defeat the champions to become the sole champion.

    Both of them were recognized as champions when La Resistance got their rematch.

    Benoit debuted with the WWF in 2000 as a member of the Radicalz. He would spend six years with the company winning the Tag Team, Intercontinental, United States and World Heavyweight Championships.

    He has had many great matches with the likes of Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle and Triple H before being drafted to the ECW brand in 2007.

    He only spent a week on ECW as we all know the events that took place surrounding his death.

    After his first WWE Championship win, Edge remained a main-event star for the next six years accumulating 11 World Championships.

    Due to a neck injury earlier in his career, Edge was forced to retire after WrestleMania last year.

La Resistance

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    Defeated:  Chris Benoit and Edge

    Where: Peoria, Ill.

    When: Nov. 1, 2004

    Title Reign: 14 days

    This version of La Resistance would win these titles three times.

    After losing the titles during their final reign, the team tried many times to regain the belts but failed each time.

    The team disbanded when Grenier and Conway tried to one up one another and soon got new gimmicks.

William Regal and Eugene

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    Defeated: La Resistance, Rhyno and Tajiri

    Where: Indianapolis

    When: Nov. 15, 2004

    Title Reign: 62 days

    This was a triple-threat tag team elimination match.

    Regal returned to WWF in 2000 as an English snob and found much success winning the European Championship on multiple occasions. He would also win the Intercontinental and Tag Team Championships before being lost in mid-card obscurity.

    Regal would have various feuds over the years but wouldn't find the success he had earlier.

    Eugene debuted in 1997 in the USWA and soon found himself in WWE’s old developmental territory OVW.

    He debuted with the WWE in 2004 as Eugene, the mentally challenged nephew of Eric Bischoff.

    He would win only one title while with the WWE and he had various feuds throughout his time with the company.

    He was quite the fan favorite, but fans grew tired of him due to his massive push that ultimately led nowhere.

    You can now see Eugene in Juggalo Championship Wrestling and in TNA’s India promotion Ring Ka King.

La Resistance

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    Defeated: William Regal and Jonathan Coachman

    Where: Winnipeg, Manitoba

    When: Jan. 16, 2005

    Title Reign: 19 days

    With Eugene out with an injury, Jonathan Coachman announced himself as Regal’s partner for the match.

    Rene Dupree was released in 2007 and is currently wrestling for All Japan Pro Wrestling.

    Sylvain Grenier was also released in 2007 and is now a professional body builder in France and Montreal.

    Rob Conway was also let go that same year and can now be seen in Juggalo Championship Wrestling.

William Regal and Tajiri

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    Defeated: La Resistance

    Where: Saitama, Japan

    When: Feb. 7, 2005

    Title Reign: 86 days

    La Resistance would win the titles in Moline, Ill., on April 17, 2005, but the titles were awarded back to Regal and Tajiri when the referee discovered that the legal man wasn’t pinned.

    William Regal is still with WWE, mainly appearing on NXT and Superstars. He has appeared on episodes of Raw and SmackDown as well, though mostly in comedy segments.

    Tajiri debuted in 1994 in Japan and also wrestled for CMLL in Mexico. He appeared briefly for the WWF in 1997 during WWF’s light heavyweight division and eventually landed in ECW in 1998.

    He would capture television and tag-team gold before the company was shut down.

    He debuted with WWF after they bought ECW and he mainly stayed in the cruiserweight division but did have feuds with wrestlers outside the division.

    He left WWF in 2005 and returned to Japan a year later. He wrestled for All Japan Pro Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling and the Hustle promotion before being put in charge of the Smash promotion.

    With Smash closing its doors next month, there is speculation that he’ll be returning to the WWE for their rumored cruiserweight show on the WWE Network.

The Hurricane and Rosey

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    Defeated: William Regal and Tajiri, La Resistance, the Heart Throbs, Simon Dean and Maven

    Where: Manchester, N.H.

    When: May 1, 2005

    Title Reign: 140 days

    This was Tag Team Turmoil.

    Helms debuted with the WWF in July 2001 but became the Hurricane a month later. The Hurricane was a comic-book character come to life, and the fans loved him.

    After winning the European, Tag Team, Hardcore and Cruiserweight Championships, the Hurricane gimmick was ditched and he went by his real name Gregory Helms.

    He would win the cruiserweight title one more time before going down with an injury.

    He returned as the Hurricane in 2008 and remained under the gimmick until his release in 2010.

    The Hurricane now wrestles in the independents under his real name.

    Rosey debuted in 1995 and wrestled the independents before signing with the WWE in 2002. He debuted as Rosey, one-half of Three Minute Warning.

    They were henchmen for Eric Bischoff but the gimmick never really took off. The team disbanded when Jamal was released a year later.

    Later that year, the Hurricane saw superhero potential in Rosey and dubbed him the Superhero in Training.

    After the Hurricane turned heel, they began to feud and Rosey was eventually released in 2006.

    You can still see Rosey wrestling the independents as Rosie.

Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch

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    Defeated: The Hurricane and Rosey

    Where: Oklahoma City

    When: Sept. 18, 2005

    Title Reign: 44 days

    Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch began teaming in 2005 as TNT but ended up just using their names.

    Cade was a smooth-talking cowboy while Murdoch portrayed the stereotypical angry redneck trucker.

    In their debut match, they defeated the tag champions and soon won the titles.

    Despite their quick rise to the top, the team broke up shortly after losing the belts.

The Big Show and Kane

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    Defeated: Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch

    Where: San Diego, Calif.

    When: Nov. 1, 2005

    Title Reign: 153 days

    The Big Show debuted with the WWF as a member of Vince McMahon's Corporation stable. He wrestled under his real name Paul Wight for a few weeks before gaining the nickname "Big Show."

    He soon dropped his real name and simply became the Big Show.

    He spent eight years with the company winning the WWF/E Championship twice while also winning tag-team, hardcore and United States gold.

    In November, videos started to air hyping the return of Kane. They featured his mask engulfed in flames and he returned a month later wearing a mask for the first time in eight years.

    He entered into a feud with John Cena as he tried to get him to "embrace the hate."

    Kane failed in his quest at the Elimination Chamber PPV and is now searching for his next victim.

The Spirit Squad (Kenny, Mikey, Johnny, Nicky and Mitch)

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    Defeated: Recognized

    Where: Milwaukee, Wisc.

    When: April 10, 2006

    Title Reign: 216 days

    Kenny and Mikey won the titles in Chicago on April 3, 2006. The following week all members of the Spirit Squad were recognized as champions and would defend the titles under the Freebird Rule.

    The Spirit Squad debuted in January 2006 as a group of cheerleaders. Their only major feud would be with D-Generation X and the team ended up breaking up by the end of the year.

    Members of the Spirit Squad can still be seen as Kenny and Johnny are in the independents, Mikey wrestles for Ring of Honor, Mitch does mixed martial arts and Nicky is now known as Dolph Ziggler and can still be seen on Raw and SmackDown.

Ric Flair and Roddy Piper

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    Defeated: The Spirit Squad (Kenny and Mikey)

    Where: Cincinnati, Ohio

    When: Nov. 5, 2006

    Title Reign: eight days

    Ric Flair debuted in 1972 and would win his first NWA World Heavyweight Championship in 1981.

    The Nature Boy made history everywhere he went and is a 16-time world heavyweight champion. If you ask Flair, though, he’s a 21-time world champion.

    Flair has held 43 titles throughout his illustrious career and has been inducted into the Professional Hall of Fame in 2006 and into the WWE Hall of Fame twice.

    You can still see Ric Flair in TNA Wrestling.

    Roddy Piper debuted in 1969 in Canada and has wrestled for the AWA, NWA, WWF/E, WCW and TNA Wrestling.

    He has won 35 titles throughout his career and he will still wrestle at the occasional independent show.

    He was last seen on Monday Night Raw during his legendary interview segment Piper’s Pit and he will be a cast member on WWE’s Legends House.

Rated RKO (Edge and Randy Orton)

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    Defeated: Ric Flair

    Where: Manchester, England

    When: Nov. 13, 2006

    Title Reign: 77 days

    This turned into a handicap match after Rated RKO attacked Roddy Piper before the match.

    Rated RKO formed in October 2006 after D-Generation X cost Edge a shot at the WWE Championship and the Rated R Superstar approached Randy Orton about getting rid of Shawn Michaels and Triple H.

    The team ultimately lost the feud after losing the titles to Shawn Michaels and John Cena, who replaced an injured Triple H.

    The team broke up the following year after both wrestlers wanted the WWE Championship.

    The team would reunite on occasion but they would mostly concentrate on their singles careers.

    Edge is now retired, while Randy Orton can still be seen on Raw and SmackDown.

Shawn Michaels and John Cena

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    Defeated: Rated RKO

    Where: Dallas, Texas

    When: Jan. 29, 2007

    Title Reign: 63 days

    Shawn Michaels would come out of retirement in 2002 when he and Triple H had a “non-sanctioned” match at SummerSlam.

    The feud continued for the rest of the year when Michaels won his final World Heavyweight Championship in the first-ever elimination chamber match at Survivor Series.

    Triple H would win back the title in a Three Stages of Hell match a month later at Armageddon.

    Michaels would go onto feud with the likes of Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle and Hulk Hogan over the next few years before reuniting with Triple H as D-Generation X.

    He has various feuds, including winning tag-team gold on two occasions, before entering into his final storyline with the Undertaker.

    The Heartbreak Kid would lose at two consecutive WrestleMania’s to the Undertaker, the second time forcing him to retire in 2010.

    Shawn Michaels has since been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and will stay make the occasional appearance.

    John Cena debuted in 2001 in OVW and would make his WWE debut the following year answering an open challenge issued by Kurt Angle.

    Cena would soon become the face of the WWE when he won his first WWE Championship in 2005.

The Hardys (Jeff and Matt Hardy)

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    Defeated: Shawn Michaels and John Cena, Paul London and Brian Kendrick, William Regal and Dave Taylor, Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch, Viscera and Val Venis, the Sandman and Tommy Dreamer, Marcus Cor Von and Kevin Thorn, Chavo Guerrero and Gregory Helms, Johnny Nitro and the Miz

    Where: Dayton, Ohio

    When: April 2, 2007

    Title Reign: 63 days

    This was a 10-team battle royal.

    Jeff Hardy returned to TNA in 2010 and would capture the TNA World Heavyweight Championship on two occasions.

    Matt would debut with TNA a year later.

    The two would only team once shortly after Matt’s debut as Jeff disappeared from TNA after the disaster that was the main event of Victory Road 2011.

    Matt would be released from TNA seven months later after being arrested while Jeff would return a few weeks after his brother’s release.

    Jeff is still with TNA while Matt considers himself semi-retired.

Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch

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    Defeated: The Hardys

    Where: Tampa, Fla.

    When: June 4, 2007

    Title Reign: 93 days

    The team split up after Murdoch wanted to concentrate on the Intercontinental Championship while Cade went through a slight gimmick change.

    Despite no longer being a team, Cade and Murdoch would team up when their respective singles feuds crossed paths.

    The team officially reunited in 2006.

Paul London and Brian Kendrick

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    Defeated: Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch

    Where: Cape Town, South Africa

    When: Sept. 5, 2007

    Title Reign: three days

    Paul London and Brian Kendrick started teaming in 2003 on SmackDown. They became stars on SmackDown’s B-show Velocity but Kendrick left WWE in 2004.

    He would return, though, a year later and they reformed their team.

    Within a year, they were SmackDown’s tag team champions and held the titles for 331 days, becoming the longest reigning champions to hold the belts.

    They would lose the titles in April 2007 and were soon drafted to Raw. The team would win this title once but they wouldn’t hold it for long.

    The team broke up in 2008 when Kendrick was drafted to SmackDown and London stayed on Raw.

    London would be released later that year and can now be seen in the independents.

    Kendrick was released a year later and was last seen in TNA last year.

Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch

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    Defeated: Paul London and Brian Kendrick

    Where: Johannesburg, South Africa

    When: Sept. 8, 2007

    Title Reign: 93 days

    After reuniting, the team spent most of their time on Sunday Night Heat but soon made it back to Raw as hired guns for Vince McMahon as well as Edge.

    They would win the tag titles two more times as a team before they broke up again in 2008.

    Cade would attack Murdoch staying heel while turning Murdoch into a face. Both of them ended up getting released later that year.

    They would reunite a few times in the independents before the team would break up permanently due to unfortunate circumstances.

    While Trevor Murdoch now works for TNA in their India promotion Ring Ka King, Lance Cade would pass away on Aug. 13, 2010.

Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes

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    Defeated: Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch

    Where: Bridgeport, Conn.

    When: Dec. 10, 2007

    Title Reign: 202 days

    After becoming Hardcore Holly, the man formally known as Sparky Plugg would remain in the hardcore division until the title was abandoned in 2002.

    For the next seven years, Holly would be stuck in mid-card obscurity feuding with various superstars.

    Holly was released in 2009 and can now be seen in the independents.

    Cody Rhodes debuted in 2006 in OVW. The son of Dusty Rhodes would make it to the main roster a year later as a face and soon started to team with Hardcore Holly.

    Five months later, Rhodes would turn on Holly and join the son of Ted DiBiase, Ted DiBiase, Jr. 

Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr.

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    Defeated: Hardcore Holly

    Where: Dallas, Texas

    When: June 29, 2008

    Title Reign: 36 days

    This match was scheduled as Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes defending the titles against Ted DiBiase Jr. and a mystery partner. 

    DiBiase’s partner turned out to be Cody Rhodes, thus DiBiase and Rhodes defeated Hardcore Holly in a handicap match to become the new champions.

    Rhodes and DiBiase would dominate the tag division before losing the titles to two of WWE’s A-list stars.

    They would quickly regain the belts and were soon joined by another second-generation superstar Manu, who was the son of Wild Samoan Afa.

    Rhodes and DiBiase didn’t become “Legacy” until after they lost the titles for the second time, which is when they began a storyline with fellow second generation star Randy Orton.

    Orton named their group the Legacy and added Sim Snuka, the son of Jimmy Snuka.

    After some tests, Manu and Snuka were kicked out, leaving Orton to lead Rhodes and DiBiase to greatness.

John Cena and Batista

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    Defeated: Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr.

    Where: Knoxville, Tenn.

    When: Aug. 4, 2008

    Title Reign: seven days

    John Cena has been going strong in the WWE for 10 years becoming a 12-time world champion while also winning this title, the United States Championship and the 2008 Royal Rumble.

    You can still see John Cena being shoved down the throats of the WWE Universe every Monday night and will be facing The Rock at WrestleMania XXVIII.

    Batista debuted in 2000 in OVW and made it to the main roster in 2002.

    He debuted as Deacon Batista, the enforcer for Rev. D-Von. He soon left D-Von and just went by Batista to join Evolution.

    From there Batista became quite the star winning six world titles while having three reigns as tag champion. He would also win the 2005 Royal Rumble.

    Unfortunately for him, though, almost every time he took a bump he tore something and had to take time off.

    Batista would retire in 2010 and is now attempting a career in MMA despite his injury-prone nature.

Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr.

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    Defeated: John Cena and Batista

    Where: Richmond, Va.

    When: Aug. 11, 2008

    Title Reign: 77 days

    Before Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes were to take on John Cena in a handicap match on Aug. 18, 2008, Cryme Tyme ran down to the ring. As Shad was distracting the champions and the referee, JTG stole the World Tag Team Championship.

    On Sept. 1, the champions attacked Cryme Tyme to get their titles back.

    As Legacy, Rhodes and DiBiase would continue to dominate the tag division but they would never be able to recapture the gold.

    The team feuded with whoever Orton was feuding with and they helped him in winning matches until tensions arose at the 2010 Royal Rumble.

    Rhodes and DiBiase were interfering in Orton’s matches, much like they have been, but this time they were getting caught causing Orton to get disqualified.

    The feud officially ended at WrestleMania XXVI when Orton defeated both of them in a triple threat match.

    Cody Rhodes is now the WWE Intercontinental champion, while Ted DiBiase is in the mid-card but doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

CM Punk and Kofi Kingston

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    Defeated: Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr.

    Where: Tucson, Ariz.

    When: Oct. 27, 2008

    Title Reign: 47 days

    CM Punk debuted in 1999 on the independent circuit. He debuted for Ring of Honor in 2002 and he mostly feuded with Raven.

    He joined TNA Wrestling in 2003 and would split his time between the two companies until 2005.

    Punk would enter into a series of matches with Samoa Joe over the ROH Championship that resulted in two 60-minute draws, the second match receiving five stars from Dave Meltzer and was the first match in seven years that he gave a perfect score.

    He signed with WWE in 2005 but would finally win the title before leaving.

    Punk has since become one of the biggest stars of the company and is the current WWE champion on Raw.

    Kofi Kingston debuted in 2006 in Chaotic Wrestling and was quickly signed to WWE and debuted on ECW in 2007.

    Over the next couple of years, Kingston would go onto win seven titles including tag-team and United States gold twice each and the Intercontinental Championship three times.

    Due to his high-flying style, he is quite the favorite with fans and can still be seen on Raw and SmackDown.

John Morrison and the Miz

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    Defeated: CM Punk and Kofi Kingston

    Where: Hamilton, Ontario

    When: Dec. 13, 2008

    Title Reign: 113 days

    John Morrison and the Miz formed in November 2007 and won SmackDown’s tag titles on their first night as a team.

    They brought the titles to ECW but would also compete on SmackDown.

    As their popularity rose, they were given their own WWE.com show called The Dirt Sheet and they continued their dominance in the waning tag division.

    They soon won these titles and entered into a feud with SmackDown’s tag champions, the Colons.

    After they lost the titles, the team would breakup when Morrison was drafted to SmackDown and Miz stayed on Raw.

    They soon started feuding with Miz as United States champion and Morrison as Intercontinental champion.

    The Miz ultimately won the feud and would go on to win the WWE Championship.

    Miz is still with WWE and appears on both brands while Morrison became a jobber and was released last year.

The Colons (Carlito and Primo Colon)

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    Defeated: John Morrison and the Miz

    Where: Houston

    When: April 5, 2009

    Title Reign: 84 days

    Carlito and Primo Colon, who were the WWE tag team champions, defeated world tag team champions John Morrison & the Miz.

    The titles were unified and renamed the WWE Unified Tag Team Championship and the champions would carry both titles.

    When Carlito was drafted to SmackDown, he formed a team with his brother Primo. Within three weeks, the Colons won the tag titles on SmackDown.

    At WrestleMania XXV, the Colons faced John Morrison and the Miz in a unification match and the brothers became the first WWE unified tag-team champions.

    After they lost the titles, and their rematch, Carlito turned on Primo. Carlito ultimately won the feud that followed and the brothers went their separate ways.

    Carlito would be released in 2010 and can now be seen in the independents.

    Primo remained with WWE and was mostly used as a jobber until they hired his cousin Epico.

    Primo and Epico are the current WWE tag team champions.

Edge and Chris Jericho

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    Defeated: The Colons, Legacy

    Where: Sacramento, Calif.

    When: June 28, 2009

    Title Reign: 15 days

    This was a triple-threat tag team match.

    After Edge went down with an injury, Chris Jericho declared himself the sole WWE unified tag team champion on July 13, 2009, until he chose a partner to face Legacy at Night of Champions.

    When Edge retired last year after WrestleMania, he was the current world heavyweight champion. After a much decorated career, Edge retired a world champion.

    Edge will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year.

    Chris Jericho returned to WWE in 2007 after a viral marketing campaign using binary code. He returned to "save us" as a face but ended up turning heel nine months later.

    He would capture the Intercontinental Championship two more times, setting the record for most reigns at nine. He would also win the World Heavyweight Championship on three occasions and the Tag Team Championship with Edge and the Big Show.

    After being punted in the head by Randy Orton in September 2010, Jericho once again left the WWE.

Jeri-Show (Chris Jericho and the Big Show)

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    Defeated: Recognized

    Where: Philadelphia

    When: July 26, 2009

    Title Reign: 140 days

    Chris Jericho and the Big Show were recognized as champions when Jericho chose the Big Show as Edge’s replacement.

    After working with his band Fozzy and appearing on Dancing with the Stars, Jericho started taking shots at CM Punk over Twitter, thus beginning speculation that he'd be returning.

    Starting in November 2011, mysterious videos began to air stating that "a familiar force shall arrive to claim what is his and it will be the end of the world as you know it."

    On January 2, 2012 Chris Jericho returned once again and spent a month not saying a single word.

    Chris Jericho will be challenging for the WWE Championship as he takes on CM Punk at WrestleMania XXVIII in April.

    In June 2006, Big Show was drafted to the ECW brand and would win the ECW Championship a month later from Rob Van Dam.

    He feuded with various ECW stars and competed in the Champion of Champions match at Cyber Sunday with John Cena and King Booker.

    He would lose the title at the disastrous December to Dismember PPV to Bobby Lashley inside an Extreme Elimination Chamber match.

    Big Show then left WWE to take some time off.

D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels and Triple H)

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    Defeated: Jeri-Show

    Where: San Antonio, Texas

    When: Dec. 13, 2009

    Title Reign: 57 days

    D-Generation X formed in August 1997 when Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Chyna and Rick Rude acted as allies but officially formed DX two months later.

    They remained together until 1998 when Triple H kicked out Shawn Michaels and recruited the New Age Outlaws and X-Pac.

    DX would become one of the most dominates groups in WWE history and they helped usher in the Attitude Era, which is what put the WWF back on top of the wrestling world.

    DX has seen many incarnations over the years, most recently with just Shawn Michaels and Triple H.

    The long-time friends finally won tag-team gold this night but would lose them within a few months when Michaels was too focused on getting a WrestleMania rematch against the Undertaker.

    Despite Michaels now being retired, DX will have the occasional reunion.

Show-Miz (The Big Show and the Miz)

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    Defeated: D-Generation X, the Straight Edge Society (CM Punk and Luke Gallows)

    Where: Lafayette, La.

    When: Feb. 8, 2010

    Title Reign: 77 days

    This was a triple-threat elimination tag team match.

    The Big Show returned to WWE in 2008 and has been with the company ever since. Since his return, he has had multiple shots at the World Championship but would never win the title.

    He would capture the Tag Team Championship two more times before finally winning the World title this past December.

    He would only hold the title for 45 seconds, though, after Daniel Bryan cashed in his Money in the Bank contract.

    You can see the Big Show on both Raw and SmackDown feuding with Cody Rhodes.

    The Miz debuted in 2003 in UPW and became a cast member of Tough Enough the following year. Despite losing the competition, Miz was signed to a contract and became an instant heel due to his cocky attitude.

    He was mainly a tag-team wrestler with Jon Morrison but broke off into singles competition in 2009.

    He went onto become a major heel and win the WWE Championship after cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase.

    After losing the title, Miz’s career has really taken a dive but he is still the annoying heel we’ve all gotten to know over the past year or two.

The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd)

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    Defeated: Show-Miz

    Where: Richmond, Va.

    When: April 26, 2010

    Title Reign: 112 days

    When the anonymous general manager of Raw announced through an email that the WWE Unified Tag Team Championship were renamed the WWE World Tag Team Championship on Aug. 16, 2010, Bret Hart presented the Hart Dynasty with the brand new title belts.

    After 50-plus years of history, the World Tag Team Championship side of the titles was abandoned.

    The Hart Dynasty formed in 2007 in FCW and joined the main roster in 2009. They were at first heels but turned face after being in the corner of Bret Hart at WrestleMania XXVI.

    After turning face they would win the tag titles and become the final team to hold these titles when new belts were introduced in August.

    After losing the titles, Tyson Kidd became frustrated with David Hart Smith and the team broke up after Kidd turned on Smith.

    After a short feud, Smith was released in August 2011. He you can now see him working for TNA’s India promotion Ring Ka King where he is one-half of the tag team champions with Chavo Guerrero.

    Tyson Kidd is still with WWE and is mostly seen on Superstars.

Statistics and Final Thoughts

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    Most Reigns: The Dudley Boyz (8)

    Longest Reign: Demolition (478 days)

    Longest Combined Reign: Demolition (698 days)

    Shortest Reign: Chris Benoit and Edge (a few minutes)

    WWE’s World Tag Team Championship has such a rich history. Some of the greatest tag teams and wrestlers in the business have held these titles and helped cement them into professional wrestling history forever.

    Tag team wrestling was once very prominent in WWE, especially in the 1980s and 1990s.

    Their division was huge and almost every team was given the belts at least once, though rarely for a lengthy reign.

    Looking back at what the division was and what it is now is a bit upsetting. WWE used to care about tag team wrestling and now the company has two actual teams, with other teams being formed from random pairings of singles competitors.

    It’s a shame that this title was abandoned in favor of the other belts.

    This wouldn’t be the first time WWE has abandoned history in favor of something new as the Women’s Championship, with almost 100 years of history, was scrapped for the Barbie accessory known as the Diva’s Championship.

    It’s disappointing when WWE sometimes ignores their own history but as fans we just have to accept it.

    After over 50 years of history, the World Tag Team Championship is now gone, and with WWE’s fan base getting younger and younger, they are soon to be forgotten.

    Thanks for reading!

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    Sources

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_World_Tag_Team_Champions_(WWE)

    http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-t.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Martin

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lance_Cade

    Photos: onlineworldofwrestling.com unless noted otherwise