While The Road Warriors were beating the hell out of opponents in the NWA/WCW and worldwide, the WWF brass came up with a tag team that give their own fans a sudden rush of tag team excitement.
In 1987, a team known to all of us as Demolition hit the ring and ran through all of its competition.
Ax (Bill Eadie), Smash (Barry Darsow) and later Crush (Brian Adams) when he was added to the mix, wore face paint and resembled characters from the Mad Max movies.
To their credit, the team was a three-time WWF Tag Team Champion and hold records for both the single longest tag title reign and the most combined days as reigning champions.
Take that Legion of Doom.
But surprisingly enough, this triple threat of tag team wrestling has not yet heard its name called to a rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame. Not surprising, the team that these three huge barbarians were assembled to resemble, the Road Warriors, already have a spot in HOF immortality.
This begs the question, “What becomes fair and unfair when deciding who is inducted and who isn’t?”
Since the establishment of Hulkamania and into the 1990s, tag team wrestling was a staple of the WWF/WWE and while it is not as solid as it has been in years past, looks to be making a comeback in the company. For those reasons alone, teams like Demolition deserve a spot amongst the greatest of all time.
Battling the likes of the Killer Bees (Jim Brunzell and B. Brian Blair), The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques and Raymond), British Bulldogs (Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith), The Young Stallions (Paul Roma and Jim Powers), The Islanders (Haku and Tama) and the Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) proved time and again that Demolition ruled the WWF and the tag team division.
Add a manager to the mix like Mr. Fuji and you had the perfect combination of power, domination and ring savvy.
In my opinion, the induction of Demolition is a no-brainer, and hopefully the WWE will see to it these performers will find their way into the Hall, if not this year, then in 2014. The company has done well with its 2013 class so far by adding Bruno Sammartino and Bob Backlund to the list. Trish Stratus and Mick Foley were two solid choices.
Now, it’s time to give the tag team division some love.
Demolition was one of the greatest tag teams of its generation and era. The WWE should take notice of that and honor them as such.