Who is the greatest tag team to ever step inside of the squared circle?
The second installment of my WWE Bracketology series is going to attempt to answer that question. Over the next couple of weeks we will take 32 of the greatest tag teams and work our way down to one.
In part III of this series you will have the opportunity to vote on the opening round of one of the regions. There will also be a sneak peak at the next region that will be voted on.
Let's get to the voting!
The method to come up with these 36 teams was no easy feat. In fact, there were a few times where I wanted to blow the whole thing up and go with 68 teams instead.
However, I fought that urge and have come up with 36 teams that represent a little bit of everything.
To fill out this bracket I looked through the extensive history of former tag team champions.
I also took into consideration two previously published B/R lists, a WWE.com ranking, two other online lists and the readers comments.
I know that I will never make everyone happy. If you truly feel a team was snubbed, please be sure to take advantage of the Reader's Choice option.
When you vote, please keep the following ideas in mind.
- Great matches/moments
- Success as a team
- Impact on the business/division
- In-ring performance/Wrestling ability
- Ring psychology/story telling
Voting will take place over the span of the next couple of weeks.
The play-in round will be voted on first, followed by the opening rounds in each region.
I will allow 24-48 hours between each round of voting.
In order to vote, you will need to comment on the article with your selections for each round or tweet it to me.
Here are the results of the play-in round. The percent of the vote that each wrestler received is in parenthesis next to his name.
- Billy and Chuck (54%) defeated The Killer Bees (46%)
- World's Greatest Tag Team (65%) defeated Paul London and Brian Kendrick (35%)
- Hollywood Blonds (50.6%) defeated Kane and X-Pac (49.4%)
- Rock 'N' Sock Connection (53%) defeated The Nasty Boys (30%) and the write-in choices (17% combined)
Note: The team that received the most write-in votes was Sting and Lex Luger. They did not receive enough votes to beat the Rock 'N' Sock Connection.
No. 1 Legion of Doom vs. No. 8 Rock 'N' Sock Connection
Animal and Hawk have held tag team titles in nine different promotions including NWA and WWE.
They have been named Tag Team of the Year on four different occasions by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. In 2003 PWI named them the No. 1 on a list of the 100 best tag teams to ever lace them up.
As a tag team, Animal and Hawk are enshrined in four different Halls of Fame.
The Rock 'N' Connection consisted of The Rock and Mankind. The team formed in 1999.
The team has won the WWE Tag Team Championship on three separate occasions.
No. 4 The Outsiders vs. No. 5 Brothers of Destruction
Kevin Nash and Scott Hall were the tag team known as The Outsiders. Nash and Hall have held the WCW and TNA tag titles a combined seven times.
In 1997 they were named Tag Team of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
The Brothers of Destruction were Kane and Undertaker.
Kane and Undertaker were the first tag team to ever be recognized as Unified Tag Team Champions. They did this when they held both the WCW and WWE tag titles at the same time.
They are three-time tag team champions.
No. 3 The Hardy Boyz vs. No. 6 The Blackjacks
Matt and Jeff Hardy are six-time WWE Tag Team Champions.
They were awarded Match of the Year honors from Pro Wrestling Illustrated in 2000 and 2001.
In 2000 they were named Tag Team of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
The Blackjacks consisted of Blackjack Mulligan and Blackjack Lanza.
The duo are former three-time tag team champions. In 2006 they were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
No. 2 Harlem Heat vs. No. 7 APA
Booker T and Stevie Ray are the tag team known as Harlem Heat. Harlem Heat is arguably the greatest tag team in WCW history.
The pair held the WCW Tag Team Championships a record ten different times.
They were named Tag Team of the Year in 1995 and 1996.
Farooq and Bradshaw are the APA.
The duo held the WWE Tag Team Championships on three different occasions.
The next region to be voted on is the 5-Second Pose Region. Here is a sneak peek at the matchups in that region.
- Edge and Christian vs. Hollywood Blonds
- Fabulous Freebirds vs. The Midnight Express
- British Bulldogs vs. DX (HHH and HBK)
- The Brain Busters vs. Strike Force
Please do not vote on this region yet. If you decide to vote on this round, those votes will not be counted.
What do you think of the play-in round results?
Which matchup in the What a Rush Region is going to be the closest?
Remember if you want to vote, you can do so by commenting on this article or tweeting me.