WWE Tag Team Bracketology III: Which Team Is the Greatest of All Time?
Who is the greatest tag team to ever step inside 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 as well as a recap of all the previous action.
Let's get to the voting!
Criteria and 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/storytelling
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.
Recap: Play-in Round
Here are the results of the play-in round. The percent of the vote that each team 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.
Recap: What a Rush Region Round 1
Here are the results of the What a Rush Region. The percent of the vote that each team received is in parenthesis next to his name.
- No. 1 Legion of Doom (89%) defeated No. 8 Rock 'N' Sock Connection (11%)
- No. 5 Brothers of Destruction (72%) defeated No. 4 The Outsiders (28%)
- No. 3 Hardy Boyz (97%) defeated No. 6 The Blackjacks (3%)
- No. 7 APA (60%) defeated No. 2 Harlem Heat (40%)
Notes: Two lower seeds advancing in this region alone!
5-Second Pose Region (Voting Needed)
No. 1 Edge and Christian vs. No. 8 Hollywood Blonds
Edge and Christian are seven-time WWE tag team champions.
They won Match of the Year honors in 2000 and 2001 from Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
In 2000, Pro Wrestling Illustrated named them Tag Team of the Year.
The Hollywood Blonds consisted of "Stunning" Steve Austin and "Flyin" Brian Pillman. The duo was a surprisingly successful heel team in WCW.
The Blonds are former NWA and WCW tag team champions.
In 1993, they were named Tag Team of the Year by Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
No. 4 The Fabulous Freebirds vs. No. 5 Midnight Express
The Freebirds were made up of Michael Hayes, Buddy Roberts, Terry Gordy and Jimmy Garvin.
They have held a combined 17 tag-team titles in various promotions.
They were named Tag Team of the Year in 1980 (Gordy and Roberts) and 1981 (Roberts and Hayes).
In 2005, Hayes, Gordy and Roberts were inducted into the Pro Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame.
The Midnight Express had many members, but the main teams were Bobby Eaton/Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton/Stan Lane.
As the Midnight Express, these pairings won 53 tag-team championships in various promotions.
The Midnight Express was named Tag Team of the Year by Pro Wrestling Observer from 1986-1988.
No. 3 The British Bulldogs vs. No. 6 DX (HHH and HBK)
The Bulldogs were a team consisting of Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid.
The duo are former WWE tag team champions. In 1985, they were named Tag Team of the Year by Pro Wrestling Observer.
DX members HHH and HBK have won the WWE Tag Team Championship twice.
Although from a championship perspective, they are lacking. From an impact perspective they are off of the charts.
DX was at the front and center of the Attitude Era. The impact this duo had on the business was tremendous.
No. 2 Brain Busters vs. No. 7 Strike Force
Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard were the Brain Busters.
They are former NWA and WWE tag team champions.In 1989, they were named Tag Team of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
They were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012 as members of the Four Horsemen.
Strike Force was a team comprised of Rick Martel and Tito Santana.
The duo only won the WWE tag team titles once. However, they are well-known for their great in-ring work and match quality.
The next region to be voted on is the Oh You Didn't Know Region. Here is a sneak peek at the matchups in that region.
- Demolition vs. Billy and Chuck
- The Rockers vs. The Wild Samoans
- New Age Outlaws vs. Money, Inc.
- The Steiner Brothers vs. Beer Money, Inc.
Please do not vote on this region yet. If you decide to vote on this round, those votes will not be counted.