What 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 IV 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!
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.
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.
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!
Here are the results of the 5-Second Pose Region. The percent of the vote that each team received is in parenthesis next to his name.
- No. 1 Edge and Christian (99%) defeated No. 8 The Hollywood Blonds (1%)
- No. 4 The Fabulous Freebirds (74%) defeated No. 5 Midnight Express (26%)
- No. 6 D-Generation X (66%) defeated No. 3 British Bulldogs (34%)
- No. 2 Brain Busters (89%) defeated No. 7 Strike Force (11%)
Notes: Between this bracket and the singles bracket, Chris Jericho is still the only vote recipient to receive 100 percent of the votes.
No. 1 Demolition vs. No. 8 Billy and Chuck
Demolition were made up of Ax, Smash and Crush (later on).
They are former three-time WWE Tag Team Champions. They have been inducted into two different halls of fame.
Billy and Chuck took the idea of bromance to a whole new level.
The duo are former two-time WWE Tag Team Champions. In 2002 they were named Tag Team of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
The two might be best known for their commitment ceremony on SmackDown.
No. 4 The Rockers vs. No. 5 Wild Samoans
Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty were The Rockers.
Although they never won the tag titles in WWE, their quick high-flying style changed the tag team division.
In 1989 the Wrestling Observer Newsletter named them Tag Team of the Year.
The Wild Samoans were Afa and Sika.
They are former three-time WWE Tag Team Champions. Aside from WWE, they held a combined 18 tag team titles in promotions around the world.
They are part of the WWE and Pro Wrestling Halls of Fame.
No. 3 New Age Outlaws vs. No. 6 Money Inc.
The New Age Outlaws brought attitude to the tag team division.
Road Dogg and Billy Gunn are five-time WWE Tag Team Champions.
In 1998 Pro Wrestling Illustrated honored them as the Tag Team of the Year.
Money Inc. was the team of "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster.
Together they won the WWE Tag Team Championship on three occasions.
No. 2 The Steiner Brothers vs. No. 7 Beer Money Inc.
Rick and Scott Steiner were the Steiner Brothers.
They won the tag titles nine times between WCW and WWE.
Pro Wrestling Illustrated and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter named them Tag Team of Year in 1990. Both publications also recognized them for having Match of the Year in 1991. However, they were not recognized for the same match.
They were also named Tag Team of the Year in 1993 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
Bobby Roode and James Storm are Beer Money Inc.
They are five-time TNA Tag Team Champions. In 2009 they won the 3D Invitational Tag Team Tournament.
Pro Wrestling Illustrated named them Tag Team of the Year in 2008 and 2011.
The next region to be voted on is the Viva La Raza Region. Here is a sneak peek at the matchups in that region.
- Hart Foundation vs. World's Greatest Tag Team
- Rock and Roll Express vs. Nikolai Volkoff and Iron Sheik
- Tanaka and Mr. Fuji vs. Los Guerreros
- Dudley Boys vs. John Morrison and The Miz
Please do not vote on this region yet. If you decide to vote on this round, those votes will not be counted.