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 V of this series, you will have the opportunity to vote on the final opening-round matchups. There will also be a sneak peak at the second round 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 percent)
- 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. Edge and Christian were very close.
Here are the results of the Oh You Didn't Know Region. The percent of the vote that each team received is in parenthesis next to his name.
- No. 1 Demolition (90%) defeated No. 8 Billy and Chuck (10%)
- No. 4 The Rockers (56%) defeated No. 5 Wild Samoans (44%)
- No. 3 New Age Outlaws (94%) defeated No. 6 Money Inc. (6%)
- No. 2 Steiner Brothers (59%) defeated No. 7 Beer Money Inc. (41%)
Notes:This is the first round in which all of the favorites advanced.
No. 1 Hart Foundation vs. No. 8 World's Greatest Tag Team
The original Hart Foundation was Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and Bret "The Hitman" Hart. The duo was managed by Jimmy Hart.
They are former two-time WWE Tag Team champions. Although they only have two title reigns, those reigns combined to last almost 500 days.
The World's Greatest Tag Team consisted of Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin. The duo began as followers of Kurt Angle and were originally known as Team Angle.
Haas and Benjamin are former two-time WWE Tag Team champions. In 2003, they were named Tag Team of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
No. 4 Rock & Roll Express vs. No. 5 Nikolai Volkoff and Iron Sheik
Rock & Roll Express was primarily Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson.
Morton and Gibson four-time NWA Tag Team champions and 10-time SMW Tag Team champions. Although the team never struck it huge in WWE or WCW, it had incredible success in other promotions.
They were named Tag Team of the year in 1984 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
Volkoff and Sheik are former WWE Tag Team champions.
Their greatness as a team comes from the unbelievable heat they were able to draw from fans.
They just might be the most hated tag team of all time.
No. 3 Tanaka and Mr. Fuji vs. No. 6 Los Guerreros
The duo of Tanaka and Mr. Fuji held the WWE Tag Team titles on three different occasions.
They are regarded as one of the greatest heel teams of all time. Their 11-month title reign is currently the third longest in WWE history.
They were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.
Los Guerreros were Eddie and Chavo.
Eddie and Chavo are former four-time WWE Tag Team champions.
They are known for their amazing in-ring work and, of course, their lie, cheat and steal gimmick.
No. 2 Dudley Boys vs. No. 7 John Morrison and The Miz
The Dudley Boys consist of Bubba Ray and D-Von. They might be one of the most accomplished tag teams ever.
They have held WWE, WCW, ECW, NWA and TNA tag titles a combined 22 times.
They were named Tag Team of the Year in 2001, 2005 and 2009. Pro Wrestling Illustrated named them Tag Team of the Decade (2000 to 2009).
Morrison and Miz were very talented inside the ring and on the mic.
They are former two-time WWE Tag Team champions. In 2008, they won a Slammy for Best WWE Tag Team.
Pro Wrestling Observer named them as the Tag Team of the Year in 2008.
Here is a sneak peak at some Round 2 matchups.
What a Rush Region
- No. 1 Legion of Doom vs. No. 5 Brothers of Destruction
- No. 3 Hardy Boyz vs. No. 7 APA
5-Second Pose Region
- No. 1 Edge and Christian vs. No. 4 Fabulous Freebirds
- No. 2 Brain Busters vs. No. 6 DX (HHH and HBK)