WWE Tag Team Bracketology VI: Which Team Is the Greatest of All Time?

Christopher OlmsteadSenior Analyst IIIMarch 27, 2013

WWE Tag Team Bracketology VI: Which Team Is the Greatest of All Time?

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    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 VI of this series, you will have the opportunity to vote on some of the Sweet 16 matchups. There will also be a sneak peak at the other Sweet 16 matchups as well as a recap of all the previous action.

    Let's get to the voting!

Criteria and Voting

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    Criteria

    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. 

     

    Voting

    When you vote, please keep the following ideas in mind.

    • Great matches/moments
    • Success as a team
    • Impact on the business/division
    • Chemistry
    • In-ring performance/wrestling ability
    • Gimmick
    • Ring psychology/storytelling
    • Longevity

    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

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    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

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    Here are the results of the What a Rush Region.

    The percent of the vote that each team received is in parenthesis next to their 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!

Recap: 5-Second Pose Region Round 1

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    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.

Recap: Oh You Didn't Know Region Round 1

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    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. 

Recap: Viva La Raza Region Round 1

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    Here are the results of the Viva La Raza Region.

    The percent of the vote that each team received is in parenthesis next to his name.

    • No. 1 Hart Foundation (91%) defeated No. 8 World's Greatest Tag Team (9%)
    • No. 5 Nikolai Volkoff and Iron Sheik (54%) defeated No. 4 Rock & Roll Express (46%)
    • No. 6 Los Guerreros (86%) defeated No. 3 Tanaka and Mr. Fuji (14%)
    • No. 2 Dudley Boys (96%) defeated No. 7 John Morrison and The Miz (4%)

    Notes: This is the second time a No. 6 seed has advanced.  

Sweet 16 (Voting Needed)

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    What a Rush Region.

    No. 1 Legion of Doom vs. No. 5 Brothers of Destruction

    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 Brothers of Destruction consist of 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 Hardy Boyz vs. No. 7 APA

    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.

    Farooq and Bradshaw are the APA.

    The duo held the WWE Tag Team Championships on three different occasions. As a team they are known for their hard-hitting style as well as their office poker games. 

     

    5-Second Pose Region.

    No. 1 Edge and Christian vs. No. 4 The Fabulous Freebirds

    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 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.

     

    No. 2 Brain Busters vs. No. 6 D-Generation X

    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.

    DX members HHH and HBK have won the WWE Tag Team Championship twice.

    Although, lacking from a championship perspective, they are off of the charts when it comes to the impact that they made.

    DX was at the front and center of the Attitude Era. The impact this duo had on the business was tremendous.

Looking Ahead

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    Here is a sneak peak at the other Sweet 16 matchups.

    Oh You Didn't Know Region

    • No. 1 Demolition vs. No. 4 The Rockers
    • No. 2 Steiner Brothers  vs. No. 3 New Age Outlaws

    Viva La Raza Region

    • No. 1 Hart Foundation vs. No. 5 Nikolai Volkoff and Iron Sheik
    • No. 2 Dudley Boys vs. No. 6 Los Guerreros

Conclusion

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    What do you think of the Sweet 16?

    Are any of the No. 1 seeds in trouble?

    Remember, if you want to vote, you can do so by commenting on this article or tweeting me.

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