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

Christopher OlmsteadSenior Analyst IIIMarch 29, 2013

WWE Tag Team Bracketology VII: 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 VII of this series, you will have the opportunity to vote on the rest of the Sweet 16 matchups. There will also be a sneak peak at the other Elite Eight 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 parentheses 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, Rounds 1 and 2

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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 parentheses next to their name.

    Round 1

    • 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%)

    Round 2

    • No. 1 Legion of Doom (81%) defeated No. 5 Brothers of Destruction (19%)
    • No. 3 Hardy Boyz (76%) defeated No. 7 APA (24%)

Recap: 5-Second Pose Region, Rounds 1 and 2

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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 parentheses next to their name.

    Round 1

    • 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%)

    Round 2

    • No. 1 Edge and Christian (79%) defeated No. 4 Fabulous Freebirds (21%)
    • No. 6 D-Generation X (51%) defeated No. 2 Brain Busters (49%)

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 parentheses next to their 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 parentheses next to their 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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    Oh You Didn't Know Region

    No. 1 Demolition vs. No. 4 The Rockers

    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.

    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.

     

    No. 2 Steiner Brothers vs. No. 3 New Age Outlaws

    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.

    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.

     

    Viva La Raza Region

    No. 1 Hart Foundation vs. No. 5 Nikolai Volkoff and Iron Sheik

    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 had two title reigns, those reigns combined to last almost 500 days.

    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. 2 Dudley Boys vs. No. 6 Los Guerreros

    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).

    Los Guerreros were Eddie and Chavo.

    Eddie and Chavo are former four-time WWE Tag Team champions.

    They became popular for their amazing in-ring work and, of course, their lie, cheat and steal gimmick.

Looking Ahead

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    Here is a sneak peek at part of the Elite Eight matchups.

    • No. 1 Legion of Doom vs. No. 3 Hardy Boyz
    • No. 1 Edge and Christian vs. No. 6 D-Generation X

Conclusion

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    What do you think of D-Generation X making it this far?

    Do you think they will make it to the Final Four?

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

     

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