WWE Tag Team Bracketology Elite 8: Which Team Is the Greatest of All Time?

Christopher OlmsteadSenior Analyst IIIApril 3, 2013

WWE Tag Team Bracketology Elite 8: 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 VIII of this series, you will have the opportunity to vote on the Elite Eight matchups. There will also be 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 considered two previously published Bleacher Report lists, a WWE.com ranking, two other online lists and readers' comments.

    I know that I will never make satisfy everyone. If you 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 the name.

    • Billy and Chuck (54 percent) defeated The Killer Bees (46 percent)
    • World's Greatest Tag Team (65 percent) defeated Paul London and Brian Kendrick (35 percent)
    • Hollywood Blonds (50.6 percent) defeated Kane and X-Pac (49.4 percent)
    • Rock 'N' Sock Connection (53 percent) defeated The Nasty Boys (30 percent) and the write-in choices (17 percent 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 the name.

     

    Round 1

    • No. 1 Legion of Doom (89 percent) defeated No. 8 Rock 'N' Sock Connection (11 percent)
    • No. 5 Brothers of Destruction (72 percent) defeated No. 4 The Outsiders (28 percent)
    • No. 3 Hardy Boyz (97 percent) defeated No. 6 The Blackjacks (3 percent)
    • No. 7 APA (60 percent) defeated No. 2 Harlem Heat (40 percent)

     

    Round 2

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

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 the name.

     

    Round 1

    • No. 1 Edge and Christian (99 percent) defeated No. 8 The Hollywood Blonds (1 percent)
    • No. 4 The Fabulous Freebirds (74 percent) defeated No. 5 Midnight Express (26 percent)
    • No. 6 D-Generation X (66 percent) defeated No. 3 British Bulldogs (34 percent)
    • No. 2 Brain Busters (89 percent) defeated No. 7 Strike Force (11 percent)

     

    Round 2

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

Recap: Oh You Didn't Know Region Rounds 1 and 2

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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 the name.

     

    Round 1

    • No. 1 Demolition (90 percent) defeated No. 8 Billy and Chuck (10 percent)
    • No. 4 The Rockers (56 percent) defeated No. 5 Wild Samoans (44 percent)
    • No. 3 New Age Outlaws (94 percent) defeated No. 6 Money Inc. (6 percent)
    • No. 2 Steiner Brothers (59 percent) defeated No. 7 Beer Money Inc. (41 percent)

     

    Round 2

    • No. 1 Demolition (68 percent) defeated No. 4 The Rockers (32 percent)
    • No. 3 New Age Outlaws (62 percent) defeated No. 2 Steiner Brothers (38 percent)

Recap: Viva La Raza Region Rounds 1 and 2

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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 the name.

     

    Round 1

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

     

    Round 2

    • No. 1 Hart Foundation (92 percent) defeated No. 5 Nikolai Volkoff and Iron Sheik (8 percent)
    • No. 2 Dudley Boys (94 percent) defeated No. 6 Los Guerreros (6 percent)

Elite 8 (Voting Needed)

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    What a Rush Region

    No. 1 Legion of Doom vs. No. 3 Hardy Boyz

    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.

    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.

     

    5-Second Pose Region

    No. 1 Edge and Christian vs. No. 6 D-Generation X

    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.

    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.

     

    Oh You Didn't Know Region

    No. 1 Demolition vs. No. 3 New Age Outlaws

    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. 

    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 Foundations vs. No. 2 Dudley Boys

    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.

    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).

Conclusion

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    Will a No. 1 seed finally fall?

    Will DX keep the upset trend going?

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

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