Former tag team champions John Morrison and the Miz need to be looked at as one of the greatest tag teams of all time.
In a sport where everything can be very subjective, different styles in the ring, on the mic, entrances, pomp and circumstance can all play a part and a say on who is the best in the industry. So, to look at this team, let's break it down by the numbers.
John Morrison, a former ECW champion, had a run for 69 days, which is longer than runs of greats like Bam Bam Bigelow, Shane Douglas, and Tommy Dreamer. He was Intercontinental champion three times, for a combined run of 209 days. That’s a longer period of time than Edge and Triple H held it in each of their five reigns.
The Miz, the current Money in the Bank winner and former television star from MTV’s The Real World and The Real World Road Rules, started at the bottom as an announcer during the 2006 Diva Search. He has since won the U.S. title two times; he is the current U.S. champion and has held the belt for a combined total of 289 days and counting. That’s longer than Booker T’s and Ricky the Dragon Steamboat four-time combined runs. He’s currently ranked 10th in U.S. title history and will most likely soon surpass the likes of Sgt. Slaughter and Magnum T.A.
They were the 2008 Slammy Award-winning Best Tag Team of the Year. The award has only been given out twice since the awards started in 1986. The award went once to Miz and Morrison and the second to Big Show and Chris Jericho.
The same year, they received the Slammy Award for Best WWE.com Exclusive, having one of the most watch online segments on WWE.com history, “The Dirt Sheet,” where the two would do weekly reports and commentary on fellow WWE superstars.
On November 13, 2007, the two defeated MVP and Matt Hardy for their first and only WWE Tag Team Championship reign. Their title reign lasted 250 days, the fourth-highest ever to hold the titles, beating out The World’s Greatest Tag Team as well as Jeri-Show, Los Guerreros, and DX.
On December 13, 2008, the two defeated the team of Kofi Kingston and CM Punk to gain the World Tag Team championship. Their reign lasted 113 days, ranked 45th in a title history that’s been around for 39 years. However, we must keep in mind the defense of those titles in 2008 is much different than defending those titles in 1990. Superstars work six nights a week, there are three televised shows as well as more pay-per-views, and so, while The Hart Foundation had a combined run of 483 days, they didn’t have to defend their belt like the superstars of today.
Their combined tag team title reign with both titles is 363 days as a team. Morrison, however, is ranked number one currently on being a part of a Tag Team Championship team with a combined run of 541 days. The Miz comes in at 327 days as a tag team champion. So, while Morrison received a lot of attention for his time with MNM, it wasn't until we saw him with the Miz did we got to see his character. The two exploded onto the scene during this time and have since gone on to become main event players and top contenders for other championships. No other tag team has had such a successful WWE talk show as these two performers have had. Over 50 episodes of The Dirt Sheet can be seen on YouTube. Their episodes pulling in some more than 50,000 hits each. I highly recommend episodes No. 9 and No. 17.
When people discuss the greats of tag team wrestling, names like The Harts, The Bulldogs, Demolition, Volkov and Shiek, and The Rockers are thrown around easily because in their day, they were superheroes. They had cartoon shows, made appearances in music videos, and showed their skills on television once a week, maybe twice. So, when you saw them in that limited time, they made a huge impression on us because we saw so little of them.
The Miz and Morrison have cemented their title reigns in the books of WWE history, and what would be great is to see the two re-form their team as one of the most obnoxious and successful tag teams of all time. You may have hated them, you may have loved them, or you may have even loved to hate them. But there is no denying that the two of them worked incredibly well together, did things few others ever have, and by the numbers and through sheer entertainment value, are one of the greatest tag teams of all time.
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