The Tag Team Division in WWE Can't Measure Up to Past Glory

Eric BelisleContributor IAugust 7, 2008

The Dudley Boyz, Edge & Christian, The Hardy Boyz, Legion of Doom.  These are some of the names of the most prestigious tag teams in the history of the WWE.

The Road Warriors/Legion of Doom were quite possibly the best tag team in the WWE. They were the first and only team in all of wrestling to win the Tag Team Championships in the AWA, NWA, and WWF/WWE.

They had so many of the classic battles in history and were the first team ever to use a team finisher, The Doomsday Device. They were easily the most feared tag team of their time, and they were always a contender for the titles.

Edge & Christian were able to achieve the WWF/WWE tag team titles seven times. The classic battles that they had with the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz are still viewed as some of the most outstanding matches.

Not only was the team innovative and very athletic, but they were the masters of the match that only the mind of Mick Foley could create, TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs. After Edge and Christian used a table on top of two ladders to steady themselves and retrieve the titles, Foley promised a match that would never be forgotten.

TLC 1 came about at Summerslam 2000, where Edge & Christian were able to retain their titles against the teams of The Hardys and The Dudleys. Just eight months later at Wrestlemania X7, they were able to retain again in the second TLC match with the same three teams, in a match that will never be forgotten.

Arguably the best tag team in professional wrestling history is The Dudley Boyz. Having held tag team gold on 20 separate occasions, how can you not consider them to be one of the greatest teams?  In addition to their 20 title reigns, they have also mastered the tables match, where you must send your opponent(s) through a table.

The Dudley Boyz were the newer version of the Road Warriors. Using multiple tag team moves, including taking the Doomsday Device and using it as their own. Later they came out with the 3D (Dudley Death Drop) which they used in order to attain those championships on numerous occasions.

My personal favorite tag team in WWE history, The Hardy Boyz have held the WCW tag team titles once, and the WWF/WWE titles six times. When the brothers hit the ring back in 1998, fans took notice instantly.

They were a high-flying, risk-taking, daredevil tag team that would do anything in their power to win a match. Masters of the Ladder Match, The Hardy's stole the show almost every night with their death-defying stunts. 

Now look at the tag teams currently. Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes, Miz & Morrison, Hawkins & Ryder, Finlay and Hornswoggle, Jesse & Festus, Cryme Tyme.

Hawkins & Ryder are an actual tag team, but they can't even hold a candle to any of the teams of the past. Miz and Morrison are more like two singles wrestlers teaming up, rather than an actual tag team.

As much as I like the antics of Finlay & Hornswoggle, they are the biggest joke that WWE has come up with for quite some time.

DiBiase and Rhodes won the titles in DiBiase's first match. They are too young, and they haven't accomplished anything yet in the business. I can see where the WWE is coming from  trying to bring some nostalgia back with the second generation wrestlers, but WWE made them champions much too soon.

The only two teams that are somewhat accomplished and could quite possibly do well in the tag team division, are the teams of Cryme Tyme and Jesse & Festus. Both teams have been around for a little while.

They can actually win some matches, but yet, despite numerous title opportunities for both teams, WWE hasn't let either of them win a championship match.

Every time a new tag team emerges with some good potential, the WWE just shoots them down when they start to get big. They separated MNM, The Hardys, Deuce & Domino, and Brian Kendrick & Paul London.

Once the team gets a background, and the fans start to love or hate them, they're broken up instantly. That's why there aren't any more good tag teams in the WWE.