50 Greatest Tag Teams In Wrestling History,
The following list takes a look into the lives of the greatest 50 Tag Teams in the history of Professional Wrestling.
I'll determine and then justify my reasoning as to why the following tag teams deserve to be called the greatest tag teams in the business today. I will look at their chemistry, what they brought to the ring and title accomplishments, as well as a host of other attributes.
Again this is simply my opinion, so before everyone asks why is so an so no on this, please remember that not all of us here in the Bleacher Community have the same ideas about wrestling. If so, we would all love John Cena.
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Afa and Sika, or the Wild Samoans, are regarded by many as true legends of the sport. They are former WWE Tag Team Champions and the first Samoans to hold the prestigious belts.
As well as being great in ring performers, they were also legendary trainers who helped many wrestlers today, including Batista.
Afa and Sika are part of the infamous Anoai family, which includes some of the greatest wrestlers ever to enter the squared circle such as The Rock, Rikishi, Umaga, Yokozuna and others.
The tag team duo of Hercules Hernandez and Scott Norton were definitely one of the most fearsome and opposing figures to ever step foot inside the squared circle.
They won their first ever tag team championship in 1993, when they defeated the Hellraisers for the IWGP gold.
They held onto the championships for several months, defeating the likes of The Great Muta, Nasty Boys and other great tag teams of that era.
Both men were incredibly gifted in the ring, their chemistry with one another was second to none. With the power of Hercules and the technical brilliance of Scott Norton, it was truly something to behold.
Luke Graham and Tarzan Tyler
I listed the following tag team on this sideshow because I felt that whilst I don't know much about them to write a descriptive piece, we can't disregard them for what they accomplished.
Tarzan and Graham became the first tag team to hold the WWE World Tag team championships. Many feel that if Tarzan was not involved in that tragic car accident that took the lives of him and two other men, he would have went onto to accomplish great things in the business.
A.P.A may not have a great legacy compared to many of the guys you will see on this list. However, I felt that these two men brought something completely different to the table. And no, I don't mean a pack of rigged cards.
Ron Simmons and JBL were, for me, a perfect combo of power and aggression. While Ron was the more experienced of the two stars, having won the WCW championship in the early 90's of Vader. Bradshaw was seen as the more ruthless and popular between the two. This allowed Bradshaw to home his skills as a wrestler before he made the jump to become one of the WWE's greatest World Champions of this decade.
The two men captured the gold on numerous occasions proving to themselves and to everyone that they were the real deal.
Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko
Without a doubt, these were two of the most gifted technical wrestlers the game had to offer. Both men were perfectionists in the rings, they had over 1,500 holds between them.
Malenko and Benoit have been friends for over 15 years. In this time, it has allowed both superstars to learn from one another. This showed that both men had great chemistry and fluidity when in the ring.
They were tag team partners in nearly every organisation, and although they only managed to capture the gold on two occasions, they can still be regarded as one of the best.
Brian Knobbs and Jerry Saggs, friends from early childhood and later, world tag team champions. Both men had something most tag teams lacked: a good relationship and a bond which could never be touched.
Their gimmick was that of Punk Rockers, which was a real huge marketing ply at the time. oth men had huge success where ever they went. They feuded with the likes of the Steiners, whom they defeated for the WCW tag team championships, and of course, their most memorable feud against the L.O.D.
L.O.D alter ego if you would like to call it that. It consisted of Hawk and Power Warrior, the team were based in NJPW promotion were they were one of the most successful tag teams in the business.
The tag team helped to kick start The Power Warriors career, after he teamed with the legendary Hawk.
Jericho & Benoit
Benoit will always be remembered for what he did that tragic night several years ago, which I won't go into detail. However, personal life aside, we can't help but give the man his props.
He dedicated his life to the sport. He started at New Japan Pro Wrestling and eventually worked his way to WWE. Benoit was one of the great pure wrestlers the company had to offer.
His matches alone were treated with tremendous respect by those around him. I truly enjoyed his feud with Kurt Angle in particular. At a time where Entertainers such as Rock, HHH and Austin were calling the shots, these two men showed the other side or the forgotten side of wrestling and all its glory
Jericho has the distinct honor of holding the prestigious IC Championship more times than any other superstars
During the Invasion angle, we were treated to some pretty amazing moments such as Stone Cold Steve Austin's Betrayal, DDP revealed as the stalker, The Return of the Rock, and of course Chris Jericho capturing his first heavyweight title.
The great thing about this particular victory is not that he was competing against the Rock, but that he finally achieved what every wrestler wants and that is to be the best in the business at what they do.
Now we should not really state that winning titles makes you the best, however after the way Jericho was treated in WCW, the way he was misused etc
It was great to finally see him wear the gold around his waist.
With both men teaming together who could stop them, besides each other.
It is only natural for me to start with perhaps one of the biggest unholy tag teams in the WWE, the team of Macho Man Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan aka the Mega Powers.
Both men at the time were the biggest icons in the business and were changing the face of wrestling more then we could ever imagine.
Went on to become the greatest face in wrestling today, loved through out the world both for his cinematic appearances and for his role as a wrestling icon. He has become a multiple time World Champion in the WWE and WCW.
Hogan is also the first wrestler to have his own reality TV Show titled Hogan Knows Best. A Documentary into the life of Hulk Hogan behind the wrestler.
He is a true Face of Wrestling and an Icon if there ever was one.
Randy Savage although not as big of a star as Hogan, many would consider Savage as the Wrestler who defined wrestling. Big arms, crazy gimmick, good physique, and a superb presence with the Microphone he really was a crowd pleaser.
Savage like Hogan is also regarded as one of the biggest stars to ever grace the squared circle both as a wrestler and as an inspiration. He redefined wrestling matches with his technical and physical brilliance as depicted in his match at Wrestlemania 3 were he squared of against Ricky Steamboat in one of the greatest matches ever known to hit our TV Screens.
Savage is also a former multiple time Heavyweight Champion and he will definatly be remembered as a true icon of wrestling.
Antonio Inoki & Shohei Baba
Antonio Inoki & Shohei Baba are former 4 time NJPW tag team champions.
R.V.D & Sabu
RVD and Sabu are on this list to not only represent ECW but to represent the uniqueness of tag teams in the modern era. The Tag team duo managed to hold onto the gold for over 4 months, defeating the majority of the ECW locker room at the time.
Both men brought something different to the team, RVD and his educated feet along with Sabu and his homicidal antis made for one crazy tag team, that the fans could not get enough of.
Iron Sheik & Nikolay Volkoff
Sheik and Volkoff, were one of the greatest tag teams in the WWE during the 80's. Their Un-American antics allowed them to create shockwaves around the WWE universe.
They captured the tag team gold at Wrestlemania, when they defeated the U.S Express.
Terry Funk & Mankind
Chainsaw Charlie and Mankind are equally credited as Hardcore Legends of the business. so when both men teamed together you could only imagine what carnage would present itself.
Mankind and Funk won the tag team titles of The New Age Outlaws, although it was only brief it was a great spectacle to see both men who are adored by so many share tag team gold with one another.
Once enemies now partners, a great moment.
Harlem Heat A more modern day Tag-Team consisting of real-life brothers Booker T And Stevie Ray. Their success as a tag-team started mainly when they hit the then big-time promotion, World Championship Wrestling, in the early 90's.
They went on to become ten time WCW World Tag-Team Champions and sealing their fate as one of the greatest tag-teams to enter the sport in many years, winning the titles a record Ten times, the most in the history of WCW. During their time spent in the company, they engaged in several memorable matches and feuds with wrestlers' such as Sting & Lex Luger, The Steiner Brothers and The Road Warriors, among many more.
Rock and Sock Connection
The Rock and Sock Connection, defiantly one of the WWE's finer moments.
Unlike his stint with Kane, Mankind was seen as a different person when he teamed up with the Rock he became more of a clown as the team was considered more as comedy relief then anything.
You don't get bigger then the peoples champion, The rock is one of the biggest star both in Hollywood and in wrestling. He started of as the son of Rocky Maivia, a young charismatic performer some what reminiscent of Kofi Kingston and Koko Beware. wever the one thing that separated him from hose stars was his amazing Mic Skills. This allowed him to ventur into new segments and promos that will be remembered moe then the matches themselves.
The Rock and Mankind still hold the record for the highest ever rating segment on RAW. When they had The Rock toasted in " This is your life"
AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels
Not big on TNA however I decided to put this tag team on this list because of how great both men are.
Worlds Greatest Tag Team
This was truly a great tag team.
Both men have a great background in wrestling. They had incredible feuds with the likes of Guerrero and Tajiri, Benoit and Rhino and of course Lesnar and company.
Both men were able to use their in ring ability to captivate the audiences attention, with the likes of Shelton and his aerial antics and Haas with his mat and technical abilities it made any match that these two men were in 5 stars.
The Hollywood Blondes was a tag team team during the early 90's it consisted of Brian Pillman And Stone Cold Steve Austin.
This tag team kicked started the careers of both men.
Well put aside The Rocker Syndrome for one second, The Rockers were at one time the hottest team in the business or the sport itself.
Although the WWE does not recognise as the WWE tag team champions due to a malfunction at an event, funny how controversy always follows HBK, anyway they still defended the gold where ever they went and even faced Power Glory in a series of mouth watering encounters.
Brothers of Destruction
Once the Undertaker and Kane settled their differences and ended their lengthy feud, it was only a matter of time before these huge forces would team up and take control of the tag team division. When they did, they were known as the Brothers of Destruction and quickly won the tag team championship. They have teamed up together on and off a lot and most recently in early 2008. The fans love when they work together and deserve another run at the tag team titles.
They became the first tag team to capture the WCW and WWE tag Team Championships at the same time.
Great Tag team, they really inspired a whole new generation of audiences to watch the programme their feud with Angle and their matches with other opponents were truly creative and unique.
Lie, Cheat and Steal were their motto and boy did they live by that, as you would see during one of their many matches.
The Destruction Crew
The Beverely Brothers were a great example of classic tag teams in wrestling, great work ethic and superb in ring ability.
For anyone who does not no who the Von Erichs, well they are arguably one of the greatest Family's the sport has ever known.
Fritz Von Erich or The Iron Claw, was the Patriarch of this legendary family, he paved the way for his sons to become global and international superstars. They have accumulated a lot of tag team gold during their times as wrestlers.
Winning the NWA Tag Team titles a total of 24 times combines.
The Briscoe's were a revolutionary tag team, they helped build the bridges between Native Americans And North Americans in the business. They captured the gold on several occasions and were recently inducted into the WWE HOF.
New Age Outlaws
They were really the only tag team I can think of that when they would come out, the people would jump up in a frenzy and start chanting along with the wrestler. Then...when the match would start, they would get booed out of the building. They were a unique heel tag team, that I think is a lost art in professional wrestling today (on the entire landscape).
They could be heels but still be cheered, and people would still love them but boo their asses out of the building. Honestly, when you hear the reaction that they would get during that time...it seriously rivals the John Cena reactions currently, which is supposed to be their top baby face. That's a hell of a tag team that can do something like that.
HBK and Triple H or the Original D-X finally accomplished their gold by defeating Jeri-Show to capture the WWE Tag team championships.
Together the two men had great chemistry and respect for one another in the ring, with both men excellent in the ring one could always help the other out when needed. Like many tag teams HHH and HBK managed to show the world that the tag team division was something of great importance, when they lifted the dying division from the graves and brought into new heights.
Edge And Christian
Not only were they phenomenal in the ring but there skills on the mic “reeked of awesomeness”. They provided some of the funniest moments in the latter Attitude era and were involved in some of the greatest tag match innovations; from ladders to full blown TLCs. Their on and off feud with the Hardy Boyz was one of the greatest rivalries of recent times. After splitting up they both enjoyed success in single competition. With Christian back in the WWE and Edge’s eventual return from injury we can only hope to see the reunion of one of the greatest tag teams.
The Outsiders Now this was a tough one to choose for my last one, but looking back I realize most of my teams are from the past, so I felt it's time yet again to introduce a more modern day tag-team, and who better than the comedic Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, The Outsiders?
The Outsiders broke into the WCW in 1996, forming the controversial New World Order along with Hollywood Hulk Hogan. The Outsiders, at the time, were a different kind of tag team. Most tag-teams were all action, and given minimal microphone time, yet, when The Outsiders got on the scene, both Hall and Nash are renown as two of the most charismatic Wrestlers of all time, bringing both comedy and seriousness, changing from one to the other in a matter of seconds, able to motivate the crowd to cheer or boo at ease with classic, yet basic lines such as Scott Hall's famous Hey Yo.' Much like other teams, Hall was the more agile, technical based wrestler, bringing mat based and a classic style mixing it with in-ring comedy, whereas Nash was the more serious, big powerhouse, although Nash himself was also common for bringing comedy into his matches.
The Outsiders signaled a new generation of Tag-Teams, which also lead to the then WCW rival, the WWF, bringing in D-Generation X, a Tag-Team and stable similar in style and segments to the now in WCW. They won the WCW World Tag-Team championships Six times during their tenure with much success, and also much controversy along the way. The Team, much like most tag-teams, were successful due to their chemistry together in the ring, this of course stems from Hall And Nash being best friends outside of the squared circle. The team remained inactive until 2005 where they re-united, and have since tourned together on the Indy circuit in 2007 and early 2008 before Scott Hall checked into rehab and Kevin Nash resumed his role in TNA Wrestlin
The Minnesota Wrecking Crew
Ole and Arn Anderson were not only brutal but deathly efficient. They would go into a match and beat you down, grab a limb, and try to tear it off of your body. They were a team that no matter who faced them they looked at that team as if they were just two more people to hurt, and they usually accomplished their goal. They mastered cutting the ring in half while keeping each other fresh. To say that these guys were dominant in professional wrestling would be a gross understatement.
Butch Reed and Ron Simmons are one of the most established tag teams in the business. Although they only won it once , they managed to hold onto the titles for nearly 0ne year before dropping it.
Both men were massive power houses who ripped through their opponents on countless occasions.
Kobashi & Misawa
Two Of Japan's greatest singles wrestlers according to PWI are also one of the greatest tag teams.
Similar to that of The Mega Powers, this tag team was all about Power and popularity in the sport. They faced many a superstar such as Fujinami, Kawada and Muta.
Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood
Steamboat and Youngblood, one word remarkable.
They were two of the most gifted stars in the NWA, they managed to win the prestigious belts on two occasions.
Ric Flair and Greg Valentine
Ric Flair has won the Big one an earth shattering 16 times, with 2 WWE reins and 14 WCW/NWA reigns.
He faced the likes of Sting, Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat and a host full of other surging superstars who were willing to make their mark in the business. Flair was not seen as a typical wrestler to many of the fans back then he lacked muscle, size and power, however Flair had great character and personal to go with it.
He teamed With Greg Valentine with whom he won the Tag team Championships with, they then held the gold for nearly 1 year thus becoming one of the greatest tag teams in the business. When Power and technical ability combines its a recipe for success.
Jimmy and Johnny Valiant
The Valentine Brothers captured their first gold in 1974 when they defeated the Great Bruno Sammartino and Dick the Bruiser.
In this time they became one of the most successful Heel Tag teams in the business. One of their most memorable feuds was against Demolition.
The Brain Busters
Two of the original Four Horsemen, Tully & Arn put on a tag-team wrestling clinic every time. They excelled at keeping their opponents in their corner and cheating behind the referee's back. After winning the NWA tag team title twice, they jumped to the WWE and finally ended the long reign of Demolition. Their separate finishers were a slingshot suplex by Tully and a spinebuster by Arn. At Wrestlemania 5 against Strike Force, they destroyed Tito Santana with a huge spike piledriver.
Ted and IRS held the WWE Tag Team Championships on 3 occasions, they defeated the LOD, Steiner Brothers and Natural Disasters.
The Midnight Express
Consisting of Beautiful Bobby Eaton, Loverboy Dennis Condrey and later Sweet Stan Lane the Midnights were the most popular team in the world for the NWA in the mid 80s. They crossed the country having great matches with The Road Warriors and the Rock n Roll Express.
Jushin Liger & El Samurai
The team of El Samurai and Jushin Liger were one of the most glamorous and ex-centric wrestlers Japan had to offer.
Jushin Liger a house hold name in every country and El Samurai a Japanese legend, combined they were unstoppable.
The British Bulldog and Owen Hart
You don't get any bigger then Davey Boy Smith or The British Bulldog.
One of the most talented and powerful men to ever grace the sport of professional wrestling. He was adored by many and hated by most, due to his ties with the Hart Foundation.
Owen Hart was everything that you wanted in a wrestler, he was agile, quick, and talented and one of the most energetic guys you could ever find in the ring.
Put these two men in the ring together and you get a tag team that dominates the roster in each and every way. They were so successful that they manage to hold onto the titles for nearly a whole year which was truly an amazing feat at the time considering all the talent that was at hand.
This team entered the WWE in the late 80s as total ripoffs of The Road Warriors, with the muscles, painted faces and leather costumes. Nobody expected them to be any good, let alone capture the WWE tag team title three times. Demolition also holds the record for the longest tag team title reign (15 months). Their finisher was the Demolition drop, in which Smash held the opponent over his knee for an elbow smash off the ropes by Ax.
Professor Tanaka & Mr. Fuji
Tanaka and Fuji were without a shadow of a doubt one of the single greatest tag teams to ever step foot in the WWWF.
According to several sources, Tanaka was the power of the tag team, and Fuji was the brains, together both men managed to defeat Jay Strongbow and and Sonny King for the WWWF Tag team titles.
They managed to hold onto the gold for 11 long and glorious months defending it to the likes of Bruno Sammartino the WWE Champion at the time and Pedro Morales.
Rock And Roll Express
Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson, most famous for their on-going feud with The Midnight Express. The Rock 'N' Roll Express were famous for living their name, they WERE their name.
Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson have had great matches with the likes of the legendary Four Horsemen and The Heavenly Bodies. Much as the teams above, Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson are a tag-team who can get a crowd working just by stepping into a ring, tag-team legends of old-school wrestling, and will definitely go down as one of the best.
While not technically a tag team, but a trio, Hayes, Gordy, and Roberts helped to revolutionize wrestling in the 80's. They had awesome feuds, especially with the Von Erichs.
The team enjoyed success in the WWF originally as Heels, bringing a fresh new approach to the WWF's Tag-Team division with Bret being the more technical and agile performer, and Neidhart being the powerful brawler. The team eventually turned Face after Jimmy Hart turned his back on them, and they got over with the fans immensely which led to two runs with the tag team championships
The original Hart Foundation eventually split up after Bret started a singles run, but their legacy still remains.
IGWP greatest and most successful tag team in the organisations history.
The team consisted of Masahiro Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan. They won the gold on 5 occasions and in doing so also became the longest recipients of this prestigious title having held on to the belts for a total of 446 days.
Nowadays, when you hear the name 'Steiner' you think 'Big Poppa Pump' 'The Genetic Freak' The Big Bad Booty Daddy.' You think simply of Scott Steiner. However, before Scott Steiner was a successful singles competitor, he was even more successful as a tag-team with his real life older brother, Rick Steiner.
The Steiner Brothers are known mostly for their time spent in WCW during the 90's where they engaged in a legendary feud with Doom; Ron Simmons and Butch Reed, as well as many other tag-teams on the scene at the time. The Steiner Brothers have also wrestled in the WWF/E, as well as having MUCH success across the pond in Japan, which in my opinion is really where they shined the most
Another successful and unique tag team were the Hardy Boyz.
Jeff and Matt were real stars in the late 90's mid 00's their persona of dare devils allowed them to create many memorable moments in and out the ring. They were known to most people as Team Extreme and with the addition of Lita it really made for good television.
The Hardyz are multiple time tag team champions having defeated many great names along the way i.e. Edge and Christian and The Dudley Boyz.
While Jeff was the poster child of the group, it never stop Matt from showing the world just how incredibly gifted he and his brother truly are.
The British Bulldogs Great Britain's pride and joy, the most successful British Tag-Team to ever compete across the pond in the United States. The British Bulldogs, consisting of real-life cousins Davey Boy Smith and Tom Billington
The team are remembered by legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne, who managed the team during a one-off appearance at Wrestlemania two, in which they won the World Tag-Team Championships from The Dream Team. The team eventually split up, and as most teams go, Davey Boy Smith was dubbed The British Bulldog and given a long-term and widely successful singles run. Despite this, the team remain one of the greatest in the history of the sport, and still to this day one of the greatest and most successful teams that Great Britain has ever sent to the United States.
The Dudley Boyz
Never have I witnessed a more innovative and popular tag team than the Dudley Boyz.
They have managed to break tables as well as winning championships where ever they go. They are the only tag team in the history books to have won the WWE, WCW, TNA, ECW and IWGP tag team championship.
They managed to create dozens upon dozens of infamous and memorable moments along their way. Mostly by putting their opponents through tables or Powerboming 75yr old women of the titan tron.
Their unity and chemistry are really shown in the ring, they are able to worth with nearly any tag team you put them against.
Joking aside I personally would have the Dudleys as the number one tag team if the next one had never existed.
I no I have stated in my previous articles that The Dudley's are the greatest Tag Team in wrestling. However I felt that just by looking at the impact and influence the LOD had in wrestling, guys like the Dudley's perhaps would not have been given the chance to excel at such a high level.
L.O.D have won nearly every tag championship available to them during their career. They should would out a doubt be allowed to enter into the HOF at some point in the not to distant future