The Top 10 List: Pro Wrestling Tag Teams
Welcome to the third Edition of TOP 10 LIST. This week we examine the once flourishing and exciting turned sour and boring—Tag Team Division. Because today's tag team division in both WWE and TNA are a sad sight and a slap in the face of the great tag teams of yesterday, this list isn't only current teams but past also.
Yes this is my opinion, as it should be, so there's no reason to get fussy just because you don't agree. This also doesn't include teams that tagged together on too few occasions, such as Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage or Ric Flair and Razor Ramon. Anyway, lets get to it..
15) Von Erichs
14) Edge & Christian
13) Harlem Heat
12) New Age Outlaws
10) ROCK 'N' SOCK CONNECTION
TAG TITLES WON: Three
When people say opposites attract; here is the perfect example. Both of these guys were well over and former WWE Champions and were both loved by the fans. We knew we would be in for some good matches when these two were together, but their chemistry surprised many. They performed well together and pulled out some great edge-of-your-seat moments.
9) SHAWN MICHAELS & DIESEL
TAG TITLES WON: Two
Michaels was home one weekend and saw Kevin Nash, then known as Vinnie Vegas, on WCW Saturday Night. Nash had Shawn laughing out loud. He immediately asked a friend and WWE co-worker, John Laurinitis if he knew anything about the big guy.
Turned out John knew Nash personally, and called him on the phone, Nash got his release from WCW and headed right into WWE as HBK's body guard, Diesel. Diesel and Michaels became the best big man/little man team in WWE history, and their double-team repertoire was endless.
8) STEINER BROTHERS.
TAG TITLES WON: 14
Tag team of the year in both 1990 and 1993. 1991 five-star match with Sting and Brian Pillman vs. Ric Flair, Larry Zbyszko, Barry Windham and Sid Vicious. And Match of the Year 1991; vs. Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki at the WCW/NJPW Supershow. 14 recognized tag titles together during their 19 year career. Their stats say it all, add in incredible charisma, two of the most decorated and unique characters in the business, and their brothers? You just can’t go wrong with the Steiner Brothers.
7) THE ROCKERS
TAG TITLES WON: Six
The team of Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty invented the high-flyer tag-team style. They won the WWE Tag Titles but during the taping, the ring ropes broke and the match was never aired. Therefore, the win never hit the books.
Their iconic break-up on the Barbershop, launched the career of the greatest in-ring entertainer of all time, Shawn Michaels. Although not together anymore, their style lives on through teams such as the Hardy Boys, and the Motor City Machine Guns.
6) THE HART FOUNDATION
TAG TITLES WON: Two
The original Hart Foundation tag team of Bret "Hitman" Hart and Jim "Anvil" Neidhart. They achieved success differently than most. When together in the mid-to-late 80's, these two brought back tag team wrestling with a vengeance.
Although there would still be tag matches, Vince McMahon was firmly against tag teams who solely worked together, and didn’t care much for them at the time, until these two proved him wrong. And they accomplished this in the ring. There has been many versions of the Hart Foundation, but the Hitman and the Anvil were the original, and brought tag teams back to life.
5) DUDLEY BOYS
TAG TITLES WON: 21
21 time World Tag Team Champions. The best hardcore, and arguably the best tag team of all time. Consecutive, 2000 and 2001, Match of the Year awards. Brother Ray (Bubba Ray) and Brother D’Von, have done it all together. Kings of the WWE tag team division with catchphrases such as “D’Von, Get the table!” And reigning champions in ECW, Japan, WWE and TNA. The kings of hardcore, can put on one hell of a match, keeping you on the edge of your seat. Doing it all with the best tag team finisher in wrestling; The 3-D.
4) D-GENERATION X
TAG TITLES WON: Zero
Although DX was a stable, the original two active members (and occasionally still) were Shawn Michaels and Triple H. This being Michaels third time on the list, proves why he is the best entertainer of all time. The second team on the list with no World Tag Titles won, proves that the Gold doesn’t prove it all.
These two are multiple time World Champions alone, 16 combined to be exact, this is a true “super tag team”, together they are unstoppable. Helping carry the WWE and taking it off it’s death bed with the creation of D-Generation X, HBK and HHH are key players in the world of wrestling, and have been ruling for over a decade.
3) HARDY BOYZ
TAG TITLES WON: Eight
The Hardy Boyz are not my favorite wrestlers by any means, but respect is given where respect is due. And these two, invigorated and rebooted the tag team division. When the Dudley’s had their Tag Team matches of the year, these two were their opponents. Both hugely over in their own rights, they still have what it takes to put on a great show.
Wrestling fans, new and old, around the world, know the Hardy Boyz, and they have plenty of gas left in the tank.
2) ROAD WARRIORS
TAG TITLES WON: 11
If a book were written on tag team wrestling, these two, also known as the Legion of Doom, Animal & Hawk, would have to grace the cover. You couldn’t talk tag team history without the Road Warriors. Tag Team of the Year 1982, 1984, 1985. Feud of the Year in 1987 along with the Super Powers vs. the Four Horsemen. Also named the No. 1 Tag Team of All Time.
What else is there to say? They absolutely made tag team wrestling. Many doubt the very existence, including the success of tag team wrestling, if it wasn’t for the Road Warriors. There is too much to say about these legendary contenders, but to keep it short and simple, their legacy will live on forever in Pro-wrestling.
1) THE OUTSIDERS
TAG TITLES WON: Six
Con + tro + versy = The Outsiders. The team of Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. These two are the best workers, as a duo, in wrestling. Being best friends in real life, it bleeds through in the ring. People say their lazy, get hurt all the time, blah blah. But, even wrestlers who don’t necessarily like The Outsiders, which is most of them, respect what they can do together in the ring.
They compliment each other's styles so well, and have teamed so many times that it all comes natural. These two together have been targets of more controversy than most wrestling locker rooms combined. They don’t care, and are sure as hell not afraid to show it. Two intelligent minds for the business, the two main contributors to the most successful angle in wrestling history, the nWo. Superstars in their own right, but legends together. Long live The Outsiders.
Please leave in the comments your top 10, or top five, tag teams. And thanks for reading another addition of the Top 10.
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