WWE Tag Team Championship Invitational Round One

Demetrus StokesAnalyst INovember 20, 2008

The WWE Tag Team Championship was introduced back in 2002 when a Tournament was held for the belts.  This was a result of the acquisition of WCW by the WWE and the apparent brand split.  In a Tournament format we'll take a look at 16 of the best Tag Teams since the titles were introduced and crown the ultimate WWE Tag Team Champion.  Feel free to comment on your opinion on who the best tag team is. 

South Region First Round 

No. 1 London and Kendrick vs. No. 4 The Basham Brothers

London and Kendrick are the longest reigning Tag Team Champions in Smackdown history holding the titles for nearly a year (331 days).  The Basham Brothers were two time WWE Tag Team Champs and held the belts for a combined 145 days during their two reigns.  

Winner: London and Kendrick

No. 2 Deuce and Domino vs. No. 3 Edge and Rey Mysterio 

You're probably thinking how does Deuce and Domino have a higher seed than Edge and Mysterio.  Well if I told you that Edge and Mysterio were the shortest reigning champs in Smackdown history (12 days) you would understand why. 

To their advantage Edge and Mysterio were the first team to ever win the titles in November 2002.  Deuce and Domino have the fourth longest title reign in Smackdown history (133 days).  They beat the team of London and Kendrick in April 2007.

Winner: Deuce and Domino

Midwest Region First Round

No. 1 Los Guerreros vs. No. 4 The Colons 

Los Guerreros lied, cheated and stole their way to the WWE Tag Titles in 2002 and held the titles on two separate occasions for a combined 114 days.  The Colons are the current tag champs on Smackdown but haven't been champs long enough to win this battle.

Winner: Los Guerreros 

No. 2 MNM vs. No. 3 Rene Dupree and Kenzo Suzuki

Mercury and Nitro (MNM) were the face of the tag team division on Smackdown for quite a while.  They are the only three-time champs in the shows history.  They own the third longest reign (145 days) and they held the belts during their three reigns for a combined 291 days.  Dupree and Suzuki won the belts by beating London and Billy Kidman and surprisingly held the titles for 91 days.  No match for MNM however.

Winner: MNM 

East Region First Round

No. 1 Miz and Morrison vs. No. 4 The Legion of Doom (Animal and Heidenreich)

After the unfortunate death of Road Warrior Hawk, Road Warrior Animal took a shot at a singles career to no avail.  He found a new partner in Heidenreich and went on to win the Tag Titles over MNM at the 2004 Great American Bash.  The Miz and Morrison are one of the best tag teams in Smackdown history and still currently team today.  Their reign on Smackdown of 250 days is second only to London and Kendrick. 

Winner: Miz and Morrison

No. 2 Hawkins and Ryder vs. No. 3 The Dudley Boyz

The Dudley Boyz are six-Time World Tag Team Champs but only held the WWE Tag Titles one time which is a surprise.  Even more surprising is their reign only lasted three weeks.  Once known as The Major Brothers, Hawkins and Ryder were repackaged as followers of Edge.  This led them to the Tag Team Championship and a 63 day reign.  This matchup however gives us our first upset.

Winner: The Dudley Boyz

West Region First Round

No. 1 World's Greatest Tag Team vs. No. 4 MVP and Matt Hardy

Originally Team Angle, TWGTT were one of the most athletically gifted tag teams ever on Smackdown.  The two-time Champions held the titles for a combined 180 days.  MVP and Matt Hardy were thrown together in the midst of a feud with each other but went on to beat Deuce and Domino for the titles.  They were champs for 77 days. 

Winner: World's Greatest Tag Team

No. 2 Too Cool (Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi) vs. No. 3 Billy Kidman and Paul London

Known for their dance moves, Too Cool actually proved to be a formidable tag team, holding the belts for 77 days after defeating The Basham Brothers in 2004.  Kidman and London were two high flyers who were exciting to watch together.  They beat the legendary Dudley Boyz to win the titles. 

Winner: Billy Kidman and Paul London

I will preview Round Two (Regional Finals) in a future article.  Stay tuned.