Every great tag team has to have a certain cohesion. Usually that comes from tag team moves.
Guys will work together to pull off spectacular and impressive feats that they could not accomplish on their own.
But whether they have just a few moves or a whole set of tag team moves, the greatest tag teams develop finishers.
Some of these moves become legendary and are adopted with variations by other stars.
Some of them are just cool to watch. Tag team finishers are some of the best moves in the business.
Here are the 20 greatest tag team finishers of all time based upon their impact, legacy, or how cool they are.
Note: all 20 moves are shown in video form, though some are at a certain point in the video. Check the time in the description for each video to find the move.
G9 - Cryme Time: A decent tag team move from a somewhat entertaining tag team. The main problem with it is that it is similar to so many other tag team moves and was barely used by Cryme Time.
Bearhug/Diving European Uppercut - British Invasion: British Invasion is probably the best tag team left in TNA right now, with Beer Money working for singles gold and the MCMG out thanks to an injury to Chris Sabin. This tag team move is classic and well executed most of the time. It is just not at the same level as the Top 20.
Broken Arrow - World's Greatest Tag Team: These two are some of the best tag team wrestlers of all time and have a great variety of tag team finishers. The Broken Arrow does not have the most impact, but it is cool to see especially with Shelton's awesome athleticism as he jumps over Haas' shoulders.
Con-Chair-To - Edge and Christian: The best, illegal tag team move ever. If steel chairs were a legal weapon, this would have been more classic than it already is and made it on the list.
Shawn Michaels and Triple H as DX
This is simply a combination of two of the most iconic finishing moves in the company's history:
A Sweet Chin Music followed a Pedigree.
It is cool to see and massively over.
The main problem with the finisher is it simply makes the Sweet Chin Music look weak. No one should be able to walk to the other side of the ring after getting superkicked by Michaels.
Motor City Machine Guns
MCMG is one of coolest tag teams of the modern era.
They can fly and have a plethora of moves.
My personal favorite of theirs is the Thunder Express, which is a vicious combination of a power slam and a cutter.
It has not gained them many victories by itself, but it is much more full of impact than the finishers they and most other modern tag teams typically hit.
Arguably the greatest tag team in TNA history, these two used the DWI as a great finisher.
It was frequently used by them and really helped solidify tag team wrestling in TNA.
The DWI is pure power. It combines two impact moves in the powerbomb and neckbreaker.
No spectacle, just results.
Kings of Wrestling
I have to give the KoW at least a shout out.
Modern tag team wrestling is nothing without the Kings of Wrestling.
They performed spectacularly together for awhile, and the KRS One is vicious.
It is simply an elevated scoop slam piledriver, but the way they hit it is incredible.
It is a shame that these two are not competing in TNA or WWE right now.
Their finisher here is one of the most complete and incredible ever invented.
The fluidity of the transitions between the rolling slam to the 450 to the moonsault cannot be matched by any other tag team move.
No one should be able to get up from that.
The Hardy Boys
These two had amazing chemistry together. They seemed to almost invent tag team moves on the spot.
The Extreme Combination is their greatest creation though.
Sure, it was simply a Twist of Fate with a Swanton Bomb, but they had these moves mastered and synced up perfectly.
This is the best example of two men combining their own finishers for a great tag team finisher.
Before Booker T was a six-time World Champion, he was part of the great tag team of Harlem Heat.
While Harlem Heat would use singles moves a lot with moves like the Harlem Hangover and Booker's Scissors Kick, the Heat Seeker was a great tag team finisher.
It looked similar to other great tag team finishers, but the use of a missile drop kick really made an impact.
Mercury and Nitro wreaked havoc in the tag team division when they were a pair.
The Snapshot was the perfect finisher for these two as it allowed them to taunt and lay serious impact upon their opponents.
It would be a mainstay finisher for the two. They were one of the best yet forgotten tag teams in the 2000s until Nitro split up with Mercury and would shortly thereafter become John Morrison.
The Undertaker and Kane
There are great tag team moves, and then are legendary tag team moves.
This is not the coolest of tag team moves, but it is certainly one of the most legendary and full of impact.
Kane, Big Show and Undertaker as tag team partners have all performed this move as a finisher.
It is one of the most well-known of all tag team maneuvers, and it almost always delivers a win after being hit.
Paul London and Brian Kendrick
This is one of the best tag team moves by two cruiserweights ever made. It is spectacular and athletic.
It looks a lot like MCMG's Made in Detroit, which is one of that team's finishers as well.
This is just a spectacular collaboration of the Sliced Bread No. 2 with a tag team partner.
These two are one of the most underrated tag teams, but this move is part of what made them great.
Various including Brainbusters
This move makes me cringe every time I see it.
If you want to see a realistically violent tag team move, this is one.
As if a regular piledriver was not enough, someone decided it would be cool to have a tag team partner help ram the head into the ground.
It is vicious and effective, notably used by Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard.
Low-Ki and Homicide
You might know the names, roughly at best, for their time in TNA.
Low-Ki was Kaval for a month or so in WWE (with a couple months in NXT before that).
The reason this is on the list is that it is the most brutal-looking tag team move I have ever seen.
Seriously, watch the clip. It looks as if his neck could have snapped right there.
It is similar to the spike piledriver, but it seems even more brutal.
If these two had been serious tag team competitors in TNA or WWE, this would be higher.
Demolition was one of the greatest tag teams of all time.
Their finisher was iconic, though not as powerful as the name suggests.
Sadly, I could not find a clip, so above is the WWE '12 version of the move by Demolition.
The finisher is good. It just does not feel forceful enough, especially with these two monsters.
Before he was the Showstopper, Shawn Michaels was a Rocker.
Even in his early days, Michaels was a great worker.
He and Marty Jannetty were a great, high-flying duo, and their Rocker-plex is one of my favorite tag team moves to watch.
It makes a simple suplex look tame and insignificant in comparison.
Various Tag Teams including The Midnight Express
This move is iconic for how often it is used and still manages to look effective.
Throwing your partner at an opponent is just cool to watch. It allows them to really get some height and distance on a move.
The Midnight Express were great at this, and many others used it well.
The video here is a great example.
Always imitated, never duplicated.
The Hart Attack has seen many variations over the years used by other tag teams, but no one will ever do it better than the Hart Foundation.
A simple maneuver at first, the Hart Attack is a combination of a bearhug and a lariat takedown.
Some have modified the move by using an uppercut or clothesline instead, but it all goes back to the great Harts: Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart.
The Steiner Brothers
An underrated team, the Steiners had some great moves.
Their best was an elevated DDT, also known as a Doomsday DDT.
Even to this day, most do not perform a DDT from the top rope, let alone supported by a partner.
That is what makes the thought of the impact from this iconic move all the more frightening.
The Dudley Boyz
No tag team has ever been as successful as the Dudleys, and none have been together as long as this twosome.
The Death Drop, also known as the Dudley Death Drop or the 3D, is a deadly move that the two have throughout most of their career.
It looks powerful and is a perfect example of a great tag team finishing move.
It only gets better when tables enter the equation.
Joey Styles makes this move sound even cooler than it is when he announces it. It is impressive simply because it is awesome.
Not many people know the Eliminators, but they should, just for this finisher if nothing else.
It is great, full of impact, and amazing to watch.
It is hard to see how any other tag team could make the same level of impact, except one...
The Road Warriors (Legion of Doom)
Was there any doubt? Nobody has ever or will ever have a greater tag team finisher.
I don't care if they hit 70 phoenix splashes in succession.
The Doomsday Device is not only a legendary move that has spawned some great move variants.
It is also deathly powerful.
The way a guy would flip as he took the clothesline was incredible. No one got up from that.
This is the tag team finisher, and it will always be so.
Thanks for reading!
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