Wrestling Gold: The History of the WWE World Tag-Team Championship

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer IMay 24, 2012

Wrestling Gold: The History of the WWE World Tag-Team Championship

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    Throughout the history of professional wrestling, the business has awarded championship belts in many divisions. While some have been forgotten over the years, some titles have stood the test of time.

    The WWE has seen almost 30 titles defended, but today only six remain.

    TNA Wrestling began with three titles—the NWA World and Tag Team Championships as well its own X-Division title, but today it owns its own belts and fans see six titles defended between its ropes.

    Ring of Honor Wrestling began with just two, but has since added another title to its ranks.

    While Shimmer has only been around for a few years, the most well-known all-women’s wrestling promotion currently holds two titles.

    Wrestling Gold will concentrate on the active titles of the companies listed, as well as the NWA World and Tag Team Championships, and any other active title the readers would like to see!

    That’s right, if there’s a championship you’d like to see included, it will be added to the series.

    For this edition of Wrestling Gold, I present the WWE Tag-Team Championship.

    When the brand extension first happened in March 2002, the WWE World Tag-Team Championship appeared on both brands. In October 2002, though, the titles became exclusive to Monday Night Raw, which left the tag teams of SmackDown without a belt to fight for.

    SmackDown general manager Stephanie McMahon then announced the creation of new tag titles to be exclusive to her show.

    The titles remained that way for five years until the creation of the ECW brand. SmackDown and ECW announced a talent exchange so that the titles were now able to appear on ECW.

    At WrestleMania XXV, the titles were put in a unification match with Raw’s World Tag-Team Championship, with the winners carrying both titles as the Unified WWE Tag-Team Championship.

    “Unified” was dropped in August when new titles were created and the world tag-title side of the belts were abandoned.

    Throughout this titles almost 10-year history, it has seen 44 champions. So let’s get started!

Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit

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    Defeated: Rey Mysterio and Edge

    Where: Little Rock, Ark.

    When: Oct. 20, 2002

    Event: No Mercy

    Title Reign: 16 days

    With the World Tag-Team Championship exclusive to Raw, SmackDown tag teams weren’t able to compete for them. General manager of SmackDown Stephanie McMahon decided to create the World Wrestling Entertainment Tag-Team Championship to compensate.

    The titles were put on the line in a tournament which Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit won.

    Rey Mysterio and Edge would win the titles in a two-out-of-three falls match on November 5, 2002. In the final match, though, Angle grabbed the bottom rope. Referee Brian Hebner didn’t see it and declared Mysterio and Edge the new champions.

    Hebner shortly realized his mistake and the titles were awarded back to Angle and Benoit.  The final match was then restarted.

    Angle and Benoit started out as bitter enemies in 2001. They went to war for a month, having three memorable matches at WrestleMania X-Seven, Backlash and Judgment Day. They traded victories at the pay-per-view’s, which included an Ultimate Submission match as well as a two-out-of-three falls match.

    When the feud ended, both superstars went their separate ways. But they came back together in October 2002 when they were paired as a team in a tournament to crown new champions.

    They still weren’t friends, though, as Angle’s antics would bug Benoit. Their problems as a team ended up resulting in the loss of the titles.

    They broke up as a team after failing to regain the belts and went their separate ways once again.

    Angle can now be seen in TNA Wrestling while Benoit, well, we all know what happened to him.

Rey Mysterio and Edge

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    Defeated: Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit

    Where: Manchester, N.H.

    When: Nov. 5, 2002

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 12 days

    Rey Mysterio and Edge formed their team a few months after Mysterio’s WWE debut. They were entered into the tournament to crown the first champions but ultimately lost in the finals.

    They soon won a No. 1 contenders' match against Los Guerreros and received one more shot at tag-team gold. They won the match but would only hold onto the titles for a little under two weeks.

    After they lost the titles, their team was disbanded.

    Both Rey Mysterio and Edge would go their separate ways, with both superstars winning multiple world titles in the WWE.

Los Guerreros (Eddie and Chavo Guerrero)

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    Defeated: Rey Mysterio and Edge, Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit

    Where: New York City

    When: Nov. 17, 2002

    Event: Survivor Series

    Title Reign: 79 days

    This was a triple threat tag-team elimination match.

    Los Guerreros formed in 2002 when the tournament for this title was announced. They managed to make it to the semifinals but were defeated by the eventual winners Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit.

    They were at first heels but eventually became faces after winning the titles. They became very popular with the crowd due to their gimmick and “Lie, Cheat and Steal” motto.

    The team would disband briefly after Chavo went down with an injury and Eddie chose Tajiri as a replacement.

Team Angle (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas)

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    Defeated: Los Guerrero

    Where: Philadelphia, Pa.

    When: Feb. 4, 2003

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 103 days

    After Team Angle defeated Los Guerreros to retain the titles on April 27, 2003, Eddie and Chavo attacked the champions and stole the titles. The following week, general manager Stephanie McMahon forced them to give the title backs to Team Angle.

    Team Angle formed in December 2002 as a “gift” from Paul Heyman to Kurt Angle. They would quickly dominate the tag-team division on SmackDown, winning the titles about a month after their debut.

    Once losing the titles, Angle fired them due to the losing streak. The team quickly bounced back, though, renaming themselves the World’s Greatest Tag Team.

    After winning the titles one more time, the team would split up for two years in 2004.

Eddie Guerrero and Tajiri

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    Defeated: Team Angle

    Where: Charlotte, N.C.

    When: May 18, 2003

    Event: Judgment Day

    Title Reign: 44 days

    After Los Guerreros won the No. 1 contenders' match, Chavo went down with an injury. Just days before the title match, Eddie chose Tajiri has his nephew’s replacement.

    At Judgment Day, the new team defeated Team Angle in a ladder match to become the new champions. After successfully defending the titles on a few occasions, they lost the titles back to Team Angle. In response to the loss, Eddie smashed Tajiri’s head through a windshield and the team disbanded.

    Eddie would go onto win the United States Championship a few weeks later before re-forming Los Guerreros with a returning Chavo.

    Tajiri can now be seen in the new Japanese promotion, Wrestling New Classic.

The World’s Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas)

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    Defeated: Eddie Guerrero and Tajiri

    Where: Rochester, N.Y.

    When: July 1, 2003

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 77 days

    After splitting up, Benjamin ended up on Raw as a contender for the Intercontinental Championship, winning the title three times.

    Charlie Haas would remain on SmackDown and would form a team with Rico, winning the tag titles one more time.

    The team would re-form in 2006 but wouldn’t find the same success and once again split up in 2008, though they would re-form a few times in 2009.

    Both wrestlers were released from WWE in early 2010 and by the summer they re-formed the team in Ring of Honor. You can still see them there, now known as Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team, where they are the current ROH tag-team champions.

Los Guerreros

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    Defeated: The World’s Greatest Tag Team

    Where: Raleigh, N.C.

    When: Sept. 16, 2003

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 35 days

    After Chavo returned a few months later, Eddie quickly dropped Tajiri and began to team with Chavo again. They would win the titles one more time before Chavo would turn on his uncle.

    Eddie went on to win the WWE Championship in 2004 and remained in the main-event picture until his unfortunate passing on Nov. 13, 2005.

    Chavo would enter in mid-card obscurity, remaining in the cruiserweight division until its demise in 2007. After winning the ECW Championship a year later, he would eventually enter back into obscurity before being released in 2011.

    Chavo Guerrero can still be seen on the independent circuit

The Basham Brothers (Doug and Danny)

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    Defeated: Los Guerreros

    Where: Albany, N.Y.

    When: Oct. 21, 2003

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 105 days

    The Basham Brothers debuted as a team in 2003 on SmackDown. With Shaniqua as their manager, the Basham's originally had the gimmick of two S&M fans with Shaniqua as their dominatrix.

    Within five months of their debut, they won these titles but lost them four months later. Shaniqua was then released and the Basham's were demoted to Velocity.

    By the end of 2004, they were members of the cabinet of John Bradshaw Layfield. They would win these titles one more time before splitting up in 2005 after Danny was drafted to Raw.

Too Cool (Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi)

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    Defeated: The Bashem Brothers

    Where: Cleveland, Ohio

    When: Feb. 3, 2004

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 77 days

    Too Cool originally formed in 1998 with Scotty 2 Hotty and Grandmaster Sexay. Within a year, Rikishi joined the team, creating a small stable. They would break up in 2001 when Rikishi turned heel, Scotty needed neck surgery and Grandmaster was released.

    They re-formed with just Scotty and Rikishi in 2003 on SmackDown but would only last six months. They won these titles once before Rikishi was released shortly after losing them.

    Scotty remained with WWE until 2007.

    The original duo would reunite in the summer of 2007 in the United Wrestling Federation to compete in a tournament. After losing in the semifinals, the team once again broke up.

    Another incarnation happened in 2009 during Hulk Hogan’s Hulkamania Tour of Australia. This time around, it was Rikishi and Grandmaster Sexay.

    All three wrestlers can still be seen on the independent circuit.

Charlie Haas and Rico

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    Defeated: Too Cool

    Where: Kalona, British Columbia, Canada

    When: April 20, 2004

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 56 days

    Charlie Haas and Rico formed their team in 2004 after Haas’ valet Miss Jackie brought them together. Haas was the no-nonsense wrestler while Rico had a gimmick similar to his Billy and Chuck one, but more over the top.

    Haas was reluctant at first to be teaming with Rico. But after winning the titles, he embraced his new team. The team was loved by the audience, but they only stayed together until they lost the titles.

    After dropping the belts, both wrestlers returned to singles action.

    Charlie Haas would be released in 2005 but returned a year later, spending another four years with the company. He was released again in February 2010 and can now be seen back with Shelton Benjamin in Ring of Honor.

    Rico only lasted another five months with WWE, being released in November. He retired in 2005 and can now be seen in Nevada as an officer for the Taxi Cab Authority.

The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von)

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    Defeated: Charlie Haas and Rico

    Where: Chicago

    When: June 15, 2004

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 21 days

    The Dudley Boyz formed in 1997 in Extreme Championship Wrestling. They would spend the next two years dominating the tag-team division, putting everyone who got in their path through a table and capturing the ECW Tag-Team Championship a record eight times.

    They left ECW in 1999 and debuted with WWE. They spent the next six years dominating WWE’s tag division, though toward the end of their run they began to get phased out.

    They managed to win 11 tag titles while with the company, though, including these titles and the WCW Tag-Team Championship once each, and the World Tag-Team Championship on eight occasions.

    After leaving WWE in 2005, they made their TNA Wrestling debuts as Brother Ray and Brother Devon of Team 3D. Though they didn’t at first, Team 3D did dominate the division much like they did in ECW and WWE.

    They would capture the NWA Tag-Team Championship once and the TNA Tag-Team Championship twice throughout the next five years. They would also win New Japan Pro Wrestling’s IWGP Tag-Team Championship while with TNA.

    Team 3D would break up in 2010 and enter into singles competition.

    Both men are still with TNA. Brother Ray now goes by Bully Ray and has developed into one of the best heels in the business, and Brother Devon is just Devon but is the current TNA television champion.

Billy Kidman and Paul London

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    Defeated: The Dudley Boyz

    Where: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

    When: July 6, 2004

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 63 days

    Billy Kidman and Paul London formed their team in January 2004. Unlike in today’s tag-team division, Kidman and London worked their way up the ranks of the division. They earned a shot at the titles during the summer and upset the veteran Dudley Boyz.

    They proved their win wasn’t a fluke by successfully defending their titles against the Dudleyz.

    In their two months as champions, the team would become quite popular with the fans, but Kidman grew weary of using his Shooting Star Press after injuring Chavo Guerrero.

    During their defense against René Duprée and Kenzo Suzuki, Kidman walked out on London after hesitating to hit the high-flying move, resulting in the loss of their titles. A feud between the two then began and Kidman won it at No Mercy.

    Their feud sparked up again toward the end of the year. But an injury to Kidman ended it at the beginning of 2005.

    Billy Kidman was released in July 2005 but would return five years later as a producer.

    Paul London would last another three years with WWE, winning the Cruiserweight Championship and this title one more time.

René Duprée and Kenzo Suzuki

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    Defeated: Billy Kidman and Paul London

    Where: Tulsa, Okla.

    When: Sept. 7, 2004

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 91 days

    René Duprée and Kenzo Suzuki started teaming during the summer of 2004 but appeared more in singles matches. Come the fall, they became a permanent team and won the tag titles from Billy Kidman and Paul London.

    While the champions faced other teams, they primarily feuded with the team of Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio. As they traded victories in singles matches and various tag-team matches, a showdown was set for Armageddon.

    A few days beforehand, though, RVD and Mysterio would defeat them to win the titles. The match stayed intact for the PPV and the new champions retained their titles.

    Duprée and Suzuki went their separate ways after that.

    René Duprée would stay with WWE for another three years, being tossed around Raw, SmackDown and ECW. He would be released in July 2007 and can now be seen on the independent circuit and in Japan.

    Kenzo Suzuki would go down with an injury in early 2005 and eventually be released in July. You can now see him in All Japan Pro Wrestling.

Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio

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    Defeated: René Duprée and Kenzo Suzuki

    Where: Greenville, S.C.

    When: Dec. 7, 2004

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 35 days

    Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio began teaming in May 2004, but by June they had broken up so RVD could pursue the United States Championship.

    Toward the end of the summer, they re-formed their team and began to feud with René Duprée and Kenzo Suzuki after they won the titles. After chasing the titles for a few months, RVD and Mysterio would finally capture them in December.

    Unfortunately, RVD would go down with an injury in January and they lost the belts.

    While they would team up once in a while after that, their team was never fully re-formed again.

    Rob Van Dam would remain with WWE until 2007 after winning the WWE Championship on one occasion. You can now see RVD in TNA Wrestling.

    Rey Mysterio wouldn’t completely leave the tag-team division in WWE. He went onto win these titles two more times.

The Basham Brothers

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    Defeated: Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero and Booker T, Mark Jindrak and Luther Reigns

    Where: Tampa, Fla.

    When: Jan. 11, 2005

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 40 days

    This was a fatal four-way tag-team elimination match.

    As singles wrestlers, Doug would become known as the Bash Man while Danny would return to his OVW gimmick the Damaja. They didn’t really get very far and ended up reuniting on ECW in 2006 as Paul Heyman’s security team.

    Once Heyman was taken off of television in December, the Bashams soon followed. Both of them would be released in January 2007.

    They then popped up in TNA in May. They were managed by Christy Hemme and battled her enemies the Voodoo Kin Mafia. After being defeated by the Mafia, the Bashems left TNA in July.

    Doug Basham was last seen in Ohio Valley Wrestling in 2009 while Danny was last seen in TNA.

Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio

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    Defeated: The Bashem Brothers

    Where: Pittsburgh, Pa.

    When: Feb. 20, 2005

    Event: No Way Out

    Title Reign: 57 days

    After losing the titles, Rey Mysterio began teaming with long-time friend Eddie Guerrero. They quickly won the titles and successfully defended them on a few occasions.

    Come WrestleMania 21, though, they decided to go one-on-one instead of putting the titles on the line. Mysterio would win the match and a clearly frustrated Guerrero congratulated his partner.

    Miscommunication would occur in the coming weeks and they lost the titles. During their rematch, Guerrero would turn on Mysterio and the two would engage into a feud that would last throughout the summer.

    Eddie Guerrero soon reentered the world-title picture, challenging Batista for the title. Guerrero would have his final match against Mr. Kennedy on the November 11th edition SmackDown before passing away that Sunday.

    Rey Mysterio would go onto win the 2006 Royal Rumble and the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 22.

MNM (Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro)

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    Defeated: Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio

    Where: New York City

    When: April 18, 2005

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 97 days

    MNM debuted in 2004 in Ohio Valley Wrestling where they would win the Tag Team Championship on one occasion. They made their SmackDown debut in April 2005 attacking Rey Mysterio.

    In their debut match, MNM defeated Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero to become the new tag-team champions. They dominated the tag division on SmackDown until they began a rivalry with Heidenreich.

    Heidenreich was soon joined by Road Warrior Animal and the two would defeat MNM to win the titles.

    Melina saw them losing the titles as bad publicity, so she hired Jillian Hall to fix their damaged image. They soon lost her to John Bradshaw Layfield, but MNM was placed back into the title hunt.

Road Warrior Animal and Heidenreich

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    Defeated: MNM

    Where: Buffalo, N.Y.

    When: July 24, 2005

    Event: The Great American Bash

    Title Reign: 93 days

    Road Warrior Animal and Heidenreich formed as a team when Animal came to the aid of Heidenreich in his feud with MNM. They would win the titles shortly after. Animal dedicated the victory to his late partner Hawk.

    Heidenreich soon shaved his hair into a mohawk and began to wear Road Warrior-like face paint. A few weeks after their victory, Animal presented Heidenreich with the signature Road Warrior shoulder pads, officially inducting him into the Legion of Doom.

    They had mutiple successful title defenses before finally losing the titles back to MNM after a three-month reign. They stayed together until Heidenreich’s release in January 2006.

    Road Warrior Animal was released in June 2006 and can still be seen competing on the independent circuit and in Japan with Power Warrior as the Hell Warriors.

    Heidenreich also competes in the independents.

MNM

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    Defeated: Road Warrior Animal and Heidenreich, the Mexicools (Super Crazy and Psicosis), William Regal and Paul Burchall

    Where: Daly City, Calif.

    When: Oct. 25, 2005

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 49 days

    This was a fatal four-way tag-team match.

    MNM would reclaim the titles and started to feud with Batista after Survivor Series. They were scheduled to defend their titles against him and Rey Mysterio, and after Melina gave Batista a “warm up,” new champions were crowned.

    MNM would take the titles back two weeks later, though, with the help of Mark Henry.

    They once again started to dominate the division after this. Come April 2006, MNM began a losing streak, losing non-title matches to the team of Paul London and Brian Kendrick.

    They would ultimately lose the titles to them and turn on each other after the loss.

    Nitro and Melina were then sent to Raw while Mercury was suspended for violating the Wellness Program.

Rey Mysterio and Batista

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    Defeated: MNM

    Where: Springfield, Mass.

    When: Dec. 13, 2005

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 14 days

    Rey Mysterio and Batista formed their alliance shortly after the 2005 Survivor Series when current world champion Batista saved Mysterio from an attack by world tag-team champions Kane and the Big Show.

    A match was set between the two for Armageddon. Two days before the PPV, though, Mysterio and Batista received a shot at MNM and the WWE tag titles. They won the match and went on to Armageddon in what was now a champion vs. champion match.

    Kane and the Big Show won the encounter, though neither title was on the line.

    Two weeks after the loss, they lost the titles back to MNM and then lost the rematch. Batista then went down with an injury in January, forcing him to vacate the World Heavyweight Championship and disband his team with Mysterio.

    They would re-form their alliance in October 2009, but Batista would turn on Mysterio by December when both of them qualified for a world title shot.

    Rey Mysterio is still with WWE but is currently serving out a suspension for violating the Wellness Program.

    Batista left WWE in May 2010 and was last seen trying to pursue a career in mixed martial arts.

MNM

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    Defeated: Rey Mysterio and Batista

    Where: Uncasville, Conn.

    When: Dec. 27, 2005

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 145 days

    Nitro would find much success on Raw, but MNM re-formed when Mercury returned from his suspension. The team answered an open challenge laid out by the Hardy Boyz and the two fought at the terrible December to Dismember PPV.

    A feud between the two teams sparked up after the match. After the feud was finished, though, Nitro and Melina returned to Raw while Mercury went back to SmackDown.

    Johnny Nitro soon became John Morrison on ECW and enjoyed quite a bit of success and popularity until his release in November 2011. You can now see him on the independents and possibly soon in TNA if rumors are true.

    Joey Mercury would be released in March 2007 and wrestled on the independent circuit until 2010 when he returned to WWE. Mercury is now a trainer for WWE’s developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling.

Paul London and Brian Kendrick

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    Defeated: MNM

    Where: Phoenix, Ariz.

    When: May 21, 2006

    Event: Judgment Day

    Title Reign: 331 days

    Paul London and Brian Kendrick formed their team in 2002. They were featured constantly on Velocity and rarely made it to the main show SmackDown. They broke up in 2004 when Kendrick left WWE.

    He would return, though, a year later and they re-formed in September. Their popularity grew and the team was placed into a feud with MNM. They began a winning streak over the champions, defeating them in tag-team and singles matches.

    Their winning ways earned them a shot at the titles and they won them at Judgment Day.

    They spent the next year as champions, defeating SmackDown teams left and right. Their year-long reign finally came to an end when they were defeated by a team that just came to SmackDown a few months before, Deuce ‘n Domino.

    They were moved to Raw in the 2007 draft and received multiple shots at the World Tag-Team Championship over the next year, but they would only be able to capture them for three days at a house show run in South Africa.

    The team was disbanded during the 2008 draft when Kendrick went to SmackDown while London stayed on Raw.

    Paul London would be released in November 2008 and can now be seen in the independents.

    Brian Kendrick was fired in July 2009 and popped up in TNA a year later where he became the X-Division champion in 2011. He left TNA this past February and can now be seen on the independent circuit and in New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Deuce ‘n Domino

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    Defeated: Paul London and Brian Kendrick

    Where: Milan, Italy

    When: April 17, 2007

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 133 days

    Deuce 'n Domino formed along with their valet Cherry Pie in January 2006 as Deuce Shade and Dice Domino in the Throw-Backs in Ohio Valley Wrestling.

    They soon became Deuce, Domino and Cherry of the Untouchables and won the OVW Tag-Team Championship three times as well as the tag titles in Deep South Wrestling.

    They made it to SmackDown in January 2007 as Deuce ‘n Domino. They entered into a feud with Paul London and Brian Kendrick a month later when they defeated the champions in a non-title match. They received a shot at the titles at No Way Out but lost the match.

    The feud continued until April when they received another shot, this time winning the titles. They would successfully defend their titles against multiple teams, including the legends team of Sergeant Slaughter and Jimmy Snuka.

    In the end, it was a pair of feuding superstars who defeated them.

    They wrestled sparingly after that, eventually ditching Cherry as their valet and bringing in Maryse to replace her. In June 2008, they began to fight and the team was disbanded.

    Domino would be released two months later and can now be seen back with OVW. Deuce was released a year later and was last seen wrestling for the territories of the National Wrestling Alliance.

Montel Vontavious Porter and Matt Hardy

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    Defeated: Deuce and Domino

    Where: Albany, N.Y.

    When: Aug. 28, 2007

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 77 days

    Montel Vontavious Porter and Matt Hardy were bitter rivals feuding over the United States Championship. The feud began in July and by August, MVP was bragging about how good he was.

    He declared to then-SmackDown general manager Teddy Long that he could win the tag titles and Teddy gave him the shot. His partner would be the next person to walk in his office and it turned out to be Hardy. They won the titles but the team was a constant game of one-upmanship.

    The reign was also an excuse for MVP to not defend his U.S. title against Hardy. When Hardy asked for a title shot in November, MVP avoided it, saying that they had to defend the tag titles.

    That night they lost the titles, and the rematch, which resulted in MVP injuring the knee of Hardy.

    MVP would be released in December 2010 and can now be seen on the independents and in New Japan Pro Wrestling.

    Matt Hardy was canned two months earlier in October and popped up in TNA for a few months in 2011. Hardy now considers himself semi-retired but will wrestle on occasion.

John Morrison and the Miz

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    Defeated: Montel Vontavious Porter and Matt Hardy

    Where: Wichita, Kansas

    When: Nov. 13, 2007

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 250 days

    John Morrison and the Miz formed as a team the same night they won the titles. At first, they were bitter enemies competing over the ECW Championship. Once they won the titles, they put their differences aside and became the best of friends.

    They brought the titles to ECW with them, but the team would also compete on SmackDown. For the next seven months, Morrison and Miz dominated WWE’s dwindling tag-team division.

    A month before losing the titles, they were given their own WWE.com show “The Dirt Sheet” to further their characters.

    Despite losing the titles in July, they were awarded the Slammy for Tag Team of the Year and would win the World Tag-Team Championship a few days later. They held the titles until they were defeated by the Colons in a unification match.

    At the 2009 draft, Morrison inadvertently cost Miz a match that resulted in him get drafted. He attacked Morrison afterward and the team disbanded.

    The two of them would feud a few times over the next few years, the last of which resulted in Morrison being taken off television due to his release in January 2011.

    John Morrison can be seen on the independents while the Miz is still with WWE but is in a ridiculous feud with Brodus Clay.

Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins

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    Defeated: John Morrison and the Miz, Finlay and Hornswoggle, Jesse and Festus

    Where: Long Island, N.Y.

    When: July 20, 2008

    Event: The Great American Bash

    Title Reign: 63 days

    This was a fatal four-way tag-team match.

    Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins formed in 2004 as Brett Matthews and Bryan Myers in New York Wrestling Connection. They spent two years there winning the tag titles twice before being signed to WWE and sent to Deep South Wrestling as Brett and Brian Majors.

    They spent a year there as well as some time in OVW, winning the tag titles in both developmental territories.

    They debuted as the Major Brothers in May 2007 on ECW but were drafted to SmackDown the following month. They competed regularly on the show but never really got anywhere in the division.

    In December, they appeared dressed as Edge and now known as Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins. They won these titles under Edge’s tutelage but wouldn’t actually defend them until the stable broke up around SummerSlam.

    In their first defense, they lost the titles to Carlito and Primo. They appeared sparingly after that and spilt up after Ryder was drafted to ECW in April 2009.

    Both superstars are still with WWE. Zack Ryder has evolved into the Long Island Iced Z and Curt Hawkins teams with Tyler Reks.

The Colons (Carlito and Primo)

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    Defeated: Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins

    Where: Columbus, Ohio

    When: Sept. 21, 2008

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 280 days

    WWE tag-team champions Carlito and Primo Colon defeated the world tag-team champions John Morrison and the Miz at WrestleMania XXV to unify both titles. The belts were then renamed the WWE Unified Tag-Team Championship, and the champions would carry both titles.

    The Colon brothers formed their team in 2002 in their father’s promotion World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico, winning the Tag Team Championship once.

    Carlito would head to WWE the next year, disbanding the team. It wouldn’t be until 2008 when Primo signed with the company that their team was re-formed. In their first match as a team, they defeated the tag team champions in a non-title match, thus earning a shot at the belts.

    They received their match two weeks later and would win the titles. Shortly after winning the titles, the Colons began a storyline with world tag-team champions John Morrison and the Miz as both teams were fighting for the affection of the Bella Twins.

    It resulted in Brie siding with the Colons and Nikki siding with Morrison and Miz, as well as a unification match between the teams.

    The Colons won and became the WWE unified tag-team champions. The storyline with the Bella’s was then dropped and they lost the titles two months later.

    The team was then disbanded in July when Carlito turned on Primo.

    Carlito was released from WWE in May 2010 and can now be seen on the independents and in WWC while Primo is still with WWE, teaming with his cousin Epico.

Chris Jericho and Edge

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    Defeated: The Colons, Legacy (Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase)

    Where: Sacramento, Calif.

    When: June 28, 2009

    Event: The Bash

    Title Reign: 28 days

    This was a triple threat tag-team match.

    After Edge went down with an injury, Chris Jericho declared himself the sole tag-team champion on July 13, 2009 until he chose a partner to face Legacy at Night of Champions.

    Chris Jericho and Edge formed their team the same night as they won the titles. Jericho had just lost the Intercontinental Championship to Rey Mysterio before he and Edge became surprise opponents in the match between the Colons and Legacy.

    Jericho and Edge won the titles but their reign and partnership was short-lived.

    Edge would suffer an injury a few weeks later and Jericho was allowed to choose a new partner, thus disbanding their team.

    Chris Jericho would leave WWE toward the end of 2010 but returned January 2012.

    Edge would compete for WWE for another two years, winning the World Heavyweight Championship on a few occasions. He would be forced to retire after WrestleMania XXVII due to injuries.

    He would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Jeri-Show (Chris Jericho and the Big Show)

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    Defeated: Recognized

    Where: Philadelphia, Pa.

    When: July 26, 2009

    Event: Night of Champions

    Title Reign: 140 days

    Chris Jericho and the Big Show were recognized as champions when Jericho chose Big Show as Edge’s replacement.

    Jeri-Show formed this night when Chris Jericho chose the Big Show as Edge’s replacement. They would successfully defend their titles against the teams of Cryme Tyme, MVP and Mark Henry as well as Batista and Rey Mysterio before entering into a feud with D-Generation X in October.

    At Bragging Rights, Jericho captained Team SmackDown while DX captained Team Raw. Seeing as Big Show was technically a member of Raw, he joined the team but ultimately turned on them to assist his partner.

    The feud was put to the side as both men battled the Undertaker for the world title at Survivor Series, but after the Deadman retained, they started their feud with DX back up.

    At the December PPV, they lost the titles to DX and lost two rematches. Since Jericho was no longer one-half of the champions, he no longer had the right to appear on Raw. Since both members of Jeri-Show were on separate shows, the team was disbanded.

    Chris Jericho is still with WWE for the time being, feuding with Randy Orton, while the Big Show has just made his one millionth heel turn.

D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels and Triple H)

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    Defeated: Jeri-Show

    Where: San Antonio, Texas

    When: Dec. 13, 2009

    Event: TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs

    Title Reign: 57 days

    D-Generation X formed in August 1997 when Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Chyna and Rick Rude acted as allies, but the stable wasn’t officially formed until two months later. They remained together until 1998 when Triple H kicked out Michaels and recruited the New Age Outlaws and X-Pac.

    DX would become one of the most dominates groups in WWE history and they helped usher in the Attitude Era, which is what put the WWE back on top of the wrestling world.

    DX has seen many incarnations over the years, most recently with just Shawn Michaels and Triple H. The long-time friends finally won tag-team gold this night but would lose them within a few months when Michaels was too focused on getting a WrestleMania rematch against the Undertaker.

    Shawn Michaels would retire after WrestleMania XXVI and be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011. Michaels will still appear on occasion but won’t wrestle.

    Triple H is now the on-screen chief operating officer of the WWE, but he will still wrestle once in a while.

Show-Miz (The Big Show and the Miz)

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    Defeated: D-Generation X, The Straight Edge Society (CM Punk and Luke Gallows)

    Where: Lafayette, La.

    When: Feb. 8, 2010

    Event: Raw

    Title Reign: 77 days

    This was a triple-threat elimination tag-team match.

    Show-Miz formed their team in January 2010 and immediately started feuding with D-Generation X. By March; the champions were feuding with the new team of John Morrison and R-Truth.

    Show-Miz would be on the losing end to the team on multiple occasions but would pick up the victory when it counted at WrestleMania XXVI. After WrestleMania, they began a feud with the Hart Dynasty.

    Show-Miz were embarrassed by the Hart Dynasty before Extreme Rules and at the pay-per-view, they earned a title shot after pinning the champions.

    The next night on Raw, they lost the titles to the Hart Dynasty, and Big Show responded by knocking out the Miz and ending their partnership.

    Big Show is currently a heel and by the side of general manager John Laurinaitis, while the Miz would go onto win the WWE Championship in November 2010 but has since fallen hard.

The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd)

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    Defeated: Show-Miz

    Where: Richmond, Va.

    When: April 26. 2010

    Event: Raw

    Title Reign: 146 days

    On August 16, 2010, the anonymous general manager of Raw announced through an email that the WWE Unified Tag-Team Championship was to be renamed the WWE World Tag-Team Championship.

    Bret Hart then presented the Hart Dynasty with the brand new title belts, and the World Tag-Team Championship side of the titles was abandoned.

    The Hart Dynasty formed in 2007 in Florida Championship Wrestling and joined the main roster in 2009. They were at first heels but turned face after being in the corner of Bret Hart at WrestleMania XXVI.

    After turning face, they would win the tag titles and become the final team to hold the World Tag-Team Championship when new belts were introduced in August.

    After losing the titles, Tyson Kidd became frustrated with David Hart Smith and the team broke up after Kidd turned him.

    After a short feud, Smith was released in August 2011. You can now see him on the independent circuit.

    Tyson Kidd is still with WWE and is mostly seen on Superstars.

Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre

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    Defeated: The Hart Dynasty, the Usos (Jimmy and Jey), Mark Henry and Evan Bourne, Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov

    Where: Rosemont, Ill.

    When: Sept. 19, 2010

    Event: Night of Champions

    Title Reign: 35 days

    This was Tag Team Turmoil. This match is a gauntlet match as two teams start in the ring. Once one team loses, another team comes out by drawing.  The surviving team at the end of the match wins.

    Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre formed their team in September 2010 by attacking Christian and Matt Hardy on an episode of SmackDown.

    A few days later, they were entered into Tag Team Turmoil at Night of Champions and would win the titles.

    They appeared sparingly after winning the titles and lost them at the following PPV. They had one more match after that before disbanding their team.

    Both superstars are still with WWE. Cody Rhodes seems to be entering into a feud with Christian while Drew McIntyre pops up here and there.

Nexus (John Cena and David Otunga)

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    Defeated: Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre

    Where: Minneapolis, Minn.

    When: Oct. 24, 2010

    Event: Bragging Rights

    Title Reign: One day

    The Nexus formed June 7, 2010, when the winner of the first NXT Wade Barrett led the other members of the season in a rebellion against the WWE. That night they tore apart the ring, attacked WWE personnel and crew, but their main target was John Cena.

    As the Nexus kept on attacking people, their feud with Cena intensified. Cena fought the massive stable throughout the summer and it continued into the fall.

    At Hell in a Cell, Cena lost a match to Barrett, which resulted in the face of the WWE being forced to join them. A few weeks later at Bragging Rights, the Nexus captured their first gold when Cena and David Otunga won these titles.

    The next night on Raw, though, Barrett forced Cena to lay down for Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater.

    Cena would soon be fired from WWE due to disobeying Wade Barrett.

    John Cena is obviously still with WWE and is still the top guy, while David Otunga would go onto join the New Nexus and capture these titles one more time.

Nexus (Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater)

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    Defeated: John Cena and David Otunga

    Where: Green Bay, Wis.

    When: Oct. 25, 2010

    Event: Raw

    Title Reign: 42 days

    After John Cena defeated Wade Barrett at Tables, Ladders and Chairs, the Nexus dropped him as their leader and introduced CM Punk as their new leader.

    Barrett then competed in a steel cage match with Randy Orton and Sheamus. He agreed that if he lost, he’d be exiled from the Nexus. He indeed lost and was permanently kicked out of the stable.

    CM Punk soon began an initiation process that included him beating them with a kendo stick. Both Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater would refuse to partake and left the Nexus.

    They soon popped up on SmackDown with Barrett.

Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov

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    Defeated: Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater, The Usos, Mark Henry and Yoshi Tatsu

    Where: Louisville, Ky.

    When: Dec. 6, 2010

    Event: Raw

    Title Reign: 76 days

    This was a fatal four-way tag-team elimination match.

    Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov formed in July 2010, but it was a tough road for the team. Santino wanted to team up with him badly but Kozlov wanted nothing to do with him at first.

    They were primarily a comedy team, but they got over big with the fans. After a few failed attempts at winning the titles, they finally captured them in December.

    The Usos manager, Tamina, then joined up with the team, which sparked a short-lived feud between the two teams. They then entered into a feud with the Nexus, but that soon evolved into the Corre over on SmackDown.

    They would lose the titles to them at the Elimination Chamber PPV. Santino and Kozlov kept feuding with the Corre into WrestleMania, when they joined a team of SmackDown wrestlers to take down the stable. Kozlov ended up being taken out of the team but the Corre was defeated anyway.

    They teamed appeared sparingly after that and officially disbanded when Kozlov was released in August 2011. Vladimir Kozlov can now be seen on the independent circuit.

    Santino Marella is still with WWE and is the current United States champion.

The Corre (Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater)

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    Defeated: Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov

    Where: Oakland, Calif.

    When: Feb. 20, 2011

    Event: Elimination Chamber

    Title Reign: one day

    The Corre formed in January 2010 after Wade Barrett was kicked out of the Nexus and moved over to SmackDown. Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater soon followed and the trio attacked the Big Show.

    They were joined by Ezekiel Jackson before officially naming themselves the Corre.

    Much like the Nexus, they used the numbers game as an advantage and soon found themselves with gold. While Gabriel and Slater were the tag champions, Barrett tried competing for the World Heavyweight Championship but failed.

    He would win the Intercontinental Championship in March, though, thus adding to the Corre’s gold.

    At WrestleMania, the entire stable was defeated by the team Santino Marella, Kofi Kingston, the Big Show and Kane in under two minutes.

    With that defeat, tensions began to arise in the group.

John Cena and the Miz

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    Defeated: Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater

    Where: Fresno, Calif.

    When: Feb. 21, 2011

    Event: Raw

    Title Reign: 14 minutes

    With Miz vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship set for WrestleMania, these two were bitter enemies at the time their very short-lived team was formed. The anonymous Raw general manager placed them into a match for the tag titles and the reluctant team won the match.

    Moments later, Wade Barrett invoked the Corre’s rematch and the former champions regained their titles minutes later.

    For obvious reasons, the team of Cena and the Miz were no more and they went onto WrestleMania XXVII to have one of the worst main events in history.

    John Cena is currently on Raw feuding with general manager John Laurinaitis and his lackey the Big Show. The Miz is jobbing to the Funkasaurus.

The Corre

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    Defeated: John Cena and the Miz

    Where: Fresno, Calif.

    When: Feb. 21, 2001

    Event: Raw

    Title Reign: 57 days

    The night after WrestleMania, the four members tried to make a statement by attacking the Rock and John Cena, but the two superstars took out the stable.

    The Corre’s downward spiral continued when Gabriel and Slater lost the tag titles to Big Show and Kane. After Barrett and Jackson failed to take the titles from the two giants, Jackson walked out on the Corre.

    The three remaining members responded by attacking him and kicking him out of the group.

    A feud between Barrett and Jackson then began which resulted in Barrett abandoning Gabriel and Slater in a match in June as he ran away from Big Zeke.

    Later on backstage, the former tag champions confronted Barrett and the Corre was disbanded.

    Both Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater are still with WWE. Gabriel can be seen mostly on Superstars. Slater is used as a jobber to the stars.

The Big Show and Kane

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    Defeated: Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater

    Where: London, England

    When: April 19, 2011

    Event: SmackDown

    Title Reign: 34 days

    The Big Show and Kane first teamed up in 2001 in a feud against tag champions the Dudley Boyz. They were unsuccessful in capturing the titles and soon went their separate ways.

    They came back together in 2005 when they lost the fans vote to Shawn Michaels at Taboo Tuesday. As a result, they were paired back up as a team and given a shot at the World Tag-Team Championship. They promptly defeated Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch and became the new champions that night.

    They held the titles for five months before losing them in an upset against the Spirit Squad. In their rematch, Kane snapped and attacked the entire stable. As Big Show tried to calm him down, Kane attacked him and the team was disbanded once again.

    They came back together again in March 2011 when Kane helped the Big Show in an attack by the Corre. After WrestleMania, they took out the Corre members to win their second Tag-Team Championship. They would successfully defend their titles against members of the Corre and Nexus before losing the titles in another upset, this time against David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty.

    After the match, Big Show was run over by Ricardo Rodriguez. The team disbanded once again shortly afterward.

    Big Show is now a heel and the lackey of general manager John Laurinaitis. Kane has his mask back on but isn’t really doing anything of importance.

Nexus (David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty)

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    Defeated: The Big Show and Kane

    Where: Portland, Ore.

    When: May 23, 2011

    Event: Raw

    Title Reign: 91 days

    This new Nexus would end up consisting of CM Punk, Otunga, McGillicutty, Husky Harris and Mason Ryan.

    They would soon cost Randy Orton the WWE Championship and Orton would respond by punting all of the members but Punk in the head. Seeing as he took out the other members, Orton had Punk one-on-one at WrestleMania XXVII.

    Orton gained the victory but the Nexus returned minus Harris to once again cost Orton a title match. When the feud with Orton came to an end, Punk led Otunga and McGillicutty to the tag-team titles.

    Punk would soon announce that his contract was expiring. Punk would win the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank and leave the company with the title.

    He returned on July 25th with the title and confronted John Cena, who had just won the title himself.

    The Nexus last appeared a few days later. In August, Otunga and McGillicutty no longer headed to the ring in Nexus gear or to the entrance music.

    They would finally lose the titles toward the end of August, thus ending one of the most boring title reigns in the titles history.

    David Otunga is now the legal advisor to general manager John Laurinaitis. Michael McGillicutty appears mostly on NXT.

Air Boom (Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne)

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    Defeated: David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty

    Where: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    When: Aug. 22, 2011

    Event: Raw

    Title Reign: 146 days

    Primo and Epico won the titles Dec. 29, 2011, but Kingston had his foot on the ropes when he was pinned. As Primo and Epico were celebrating, another referee came out and reversed the decision, awarding the titles back to Air Boom.

    Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne started teaming on and off in 2008, but they didn’t become Air Boom until 2011.

    Their first match as an official team saw them defeat the champions in a non-title match which earned them a shot at the titles. By the following week, Kingston and Bourne were the new champions.

    They became quite popular with the fans due to their high-flying style and successfully defended their belts against all comers.

    In November, Bourne was suspended due to violating the Wellness Program. That left Kingston to compete in singles matches. Bourne returned in December and the team began to feud with Primo and Epico.

    Air Boom would lose the titles at a house show, and after failing to regain the titles in a rematch, Bourne was once again suspended for violating the Wellness Program.

    Kofi Kingston now teams with R-Truth and is one-half of the tag champions.

    While Evan Bourne’s suspension is over, he injured his ankle in March in a car accident and is currently on the shelf.

Primo and Epico

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    Defeated: Air Boom

    Where: Oakland, Calif.

    When: Jan. 15. 2012

    Event: House Show

    Title Reign: 106 days

    Primo and Epico debuted as a team in November alongside Hunico. Rosa Mendes soon joined the Colon cousins and they stooped associating with Hunico.

    They soon began a feud with the tag champions, defeating them in singles matches and earning a shot at the TLC PPV. They failed to win the titles there, but would capture them about a month later at a house show.

    With Air Boom disbanded due to Evan Bourne’s second suspension, Primo and Epico moved on to other teams. They dominated WWE’s small tag-team division until Kofi Kingston started to partner up with R-Truth.

    The feud didn’t begin right away, though, as the champions would defend their titles against the Usos and Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd at WrestleMania.

    After the big event, they started to lose non-title matches and were offered to be managed by A.W. as a result. They would deny him, but soon accepted his offer after they lost the titles.

    Primo and Epico are now a part of A.W.’s stable but have yet to receive their rematch on television.

Kofi Kingston and R-Truth

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    Defeated: Primo and Epico

    Where: Dayton, Ohio

    When: April 30, 2012

    Event: Raw SuperShow

    Title Reign: 24 days and counting

    Primo and Epico would win the titles at a house show in Glens Falls, N.Y., on May 11, 2012, but R-Truth had his foot on the rope. The titles were awarded back to Kingston and Truth, and the match was restarted.

    Kofi Kingston and R-Truth began teaming after the Elimination Chamber PPV in February, gaining victories over the champions and American Perfection.

    After one week as a team, they were given a shot at the titles in a triple-threat match, but they failed to capture them. They continued to feud with the champions, winning the titles in April and holding them ever since.

    They recently had a successful title defense at the Over the Limit PPV against Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger.

Statistics and Final Thoughts

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    Most Reigns: MNM, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater (3)

    Wrestler(s) with Most Reigns: Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, John Morrison (4)

    Longest Reign: Paul London and Brian Kendrick (331 days)

    Longest Combined Reign: Paul London and Brian Kendrick (331 days)

    Wrestler with Longest Combined Reign: John Morrison (541 days)

    Shortest Reign: John Cena and the Miz (14 minutes)

    It was a shame to learn that WWE was going to abandon the World Tag-Team Championship over these titles. The titles formally exclusive to Raw had quite the rich history.

    At the same time, I was glad that the company was keeping the division alive. When the titles were unified, I was hoping that it was going to mean a rebirth of tag-team wrestling in WWE. But my hopes were obviously shattered.

    Looking back at what the division used to be and what it is now is a bit upsetting. Even when these titles were created, things weren’t as bad as they are now.

    While quite a few teams were random pairings of superstars, they weren’t thrown together for the sake of giving superstars something to do like WWE does now.

    I’d like to think that WWE really is trying to rebuild the division, but it’s hard to believe that when I see the state that it’s in right now.

    When it comes to tag-team wrestling in WWE, it’s best not to get your hopes up.

    Thanks for reading! Come back next week for the NWA World Tag-Team Championship!

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