Who Were the Best WWE Tag Teams of the Decade?

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2019

Who Were the Best WWE Tag Teams of the Decade?

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    The New Day and The Usos.
    The New Day and The Usos.Credit: WWE.com

    Pro Wrestling has countless different match variations but the main event of most major pay-per-views is usually a one-on-one contest. However, many fans will tell you the most exciting kind of wrestling involves tag teams.

    Some of the best matches from the past decade have been tag bouts and many of them have included the teams you will see on this list.

    There is something about watching one duo control a match for a long time before the person they were dominating makes a hot tag to a fresh partner.

    Many Superstars who got their start as part of a duo have gone on to become major stars on their own, but that just makes it more exciting when they reunite with their former partner.

    Let's take a look at the best WWE tag teams from the past decade. Certain trios will be included since they operate under the Freebird rule. 

10. Enzo and Cass

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    Enzo Amore and Big Cass have been in the middle of some controversial moments since they left WWE but they were one of the hottest acts in the company at one point.

    The team became standouts in NXT alongside Carmella but The Princess of Staten Island was called up several months after Enzo and Cass, so their alliance never made it to Raw and SmackDown.

    They had some good matches against a variety of teams but it was their chemistry on the mic people loved the most. Enzo did the majority of the talking and Cass would say their catchphrase.

    They operated much like The New Age Outlaws in that way. Road Dogg used to be the more vocal of the two while Billy Gunn would say his line at the end. It's a good formula if one partner is significantly better at giving promos.

    They moved tons of merchandise and were regularly getting some of the biggest pops in the company every night. They might not have been the best in the ring but nobody could touch them in a war of words. 

9. Gold and Stardust

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    There is something special about seeing two brothers work as a tag team. Many break into the business that way, but two men who carved their own paths as singles stars before becoming a tag team are Cody and Dustin Rhodes.

    Dustin had already been wrestling for 25 years before he got to work with his little brother and Cody had been with WWE for over eight years before adopting the Stardust gimmick.

    Together, Gold and Stardust were a force to be reckoned with. They had some fantastic matches against teams like The Shield and The Usos before their breakup in WWE.

    These days, Cody and Dustin work together in All Elite Wrestling both in the ring and backstage. It's still fun when they get a chance to team up because they mesh together so well.

    They have similar styles while having their own unique set of moves. It's just too bad they didn't get to work together sooner. 

8. Team Hell No

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    If you were asked to pair any two Superstars together back in 2012, nobody would have suggested Kane and Daniel Bryan. Their gimmicks were as different as they could be and they did not have similar wrestling styles.

    Somehow, Bryan and Kane worked together to create one of the most entertaining duos in WWE history. Whether they were in anger management class with Dr. Shelby or kicking butt in the ring, people loved seeing them together.

    The Big Red Monster deserves a lot of credit for this partnership working as well as it did. He changed certain things about his character to make himself more compatible with Bryan.

    He also has a history of working well with unconventional teammates like X-Pac, Hurricane and RVD while also having successful partnerships with people you would expect like Mankind, The Undertaker and Big Show.

    Bryan and Kane were a perfect example of how to do comedy the right way in pro wrestling. 

7. The Wyatt Family

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    The Wyatt Family is technically a trio but Erick Rowan and Luke Harper would have made this list with or without Bray Wyatt by their side.

    The two bearded powerhouses have incredible chemistry together. In a lot of ways, Harper brought Rowan up to his level in the ring.

    Some of their showdowns with teams like The Usos, The Shield and The New Day stole the show at PPVs when much bigger matches were in the main event spot. When The Eater of Worlds worked with them as a manager and a partner, there was no stopping them. 

    As a trio, The Wyatt Family will be remembered as one of the most important stables of the decade. Unfortunately, Harper is no longer with WWE. Any hopes of a future Wyatt Family reunion are impossible unless he returns down the line.

    WWE did some weird things with their characters after breaking up the trio. Their time as The Bludgeon Brothers was not as successful as it should have been but they still had some great performances. It's hard to believe they only won one set of tag titles in NXT and one on SmackDown. 

6. DIY

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    Almost every single time NXT has a TakeOver event, the majority of reviews say it is better than the WWE pay-per-view from the same weekend. Two men who have been responsible for many of those shows being successful are Tomasso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano.

    As opponents, they have torn the house down multiple times in grueling matches that put both men on the shelf with injuries. As partners, they had some of the best chemistry in the business.

    As DIY, Gargano and Ciampa held the NXT Tag Team Championships only one time, but that is not a true measurement of their success as a tag team. 

    Not only did they win the NXT Match of the Year Award in 2016 with The Revival, but they were also nominated with AOP the following year.

    Saying they have never had a bad match would not be an exaggeration. Gargano and Ciampa could have been called up to the main roster a few years ago but that may have pigeonholed them as tag team wrestlers instead of allowing them to flourish as individuals as much as they have in recent years. 

5. The Revival

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    As mentioned earlier, The Revival won the Match of the Year Award in 2015 with DIY for their performance at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, but they also won the Tag Team of the Year at the same time.

    Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder have not had the same chance to show the world what they can do on Raw and SmackDown as they did in NXT so many people may not understand why they are on this list.

    The Revival is not just one of the best teams of this decade. They are one of the most technically and psychologically proficient duos in WWE history.

    They have been compared favorably to many past teams like The Brainbusters and The Varsity Club. Some day, people will be comparing future tag teams to The Revival.

    Their track record of high-quality matches is second to none, at least when it comes to their time in NXT. Let's hope management gives them better opportunities on Raw and SmackDown in 2020. 

4. The Bar

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    Cesaro and Sheamus were struggling to find their footing as singles stars when Mick Foley forced them to work together in 2016.

    The Irishman and Swiss Superstar had instant chemistry and immediately became one of the most formidable teams on the roster. It was a match made in heaven. 

    They went on to win the Tag Team Championships five times before Sheamus went down with an injury shortly after WrestleMania 35. To put things in perspective, The Usos have been with WWE for 10 years and only have one more title reign than The Bar. 

    Cesaro has moved on and found a new alliance with Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura and Sheamus has been appearing in return vignettes for the past few weeks. 

    In the span of three years, The Bar became one of the most successful tag teams of the last decade. It wouldn't be surprising if they reunited in 2020 due to popular demand. 

3. The Shield

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    Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose have each found incredible success as individuals but it will be hard to top the run they had together as The Shield.

    They came into WWE like a wrecking ball and shook things up immediately. After their initial storyline with CM Punk was over, in 2013 Reigns and Rollins became tag team champions while Ambrose held the U.S. Championship.

    Later, Rollins and Ambrose won the titles twice as partners, giving The Shield two different combinations of champions among three people.

    They were the most dominant and successful trio during their time together and as individuals. You don't often see every member of a three-man group become a world champion other than Evolution.

    With Jon Moxley currently signed to a contract with AEW and unlikely to return anytime soon, The Shield could be done forever. All good things must come to an end but there is always a chance we see them reunite when all three men have earned their status as legends. 

2. The Usos

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    The only other team of brothers to make the list other than Gold and Stardust are Jimmy and Jey Uso, and they came in at a close second out of 10.

    The Usos are one of those rare teams who never seems to have a bad match. Whether they are facing a couple of jobbers or fighting inside Hell in a Cell, they never disappoint.

    They debuted in May of 2010 but it took them a couple of years to find their groove and win over the crowd. It took them almost three years to win their first set of tag titles. Once they got that first big win, it led to more and more over time.

    They have won a total of six Tag Team Championships together as both heels and babyfaces. They are versatile performers who can play either role well and adjust their style to match their character alignment.

    They have been off television for several months but once they make their return, it's just a matter of time before they become seven-time champions. 

1. The New Day

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    Topping the list of the greatest tag teams of the decade is none other than The New Day. It shouldn't surprise anyone to see them come in at No. 1.

    They are not only the most successful team of the past 10 years with seven tag titles to their name, but Kofi Kingston also became the WWE champion without the group needing to break up.

    We rarely see tag team members achieve singles success without it coming at the expense of their partnership so it was a breath of fresh air to see Big E and Xavier Woods support their friend when he started to gain momentum at the beginning of 2019.

    It would be impossible to list all of the great performances they have had against teams like The Bar, The Usos and every other team to come along since got together in 2014.

    They are what is known as a triple threat because they appeal to men, women and children. Their gimmick is kid-friendly but they can be serious when it is required. They have competed in ladder, cage, Hell in a Cell and Elimination Chamber matches and rose to the occasion every single time.

    Ranking this list was difficult but deciding who took the top spot was an easy decision. The New Day will go down in history as one of the greatest trios in pro wrestling and will one day be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. 

Honorable Mentions

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    Narrowing down this list to the top 10 teams was difficult because everyone brought something different to the table. Remember, we are only talking about what they have accomplished in WWE during the past decade. Here are a few more teams who almost made the cut:

    • The Miz and Damien Mizdown
    • American Alpha
    • Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
    • The Hardy Boyz
    • Primo and Epico

    Who do you think should have made the top 10 tag teams of the past decade? Follow me on Twitter @BR_Doctor