Nothing brings wrestling fans back to the good old days like talking about tag team wrestling. Frankly, it’s just something that isn’t pushed any longer by WWE. The days of true tag teams are gone. Now it’s usually just two singles guys put together when they have nothing better to do.
So I figured it would be a good time to remember how great the tag team division used to be, with a countdown of the greatest of all-time.
A couple things about the list:
1. These are all real tag teams, not two superstars thrown together.
2. There are a couple teams who competed in WCW on this list, but WCW is legal property of Vincent Kennedy McMahon, and the teams were too good to leave off this list…
TOP 15 TAG TEAMS OF ALL-TIME
The Acolytes Protection Agency was originally formed in 1998 when Bradshaw (John Layfield) combined with Farooq (Ron Simmons) to form Hell’s Henchmen. The duo eventually changed their name and gimmick to the APA in 2000, and become known for being bodyguards and for their activities outside the ring, like the bar brawl below. The APA were champions 3 times until disbanding in March 2004.
14. The Natural Disasters
Earthquake and Typhoon combined to form the biggest tag team on the list at a combined 846 lbs. They had a run from June 1991 to January 1993, winning the WWE tag titles in July 1992. Great concept for a tag team, that worked on a lot of levels.
13. Money Inc
The ‘Million Dollar Man’ Ted Dibiase and ‘IRS’ Irwin R. Schyster, formed Money Inc in February 1992. Another perfect combo with two heel characters based around money. Money Inc won the titles 3 times in WWE until they disbanded in August of 1993.
12. The Outsiders
Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, whether people like it or not, changed the face of pro wrestling forever when they appeared for the first time on WCW television back in late May 1996. ‘The Outsiders’ name was a play on the angle that Hall and Nash were appearing on WCW television illegally, while they were supposedly still under contract with WWE. During their tenure, they won the WCW tag titles 6 times.
11. Steiner Brothers
Two real life brothers, Scott and Rick (both amateur wrestlers at the University of Michigan), formed as a pro wrestling tag team in 1989 in the NWA. The brothers originally ran until 1998, winning the tag titles 10 times, in multiple organizations, including WCW and WWE.
10. Hollywood Blonds
The Hollywood Blonds are probably the biggest surprise on the list, but no one can deny the true talents of “Flyin” Brian Pillman and “Stunning” Steve Austin. The Blonds often get the cliche description of ”ahead of their time,” however it is an accurate assessment. Their in-ring ability and the characters they portrayed on the mic, helped further the evolution of tag teams.
9. Harlem Heat
Booker T and Stevie Ray (real life brothers), were the definitive tag team from WCW. When you think 90′s tag teams and WCW, Harlem Heat is the team that comes to mind. They held the WCW tag titles a record 10 times, running together on and off from 1993 to 2000.
The only team on the list that had 3 members: Ax, Smash, and Crush. Ax and Smash were the originals, forming the team in 1987. Demolition holds the record with a 478 day championship reign in 88-89. In 1990 they added Crush (Bryan Adams), and would interchange who would wrestle, often “illegally” switching during the match. Demolition was one of the great heel tag teams of all-time.
7. New Age Outlaws
Road Dogg Jesse James and Bad Ass Billy Gunn formed the NAO in 1997 and famously joined DX the night after Wresltemania 14 in 1998. The NAO are the team most closely associated with attitude of the Attitude Era. In and out of the ring, these guys showed what best era in wrestling history was all about. They held the titles on 5 occasions.
6. The Rockers
Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty formed the Midnight Rockers in 1985, wrestling in the AWA. They eventually signed with WWE in 1988 as just The Rockers. To call them innovative would be an understatement. Although they never officially won the titles, The Rockers laid the foundation for “smaller” tag teams for years to come.
5. Hardy Boyz
Another team of real life brothers, Matt and Jeff, ran on and off from 1998 until 2009 in WWE. The Hardy Boyz took what the Rockers had done to another level. They also become innovators, by taking huge risks in tag team ladder mathes that ruled the late 90′s and early 2000′s.
4. Edge and Christian
Best friends from Canada, Edge an Christian are best known for their ridiculous TLC matches, and ground breaking comedy bits in WWE from 1998 until 2001. They held the tag titles 7 times, and were another team that just flat out raised the bar in the division forever.
3. Hart Foundation
One of the first big tag teams of the WWE modern era, running from 1985-1991. Bret “Hitman” Hart and Jim “Anvil” Neidhart were real life brother-in-laws who formed in Canada via the Hart Family’s promotion Stampede Wrestling. They came to WWE in 1985 when Vince McMahon purchased the territory, and went on one of the great runs in the history of the sport. The Hart Foundation wrote the book on how to mix a “mat technician” with a “power house.” They carried the belts twice for a total of 483 days as champions.
2. Dudley Boyz
Bubba Ray and D-Von, were two “real life” brothers, who originally made their name in ECW during the late 90′s. They signed with WWE in 1999 and went on to change the face of tag team wrestling forever with their unbelievable TLC matches with Edge and Christian and the Hardy Boyz. The Dudley Boyz (or some varation) ran from 1996 until 2010, holding a total of 23 recognized world championships, the most ever.
1. LOD/The Road Warriors
Without question the greatest tag team of all-time is the LOD. Hawk and Animal defined what it meant to be a tag team, running on and off from 1983, all the way to Hawk’s death in 2003. LOD won 18 tag championships throughout different organizations during their tenure. LOD is the best because of their look, interview skills, and in-ring talent. Not to mention they have the best tag finisher of all-time (the Doomsday Device), as witnessed below…
There you have it, the Top 15 Teams in WWE history. You may not agree with the exact order of my list, but it’s tough to deny any of these teams deserve their place with the all-time greats.
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