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WWE: The 10 Greatest Tag Teams Of All Time

by Ash Rose
11 December 2013 23 Comments

There is nothing better than a WWE Tag Team, especially when they capture the imagination and form that special bond with one another. And we mean real Tag Teams, none of the Kane & Daniel Bryan crap.

With the WWE’s current trend of pigeonholing superstars into Tag teams – Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston the latest set to challenge Team Hell No (themselves a merged team) at WrestleMania for the straps – we thought we’d hark back and take a look at some proper tag teams. In fact, the ten best tag teams the WWE has ever had to offer. Tin hats at the ready, cos’ this could get controversial.

10) The Rockers

Marty Jenetty and Shawn Michaels were pioneers in tag-team wrestling. Their fast-paced, high-flying ring style coupled with their eighties heavy metal hair dos and colourful tasseled ring tights made them one of the era’s most popular tag-teams – and my personal favourite. Never ones to back down from a challenge, they did battle with teams of their own build like The Orient Express or heavyweights such as Power and Glory. Each time doing it in their own unique way of synchronised drop-kicks or flying in unison off the top ropes. Criminally The Rockers never held tag-team gold, but did harbor a future hall of famer in Michaels’ – even if he had to throw his partner throw the Barber Shop Window to get there (and yes that still hurts). As for Jenetty, he became the standard-bearer for all failed tag-team members who followed him.

9) APA

There have been few more menacing duos in WWE history then Farooq and Bradshaw, better known as the APA. After being left behind by The Undertaker and his Ministry, the heavy hitters transformed from The Acolytes to a two-man enforcer team ready for hire. Superstars up and down the roster would knock on the APA’s door looking for that extra bit of protection – as long as they had the cash to front it. Whether it was winning tag-titles (which they did on multiple occasions) or crashing bars (which they also did on multiple occasions), the APA always took some stopping. DAMM!

8) The Hardy Boyz

Where The Rockers introduced high-flying to the WWE’s mainstream, brothers Jeff and Matt Hardy took it to the extreme. Along with the Dudley Boyz and Edge & Christian, the Hardys were leading lights of WWE’s tag team division at start of the new millennium. Giving birth to the ladders part of the famous first TLC match, and winning the tag titles on six different occasions. With Jeff’s Swanton Bomb and Matt’s leg drop, you always expected the unexpected with these siblings. Add the moon-saulting Lita into the mix and it’s no wonder Team Extreme were one of the E’s very best.

7) The British Bulldogs

What do you get if you take British brawn and brains, mix it with the famous Hart family dungeon and add in some Union Jack attire? Well, Davey Boy Smith and The Dynamite Kid that’s what, collectively known as the British Bulldogs. Perfectly balanced, Davey and all his 300 plus pounds offered the power and the strength, while the kid was the perfect combination of fearlessness and natural wrestling ability. They won tag team gold on the biggest stage of them all, defeating Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine at WrestleMania 2 – and it’s where their talents always belonged.

6) The Dudley Boyz

No team in the history of professional wrestling is more decorated than Bubba Ray and D-von Dudley, together as the Dudley Boyz. Their stint in WWE consisted of eight championship reigns, and bitter rivalries against the APA, The Undertaker and of course their infamous TLC led battles with the Hardy’s and Edge & Christian. What started off as a joke gimmick led to one of the industries greatest ever teams, and to this day you can’t help but think of the pair whenever a table is unleashed during a WWE match. ‘D-Von………GET THE TABLES!!’

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5) Demolition

They may have looked as though they borrowed their ring attire from the cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but there was no messing with Ax and Smash of Demolition. With their painted faces and distinctive theme music, Demolition dominated the tag scene in the late 1980s and early 90s, culminating in a record 470-day reign as champions – have that CM Punk. Often labeled as clones of The Road Warriors, this pair (and later with the addition of Crush) were division leaders in their own right. Just don’t ever mention Smash’s reincarnation as the Repo Man – it taints the memory of a truly terrifying team.

4) Legion Of Doom

As wrestling fans we know them better as the Road Warriors but when they arrived in WWE they were known as Hawk and Animal – The Legion of Doom. Complete with spiked shoulder pads (I know you had the foam versions like me), manager Paul Ellering and entering to the ring to the sounds of ‘OHHHH WHAT A RUSH!’ LOD were one of the most dominant teams in WWE history. They won the tag titles on two occasions, were involved in memorable feuds with Demolition and the Nasty Boys and easily had the best tag-team finisher the company has ever seen.

3) Hart Foundation

Only real men can wear pink, and only these two could do it in tandem. Before Bret Hart became ‘The Best there Is, Best There Was, and Best There Ever Will Be’ he teamed with brother-in-law Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart as the Hart Foundation. Bret’s excellence of execution matched with the Anvils brute force and manic beard stroking laughter saw the team hold the tag titles twice – their second in what is considered one of the best tag matches of all time, the 2 out of 3 falls match with Demolition at 1990’s SummerSlam. The Hart family hold a huge legacy in professional wrestling, and this team are a proud member of it.

2) New Age Outlaws

‘Oh you didn’t know? Your arse better call somebody……’ No team defined the Attitude era for tag team wrestling more than The New Age Outlaws. As part of D-Generation X, the former Roadie ‘Road Dogg’ Jess James and ex cowboy ‘Bad Ass’ Billy Gunn were five time tag team champions and the most popular team in the companies most watched era. There wasn’t a fan of that time who didn’t know every word to the NAO’s famous ring entrance, but under every ‘suck it’ and DX gag was a hugely talented team that took on the companies very best – and won. They now look set to go again at this year’s WrestleMania.

1) Edge and Christian

It was a hard call, but I had to give this one to the only team that ever ‘reeked of awesomeness’ Edge & Christian. The life-long friends started off life in WWE as members of The Brood, but shed the vampire like ways to become the greatest tag team in WWE history – and it’s easy to see why. On top of their pre-match ‘five-second poses’ and oversized sunglasses, E&C captured the tag titles on no less than seven occasions, were victorious in both infamous TLC matches with the Dudleyz and the Hardyz and patented the deadly con-chairto. But more than that, Edge & Christian revolutionised tag-team wrestling, and whether you liked them or not, there was no doubting their superstar persona’s and wrestling ability. E&C we salute you.

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Johnnyw 11:40 am, 15-Mar-2013

FFS, no mention of spike dudley,

A_riggles 12:37 pm, 15-Mar-2013

Nice piece. I would have swapped out APA for The Nasty Boyz(check out there WCW match with Maxx Paybe and Cactus Jack). Never an APA fan. I also liked Kane and X-Pac as a duo. Kane loves a tag partner.

ricky 12:37 pm, 15-Mar-2013

dont know why you have to shit on bryan and kane though? they re a pretty good team. the best team in years!

Courtney 5:19 pm, 15-Mar-2013

The Bushwacker should be included

Courtney 5:19 pm, 15-Mar-2013

The Bushwackers should be included

Ian Hunter 6:45 pm, 15-Mar-2013

You are all wrong. The greatest tag team of all time, was a one off tag team-up. Kendo Nagasaki (the greatest wrester of all time) and Big Daddy, versus Giant Haystacks and King Kong Kirk. Kendo opened up Haystacks forehead with a barrage of forearm smashes until he couldn't see for the blood. (a good tactic considering the size difference) and Big Daddy finished King Kong Kirk with his signature Big Daddy slam. A few months later B.D fought KKK again,and killed him with the same move.

cyril 6:56 pm, 15-Mar-2013

Ian Hunter, you are so right the british tag teams were inspired.. but the best without doubt were the Royal Brothers.... Bert Royal and Vic Faulkner http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKgCVkhkGck

Ian Hunter 7:27 pm, 15-Mar-2013

Loved the Royals. Bert Royal was a bit dirty but always tried to shake your hand when he came out the corner. As a kid I was enthralled by Kendo. He was never beaten, but that was TV.

Ian Hunter 8:05 pm, 15-Mar-2013

I have just sent a email to Kendo Nagasaki (Peter Thornton) to ask him if he would be prepared to give S/T the grit. A true super hero. Fingers crossed.

Josh 3:15 pm, 17-Mar-2013

That you haven't included Miz and Morrison is nothing short of criminal!

Mike 11:12 am, 26-Jun-2013

Bang on with Edge & Christian as the all time best tag team in wrestling - I want to see one last ConChairto

arthur 7:57 pm, 12-Jul-2013

Dude, the hardy boyz are the greatest tag team ever. Then ill say edge&christian.

umar 8:40 pm, 20-Aug-2013

Brothers of destruction Undertaker and Kane are the best

Nathan 5:42 pm, 19-Sep-2013

Nice but have to add atleast an honorable mention for the brothers Steiner!

satyre 1:36 am, 27-Oct-2013

Utter nonsense. No Steiner Brothers, no Fabulous Freebirds, no Anderson and Blanchard, no Midnight Express... no knowledge of wrestling history. The Road Warriors not number one... please!

Cougar 11:21 pm, 29-Nov-2013

True. How the hell are Steiner brothers not in there or midnight express. What's about beautiful bobby and sweet stan. How about a combo of the 4 houseman. And Christian and edge number one. That's laughable are you high off your ass. Legion of doom destroys them hands down. I'm not even an avid fan and I know enough to know this list is FUBAR.

Cougar 11:23 pm, 29-Nov-2013

Ok it's not terrible. You have some pretty cool teams on there I loved as a kid. But I lost it when the Steiner brothers weren't listed. Bush wackers too. Sorry lol.

Cougar 11:31 pm, 29-Nov-2013

Foreign legion......fabulous freebirds. And what list is complete with out rock and roll express!!!

Greg 8:32 am, 6-Dec-2013

It's obvious you don't know a wrist lock from a wristwatch. This list is lacking big, LOD at No. 4 (Are you Kidding Me?). They should be Number 1 hands down. The rest of your list is all jacked up too. SMDH

Jim 12:34 am, 20-Dec-2013

I don't like this list at all cuzz there is NO history and its WWE biased! Road Warriors are TOP 2 anywhere! It IS refreshing to see a new list that isn't the same identical one every time! So thank you. I would say Demolition can NOT be ahead of the Road Warriors since I always saw them as the WWF copycat of the Warriors. Dudleys are about the best in the modern era. So I like a list based on a combination of potential as a team and proven record, so I won't have like Kane and Undertaker which didn't last long or Hogan/Andre the Giant which were just unions based on a common opponent (or even "The Machines" which was clearly Andre under a mask in a 3-man team, and also it kinda weights teams that were pushed that I didn't care for as much as the push like I said Demolition, Rock n Roll Express who could NEVER beat ANY of these teams listed yet are on most top 10 lists which are not strictly WWE. Sooo, JUST a bit of a change, but also some are common :(... #1) Road Warriors of course, 2) British Bulldogs, 3) Hart Foundation, 4) Steiner Brothers, 5) DX (Michaels and HHH), 6) The Russians (Nikita and Ivan Kolov, head-to-head with Road Warriors in NWA), 7) The Dudleys, 8) The Shield will SOON be amongst the best ever, they are AWESOME throwbacks to the days when TEAMS worked TOGETHER and moves needed two members to perform I'd like to say Brothers of Destruction had enough time together but no. Honourable mentions go to The Midnight Rockers (Janetti/Michaels)the Von Erichs (modern day bodies in the 70's and 80's, Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo, Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas (again, bodies as good as ANY in the modern game), Powers of Pain (Warlord and Barbarian would DESTROY Demolition), Edge and Christian (I just never saw them that much, it was during my time away due to bouncing in bars and being up all night/sleep all day LOL!)

Jim 3:48 am, 20-Dec-2013

I don't like this list at all cuzz there is NO history and its WWE biased! Road Warriors are TOP 2 anywhere! It IS refreshing to see a new list that isn't the same identical one every time! So thank you. I would say Demolition can NOT be ahead of the Road Warriors since I always saw them as the WWF copycat of the Warriors. Dudleys are about the best in the modern era. So I like a list based on a combination of potential as a team and proven record, so I won't have like Kane and Undertaker which didn't last long or Hogan/Andre the Giant which were just unions based on a common opponent (or even "The Machines" which was clearly Andre under a mask in a 3-man team, and also it kinda weights teams that were pushed that I didn't care for as much as the push like I said Demolition, Rock n Roll Express who could NEVER beat ANY of these teams listed yet are on most top 10 lists which are not strictly WWE. Sooo, JUST a bit of a change, but also some are common :(... #1) Road Warriors of course, 2) British Bulldogs, 3) Hart Foundation, 4) Steiner Brothers, 5) DX (Michaels and HHH), 6) The Russians (Nikita and Ivan Kolov, head-to-head with Road Warriors in NWA), 7) Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas (again, bodies as good as ANY in the modern game), 8) The Shield will SOON be amongst the best ever, they are AWESOME throwbacks to the days when TEAMS worked TOGETHER and moves needed two members to perform, 9) Harlem Heat, and 10) The Dudleys. I'd like to say "Brothers of Destruction" had enough time together but I don't think so. Honourable mentions go to The Midnight Rockers (Janetti/ Michaels)the Von Erichs (modern day bodies in the 70's and 80's), Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo, Powers of Pain (Warlord and Barbarian would DESTROY Demolition), Edge and Christian (I just never saw them that much, it was during my time away due to bouncing in bars and being up all night/sleep all day LOL!).

Pete 8:04 pm, 12-Feb-2014

Between the list and the comments, no one has mentioned The Outsiders...I'd say Hall & Nash would definitely have to be #2 behind the Road Warriors. 3, 4, 5 would have to be the Steiner Brothers, British Bulldogs,and the Hart Foundation in any order.

TRENT 10:14 pm, 15-Mar-2014

the british bulldogs would be in the top three of any list from now till the end of time if dynamite didn't injue his back

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