Top 50 Tag Teams in WWE History

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  1. ScruffDog

    ScruffDog Pre-Show Stalwart

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    So WWE.com made a list of the 50 Greatest Tag Teams.

    http://www.wwe.com/classics/top-50-tag-teams-in-wwe-history

    Now I've seen several lists like this, and every one of them has a different idea of what the greatest team was. The only reason I'm bringing this list forward, is because the WWE put it out, and I have a few problems with it.

    First; The Brothers of Destruction #32, are you kidding me? They ranked X-Pac and Kane higher than The Brothers of Destruction. Now I was a big fan of X-Pac and Kane, and I do think they should be on this list, but not higher than The Brothers of Destruction. The Brothers of Destruction are one of the great Tag Teams, and at least should be in the top 20.

    The Steiners and #41. I don't get this. How is Chuck and Billy a greater Tag Team than The Steiners? Whenever my friends and I talk greatest Tag Teams, The Steiners are always brought up; Chuck and Billy never come to mind. I don't understand how The Steiners are ranked so low.

    Edge & Christian #1. Now I love Edge & Christian, and they're defiantly in the top 5, but I don't think #1. I think, like most people, the Legion of Doom should be #1. They have them at #8 on this list. How are they not in the Top 5?

    Well that's the thing about these list; no matter what order you have, you're going to have people out there who think your list is wrong. So, why do you think of this list?
     
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  2. HBsam31

    HBsam31 Totally Reeking of Awesomeness

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    It says the teams were ranked on WWE accomplishments only. While LOD was one of if not the greatest tag team ever, their greatest accomplishments did not come in WWE. Same with the Steiner Brothers. This is why I don't really like these lists. It is just one persons opinion or a group depending on how they come up with the list. I have not seen a WWE list that satisfied me. Did you watch the Top 50 Superstars of All Time dvd. A lot of misranked guys on that list for sure.
     
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  3. Lowdown

    Lowdown Ooh baby I like it roooaaaaw!

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    Those countdown lists are based purely on bias and the longevity of tenure within the WWE only. E&C were a great team, no question. But I would put Demolition, LOD, and the Powers of Pain above them. That's just me. This isn't a list compiled by PWI or anything, but chances are if some stars like Hogan would've never went to WCW or TNA, they would be higher on WWE's top-whatever lists.
     
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  4. Ding_Dong_#2

    Ding_Dong_#2 World of Sport British Heavyweight

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    This listing is such an abomination it's hard to know where to start...

    If you are going to comprise a Top 50 tag teams of all time, there is no way you can really discount any of these:

    1) Tony Garea and Rick Martel (x2 champs)
    2) The Strongbow Brothers (x2 champs)
    3) Shawn Michaels & Diesel (x2 champs)
    4) The Natural Disasters (1x champs)

    Honorable mentions:

    1) Powers of Pain
    2) Power & Glory
    3) Men on a Mission


    To have the Steiners at number 41 who I thought were a cert for Top Ten at th very least is a disgrace; they are ranked below the likes of Billy & Chuck, Jeri-show, Too-cool & the Bodydonnas is an insult to anyone who has ever watched or appreciated Tag-team wrestling.

    LOD at no.8? Below the New Age Outlaws? Are you kidding me? I thought they would undoubtedly be no.1 as they always rightly are. The Blackjacks, The Bulldogs and The Valiants are the only ones which are about right and much deserved.

    It's hard to know whether it is some back-office goon who put this together or one which has been "doctored" to de-list or put down all the people who have wronged WWE in some way as they usually do. Pathetic, laughable listing.
     
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  5. Foshinzo

    Foshinzo Mrs. Foley's Baby Boy

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    E&C don't belong at the top of this list.

    If we're talking WWE tenure only (meaning that I can't make my case for The Dudleys at #1 because we discount their ECW tenure,) then my top three candidates for #1 are: The Road Warriors, The New Age Outlaws, and The Hart Foundation.

    E&C were great, but their comedy bits were overrated. They were a good wrestling team, but they still weren't the Bulldogs or the Hart Foundation. They won TLC 1&2, but Jeff Hardy was the real star in all of those matches. To be frank, E&C found their success because they were a good team in a time where there was an opening at the top. Edge was an overrated performer, outside of his WrestleMania 22 match with Foley, and Christian is overvalued by the IWC. He's underrated by the WWE, but he falls somewhere in the middle of our expectations and their expectations, in truth. In summation, they're a top ten team, maybe a top five if we only count their WWE tenure, but they're not #1.

    The three teams I mentioned, only counting their WWE tenures, those are the teams that I would vote for.

    The Hart Foundation were the frontier heel and face team in a time where tag team wrestling was great. Jim Neidhart worked the cameras, and Bret Hart worked the ring. They were the epitome of why tag team wrestling works. They had the look, they had the skills, and they are probably the greatest tag team ever, strictly speaking of the WWE.

    The Road Warriors were a great team, and they were insanely popular in the WWF, especially against Demolition, but they were best when they wrestled for the NWA and the AWA. I think that they're probably the, "Hulk Hogans of tag teams," for better or worse of that, but their matches were usually really bad and their promos were hilariously bad, sometimes. Still, I think they're better all-time than E&C, if we count non-WWE promotional work.

    Finally, The New Age Outlaws, again, only if we're counting WWE tenures, deserve top honors, as well. They too were a prime example of why tag team wrestling just works. Road Dogg had charisma out of his ass, but he didn't have the look. Billy Gunn had a great look and was a sorely underrated wrestler, but couldn't get over to save his life. When you combined the two, before they joined DX, they were an awesomely fun tag team. In the history of WWE television, they were a great tag team.

    There's my best three cases as to who should be over E&C. The WWE is lobbying and kissing Edge's ass, though they were really good, but still, they just weren't #1.
     
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  6. Peoples_Champ

    Peoples_Champ Bra & Panties match winner & NEW...

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    The list starts off by mentioning that its WWE-centric. Using that as a guideline, I think its fair that the team that has won the tag team titles the most are rated by WWE as "the greatest tag team of all time".

    I would have ranked Dudleyz higher and I think New Age Outlaws and the Bulldogs are overrated.

    Also, one thing to note is that Billy Gunn really should be recognized as the greatest tag team wrestler in the history of the WWE. Not only was he with two successful tag teams, he was a 10-time tag team champ, and held the tag titles for 916 days (second behind Mr Fuji at 932). Those are some amazing accomplishments for someone who doesn't get much credit (and someone who I really dislike).
     
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  7. Peaky1969

    Peaky1969 Dark Match Winner

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    As usual, the WWE lists like this are pretty laughable, depends who is currently working for them or in their good graces....I don't know who I would rank where, but when I think of all time greatest WWF (and let's face it, havent really been any great teams since it became E rather than F) I think of Demolition, The Hart Foundation, The Bulldogs, and yes, I have a soft spot for The Rockers...
     
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  8. Natural Selection

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    WWE only the top team to me is New Age Outlaws. Awesome in the ring, excellent on the mic and could always get the story across. On top of that their countless title reigns, back when the tag titles mattered. E&C were great, but New Age Outlaws were the best.
     
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  9. lil bitch Kid

    lil bitch Kid Getting Noticed By Management

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    Well, wwe did exactly what they wanted to do here, which is create controversy and get people talking about tag teams. Notice a but more ficus these days? Notice Abraham talking tag teams? Notice at least 1 tag segment per show? It's called creating a buzz and it worked. It's a mark list to get people talking. Edge is a buzz name right now.
     
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  10. relentless1

    relentless1 G.O.A.T.

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    this list is shit, why are the steiners so low, they should be in the top 5, and wheres the outsiders? harlem heat?? i know it says wwe top 50 but cmon, they own the wcw and ecw libraries this list should be a bit more comprehensive than this, wwe isnt the end all be all.
     
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  11. Rockyfolifebo!!!

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    This list is ok, I just have 2 problems.

    Problem 1 - London and Kendrick should not be so high up on the list. If I remember correctly, they had one of the longest reigns as tag team champions in history! Plus they were highly entertaining while they were here.

    Problem 2 - The Dudleyz should be number 1. Period. Regardless what organization they are in or have been to, you can't deny their impact on revolutionizing tag team wrestling! They've been everywhere, held every title (tag), and face about everybody! From their ECW matches and promos, and through their famous TLC matches with the Hardyz and E&C, they've done it all. For goodness sake, They've held the titles 20 plus times!!!
     
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  12. justtxyank

    justtxyank Championship Contender

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    On a WWE/F only list I agree that the New Age Outlaws should probably be number 1. I give them significant points for being a tag team that reached such a level that they could main event shows credibly in a period where Vince had moved on from seriously pushing tag teams. After the 80s, Vince didn't believe in tag teams as draws so he regularly broke up tag teams to turn them into singles stars. The NAO were a money making machine and really broke the WWE tag team mold.

    LOD's run with the WWF was basically a flop, there second being a joke, so I have no problem with them being lower on this list than anticipated.

    Steiners as well were limited in their WWF run. I'd probably rank their run with the WWF higher than LOD though.

    My top WWF/E tag teams:
    1) New Age Outlaws
    2) Money, Inc.
    3) Dudley Boyz
    4) Demolition
    5) Edge & Christian
     
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  13. ProWrestlingFan

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    The Dudley Boyz is the Greatest Tag-Team of all time. They are 23 time World Tag Team Champions.

    They are the only team to have held the WWE Tag-Team Championships, World Tag-Team Championships, ECW Tag-Team Championships, WCW Tag-Team Championships, NWA Tag-Team Championships, TNA Tag-Team Championships, and IWGP Tag Team Championships. They should be No.1.
     
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  14. lil bitch Kid

    lil bitch Kid Getting Noticed By Management

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    Ummm, well, on the first page of the list, it explains that only WWE/F teams are included, so that would explain the exclusion of the two teams you mentioned. The criteria are right there. You don't have to agree or like it, but, until you throw together a few hundred million dollars and start your own multi-million dollar conglomorate, you'll have to deal with the fact that in Vince land the genetic jackhammer shall rule.
     
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  15. Fansince1992

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    The Rockers should of been higher.

    I think the reason they are out of the top 10 might be that they were the greatest Tag Team never to hold the Tag Team Titles. Shawn Michaels also broke the team up, in one of the biggest Turncote type angles in History. Shawn Micheals to his credit went on to become one of the all time greats as a singles wrestler, and Jennetty went in the opposite direction.

    When the Rockers split up, they were that sort of Tag Team who were truly missed and it was a pity they never got back together.
     
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  16. THTRobtaylor

    THTRobtaylor Once & Future Wrestlezone Columnist

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    You have to remember that policital issues will come into play on lists like this... The Steiners and Vince do not get on after they refused to play ball with him in the 1990's... They walked rather than wrestle each other... thats gonna colour the list.

    Slightly disagree with the 6 placing for the Bulldogs, I'd have swapped them with Demoliton at 3 as they were the ones who really raised the bar tag team wise.

    Brothers of Destruction was a gimmick team, it is right they are placed low as they did not enhance the division, only their own careers.
     
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  17. Hollywood Naitch

    Hollywood Naitch The current reigning and defending

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    The list clearly states that it is focusing on tag-team's success in WWE/WWF ONLY, not any of their reigns in WCW, NWA, ECW, AWA or anywhere else. That is why The Steiner's, The Road Warriors and The Dudley Boyz are not right at the top (although I think the success The Dudleyz had should definitely make them in the top 3).

    The Steiner's weren't in WWE for that long, although they won the belts a couple of times and the vast majoirty of the LOD/Road Warriors' success came outside of the WWE, so its entirely understandable why those teams aren't at the top in the rankings. If success in other company's was included, I have no doubt that the rankings would be different and have pissed less people off. The Road Warriors would almost certainly be at the top, they were the most dominant team in tag-team wrestling history by far.

    Edge and Christian are more than worthy of the top spot in this countdown, they were on top and winning titles when WWE's tag ranks were very strong, both guys had incredible charisma and chemistry and they had some of the greatest matches of all time in the ladder and TLC matches with the Hardyz and Dudleyz.

    The totally reek of awesomeness!
     
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  18. Antichrist

    Antichrist Dark Match Winner

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    I believe that HBK & Diesel should be one of the best tag teams of all time. When they split, the had the headline match of Wrestlemania 11 to end the feud, and the sweet chin music that should have been three but wasn't in that match is imo HBK's greatest moment ever. IDK if they ever tag teamed together but Piper and Orton should be in there too. Having a cast on your arm for two years? YES! YES! YES!
     
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  19. Nick Black

    Nick Black The Heel God

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    I don't understand what the hell you're even saying. Stay on topic?

    Everything that is plausible has been said already:

    - LOD is too high considering their WWE run was eh.
    - New Age Outlaws should be number 1
    - E&C are too high and they are only at that spot because of Edge in the HoF
    - Dudley Boyz should be Number 2 or 3.
    - Everyone else is in acceptable order.
    - Demolition is fine where they are, same with the Harts.
     
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  20. AwesomeRko

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    Edge and Christian merit the top spot, the list is based on achievements in the WWE and E&C led the rejuvenation of tag team wrestling taking it to a whole new level in the late 90's/early 2000's. They had a long run together during which time they were the dominant team amidst stiff competition from luminaries like the Hardy's Dudleys, APA and Outlaws and both their promos and in-ring skills were very accomplished ensuring they were over with the crowd. They were invlolved in so many iconic moments from that period in WWE ranging from the two epic tlc matches to hanging bib bossman from the cell and all of this justifies their selection.
     
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  21. Davi323

    Davi323 semi-retired from WZ

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    I don't see a problem with it. They specifically mentioned that it's ONLY taking into account their WWF/E accomplishments, not their entire careers as a whole. Once you can filter the results that way, it makes far more sense. Obviously, the Road Warriors would take the top spot in an overall greatest Tag Team list, but when you limit it to WWF/E only, it's hard to argue that Edge and Christian's accomplishments don't surpass everyone else's.

    The parameters for this particular list was presented in a straightforward manner, even providing specific examples to avoid confusion. If you aren't smart enough to understand that, then I do not feel sorry for you.
     
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  22. Alex

    Alex King Of The Wasteland

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    I don't see what the big deal is. All of the tag teams that everyone is going on about are on the list so it doesn't really matter. Don't forget as has been previously said its WWF/E accomplishments only. Regardless of that all the teams you'd want to be on the list are so whats the big deal.
     
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  23. relentless1

    relentless1 G.O.A.T.

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    yea i get it, i get that its a wwe only list and i dont have a problem with it from that standpoint. i wouldnt have a problem with this list if it came out pre 2001 because you never acknowledge the competition, what im sayin is that the wwe needs to stop pretending theyve been the only big time in wrestling, these lists they put together should have more of a universal scope on accomplishment because like it or not they dont just represent wwes views now they should be representing the views of all of wrestling history so to make a list based purely on wwe merits when they own the history of other great organizations as well is ignorant.
     
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  24. D-Man

    D-Man Gone but never forgotten.

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    This is a topic that's near and dear to my heart. And I just finished reading through the list. Here is my take on it...

    I honestly feel that WWE.com is putting to much weight on the number of championships that these teams have won. Sure, championship define greatness at times and lengthy reigns are memorable but I can't agree with the Hardy Boyz taking a spot over the British Bulldogs. If both teams were in their primes and faced each other, the British Bulldogs would crush the Hardy's.

    Lastly, I don't care how many championships they've won... Edge & Christian will NEVER be a better tag team than the Hart Foundation. Hell, I can make an argument that the Bulldogs are better than Edge & Christian but according to the paragraph I wrote above this one, that would mean I'd have to find arguments against the New Age Outlaws, Demolition, and the Hardy Boyz. I'm sure I could do it but it'd be a waste of my time, considering the weight that many new fans put on teams of the Attitude Era.

    The team I'm the happiest for is definitely Demolition. As far as I'm concerned, this list FINALLY gives them the respect they rightfully deserve in WWE tag team history. Besides the Hart Foundation and British Bulldogs, a finer and more dominant team had never been assembled. Their team synergy, power, dominance, charisma... it all defined exactly what we all believe a tag team should be about.
     
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  25. Poop Master Flex

    Poop Master Flex Mid-Card Championship Winner

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    Love Demolition got so much love on this list, same as the Hart foundation but for the most part I wasn't a huge fan of this list.

    For example E&C at #1, are you HIGH? Sure, I loved E&C and always thought they were the best team out of the Hardyz and Dudleyz but better than teams like Demolition and the Hart Foundation? I don't think so.

    The Steiners at #41 is a joke (Not sure how Billy and Chuck is better than the Steiners but OK), they should be in the top 15 (top 5 if you count their time in other promotions).

    Don't care they only used teams in WWE since its a WWE list but just think the ranking of most teams is flat out wrong, my opinion.

    At least the top 5 singles stars list of WWE I agreed with (with the exception of no Hogan). To me, it seems like this list was made by someone who started watching wrestling in 2005 and has no idea about many of the teams listed. I'm pretty sure he wiki'ed most of the teams.
     
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