’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Favorite Wrestling Tag Teams’
It’s time to take it back to the squared-circle…
And this time around, we’ll be talking tag-team wrestling. Some of my favorite wrestling memories from my youth come from tag team action, as there was a period in the 1980’s when the teams were more entertaining than the singles action.
As you can imagine, and if you know me or the blog, most of my favorites come from my youth. Actually, more than 90% of them are teams from the 80’s and 90’s. Today’s tag-team scene is just plain awful if you ask me.
So, let’s get right into it. Ding!!
Honorable Mention: Road Warriors, British Bulldogs, Killer Bees, The Rockers, Demolition, The Windham Brothers, Dusty Rhodes & Nikita Koloff, and The Midnight Express.
10 – The Rock & Sock Connection. Taking two of the sport’s biggest stars and teaming them together was probably not the best idea. And to be honest, they were far from impressive as a single unit. But, getting these two guys in the ring together with microphones in hand and you have a comedic journey worth watching.
9 – Harlem Heat. Way before Booker T became a solid singles wrestler, he was a dominant tag teamer with his ‘brother’ Stevie Ray. The guys worked great together in the ring, but had horrible mic skills. The time Booker spent in the tag-team scene seems to have paid off as he became an A-list solo performer afterwards.
8 – The Mega Powers. Teaming Hogan and Savage was probably good for ratings, but personally I love these guys as foes versus friends. Yet you cannot deny the star power of ‘The Mega Powers’.
7 – Brutus Beefcake & Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine. Two great wrestlers that performed very well together. And their string of titles runs backs up that fact. Before microphone skills were mandatory, these two guys were as solid as it got.
6 – Iron Shiek & Nikolai Volkoff. These two are the first ‘bad guys’ that I remember. And I have a ton of memories of listening to and then trying to repeat the Russian national anthem. Way before the NWO, it was Volkoff that was getting pounded with cups of beer when on the mic.
5 – Rock ‘N Roll Express. A team designed to get the girls excited, I have to admit that I enjoyed watching this high-flying duo work in the NWA and WCW. Set aside the bright colors, flashy ribbons, and Morton’s blond hair – these guys were great together in the ring.
4 – Steiner Brothers. Way before Scott became ‘Pump’, the Steiners were a hell of a team. Boasting the perfect blend of speed and power, these guys performed some amazing moves as a duo – and their suplexes were crazy!!
3 – The New Age Outlaws. Known more for their antics than their wrasslin’ ability, Jesse James and Billy Gunn were solid compliments to DX. The feuds were intense and their dominance in merchandise sales may never be seen again.
2 – Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard. Simply stated, these guys kicked butt. Everyone’s butts for that matter. The protector’s of the Four Horsemen’s legacy, both guys had the ability to dominate their opponents without flash. Their in-ring skills were top-notch and most of their opponents left the ring as injured losers of the match.
1 – The Hart Foundation. Loved these guys as I recall watching them from the start through until Bret Hart became the star of the show as a singles wrestler. Bret and Jim Neidhart were like a machine – perfect timing and never skipping a beat. They beat teams bigger than them, faster than them, and stronger than them. And they always made the crowd roar – whether good or bad!
Man, that was fun to do. I really wish that today’s version of the sport allowed for teams to be built and not formed. Way too often, former ‘main-event’ talent is forced to work together just to keep the guys active. If the WWE spent more time on creating these teams with fresh talent, and then let several of them create their own storylines, I think that they could easily regenerate what used to be a very valuable and fun part of their talent rosters.
What do you think? What is your favorite tag team of all-time?