Top Ten Tag Teams of the 90’s
By: Rhett Davis
10. M-N-M (Johnny Nitro & Joey Mercury)
Everything about this team is memorable. They had a unique look, a unique wrestling style, a unique finishing maneuver, an interesting entrance, and who can forget the farfetched way in which they wore their tag team titles? Besides memorability, these two guys could bring it in the ring. Managed by Melina, Mercury and Nitro (the later John Morrison) would go on to hold three WWE Tag Team titles. Utilizing the Snapshot, M-N-M would dominate the SmackDown tag team title scene for over a year.
9. The Hooliganz (Paul London & Brian Kendrick)
One of the most entertaining tag teams of all time, The Hooliganz sprinted to the ring for every match, did a backflip off the second rope, and proceeded to excel between the ropes. These two would win the WWE Tag Team championship off of M-N-M and continue to hold the gold for 331 days. That’s remarkable in this day and age of wrestling. Just to put it in context for you, Edge & Christian won the titles seven times and their number of days was 207. The Dudley Boys? Eight reigns for 281 days. These guys were quick and innovative. Their match at Armageddon 2006 was remarkable and probably the biggest test of their title run. With a run with the gold for almost an entire year, The Hooliganz have implanted themselves into WWE Tag Team History.
8. Briscoe Brothers (Jay and Mark Briscoe)
These guys would probably be higher on the list if it wasn’t for the fact that they were a big fish in a small pond. That being said, these guys were the top tag team in ROH for this entire decade. They won the gold six times over this time period and are one of the biggest draws on the independent circuit to this day. They have the most tag team title reigns in ROH and had the longest single title reign at one point. They would defend against and defeat teams including Kings of Wrestling, Samoa Joe & AJ Styles, The Prophecy, The Backseat Boys, KENTA and Davey Richards, and the list goes on and on. They were a hardcore duo that excelled through ROH throughout the entire decade which is something few of these teams can claim.
7. Beer Money Inc. (Bobby Roode & James Storm)
Both Bobby Roode and James Storm got their start in TNA in different tag teams, but would end up teaming together in 2008 to form Beer Money Inc. They would win the tag team titles three times. During their heel run in early 2009, Beer Money would host something called an ‘Off The Wagon Challenge’ where they would defend their belts against anyone, but if Beer Money wins, the person that is pinned or made to submit would be fired. Using this, Beer Money would get Doug Williams and Lance Rock fired. They also won Team 3D’s Tag Team Invitational Tournament in 2009 to earn a shot at the TNA titles and would win it all. This duo were highly successful, but a lot of their success would come later after being inducted into Fortune.
6. Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker & Kane)
This is where tag teams are difficult to grade. Here we have two of the biggest superstars of all time, but they weren’t together for very long when they were together. They would however have three tag team title reigns as a cohesive unit. Although most of their success came from periodic team-ups to handle their own personal feuds rather than being involved in tag team feuds. In the early part of the 00’s, the Brothers of Destruction were on the WWE side of the Invasion and would win the WCW Tag Team titles during the battle. This tag team has probably headlined more SmackDowns than any other and just their very presence is enough to make any opposition tremble.
5. America’s Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm)
The number one tag team in the history of TNA has to be either Beer Money Inc. or America’s Most Wanted. Oddly enough, both of these teams have James Storm in them. America’s Most Wanted was a team of drinking cowboys that were in TNA in the early days and captured six NWA Tag Team titles in their run which was more than anyone had ever captured. Rough and rowdy, this redneck group managed later on by Gail Kim feuded profusely with teams such as 3 Live Kru, The Naturals, Triple X, Team Canada, and Team 3D. They were voted Tag Team of the Year in 2004 and had match of the year contenders against Triple X in 2004. AMW was a fearless group and easily earn their spot on this list.
4. D-X (Triple H & Shawn Michaels)
Yes most of their work was during the 1990’s, but they did have a reunion tour which they were very successful in. How many tag team matches do you think main evented in this decade? There weren’t a ton but Triple H and Shawn Michaels main evented several events fighting against teams such as Rated RKO, The Spirit Squad, Legacy, Vince and Shane McMahon, and JeriShow. From 2006 on, D-X would take over countless shows and be the headlining feud as well as the main event matches. For most of 2006, D-X and John Cena were the biggest commodities in the WWE so it’s only fitting for D-X to be rated high on this list.
3. The Hardy Boyz (Jeff & Matt Hardy)
Matt and Jeff Hardy are, to be blunt, insane. Watch any of the TLC or Ladder matches between these guys, Edge & Christian, and the Dudleys and you’ll understand. Jeff does senton bombs off of the top of a 20 foot ladder onto a man lying on a table. Matt jumps off a 10 foot ladder to hit a leg drop on someone on the floor. Jeff Hardy jumps off the top of a steel cage onto his opponents. These guys are innovators, these guys are thrill seekers, and these guys are seven time tag team champions. Coming out wearing fishnets and long black cargo pants, these guys had an entire unique persona. Rightfully so, Team Extreme is number three on the tag teams of the 00’s.
2. Edge & Christian
The two brothers debuted at the very end of the 1999 as part of The Brood, but shortly after moved into being a tag team by themselves. They were entertaining and impressive, but the thing that had to put these two on the map was the Triangle Ladder and Triangle Tables, Ladders, and Chairs matches between these two, The Dudleys, and The Hardy Boyz. Edge and Christian would wind up winning almost all of these confrontations and being a highly successful team in the WWE winning the WWE Tag Team titles seven times during the 00’s. Whether they were posing for the five-second-pose, dressing up as fat Elvises, or falling off of ladders, Edge and Christian were a legendary tag team that will always be considered one of the best of all time. If it wasn’t for this last team, they easily would’ve won the number one tag team of the 00’s.
1. The Dudley Boys (Bubba Ray Dudley & Devon Dudley)
The number one tag team of the 2000’s is The Dudley Boys. Eight World Tag Team titles, one WWE Tag Team title, one WCW Tag Team title, two TNA Tag Team titles, one NWA Tag Team title, were voted Tag Team of the Year in 2001 and 2009, and received PWI’s award for Tag Team of the decade in which this is. Hard to argue against all of that isn’t it? The Dudleys are probably most known for putting people through tables, but they have had tons of classic matches throughout the decade. That’s another factor that plays into them being number one. They were together for almost an entire decade! No other team on this list can lay claim to that with the exception of The Briscoe Brothers. The Dudleys are one of the greatest tag teams of all time. If you hear Bubba Ray tell Devon to ‘Get the Tables’ and see Devon set up the 3D, you knew your luck was coming to a splintering halt.
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