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Best WWE Tag Teams For The Last 10 Years

Apr 24, 2008
In my last article, I talked about how the WWE has a weak tag division. I didn't really go into too much depth about what they DID have though. First, I'm going to go over a few of the best tag teams in the last decade, and look at some of the traits that made them so great.

First, we have what many would consider the best tag team of the last decade, and one of the best all-time to boot. They are currently a part of TNA, but have made their mark in the WWF and WWE, and should definitely be in contention when talking about the top tag teams ever. I'm talking, of course, about the Dudley Boyz, known now as Team 3D. Brother D-Von and Brother Ray compose this team, a pair of 300 lb guys who are probably the best tag team currently in wrestling today. Brother Ray is one of the funniest and most charismatic guys in the industry, from hilarious segments about trying to lose weight, to frustrating the hell out of Jim Cornette, he and D-Von constantly entertain on a weekly basis.

Second, and I'm only gonna go over three here, is probably the 2nd best Tag Team, behind the Dudleyz. I'm talking of course about the team of Edge and Christian, who dropped and won the belt 7 times in just a couple of years. The 'brothers' from Canada were also very entertaining in their day. Known throughout their days as a number of names, from Hard Impact to High Impact to the Suicide Blondes, to imitating Los Conquistadores, they did whatever they could to win the gold. The two originally started off, as many remember, as members of The Brood with Gangrel. The two soon broke off their relationship with Gangrel, however, and started feuding with the next tag team on my list. Later on after lots of great feuds with the next tag team, they aligned with Kurt Angle to form Team ECK, later known as Team RECK after Rhyno joined. They won the title 7 times during this time, and lost the belts after their final reign to the Brothers of Destruction. The team reunited a few more times, before Christian left for TNA.

The final tag team, and perhaps the last big name tag team the WWE has had, is of course the team with two of the most loved wrestlers in the WWE, The Hardy Boys. Known as Team Xtreme, The Hardys, The Hardy Boyz, and The New Breed when Gangrel joined up with them. Lita joined up with them, and they had a great two year rivalry with Edge and Christian. They participated in the first ever TLC match for the WWF Tag Titles at Summerslam in 2000, gaining them a large amount of priority, even though they lost. Their popularity with younger kids skyrocketed, including an appearance as un-named wrestlers on That 70s Show(if you find this episode online, send me a message, I've been trying to find it!). The team split up after a time, and Jeff Hardy was fired for drug reasons, but rejoined the WWE on August 4, 2006. The team reunited in late 2006, and fought through mid 2007 before starting to go their separate ways. They fought in November 07, but lost to MVP and Mr. Kennedy. The Hardys were a bit more unique as compared to, say, The Dudleyz, however. The Dudleyz are more remembered for their entertaining mic skills, whereas the Hardys are known for their in-ring work, and high-flying antics. One thing I personally find very interesting is that the Hardys are proof that fans are starting to prefer the high flying fast paced style as compared to the slow down style the WWE insists on promoting. The Hardys are still a popular pair of guys, and hopefully Jeff can recover from his recent loss of his home, and perhaps try to cut back on the drug problems, because he still has a chance to make his mark in a big way on the wrestling industry.

Now let's take a look at some of the lesser tag teams in the WWE. First, we have Jimmy Wang Yang and Shannon Moore on Smackdown! The two weren't really doing much as singles wrestlers, especially after the Cruiserweight Belt was thrown out, and, truth be told, haven't done much as a tag team either, despite the fact that they work pretty well together and have talent. Another pair of guys is Curt Hawkins and Zach Ryder. Granted, they're not really a tag team so much, since they're aligned with Edge now, and granted, they aren't very memorable, and fairly plain, but they still could be utilized as a tag team more often. A feud would be nice. The last tag team from Smackdown! I'm going to mention for now is Deuce and Domino. These two goons have just become jobbers, usually as singles, though the other guy and Cherry come out with them. From RAW, there are a few more 'lesser' tag teams. First is the McAllisters, Robbie and Rory. It was wondered if Robbie would be fired, as he was seen on a TNA episode, though one would think they would have done it by now. The other team I'll mention is Cade and Murdoch. These two have become little more than jobbers in recent history, and have dropped off considerably since holding the tag team belts last year.

Next, we have the current Tag Team Champions. First we'll start off with the WWE Tag Team Champs, John Morrison and The Miz. While Morrison experienced some tag success with Joey Mercury as part of team MNM, he hasn't found any with The Miz. The WWE appears to have tried to repeat here the success they had with MVP and Matt Hardy winning the belts, which boosted that feud further. When MVP and Matt Hardy won the belts, it was to boost their feud, showing friction between the two. It helped big time too. The night they lost the belts, MVP turned on Matt, gaining major heat from the audience when he ruthlessly beat the hell out of Matt on Smackdown! However, Miz and Morrison, while it seemed might have potential at the start of their reign, have fizzled. They've gotten lost in the shuffle.

The World Tag Team Champs had their own little storyline that started off well enough, then fizzled. It started with Cody Rhodes trying to gain the respect of Hardcore Holly after getting his ass beat 3 times in a row by him. Somewhere along the line, Holly and Rhodes started teaming up and fighting as a team. On the 15th anniversary of RAW, the two beat Cade and Murdoch, winning the belts. It seemed like they might have an interesting run, but that petered off after a month or so.

Next to last, let me talk about the two tag teams, that in my opinion, can be the WWE's 'saviors' of tag team wrestling. Let's start off with SmackDown!'s Jesse and Festus. I'll admit, when I started seeing the promos for these two, I figured they'd be a stupid tag team and that I'd never care to watch them. But while Jesse is still fairly boring to watch, though does well enough on the mic, Festus, who was actually the fake Kane for a time being in the past, is the star here. The crowd has grown to love this guy, who is docile until the bell rings to start a match, at which time he goes nuts. These two could use a good long feud with The Miz and Morrison, and it would be nice to get some heat in the feud. My next savior team is the one that just recently returned to RAW. Easily the most entertaining tag team, Cryme Time has started getting some good reactions from their antics of selling whatever they get their hands on to their chant 'money money, yeah yeah'. These guys should be the face of tag team wrestling in the WWE in the future.

Here's what I think should happen. First of all, the WWE should have Jesse and Festus win the WWE Tag Belts, and Cryme Time win the World belts. Then have a tag unification match at some point, with Cryme Time winning, and selling the WWE Tag Belts on RAW. Then what I think would be the best possible tag feud out there right now is Cryme Time vs The Miz and Morrison. Think about it, you've got the thugs who love to sell things, and the two Hollywood guys, who love spotlight and like to look good. Cryme Time could sell their stuff, perhaps Morrison's shades, Miz's hat, or Morrison's coat, and there you have a nice feud.

The WWE has the potential to 'revive' the tag team belts, and the whole tag division, if things are done right. Cryme Time should become the next big tag team, and definitely has the potential to be an all time great. The WWE needs to unify the belts, and have Cryme Time as their World Champs.

And that's the fishin' line, cause Shark Boy said so.
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