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JustinShapiro
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#1 Posted on 15.7.04 0023.58
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I am starting this thread for chill so that if it ultimately falls into lamentable banish territory it can be my fault and not his.

"I just don't see why certain people would try to shout me down when I point out how much I liked a certain team for a couple years."

Yeah that was weird. I bet He would let a tag team thread fly if it was not "Who are the Best tag teams to ever Lace 'Em Up???" Followed by the list. Or "Hey! remember tag teams?" Followed by a race to name the most obscure tag team. Not that Showgunns vs. Shoguns wouldn't be a fascinating match (OH~!).

Just to give post #1 a purpose, I say the peak of tag team overness in the WWF was in 2000, with the Hardys, E&C, and Dudleys all as major cogs, plus Too Cool and the APA at the height of their entertainment value, plus serviceable teams like T&A and D&X, plus the glory that was Head Cheese.

The peak of tag team wrestling in the WWF would be a different story altogether, back when they had all that depth with 10 teams and the belts meant way more, but there was never a time when they had three teams as strong as those three, who had great matches with each other and got tangentially involved in the main event picture when needed.



But talk about whatever you wanted to talk about. I hope it is awesome. "Mid-Atlantic was traditionally a tag team territory," I ... read. In a book.
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#2 Posted on 15.7.04 0032.54
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I agree that the Dudleyz, Hardyz & Edge/Christian were three good teams. But what have they done since?

Didn't The British Bulldogs, The Rockers & The Hart Foundation co-exist at one time in the WWF Tag Division? Between the six men we got tons of great matches (more simple and less showy than the TLC bouts), only 2 Tag Title reigns...BUT...Michaels & Hart went on to become legends, the Dynamite Kid always WAS a legend, and Davey Boy Smith had many, many great years before his downturn.

How can you top 'em?
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#3 Posted on 15.7.04 0134.42
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I agree, 2000 was a spectacular tag-team year. Even though most WWF matches those days were not longer than ten minutes due to Mcmahon storylines, tag-teams got good time especially on pay-per view. Call them spotfests, but the TLC/Ladder matches that the three teams had were all classics.

Ahh...the days the tag-team division actually meant something...
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#4 Posted on 15.7.04 0201.16
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I would venture a guess that the mid 80s scene in the WWF was better, as far as the sheer number of teams. Samoan Swat Team, Killer Bees, Rockers, Can Am Connection, Hart Foundation, British Bulldogs, Invaders, Wild Samoans, etc, etc, etc.

But then again, for the best combination of three/four tag teams would still fall to the old NWA when they had the Midnites Express, Rock N Roll Express, Tully and Arn, and the Road Warriors all at one time.
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#5 Posted on 15.7.04 0209.33
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StaggerLee just beat me to it. But in short, I'll agree with him as 1987 & 1988 are also my favorite years for tag teams. The WWF had a strong division with Strike Force (Santana & Martel), The Rougeaus, The British Bulldogs, Demolition, The Hart Foundation, The Powers of Pain, and The Rockers. Meanwhile, NWA offered the Rock 'N' Roll Express, the Midnight Express (both new & old versions), The Fantastics, Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson, The Varsity Club (Dr. Death & Rotundo), The Freebirds, The Road Warriors, and Dusty Rhodes & Nikita Koloff.

Tag team wrestling seemed to mean a lot more and you never really knew who would win the titles next. These matches and teams typically featured more high flying action than singles matches, so they offered an exciting reason for fans to care about these teams. The year 2000 was the closest I've seen the wrestling business come to reliving the glory years of `87 and `88. The Smackdown Six was fun but didn't last long enough.
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#6 Posted on 15.7.04 0322.07
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I'd have to say my personal favorite would be the AWA in the mid-seventies.

Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens were the best tag team I've ever seen. They held the AWA titles multiple times having brutal feuds with Dick the Bruiser and The Crusher.

other teams at that time:
Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon and Paul "The Butcher" Vachon
Blackjack Lanza and Big Bad Bobby Duncum
and
Verne Gagne and partner of choice (you know, whenever Verne got itchy and inserted himself into the tag picture)


All Japan in the late 90's was the best for pure wrestling:
Mitsuharu Misawa and Kenta Kobashi
Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue
Dr.Death Steve Williams and Vader
plus, Jun Akiyama, Yoshihiro Takayama and Stan Hansen in the mix.


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#7 Posted on 18.7.04 2322.10
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Gotta go with Stagger as well, mid-late 80s had some amazing teams. Teams that didn't even win the Tag Titles like The Rougeau Brothers, The Rockers, Killer Bees, Can-Am Connection, Young Stallions (okay Young Stallions is just a personal bias)... But seriously Rougeau's & Rockers would probably have double digit tag title victories in this day and age instead of being shut out.
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#8 Posted on 19.7.04 0037.56
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The Rockers were a mega force in the AWA (as the Midnight Rockers), right before coming to WWF. Old fans already know this info. I believe they were multiple-time AWA tag team champs.

The Rougeaus were damn good for a while. I always catch myself thinking that they won the WWF tag titles from Tully & Arn (I think), but it was a Dusty finish IIRC. Their win was overturned, but for the minute or so that everyone thought they'd won the titles, the crowd was in a fever. I'm surprised they didn't carry the belts as heels though, especially since Jimmy Hart had the golden touch with tag teams: Rhythm & Blues, Hart Foundation, Nasty Boys, Natural Distasters...

The Young Stallions were indeed a great underdog team! This was before Paul Roma really bulked up and suffered the same decrease in agility and movement that HHH experienced a couple years ago when he returned from knee surgery. My own guilty pleasure was Power & Glory (Roma & Hercules), managed by Slick. The sunglasses they wore back then were a new (and gaudy) fashion statement, which I thought was the coolest thing ever. A month or two later, I saw KFC restaurants offering the same style of shades with every bucket of chicken bought and quickly realized how wrong I was.
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