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Because of the WWF's lack of any initiative in forming new and kick-ass tag teams, I spent an hour today watching an OLD tape of mine (some of that Florida wrestling!) and saw a tag team match that truly brought the LOVE. You know the feeling! You're sitting there watching the match on the edge of your seat. Every other move causes you to twitch, and you almost feel like you're right there in the arena (well, armory in this case). Anyway, after watching the match, which was New Breed vs. The Fabulous ones, I started thinking about my favorite tag teams of all times. Here are some of them (in no f'n order).

1) New Breed: Chris Champion and Sean Royal. Cruiserwight tag team, goofy gimmick, but in that ring, they were amazing.

2) Fabulous Ones: Mr. Fargo's hand-picked dream team of Stan Lane and Steve Keirn. I loved the mix of technical wrestling, rough brawling and aerial work. I also thought they were cool because they were the first white guys I saw go barefoot in the ring who weren't named "Von Erich".

3) Wild Pegasus and Jushin "Thunder" Lyger: If you haven't seen Chris Benoit's work in Japan, stop reading and order a tape NOW!! I didn't see these guys until I got a tape a few months ago, and these two were amazing as a team. THen again, both of Dynamite Kid's successors teaming up... How could you go wrong.

4) Rick Steamboat and Rick Flair: You have to go WAY back for this one, but they were actually regional tag champs for a while. I saw them reunite once in like 91-92 for a few tag matches. Good Stuff, I wish I had recorded it.

5) The Road Warriors: NOT the "LOD"! Dammit. I mean the Ironman-playing, rush to the ring and REGULATING Road Warriors. You cannot be an old school fan and honestly say you don't get a bit of a chill when you hear "Ironman" on the radio!

6) Rick Rude and Manny Fernandez: Definitely an odd couple, but kicked ass on a level JUST below the Road Warriors. When that drumbeat from "We Will Rock You" started, it was just like the glass breaking today. Everybody knew someone was getting their ass whooped. Plus, they made headbands look MANLY!

7) The Steiner Brothers (pre WWF): Need I say more? Kick ass theme song (Welcome to the Jungle)... check! Team unity? check! Tag team moves? You DAMN right!Plus, this was back when Scott was roid-free and an even better athlete than Kurt Angle.

8) DOOM: Now everybody liked them, but they brought the love for me! Ron Simmons and Butch Reed. Two big, burly dudes with a hot chick in their corner who did some of the NASTIEST looking power moves I've ever seen. APA is cool, but they're just a pale (no pun intended) imitation of DOOM!

9) The Mulkey Brothers... Up yours!! I know what you're thinking! "They were just JOBBERS" THey never even won a match! Bull, they won once... But anyway, they took a better ass-kicking than anyone before and the only two who can compare today are Spike Dudley and Mikey Whipwreck. THe Mulkeys brought the JOBBER LOVE, and I for one appreciate it!

10) The British Bulldogs: Absolutely great team. Davey Boy bringing the power, Dynamite being the "Speed Demon" (Gorilla Monsoon tm) and together influenced many guys. Sure, they got a little cheesy in the WWF, but in the earlier days and in Japan they had the "dick heel" act DOWN!

Well, that's all I can think of for now. So, which teams bring the LOVE for you?





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1) definitely the Rock and Roll express. When I was a kid watching NWA on TBS I loved these guys. I marked out every single time for the Double Dropkick finisher.

2) The Midnight Express- The 80's version. "Beautiful" Bobby and "Sweet" Stan Lane. But I cant remember the guy that Stan Lane replaced. Was it Dennis Condrey? I dont know, somebody help me out. Anyway, these guys had awesome music and a great intro done by one of the coolest heel managers of all time, Jim Cornette. And they had some awesome fueds with R&R.

3) Road Warriors- Once again the 80s NWA version was the one I loved. Avenger is right, everytime I hear Ironman I think of Hawk and Animal.

4) Strike Force- To be honest I think i just liked these guys because I loved Tito Santana and they had a cool name. LOL. I really dont remember how good they were as a team.

5)Windham and Rotundo(a?)- I can remember being pissed when Hogan stole these guys music. I loved their fued against Nikolai Koloff and the Iron Sheik, thats what got me hooked as a kid.



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Ladies and gentleman. Boys and girls. Children of all ages. D-Generation X proudly presents to you, The Road Dogg Jesse James, the Badd Ass Billy Gunn. The New Age Outlaws.

Like em or not, no team better represents the Attitude era of the WWF than the New Age Outlaws. They carried the tag division for the longest time and were over like crazy.



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Oddly enough, I was bored yesterday and gave this very question some thought. No particular order, since it depends on what day it is as to who my favorite is. It's probably one of these five, though.

-Edge and Christian-Maybe the first thing that got me to watch the B-shows, back when they used to fight the Hardys back on Shotgun Saturday Night or something. Watching them succeed as a team was a whole lot of fun. I can't even really remember them doing something that wasn't entertaining to me.

-Rey Bucanero and Ultimo Guerrero-Possibly the best regular tag team in the world right now, with Tenkoji split up. From the goofy as all hell group posing to the swank as all hell double absurd lucha submissions, they kick them some ass. The CMLL Tag Matches almost always rule. Santo and Casas, Juvi and Nicho, and all the rest are usually worth your time also.

-The Holy Demon Army (Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue)-In addition to the name being the coolest thing in the history of TIME, they're in about a zillion really good matches. Kawada was pretty much great throughout the entire run of this, and though Taue wasn't actually good until 1995, he still ruled. The hair, people. The hair.

-Any (or, Most) of the Four Horsemen teaming together-Arn and Tully, the Andersons, Flair and Everybody, hell, even Benoit and Malenko. For the sake of argument, let's not count Mongo.

-The Hollywood Blonds-Hey, this reminds me I have a Best of Tape featuring like six hours of Austin and Pillman and early 90s WCW. I need to get to watching.

Chris-Needs to see more of all of this.
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How could I forget the Hollywood Blonds?! [slaps head] Stupid, dtupid stupid! I thought those two made a great team, and was pretty much glued to the screen whenever they were on. Good choice!

Also, Mr. Ass and the Road Dogg. Being quite the conniseur of pot... er, jokes! Pot jokes I mean! I couldn't help but dig the WWF's biggest stoner. Team him up with the WWF's biggest closet case, and the hilarity ensues! They were especially great when Road Dogg turned it up, anyone remember that cage match with the Hardys when Road Dogg did an Asai Moonsault onto Jeff off the side of the cage?

WHat about THe Burning? Orange Crush, Blue Thunder, another great Japanese team bringing the LOVE.

BTW, this six hour tape with the best of Pillman and Austin. Where did you get it and how much did it cost? This sounds like a MUST HAVE!



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You are correct, the Midnight Express was "Lover Boy" Dennis Condrey and "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton - managed by a tennis racket with a skinny little geek attached to it.

Most of my favorites were already named (i.e. Bulldogs, U.S. Express, Road Warriors) but here are some that were left out:

The Fantastics - just plain fun to watch.

Ivan and Nikita Koloff - monster heel team from the 80's. nobody thought the RnR Express could take them, but they did.

Dick Murdoch and Adrian Adonis - these guys knew how to work as a team. Fun to watch, because of their talent and their Eddie Guerrero-like dick-headedness



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My favorites and what got me hooked on wrestling as a kid was any combination fo the Freebirds against the Von Erichs with Gentleman Chris Adams thrown into the mix on either side depending on whether he was a heel or face. I never got tired of this long running feud.



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Brian Pillman and Tom Zenk were a really cool tag team...the Dangerous Alliance provided awesome teams like Larry Zybyszko/Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton/Arn Anderson, Steve Austin/Larry Zybyzsko

For power teams, ya gotta give it up for the Miracle Violence Connection. Before both of them wound up brain dead (www.oklahomastapmed.com and no that's not a typo), Gordy and Williams were simply awesome.

Then you have the Rock and Roll Express, the Wild Eyed Southern Boys (Tracy Smothers and Steve Armstrong), the Blue Bloods, Los Fabulosos (Silver King and El Dandy), Psychosis and La Parka, the Jung Dragons, Mike Enos and Wayne Bloom, the Skyscrapers (Spivey and Callous), the Varsity Club (Williams and Mike Rotundo).

WCW ruled. The best the WWF ever did was Strike Force (Santana and Martel...good workers, shitty booking) and Demolition (Bill Eady and Barry Darsow in their day were good...Bryan Adams blows).



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#10 Posted on
TM, what about Chris Adams and Gino Hernandez? Remember, back whan they wore the masks, but before Gino had the drug overdose? My favorite freebird combination was the "unofficial" member, Jimmy Garvin teaming with Michael Hayes. Dick-heelishness done EXTREMELY well. Travis, with Zybysco and Anderson, I always thought the pre- and post-match handshake was the shit. It was always like "Yeah, we don't like each other all that much, but DAMN we make a SWEET team!" The one big man team I totally forgot about. American Starship, Eagle and Coyote, Scott Hall and Danny Spivey. Another team that made headbands look MANLY! Billy and Chuck should take a few lessons from these headband wearing teams of old.



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In no particular order, since the list changes day by day:

- The (Midnight) Rockers. I'm more into the high-flyers, and Shawn AND Marty (damn shame that he never was able to hold onto success once the team broke up, because he was a great worker before injuries and, uh, "personal problems")definitely fit that description perfectly. Their double-team moves were usually excellent. Also, and this is important, they used a different finisher in almost every match, which was nearly unheard of back in the late 80's.
And as much as their outfits and such might make me sick to think about now, that was the perfect look for them at the time and enhanced their charisma back in the days before Shawn learned to/was allowed to speak very much.

- Various incarnations of the Horsemen. I never cared for Mongo (who did?) or Ole, so any combination involving either of them is right out. Flair/Arn, Arn/Tully, Flair/Roma, Arn/Roma, and Benoit/Malenko, however, were all dynamite in the ring, and except for the last pairing, all had at least one GREAT talker within the team itself.

- British Bulldogs. Davey Boy Smith was an awesome worker for a power guy back in the 80's, and who doesn't love the Dynamite Kid? Their mix of power and flying made them a joy to watch, they had the look, and despite not being particularly great on the stick, charismatic just by virtue of their intensity. They'd probably be my number one team of all time if they'd ever consistently used a credible finisher. Lots of points taken off solely because DBS dropping DK on an opponent for a headbutt just looked goofy.

- Pre-WWF Steiners. Someone else described all of my reasons for this team already, so no need to elaborate.

- The Dudleys. Sure, they're stale now, and their workrate has deteriorated, but they were the ultimate heel team for a while, talking trash constantly but always able to back it up with some brutal wins. Honorable mention to everybody who sold the 3D so well, making them look even more bad-ass.

- Head Cheese. I don't CARE how stupid the gimmick was, it made me laugh. Snow was (and still is) a good worker, and as a fellow Ohioan, I mark out for him, no matter what he's doing (except for that stupid Pepper angle). Blackman was, if nothing else, always fairly decent in the ring, and for some reason, I like the intense, no-frills, just do it guys. Overall, they weren't great, but dammit, they entertained me more than any other team of the late 90's onward, aside from Edge and Christian.

- Um, Edge and Christian. Great ringwork, interesting look, charismatic as faces, frickin' hilarious as smart-ass, cowardly heels. I just really, really hope they don't get reunited. It was a great run, but I think they're both ready for singles stardom. Reforming the team for longer than a few months, at most, might ruin their chances of succeeding on their own, since they might be perceived as chokers.
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Head Cheese was a DAMN fine gimmick, I'll have you all know. Al Snow, with "HEAD" and Steve Blackman, Mr. CHEESE-y karate dude. Perfect name for a good team. It would have been a bit better if they mixed in the Job Squad gimmick with it though. In fact, make Al Snow and Funaki the new Job Squad. Just think of the catch phrase! "Pin me, pay me... INDEED!"

And I feel kinda dumb for leaving them out before: The Eliminators! TOTAL ELIMINATION... 'nuff said!



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    Originally posted by EastCoastAvenger
    Head Cheese was a DAMN fine gimmick, I'll have you all know. Al Snow, with "HEAD" and Steve Blackman, Mr. CHEESE-y karate dude. Perfect name for a good team. It would have been a bit better if they mixed in the Job Squad gimmick with it though. In fact, make Al Snow and Funaki the new Job Squad. Just think of the catch phrase! "Pin me, pay me... INDEED!"


Oh, I agree that the gimmick was great, but mostly because it was, in fact, so stupid. Except maybe Foley, nobody plays the funny, likable nut better than Al Snow, and Blackman was the perfect straight-man for Al's silliness. It's kinda like the wrestling equivalent of "Animal House." Simple, straightforward comedy that doesn't require much thought in order to be truly funny. As for The New Job Squad, I like that idea. Maybe flesh out the group with Crash, following in cousin Bob's footsteps, and, as the big man, Big Show. Show's been doing nothing but jobbing lately anyway, might as well make an angle out of it. Remember, Foley was briefly a member of the Job Squad while chasing the world title, so having a mid-to-upper-midcard jobber in the ranks would actually emphasize the lack of success the group has had.
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This discussion about tag teams has got me thinking about the "old days". Remember when you actually had to have both feet on the apron in order to be legally tagged in? They need to bring back that rule and the tag ropes as well! Come on, who wouldn't love to see a good tag rope strangling?





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Big Show EPITOMIZES the Job Squad ideals! Think about it. The guy has a like 20 year contract with the WWF, so he gets paid pretty much the same whether he wins or loses. Play off this by bringing back the smoking, "I just don't give a fuck" Giant character, slap a Job Squad t-shirt on him, and BOOM! Something even bigger than the bWo! This could work...



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#16 Posted on

    Originally posted by Jason Blackhart
    This discussion about tag teams has got me thinking about the "old days". Remember when you actually had to have both feet on the apron in order to be legally tagged in? They need to bring back that rule and the tag ropes as well! Come on, who wouldn't love to see a good tag rope strangling?




DUDE...I've been screaming for the tag rope! I long for the tag rope! Those were the days.



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My faves:

1 and 2) The two big Stampede teams: The British Bulldogs and the Hart Foundation. I rank the Dogs better than the Foundation, mainly due to Dynamite's ring work. The Harts had better continuity, but they were kinda dull compared to the Dogs.

3) The Road Warriors. I still remember when they gouged Dusty Rhodes eye out with a spike from their shoulder pads. Totally badass. WWF version was a pale comparison.

4) The Midnight Express. Epitome of tag team cohesion. Great team, since the Eaton and Lane were less than stellar by themselves.

5) The Steiners. Monsters while in the NWA. Again, WWF killed them.

6) Arn and Tully. Another monster team killed by the WWF.

7) The Freebirds. Great heel team. Not great wrestlers, but a great persona (skip the Hayes/Garvin team, I'm talking about Hayes/Gordy)

8) The Dudleys. They've gotten stale, but they were brutal and dominant in their first two years in the WWF. Never saw them in ECW, so I can't comment there.

9) The Blackjacks. I saw this team mostly from tapes, but they were huge and brutal. Good monster team.

10) The Samoans. Another great team with good cohesion. I was a sucker as a kid for their strange fish-eating ways. Sika's tag team with Kamala was another guilty pleasure.

There are oh so more too: The Fabulous Ones, Demoltion, Badd Company, The Thrillseekers, Edge/Christian. Too bad Vince doesn't give tag teams a fair shake...



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.09

    Originally posted by Jason Blackhart
    This discussion about tag teams has got me thinking about the "old days". Remember when you actually had to have both feet on the apron in order to be legally tagged in? They need to bring back that rule and the tag ropes as well! Come on, who wouldn't love to see a good tag rope strangling?




What were tag ropes?



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What were tag ropes?

Tag ropes were short ropes you had to put around your hand when on the apron. When reaching for a tag, you couldn't stretch yourself any further than the tag ropes allowed you to.

Somewhere in the late 80's or early 90's they just up and disappeared.




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Tag ropes kinda faded out around the time the Rock & Roll Express (those cheatin' BASTARDS!) got pretty famous didn't they? Kinda tough to have quick double teaming if if you have to hold on to some little rope!



Japanese Lesson #1:

Suiteki de atama ni anao akararete iru yona kokoromochi deshta.

Translation: It was like drops of water boring into my skull.

(To be said after watching any Stephanie McMahon segment!)
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