Here's another topic to think about. Now, it's obvious that Booker T and Rob Van Dam (who I dubbed "High Five") weren't really a tag team. But, when Booker walked out on RVD I thought up one thing: Strike Force. Hell, Booker had the trunks to match.
So let's have a little discussion about some of the memorable tag team breakups, such as:
- Edge & Christian This was probably the best booked breakup in recent memory. It was building ever since the beginning of the 2001 King of the Ring tournament (which Edge won); Edge winning the IC Title from Lance Storm; and Christian progressively becoming more and more jealous. And it finally boiled over that faithful night in T.O. which led to Christian conchairto-ing Edge and having one of the more deranged expressions on his face I've seen for quite a while. It's a shame the Invasion made the actual feud not so good.
- The Rockers Shawn Michaels. Barber Shop Window. Nuff Said.
- The Hart Brothers By this, I mean, Bret and Owen. Yeah, they weren't really a tag team but damned if this breakup didn't save Owen's career at the time. I think most of you remember Owen being tired of Bret's selfishness and "kicking his leg out of his leg" so let's move on.
- Strike Force As mentioned, the famed heel-turned face (Rick Martel) walks out on fellow face (Tito Santana) in peril.
While all the ones mentioned above were quite fine, the greatest of all (as already mentioned in DEAN's Beloved Smackdown Report thread, 4/8/04 edition) is the Windham-Luger break up. High drama! I sometimes get a little weepy still, when I think of Barry's betrayal.
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Originally posted by Evil BuddhaWhile all the ones mentioned above were quite fine, the greatest of all (as already mentioned in DEAN's Beloved Smackdown Report thread, 4/8/04 edition) is the Windham-Luger break up. High drama! I sometimes get a little weepy still, when I think of Barry's betrayal.
That was the day my God hath forsaken me :`-(
I don't care how smarky I would have been in 1988 (I was 13, so not very much at all), I probably still wouldn't have seen that one coming.
Again, not really a tag team, but Sid bailing on Hogan during the SNME tag match set up the main event of WM 8...and speaking of WM main events, how could one forget the Mega Powers? I think that was the only wrestling angle that ever pissed off my mom.
Well if Owen and Bret can be called a tag team, then Vitamin C is one too (oh wait, they were! tag champs even!)
The break between Christian and Jericho has to be the most elaborate one ever, taking about six+ months before the first punch between them was thrown. I don't think Hogan-Macho or Bret-Owen took that long..
So that makes Christian 2-for-2 when it comes to turning on his partner after a long, interesting build. Alas it seems that these are also the moments when he is most over with the general crowd :(
Christian is great i was hoping he'd win at Wrestlemania and i hope he'll win again. Although i see some comeuppance on Trish during this match i think Jericho will still lose. Hey everything Wrestling organisation needs an annoying CLB
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In agreement with DEAN, Windham/Luger vs. Blanchard/Anderson is the gold standard for tag break-ups. Consider that these teams had gone 5 stars (yes, Luger, 5 stars, makes you wonder what he could have done if he didn't stop caring in '92), and were having a great title rematch when Barry Windham shocks the world and turns. Considering Windham had been having classics against Flair the previous year and had been a face throughout most (if not all) of his career at that point, it came out of no-where. Then, throw in the beatdown of the Midnight Rider in the heel dressing room after the fact, and it was pure magic on Saturday Night. Hogan/Orndorff was telegraphed, but still a top turn. While not the shock of Luger/Windham, it actually is probably one of the top 5 seminal moments in wrestling in the past 20 years, as that was the moment the WWF woke out of the slumber they had been in since Mania 1, and really took off. Hindsight could claim that turn killed the AWA, UWF and World Class, as Vince went back into seek and destroy mode. Have to give some credit to the break-up of the Dynamic Duo (Chris Adams and Gino Hernandez) in '85 in World Class. After the humiliation of having their heads shaved by the Von Erich's in the Cotton Bowl, they wrestled under masks for a month. Finally, they broke up, and in the grudge match Hernandez blinds Adams. Of course, Hernandez dies a few days later, but due to kayfabe some thought Adams was behind his death. Now, that is being dedicated to the craft.
I want you to know, I agree with everything I just said.
My favorite Tag-Team Breakups 1. Hogan/Orndorff 1986 - Classic pearl harbor Job on Hogan. Steals Hogan's theme music "Real American" as well. This was my favorite Hogan fued of all-time. Too bad they didn't have a ppv match together. 2. Hogan/Savage 1989 - Miss. Elizabeth causes Mega Problems. 3. Rockers 1992 - Shawn Michaels throws Marty Jennity into a window at Beefcake's Barber Shop. 4. Strike Force 1989 - Tito Santana accidently drops the flying forearm into Rick Martel. Rick Martel now becomes the Model. 5. The Colossial Connection (Andre the Giant and Haku) 1990 - After losing the Tag Belts to Demolition, Bobby Heenan blaims Andre for the loss. Andre sick to his stomach of Heenan bad mouthing him, Andre goes after Heenan by slapping him around several times. This would be Andre the Giant's last match in the WWF at Wrestlemania 6.
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