Most Underrated Tag Teams In Pro Wrestling History
"D-Von! Get the tables!" Bubba Ray Dudley would shout out to D-Von as they planned on smashing an opponent through a table (more often than not using their 3D trademark finishing move). This is an example of them being extreme and exciting, a couple of reasons why they are known as one of the greatest tag teams in professional wrestling history.
When you think of tag teams, teams like the aforementioned Dudley's, Hardy Boyz, and the Road Warriors come to mind. However, there are more than a few good teams who never received the recognition or title reigns they deserved. We will look back on some of these teams in this piece, and talk about a few teams who definitely deserved to be remembered.
Honorable Mention: APA
The "Acolytes Protection Agency", Faarooq and Bradshaw were simply bar-fighting bodyguards. They protected fellow superstars for money, and were powerhouses in the ring. The APA won three tag team championships together before Bradshaw turned on Faarooq to become John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL) in 2004.
5. Booker T & Goldust
This was a unique pairing from the start. Booker T and Goldust aren't similar characters, and Booker wanted no part of Goldust as a tag team. They were very entertaining when cutting promos, interviews, or other backstage segments. Goldust was a very humorous character, and Booker T's reactions were always entertaining. They were both good in the ring, but only had a single tag title reign together in 2002. The duo eventually split up due to the Raw/Smackdown brand extension in 2003.
Mercury, Nitro, and Melina were a Smackdown-exclusive tag team during the brand extension era. They were an interesting team, who had a gimmick as celebrities, with a red carpet rolled out and paparazzi following them during their entrances. MNM made a great team, and really knew tag team wrestling. They won the tag team titles on three separate occasions during their time as a team. In 2006, Nitro and Melina were drafted to Raw, while Mercury stayed on Smackdown. They did reunit for a brief period in 2007 before returning back to their respective brands.
3. London & Kendrick
Paul London and Brian Kendrick were a very exciting duo to watch during their period together. Both were cruiserweights, and flew around the ring (almost Hardy Boyz-like) week in and week out. They worked great together, and had two title reigns, including one in 2006, where London and Kendrick became the longest tenured WWE tag team champions in history at the time, at 145 days. They teamed together on and off until mid-2008, when Brian Kendrick got drafted to Smackdown, to become "The Brian Kendrick".
2. Sting & Lex Luger
Going back to an older team, Sting and Luger have a complicated history together. Surrounded by back stabbing and forgiveness, Sting would always end up teaming with the man who double crossed him many times (although Sting has turned as well). In WCW, Sting was arguably the most cheered man in the company, alongside Lex Luger, who was known as "The Total Package". This was not true in the least for him, as he was not very good in the ring or on the mic. Despite this, Sting and Luger still made one heck of a tag team, much better than their single title reign in 1996 would suggest
1. The World's Greatest Tag Team
It's ironic how the most underrated tag team on this list is also called "The World's Greatest Tag Team", isn't it? Anway, the former "Team Angle" are former three time tag team champions. This number might be high compared to others on this list, but considering their talent-level, Haas and Benjamin should have had that much more success. Those two men lacked good mic skills, but they both had amazing in-ring skills, which made them stand out for that fact alone (being managed by Kurt Angle and Paul Heyman doesn't hurt either). Shelton Benjamin was drafted to Raw in 2004, and they teamed on and off from 2006 to 2009 (they were both released from the company in 2010).
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