Prior to the WWE’s 2016 brand split, the company had a wide variety of tag teams that were getting lost in the shuffle. However, once the draft had taken place certain teams were assigned to Monday Night Raw and others were made exclusive to Smackdown Live. With the introduction of Smackdown Tag Team titles, both brands are able to have champions to represent their respective brands. While multiple tag team titles help establish who the dominant force is on Raw and who the dominant force is on Smackdown, this isn’t to say that the brand split has been good for all tag teams.
There are still tag teams that are nothing more than jobbers, there are tag teams that have underwhelmed and there are those who have reached stardom or are on the cusp of it. Here, we rank WWE’s current tag teams from worst to best.
Note – NXT tag teams are not included.
15. The Shining Stars
When your gimmick is that of selling time shares, you’ve already been set up for failure. Primo and Epico have had multiple gimmicks as a tag team as they were originally simply Primo and Epico and were managed by Rosa Mendes and also as Mexican bull fighting tandem along with the masked little person, El Torito. Primo and Epico had relative success as the two had a tag team title reign in 2012 that lasted just over three months. However, it’s been practically all down hill ever since then for the two as the Shining Stars are consistently met with an agonizing “awww” by the fans that emphasizes “not these guys again”. Primo and Epico are talented inside of the square circle, but the only thing right this gimmick does is pay homage to the two’s Puerto Rican heritage.
14. The Spirit Squad
The return of the Spirit Squad in October 2016 after being disbanded on WWE programming in 2006 has proven to be largely uneventful. Unlike in the first run of the group, Nicky is no longer a member considering he’s too busy “stealing the show” as Dolph Ziggler. Former members Johnny and Mitch were not brought back and the former male cheerleader pentad has been stripped down to two as it currently features former Spirit Squad members Kenny and Mikey. The two reappeared as The Miz’s henchmen in an effort to ensure that Ziggler would lose in a career vs title match at No Mercy; ten years later and nothing has changed, the Spirit Squad failed in their efforts. They’ve been off television for the past month and it is quite possible that WWE doesn’t have longterm plans for Kenny and Mikey.
What happens when you pair a selfie loving jobber along with a dance crazed jobber? You get a jobbing tag team! Tyler Breeze and Fandango have been a tag team since May of 2016 and have never been a true threat in the tag team division as they rarely pick up victories. Moreover, if they do win it will be against other teams stuck in tag team purgatory. When the two first aligned they kept their original gimmicks, but the two have recently undergone a change. British Columbia’s Breeze and Maine’s Fandango now portray the role of the fashion police as they don vests and sport police hats. A gimmick change doesn’t necessarily result in success and the likelihood of this new gimmick doing wonders for Breeze and Fandango is relatively slim.
12. The Golden Truth
Depending on your cup of tea, the Golden Truth can be good for a laugh here and there. When the WWE aligned Goldust alongside R-Truth the company was probably hoping they could catch lightning in a bottle once again as they did over a decade ago when they paired Goldust with Booker T. R-Truth didn’t want anything to do with Goldust when the two were first featured on screen just like Booker T. Now, the two are two peas in a pod. The WWE frequently tries to feature the two in comedic segments, but they’re largely hit or miss. The duo hasn’t been a threat to the tag team titles and with Goldust nearing 50 and Truth nearing his mid forties expect these two to largely be used as they currently are as comedic relief.
11. The Ascension
Konnor and Viktor are a prime example of NXT success not translating onto WWE’s main roster. Konnor and Viktor to this day remain NXT’s longest reigning tag team champions with a reign of 364 days. Not only does The Ascension have NXT’s longest tag title reign, but they have the longest championship reign in NXT history point blank. When The Ascension debuted on the main roster their look evolved – or, to better put it, regressed. The Ascension debuted with a look similar to that of the Road Warriors which differentiated from their NXT garb. Hey WWE, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! The two have never really found their footing in WWE and have been racking up Ls left and right for close to two years now.