WWE has some of the best creative minds in the world producing their content on a weekly basis, and these minds often decide to recreate the same storylines over and over again.
One of their favourite storylines is to put together two former rivals and see how they connect as a team. This usually allows the WWE Universe to think of all the problems with their formation, but much of the time the team works out and they end up either winning titles or becoming worthy of being a tag team.
Many of these teams have better runs together than teams that are seemingly put together based on skill or technical ability. Sometimes common enemies do actually make quite good friends.
The latest addition to this theory is the team of Sheamus and Cesaro who recently won the Tag Team Championship from the record-breaking team of The New Day, but there have been many more before them.
In the following list, we are going to look at all of the teams who WWE have put together under controversial circumstances but have managed to capture the hearts of the WWE Universe anyway.
These are the men who perhaps should have remained enemies, but decided to open themselves up to the option of having a tag team partner.
One of the more recent teams on this list, Chris Jericho and A.J. Styles developed a problem with each other following Styles’ WWE debut and after various matches against each other, the duo had a rubber match at Fastlane where Styles was victorious.
The duo then decided to team together after this and became known as Y2AJ. Following many victories they were given a Tag Team Championship match against The New Day but after failing to win the titles, Jericho attacked A.J. and broke the team up. This then led to a final singles match between the duo at WrestleMania 32 where Jericho won and took the tally to 2-2 overall. The rivalry between them ended when Styles was then thrust into the WWE Championship picture.
14. Shawn Michaels and John Cena
Shawn Michaels and John Cena had been at odds for many years but back in 2007, they were forced together when they defeated Rated-RKO for the Tag Team Championship on an episode of Monday Night Raw (this of course was not a new angle).
The problem here was the fact that the duo was also set to fight for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania that year. This added a lot of tense moments between them throughout their few month reign as Champions, but ultimately John Cena defeated Michaels at WrestleMania. As a form of revenge, the following night on Raw, Michaels threw Cena over the top rope in a Battle Royal for their Tag Team titles and cost his own team their belts in the process.
13. The Brothers Of Destruction
It’s hard to write a list of some of the most unlikely tag teams in WWE history without including The Brothers of Destruction. After all, Kane was brought into WWE by Paul Bearer to combat The Undertaker, not to unite with him and create a team that was literally unstoppable.
Somehow after years of fighting each other, The Undertaker and Kane began gravitating towards one another in 2001 and won their first Tag Team Championship later that year. They went on to dominate the tag team scene for the next few months before TheUndertaker then turned heel and the team broke up. They have since teamed together off and on for the past 15 years and remain good friends in wrestling, despite their rough beginnings.
12. Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt (The Wyatt Family)
Well, the famous saying is, ‘If you can’t beat them, join them.’ It seems Randy Orton took this seriously and after Bray Wyatt decided to target him following his loss to Brock Lesnar at last year’s SummerSlam. This would all lead to Orton making the decision to join The Wyatt Family.
It was a tense union that many fans didn’t think would last long, but shockingly at TLC it was Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton who defeated Heath Slater and Rhyno to become SmackDown Tag Team Champions. This was also the first title that Bray had ever won in WWE, but because The Wyatt Family decided to use The Freebird Rule when defending the titles, recently on SmackDown Live, the duo lost the titles to American Alpha when Luke Harper and Randy Orton were the chosen men to defend them. Will this mark the end of the unlikely formation?
11. Team Hell No
If ever there was a team that was not supposed to be together, it would be Kane and Daniel Bryan. The unlikely duo was forced together by General Manager AJ Lee after Bryan had defeated Kane at SummerSlam and had an angry reaction to it.
Both men were said to have anger problems and were enrolled in anger management before they then began getting along and went on to win the Tag Team Championship. They would retain these titles for most of the year before dropping them to The Shield at Extreme Rules, which caused a rift between the two. Bryan was obsessed with proving that he wasn’t the weak link, something he never fully proved. The duo decided to amicably split not long after when both men decided to go after the WWE Championship.
10. John Morrison And The Miz
Another team who started out as opponents were John Morrison and The Miz. Before they were partnered together they were competing on the ECW brand against each other as they fought for the ECW Championship.
The duo was then thrown together in a match for the Tag Team Championship against Matt Hardy and MVP, a match which they shockingly won. They then managed to defend the titles on numerous occasions as partners and looked like a trusting team. The duo even went on to win the Slammy Award for Tag Team of the Year. Despite losing their titles in a match where neither man was pinned, the duo remained together as a team until 2009 when The Miz attacked Morrison and began what was an incredible rivalry between the duo.
9. Kane and Rob Van Dam
When Rob Van Dam made his WWE debut back in 2001, he came to the attention of the WWE audience by attacking many Superstars, one of those being Kane, a man that he would go on to defeat in singles competition. So it came as a shock in 2002 when they decided to form a tag team together and set their sights on the World Tag Team Championship.
The team went on to become Tag Team Championships the following year but this reign was short lived as they dropped the titles to La Resistance. Kane later turned heel on RVD after being forced to unmask. This led to a brutal feud between the duo that saw Kane attempt to set RVD on fire at one point before the rivalry was finally settled in a Steel Cage match which Kane obviously won.
8. The Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin
One of the most unlikely alliances since The Undertaker had already feuded with Stone Cold Steve Austin over the WWE Championship a few years before. But in 2001 it was decided that the duo would team up and win the Tag Team Championship from Mankind and Kane, a reign that only lasted two weeks.
The duo then faced each other at SummerSlam a few weeks later with the WWE Championship on the line. It saw one of the bets back and forth matches in WWE history and despite the fact that The Undertaker lost, he handed Austin the title after the match as a mark of respect. Te duo apparently ended up on the same page anyway despite their shaky yet very interesting tag team combination.
7. Batista and John Cena
Much like the scenario between John Cena and Shawn Michaels in 2007, John Cena went on to win the Tag Team Championship with Batista the following year just ahead of their clash at SummerSlam 2008 – (remember when I told you WWE liked to recycle storylines? Yeah, sometimes they don’t even wait that long in between the process.)
Batista and Cena were actually a convincing tag team. They worked well together but they were never meant to be a duo. They were main event level Superstars at this point but only managed to hold onto the titles for a week before dropping the gold. Following their match at SummerSlam which Batista won and where Cena was actually injured, their partnership was never mentioned again in storyline.
This was one of the oddest teams that WWE has ever put together, mostly because the Big Show and The Miz were never fully on the same page, but somehow they formed a team and won the Unified Tag Team Championship together, and proving to be a strong tag team after all.
The Miz became the first ever Superstar to hold three championships at the same time, but the team began to dissolve when The Miz was the one who tapped to the Sharpshooter and cost them their titles when they lost to The Hart Dynasty. Big Show then knocked The Miz out and was drafted to SmackDown. Since then, the duo have more or less been clear of each other in storyline and probably will not cross paths again in WWE.
5. Goldust and Stardust
The team of real life brothers Dustin and Cody Rhodes has been one of the most strained sibling relationships that WWE has ever portrayed to their audience. Over the past few years the siblings have had real problems and then decided to team together as Goldust and Cody Rhodes, but after they failed to have any success, Cody became Stardust.
The team shockingly went on the defeat The Shield to become Tag Team Champions (with an assist from Big Show). They would win the titles twice before the team dissolved after Stardust began getting frustrated with Goldust. At the point the duo then went their separate ways and Stardust never recovered. As a result, Cody Rhodes was eventually let go by WWE and has moved onto TNA Wrestling.
Despite the fact that Edge had defeated Randy Orton a few years before and ended his seven-month Intercontinental Championship reign, Edge thought it was a good idea to approach Orton when he had found two enemies in D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels).
Orton and Edge formed an alliance and became known as Rated-RKO. They managed to defeat DX before going on to become Tag Team Champions on Raw. After Triple H was legitimately injured, Michaels formed the team who are mentioned above, with John Cena and they managed to defeat Rated-RKO for the titles. The team eventually decided to focus on their singles careers before parting ways with each other and heading back towards the World Championship picture in WWE (they would both continue on with their success).
3. The Miz and John Cena
Just when you thought John Cena had teamed with almost every Superstar he had feuded with, it turns out that he also won the Tag Team Championship with The Miz. Cena and The Miz were set to face each other at WrestleMania that year, but were also granted a Tag Team title match on Raw where they actually managed to defeat the team of Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel.
The rematch clause was immediately invoked and Slater and Gabriel won the titles back, which meant that this reign was only a few minutes long, but it was still one of the most memorable given The Rock’s inclusion in WrestleMania merely months afterwards. In a sense, this title win made no sense but it remains one that is difficult to forget or overlook as a fan of either Superstar.
Despite the fact that Kevin Owens made his first ever Intercontinental Championship defence against Chris Jericho merely months before, WWE decided to put together Jericho and Kevin Owens as a team. They would then become known as Jeri-KO.
Jericho and Owens have become one of the best parts of Monday Night Raw (or WWE for that matter) and despite the fact that there is a lot of tension between them and fans are still waiting for them to split, they are entertaining as a team and manage to make the most boring parts of the shows still worth watching. We all know that some day soon, Jericho is going to add Owens to his now famous “list” but until then fans will continue to enjoy the magic of this duo.
1. Cesaro and Sheamus
The men who this list was made for probably had the best start as a team out of everyone on the list. When a Best-of-Seven Series couldn’t decide who the best person was, Mick Foley decided that he would place them together as a team instead and push them towards the Raw Tag Team Championship.
It was an unpopular opinion and Sheamus and Cesaro are still unable to get on the same page, but they managed to defeat The New Day at Roadblock: End of the Line and become Tag Team Champions. Even though Sheamus is still recognized as a heel and Cesaro is a face, they are managing quite well as a tag team and it is exciting to see how far WWE can push them together.
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