There was a time when tag team wrestling was a marquee attraction in WWE. It was put on a pedestal, and there have been eras in which it was as big of a draw as the main event of the singles ranks on any given pay-per-view. Over the years that has diminished to some degree, although there are still numerous notable tag teams in the present day. At its apex though, the tag division in WWE was filled with elite talent, and everybody had a clear-cut opinion on its matches, title changes and storylines.
Naturally, there have been many teams to receive too much praise over the years, and also ones that have been under-appreciated. Obviously, given that WWE is and was the most popular promotion in the United States, all of these teams were in the public consciousness. But fan allegiance was established early on for the overrated ones, and while even the underrated ones had a significant following, they’re often remembered as a notch below the top-tier in WWE. So let’s take a look at some WWE tag teams from all eras, and where they stand.
Ranked below are 8 overrated WWE tag team, and 7 that never got enough credit.
15. The New Day (Overrated)
Everyone agrees that The New Day are an entertaining entity, great on the mic, and have been involved in some hallmark moments over the past few years. But you have to consider the weakness of the WWE tag division right now, and how it has allowed The New Day to succeed beyond the point they would have in an otherwise quality stable of teams. It’s a great gimmick, but the wrestling can be hit-or-miss.
WWE has relied on them for a while now to usually provide a key tag team-based highlight in the majority of their pay-per-views. While a new tandem of Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose may be the big story in the tag world right now, The New Day is the WWE’s longest running tag team success on the roster right now. They’re good for sure, but in another era, they wouldn’t stand out as much.
14. The Hart Foundation (Not Enough Credit)
Bret Hart’s ascension into singles prominence makes many forget just how good The Hart Foundation were in their heyday. Not only were they versatile, being able to play heel or face consistently well, they were also involved in some of the best tag team feuds of the era. Obviously, Hart was the star of the duo, and everyone could see that a singles push would come for him sooner rather than later. But Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart was a good compliment, and provided a contrasting skill set.
All in all, the original incarnation of the team was around for over six years, going into the early-’90s. It led right into Hart’s singles run, where he was a prime main event player into The New Generation, until The Attitude Era. WWE got a lot of mileage out of The Hart Foundation, and they’re underrated because of Hart’s individual success.
13. The Rockers (Overrated)
Much like The Hart Foundation, there was one-half of The Rockers that was always destined for success in the singles ranks. The difference was, The Rockers weren’t nearly as good of a tag team in hindsight. Exciting for their time, sure, but they weren’t balanced enough, or had enough psychology in the ring (yet) to really make an impact and have classic matches. Not to mention, they were basically a wholesale ripoff of The Rock N’ Roll Express of the NWA.
While the team did give WWE Shawn Michaels for the next decade-plus, The Rockers still didn’t do enough to warrant their popularity level. They may have fit in the confines of the time, but in retrospect they were fairly bland, and a carbon copy of a dozen other tag teams in the business.
12. Los Guerreros (Not Enough Credit)
It’s no surprise that Eddie and Chavo Guerrero were able to work so seamlessly in the ring together, given that they’re two of the best wrestlers of their era, who also happened to be related. Already well-established by the time they became a consistent tag team in WWE during 2002, this was a good new look for them, as both had been working extensively in singles competition for the past several years at that point.
It may have been a safe pairing, but it was one that had almost zero chance not to be awesome. The psychology, gimmick and wrestling ability was everything you could want out of a top-flight tag team. Eddie’s death and the success of both in the singles ranks may have lessened the impact, but this team was one of the best during the ’00s, bar none.
11. Brothers Of Destruction (Overrated)
Pairing The Undertaker and Kane together may have seemed like a logical step considering their past history, and general dominance of the roster. In 2001, they were two of the top wrestlers in the company, as well as two of the most iconic. While it was a popular tag team, and undeniably had the “cool” factor, it didn’t really feel like a tag team as much as it did a two-person slaughterhouse.
Tag teams need to have a defined chemistry, and too often is seemed like The Undertaker and Kane were just there to wipe the floor with their opponents individually and get out of the ring. They’ve both done far better work in the singles ranks, in various eras. Both wrestlers are great of course, just not in the tag division,
10. The Acolytes/A.P.A. (Not Enough Credit)
With so many high-profile tag teams highlighting the tag division during The Attitude Era, it’s not surprising that The Acolytes fell to middle-tier. They were older and more jaded, but were actually better than many of the teams coming down the pike at the time. Faarooq and Bradshaw were veteran tag wrestlers, who knew how to put on a great match and sell their characters.
Not to mention, they were a powerhouse team with legitimate chemistry. They looked, acted and wrestled like a tag team in the truest form. Many others may have had them in the “flash” department, but the A.P.A. were quietly one of the best teams of the era. Definitely underrated in the grand scheme of things.
9. Money Inc. (Overrated)
Like some other WWE tag teams, Money Inc. came along at a time when the tag division was in a state of flux. Many of the big teams from the ’80s had moved on elsewhere, and there was room at the top for new blood. Ted DiBiase and I.R.S. may have been successful, veteran singles wrestlers, but they hadn’t done much in the WWE tag division up to that point. They basically piggybacked on DiBiase money-based gimmick, and away they went.
The team may have won the WWE Tag Titles on multiple occasions, but they revered to standard heel tactics far too often to be considered exciting. DiBiase was without question the stronger of the two wrestlers, and it would usually drag when Mike Rotunda (I.R.S.) got into the ring. They were helped out by a diminished tag division of the time period.
8. The Headbangers (Not Enough Credit)
A lot of people like to rip on The Headbangers as a dated Attitude Era staple, but they were actually a pretty consistent team all things considered. They may never have had main event potential, but they really didn’t need to at a time when the roster was loaded with talent. They’ve been unfairly maligned by some people, despite the fact that they were able to build consistent characters that worked well in the ring.
And they were able to stick around for nearly five years. Whether they were in a mid-card role, or serving their one stint as WWE Tag Champions, they usually fulfilled it very well. They weren’t elite talents, but they were recognizable figures of the WWE roster at the time, and deserve to be commended for that.
7. New Age Outlaws (Overrated)
Okay, so everybody is aware that the Outlaws (usually Road Dogg) were one of the best tag teams ever to cut a promo. This is true, and it had to count for a lot, honestly, because of just how much they were able to put their stamp on the company at the time. They were solid enough in the ring, and their matches were usually entertaining. So what was the problem?
See, the Outlaws were good, but they weren’t that good. Their legacy has been enhanced because of the nostalgia that it creates for some fans (deservedly so), and the time period they associate them in. In hindsight, there were better tag teams in the Attitude Era, although they may have been the most entertaining. That’s definitely worth something, but not as much as some people are willing to give them.
6. The Brain Busters (Not Enough Credit)
As they were such staples in the NWA, when Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard came to WWE in the late-’80s it was quite a surprise. It was one of the first major shifts where a star (in this case, two stars) from Jim Crockett Promotions made the switch to the other major promotion in the country. The Brainbusters’ time in WWE may have been brief, but their work was among the best of any tag team of the era.
In a little over a year with the company, they were able to capture the WWE Tag Titles, and promptly showed everyone the caliber of wrestling that was typical of the NWA. Their WWE presence has been diminished over time, but it deserves to be recognized as one of the best tag teams runs ever.
5. Too Cool (Overrated)
Too Cool’s stock has been boosted over the years because of the nostalgia factor, but in reality it was three lower mid-card wrestlers who were conveniently placed in a funny gimmick. Humor can only take a stable so far though, and for a while it did. But through the years, the legacy of Scotty 2 Hotty, Rikishi and Grandmaster Sexay have been amplified through the overwhelming appreciation for The Attitude Era.
They were entertaining, no doubt about it, but do they really deserve to be remembered to the degree that they are? There are at least four or five tag teams from the era who deserve it more, making Too Cool at least partially overrated. Certainly, nobody was returning to them for their in-ring work or hard-hitting storylines.
4. Legion Of Doom (Not Enough Credit)
One of the most prolific tag teams ever, their multiple runs in WWE are generally downplayed when compared to their time in NWA/WCW and the AWA. But the reality is that perhaps their most high-profile matches from a spectacle perspective took place while in WWE. They were able to notch several title runs and encapsulating storylines to their name during their tenure, and overall their work stands up with anything they ever did in any other promotion.
Though they were certainly appreciated while in WWE, they never did make the same impact in the eyes of many fans. Their record during that time says otherwise, and overall the LOD continued to succeed at a high level during their time with the company.
3. Demolition (Overrated)
A clear attempt by WWE to copy numerous tag teams of the era that were popular in other promotions (including the LOD), Demolition was ultimately a half-baked effort. They found success because of their contrast to many WWE teams of the time period, but in retrospect they never did perform at an elite level.
Yet they survived in some incarnation for almost five years up through the early-’90s, and were very much over in their heyday. Chalk that up to circumstance more than anything else. Once WWE finally had the LOD in the fold, Demolition took a considerable step back, since it was the primary team they were trying to copy.
2. The British Bulldogs (Not Enough Credit)
One member of this team did go on to considerable future singles success, but it was actually the less talented member of the team. Davey Boy Smith may have been a good power-based wrestler, and was a staple of WWE for a decade-plus, but it was Dynamite Kid who was truly the generational talent. Unfortunately, he was also the least reliable of the two, and the pair disbanded before they could have done their best work as a tag team.
They did hold the tag titles, had a signature style, and were involved in numerous marquee feuds. Ultimately, they did do enough to be more appreciated than they have been through the lens of history. The Bulldogs were definitely a top-5 WWE tag team of the ’80s, no doubt about it.
1. Edge & Christian (Overrated)
They were great individual wrestlers, but when removed from The Brood stable, the direction of the tag team seemed a bit baseless and random. Fortunately for them, they were able to have matches with the likes of The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz, which no doubt helped them overcome any deficiencies they may have had at the time.
Frankly, both Edge and Christian went on to do better overall work. As a tag team, they simply came along at the right time in the Attitude Era, and were able to carve out a high-profile role for themselves based on gimmick matches and being a pair of new faces in the tag division. They were good, but they weren’t great, and there have been far better WWE tandems before and since, especially when you consider they held the titles 7 times for only 207 days.
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