Watching Raw or SmackDown Live every week, one may assume there’s no more than four tag teams in WWE today. However, WWE today has over 20 tag teams on the main roster, including three women’s tag teams.
In most tag teams, there’s one wrestler who’s more talented than the other. For instance, Shawn Michaels ended up becoming more successful than his The Rockers teammate in Marty Jannetty.
In this article, we take a look at the WWE tag teams and pick out the more talented wrestler. We omitted developmental tag teams, thrown-together ones like Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev and Daniel Bryan and Rowan, and stables. As well, we've omitted tag teams where the wrestlers are equally talented.
The wrestlers are graded based on their in-ring and promo skills, marketability, reliability, and experience.
10 Authors of Pain: Rezar
Even a large portion of the Internet fans can’t tell the Authors of Pain apart. They look like identical twins, but they’re from two different countries, in fact. Akam is Canadian while Rezar hails from Amsterdam, Netherlands. While both men have a legitimate background — Rezar used to fight for Bellator while Akam is a former amateur wrestling champion — the Dutch is noticeably more talented than the former as he’s believed to be cleaner in the ring.
Rezar is also considerably bigger and taller. Should WWE decide to break them up, Rezar can go on to become a top-tier monster.
9 The Club: Karl Anderson
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson have always been tag-team wrestlers in both WWE and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). While the former has been a WWE wrestler for longer than the latter, the Machine Gun has been the more captivating wrestler. In fact, he has singles victories over big names like Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Shinsuke Nakamura and Hiroshi Tanahashi.
He has even wrestled for the IWGP Intercontinental and Heavyweight Championships, albeit in vain. He’s better than his long-term partner in numerous aspects and is deserving of going on a decent reign with a mid-card title.
8 The Colons: Primo Colon
The Colons haven’t been on WWE television in a long time, but the common consensus is they’re quite talented despite failing to get their gimmicks over. Unlike most tag teams, despite their lack of popularity, most fans can tell them apart, considering Primo Colon’s popularity. By the time Epico Colon joined WWE, he had already had two Tag Team Championship reigns and “mentored” an NXT rookie in AJ Lee.
What he lacks in size, he makes up for in charisma, promos and in-ring skills. At 36, it’s unlikely he goes on to have a single career, but he may become relevant again should he reunite with Carlito Colon.
7 The Ascension: Viktor
The Ascension have been criminally underutilized on the main roster, especially considering their NXT success. There’s little chance WWE repackages them as well, so it’s only a matter of time before they leave the company. If they choose to part ways, Viktor will likely end up becoming the more successful wrestler.
He trained at the Hart Dungeon and has always looked crisp in the ring. Indeed, he won’t make it big as a singles wrestler, but there’s a chance he becomes bigger with a partner just as talented as him.
6 The Kabuki Warriors: Asuka
Kairi Sane is an excellent wrestler in her own right having won multiple championships during her time with World Wonder Ring Stardom. In NXT, she established herself as a top-tier wrestler, but Asuka had done it all before she did. In fact, she’s done things many wrestlers can only dream of: winning the Royal Rumble match and going on a ridiculously long unbeaten run.
Indeed, she can not just match her accomplishments but also surpass them down the line given she’s seven years younger than Asuka but, as things stand, The Pirate Princess is the second-best Kabuki Warrior.
5 The Usos: Jimmy Uso
The Usos have been working as a tag team for as long as they've been wrestling and, after a forgettable face run, have become arguably the best tag team in the world. However, one of them has been more instrumental to their success than the other. Jimmy Uso has spent little time on the sidelines and is a workhorse.
Easily the more superior Uso on the microphone, he even had a short stint as a commentator when Jey Uso was on the injury table. That said, while they both can be main-event wrestlers individually, it doesn't make sense for them to go solo.
4 The Edgeheads: Zack Ryder
Although they don't have a tag-team name unlike most other wrestlers in this list, they've been together for longer than most tag teams.
Although their first split saw Curt Hawkins’ making a name for himself on the indies, honing his craft in the process, Zack Ryder became the more successful wrestler kayfabe-wise, considering his winning the Intercontinental Championship and United States Championship. Although he didn't hold the titles for long, the fact that he managed to get over with the fans without the help of the WWE machine bears testimony to his talent. At 34, he has already had a fantastic career.
3 The Hardys: Jeff Hardy
Until a few years ago, Jeff Hardy's making this list wouldn't have been controversial despite his limited mic skills.
However, the fact that Matt Hardy managed to be the best thing in wrestling at the height of his Broken Brilliance run made the decision a tad bit tougher. Based on kayfabe success, however, The Charismatic Enigma secures the spot. He's a WWE Grand Slam Champion and has won multiple titles outside WWE as well. The fact that Vince McMahon put the United States Championship recently underlines his marketability.
2 The B-Team: Curtis Axel
Bo Dallas is a former NXT Champion and is still in his 20s. It's entirely possible he goes on to be huge down the line given his family lineage and prowess. However, as things stand, Curtis Axel is the more talented of the two. WWE rewarded his good work with an Intercontinental Championship reign and made him a Paul Heyman guy for a while.
They even entrusted him with helping The Rock out with his in-ring return a few years ago and you are seldom given such big responsibilities if you're not good at what you do.
1 The Revival: Scott Dawson
Of all the entries, this one is the toughest. Even choosing the more talented of The Usos was significantly easier as David Otunga made it easy for us. As for The Revival, most fans only know that one is bald and the other isn't. However, those who've followed the tag team since their NXT days believe Scott Dawson is more marketable than the handsome Dash Wilder.
He has also been crucial to their getting tonnes of attention online with his perfectly-crafted tweets and witty interviews. There's no chance that they split, but we know who'll end up becoming more successful should that happen.