Tag team wrestling has seen its share of ups and downs. Just when it appears as though it's making a breakthrough, it takes a downturn and isn't given the time and attention that it truly deserves. Often times this is because the promotion isn't invested in making tag team wrestling a focal point. We have seen recently in WWE's NXT brand that tag team wrestling has become a focal point and have been key to the brand's success. Tag team wrestling was once about putting together wrestlers that were otherwise not being used, quality wrestlers who had been sitting idle when their skillset was best suited as part of a tag team.
One of the most notable times when tag team wrestling thrived was during the 1980s. During an era of big hair and acid washed jeans, there were teams that featured talented wrestlers that would otherwise not garner attention by having them compete together. The success of tag team wrestling wasn't confined to one promotion either; the AWA, NWA and WWF were all boasting talented men that worked together to create some of the most technically sound and innovative offense ever seen. While the AWA eventually closed its doors, the NWA and WWE continued to showcase men of different sizes, looks, and personas, with the goal of highlighting their athletic and technical ability. It didn't matter whether these guys were big or small or even on the downside of their careers, these guys managed to capture the attention and enthusiasm of the audience. Here are the Top 15 Greatest Tag Teams of the 1980s.
15 The Killer Bees
14 The Rockers
13 Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine - The Dream Team
12 U.S. Express
11 The Fantastics
10 Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik
9 The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers
7 The Fabulous Freebirds
6 The Rock 'n' Roll Express
5 The Hart Foundation
4 The British Bulldogs
3 Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard - The Brain Busters
2 The Legion of Doom
1 The Midnight Express
The team was led to the ring by James E. Cornette, who with his trusty tennis racquet would often help ensure that his team would be successful in the end. They had various incarnations and different members, including “Loverboy” Dennis Condrey, Randy Rose, Norvell Austin, and “Sweet” Stan Lane; the longest tenured member being “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton. These guys perfected heel tag team wrestling because they not only had someone that could boast what they could do in the ring in Cornette, but they proved it in the ring against much of the decade's other highly decorated tag teams.
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