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Top 15 Tag Teams Who Didn't Need WWE To Get Over

In its heyday, tag team wrestling was a major draw on any wrestling card in the country. The allure of various duos and trios through the years has made for some of the most memorable wrestling factions of all time, and offers a different kind of payoff than an entertaining singles match does. The best of them had a rare camaraderie, that was put on display during countless matches, promos and entrances. Further, a sizable portion of these tandems gained their recognition outside of Vince McMahon's control.

As regional an industry as professional wrestling used to be, it's not surprising that many of the greatest all-time tag teams were at least established outside of WWE. Each section of the country could lay claim to their own promotions, and with that came their own favorite teams. What was popular in, for instance, the AWA in Minneapolis, was wholly different in North Carolina where Jim Crockett Promotions reigned. It was an established thing, where if you went to different regions of the country to see a wrestling event, you were going to typically see completely different performers.

Naturally, tag team wrestling was a large part of that. Each promotion featured teams with different kinds of charisma and in-ring styles. Some of them eventually made it over to WWE as the 1980's lingered on, and some stayed put, touring the same regional promotions they had frequented their whole careers. Whatever the career trajectory was, a lot of tag teams never got the recognition they deserved, and remain underrated to this very day. This list is intended to highlight some of these forgotten tandems, many of which were some of the very best to step inside the squared circle.

15 Public Enemy

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14 Doom

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13 East-West Connection

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12 Sabu & Rob Van Dam

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11 The Eliminators

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10 The Dudley Boyz

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9 Fabulous Freebirds

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8 Minnesota Wrecking Crew

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7 Harlem Heat

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6 The Briscoes

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A top contender for the best tag team in the past ten years, The Briscoes have traveled the world over, and been successful in nearly every promotion they've participated in. This is most evident in ROH, where they've won the tag titles eight different times, and been a part of countless classic matches. Jay and Mark wrestle in a fast-paced, yet powerful style that combines high-flying maneuvers alongside a technical base.

5 Midnight Express

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4 Hollywood Blonds

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3 The Outsiders

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After Scott Hall (as Razor Ramon) and Kevin Nash (as Diesel) left WWE in 1996, no one really knew where they would end up or what they would do. That was answered the following year, when they debuted in WCW as The Outsiders, and set in motion sweeping change throughout the entire industry when they formed the NWO faction soon after. It could be argued that the initial formation of The Outsiders was the precursor to the most popular time from a fans and ratings standpoint in wrestling history.

2 Road Warriors

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1 Rock 'N' Roll Express

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For about a five-year period, Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson were undoubtedly the biggest fan-favorites in all of tag team wrestling. Most notable during their run in 1980s NWA, but appearing in dozens of promotions the world over, their high-flying style as a team was just as innovative as the power-style exhibited by the Road Warriors. Although they never received a real chance in WWE (besides a brief stint in 1998 that never amounted to anything, seven or eight years past their prime), they are without question one of the greatest tag teams of all time, sworn by many who saw them to have gotten some of the loudest crowd "pops" ever witnessed. They remain to this day, a true staple of the golden age of tag team wrestling.

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