For as long as I can remember, I've always been a mark for tag teams. I grew up an 80s NWA/WCW fan, which is in my opinion the greatest period of tag team wrestling ever. We're talking about the Rock ‘N’ Roll Express, Midnight Express, Tully & Arn, Road Warriors, The Fantastics and The Russians all in their prime. But don't get me wrong, other federations had great tag teams as well. The WWE had The Rockers, Hardy Boyz, British Bulldogs, and Hart Foundation. ECW had Rob Van Dam & Sabu, The Dudley Boys, Chris Candido & Lance Storm in the Triple Threat and The Gangstas.
But this list isn’t about those great tag teams we all know and love, this is a look back at those forgotten pairings that won gold. You know what I’m talking about … like when Billy (Gunn) & Chuck (Palumbo) won the WWE World Tag Team Belts twice in 2002 or when the West Texas Rednecks (Barry & Kendall Windham) carried the WCW straps in 1999.
Here are the top 15 tag teams you forgot about that won gold. As you read this, I’m likely watching some classic tag team wrestling from Starrcade ’86: Night of the Skywalkers because I own the VHS tape. Seriously.
15 The Body Donnas
14 CM Punk & Kofi Kingston
There was a period of time in the 2000s when I didn’t pay as much attention to pro wrestling as I do now or when I was younger. The reign of CM Punk and Kofi Kingston as WWE World Tag Team Champions falls into that time span. It wasn’t a long run for the duo who held the titles for 47 days in 2008. Hell, the two were only a team for about a week before the title win even happened. What’s worse is that they lost the belts to Miz and John Morrison at a house show. Doesn’t say much for what WWE brass thought about the two as a team.
13 Manny Fernandez & Rick Rude
12 Scott Hall & Curt Hennig
Before Scott Hall was Razor Ramon, he was a Magnum TA ripoff with a curly mullet, giant handlebar moustache and a tag team partner named Curt Hennig who would go on to become Mr. Perfect in the WWE. The two were up-and-comers at the right time for the AWA which was falling behind the WWE and NWA for pro wrestling dominance in the mid-80s.
11 The Nexus/Corre (Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel)
10 The Dark Carnival (Muta & Vampiro)
9 The Legion of Doom v.2
8 Ric Flair & Greg Valentine
7 Tommy Dreamer & Raven
6 Deuce ‘n Domino
5 The Corporation (Big Boss Man & Ken Shamrock)
There were so many different storylines that grabbed my attention during the Attitude Era. One of them was The Corporation which was basically created so Vince McMahon could have a champion to his liking. The stable included The Rock, stooges Pat Patterson & Jerry Brisco, and the team of enforcers the Big Boss Man & Ken Shamrock. The pairing was a little odd as the two had almost nothing in common outside of being members of the Corporation.
4 Pretty Wonderful (Paul Orndorff & Paul Roma)
3 The York Foundation (Richard Morton, Terrance Taylor & Thomas Rich)
2 The Nexus (John Cena & David Otunga)
1 The Enforcers (Arn Anderson & Larry Zbyszko)
By the time these two won the WCW World Tag Team belts in 1991, each was a veteran with a lengthy career. The Enforcers won the belts at Clash of Champions XVI after the Steiner’s were forced to vacate the titles. The win was the third tag title reign for Anderson, the first for the Living Legend, but Zbyszko had already held the AWA World Heavyweight Championship and had his feud with his mentor Bruno Sammartino. The Enforcers were only champions for 75 days, but that was enough to be named Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Tag Team of the Year in 1991. The pair later joined Paul E. Dangerously’s Dangerous Alliance and at that point AA started teaming with Bobby Eaton. The Enforcers became a thing of the past.
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