If there is one thing that WCW was hit and miss with in the 90s, it was their tag team wrestling scene. There would be points in the era when WCW would go multiple pay-per-views in a row without a tag team match on the card.
At the same time, there were some fantastic tag teams in the company, with big names like Harlem Heat and The Steiner Brothers as perfect examples, as well as The Outsiders after the nWo invaded WCW. With that said, there were also some terrible tag teams throughout the history of WCW as well, including later years when makeshift teams like Lex Luger and Buff Bagwell worked together. Here is a look at some of the worst and most disappointing tag teams in WCW history.
10 FIRE & ICE
Scott "Flash" Norton was one of the most underrated and underutilized wrestlers on the roster. He was a legit tough guy; someone who could put on a great match with almost anyone. However, WCW mostly just used him as a tag team wrestler, his most entertaining stint coming as one-half of Vicious and Delicious with Buff Bagwell.
However, in 1996, WCW put him into a tag team with Ice-Train called Fire and Ice. The two men were of similar stature, and they decided to become a team when they knocked each other out with clotheslines while wrestling against each other. They split up five months later after losing to the over-the-hill Rock 'N' Roll Express.
9 THE AMERICAN MALES
Buff Bagwell was in several tag teams in WCW, but the one with Scotty Riggs was the most cringe-worthy. The American Males were a modern-day Fabulous Ones, but without a hint of the talent that Steve Keirn and Stan Lane possessed.
The team consisted of Marcus Alexander Bagwell and Scotty Riggs. Bagwell had already won tag titles with The Patriot and 2 Cold Scorpio after coming up from the WCW Power Plant. We won titles with Riggs as well, but they couldn't stay on top for long.
8 ARN ANDERSON AND PAUL ROMA
There have been many iterations of the Four Horsemen, but one that many found particularly controversial was the iteration involving former WWE star Paul Roma. He had success in WWE as a tag team wrestler, first in the Young Stallions with Jim Powers and then with Hercules Hernandez in Power and Glory.
In 1993, Roma went to WCW and joined the Four Horsemen with Ric Flair and Arn Anderson. After this, Roma and Anderson won the tag team titles and held them for a month. Soon after that, Roma betrayed the Horsemen and formed a tag team with Paul Orndorff.
7 PRETTY WONDERFUL
Paul Roma and Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff formed a tag team in 1993 called Pretty Wonderful. Sadly, this was not anywhere near the Orndorff that was a massive star in WWE when he worked with and feuded with Hulk Hogan. The two were managed by the Masked Assassin and won the tag team titles.
They lost their titles to Marcus Alexander Bagwell and The Patriot, won the titles back, and then lost them to the team again. This loss was the end of the road for Pretty Wonderful after less than a year as a tag team. Four months later, WCW released Paul Roma from his contract.
6 BOOGIE KNIGHTS
At one time, Alex Wright looked like he could become a massive star in WCW. He was very young, only 19, when WCW signed him out of Germany. Wright came in as Das Wunderkind and looked like he could be a fixture in the cruiserweight division. He even defeated a young Triple H in one of his first significant feuds.
Sadly, despite some title reigns in 1997, WCW never knew what to do with Wright. He kept disappearing from TV for extended periods, killing his push. When he returned in 1998, they teamed him with lifelong jobber Disco Inferno as the Dancing Fools and then reunited them in 2000 as Boogie Knights. It was enough to push Wright into early retirement.
5 DAVID FLAIR AND CROWBAR
Crowbar was a guy in WCW who had all the tools but never got a real break in the wrestling industry. The man formerly known as Devon Storm arrived in WCW in 1999 after two years in WWE and changed his name to Crowbar, where he became a symbol of the hardcore style WCW was trying to copy from ECW at the time.
However, his career hit an all-time low when WCW decided to put him into a tag team with David Flair. The best part about this tag team was the fact that the always-entertaining Daffney managed them.
4 HARLEM HEAT 2000
Harlem Heat was one of the best tag teams in WCW history, and they were so good that they are now WWE Hall of Famers despite the fact that Stevie Ray never wrestled in WWE. What made the team so great was that the brothers were so different. Booker T was ultra-athletic, and Stevie Ray was the bruiser.
Then, in 2000, WCW was trying to continue with Harlem Heat as Booker T was becoming a massive singles star and world champion. They signed Ahmed Johnson, changed his name to Big T, and the two men formed Harlem Heat 2000. This team was just two big guys, with Ahmed a significant drop off.
3 RON AND DON HARRIS
Many wrestling fans wondered how Ron and Don Harris kept getting work on a top-level. As the Bruise Brothers, they were perfect in the old territory system. In WWE, they were involved in one of the worst feuds of the Attitude Era, as 8 Ball and Skull of the Disciples of the Apocalypse.
Then, the two men followed Vince Russo to WCW and became Gerald and Patrick (making fun of the Stooges — Gerland Brisco and Pat Patterson). Known as Creative Control, they were part of an angle that saw fans begin to tune out WCW, and despite winning three WCW tag titles, they were never anything worth watching.
2 LENNY AND LODI
The Hollywood Blondes were one of the greatest and most underutilized tag teams in WCW history. That was Stunning Steve Austin and Flyin' Brian Pillman. The West Hollywood Blondes were nothing more than a gimmick tag team. Lenny and Lodi were a parody of the Hollywood Blondes and flopped hard.
Lenny and Lodi would make their entrance while sucking on Blow Pops. The insensitive and regrettable act was soon forced off television. They returned as Standards and Practices, mocking Turner Broadcasting.
1 THE DYNAMIC DUDES
The Dynamic Dudes babyface tag team in WCW was one that the fans just couldn't get behind. There was one big problem with the team. The Dynamic Dudes came to the ring with skateboards and were party dudes. Here is the problem: The Dynamic Dudes consisted of Shane Douglas and Johnny Ace, neither of whom knew how to skateboard.
Through the years, Douglas has proven to be at his best as an anti-authority figure with a bad attitude. Johnny Ace was at his best either in Japan or in WWE as John Laurenitis. They were miscast, and fans turned on them instantly.