The tag team division in the WWE is not to be ignored. The WWE has produced some of the most memorable tag teams in the history of wrestling. Many tag teams have made a name in the WWE who worked their way to the top such as The Hart Foundation, Demolition, The Hardy Boys and numerous others. There have been some established tag teams that made their way to the WWE in the past such as the Legion of Doom and The Steiner Brothers who saw just as much success as they did when they wrestled for other organizations.
In wrestling, as in life, some rain must fall. Some tag teams split up because they are not connecting with the fans, and other tag teams are broken up because one person in the tag team gets injured. The following tag teams were some of the most memorable in the history of wrestling but were broken up due to a serious injury.
5. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro
Sometime after Harry Smith left the WWE, Tyson Kidd competed in singles competition for a little while before finally forming a tag team with Cesaro. This tag team had some memorable matches with several tag teams and even held the WWE Tag Team titles. They eventually lost the titles to The New Day, but Kidd and Cesaro were still in the running for the titles. Tyson Kidd went on to wrestle Samoa Joe in a dark match on Raw on June 7, 2015, and received a near life-threatening neck injury. He survived the injury without being paralyzed and he is currently working for the WWE as a producer behind the scenes.
4. Money Inc.
Ted DiBiase was the man in the WWE in the late 80s and the early 90s. He wrestled in singles competition and even had his own self-made belt at one time called the Million Dollar Belt. He played the role of a wealthy millionaire, but when Ric Flair came along in 1991, he would eventually be placed with Irwin R. Schyster.
DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster formed a tag team known as Money Inc. and quicky soared through the tag team ranks. They would end up with the tag team titles on three occasions. Ted DiBiase would find himself feuding with Razor Ramon in the summer of 1993. DiBiase would end up with a career ending neck injury during a match with Razor Ramon and he would spend the rest of his wrestling career serving as a manager before retiring.
The portmanteau of Ryback and Axel (as in Curtis Axel), Rybaxel was a tag team that seemed like they would be destined for great things. They both had Paul Heyman as a manager which made it seem like these guys would perhaps be a force to reckon with. They had some trouble in the beginning but they were able to get a few wins before the team fizzled. Ryback would have to have hernia surgery and the team was disbanded in August 2014.
2. The Bella Twins
The Bella Twins were the in-thing in the tag team ranks of the WWE for a few years. They were so over with fans that they would be a main attraction on Total Divas. They carried on the “twin magic” tradition as most twin wrestlers have when they are engaged in single or tag team competition. Nikki Bella would go on to be the breakaway family member as she held the Diva’s championship longer than anybody. When the new generation of divas came along, Nikki would go back into the tag team division until she was put out of action due to a career threatening neck injury.
1. The Fabulous Rougeaus
The Rougeaus seemed like a promising tag team and were pretty well known throughout the late 80s. They started off as faces in the WWE and this did not work out for them. They eventually turned heel and were first placed with manager Frenchy Martin before being placed with Jimmy Hart. This tag team duo did not remain together for long due to Raymond Rougeau’s back problems. The team had to be disbanded due to Raymond’s problems and Raymond would go on to be a noticeable figure on the WWE announcing team while Jacques would end up portraying the role of a Canadian Royal Mounted Police complete with a cattle prod.
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