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Best Wrestling Tag Teams

May 4, 2018 at 5:09 am Ron Mullinax

Remembering tag team wrestling names: All-time greats who entertained us with their own unique styles

 

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In their own inimitable style, wrestling tag teams entertained and wowed audiences all around the world. Considered an integral element of pro wrestling, these teams and their versatile members have given the fans and wrestling enthusiasts plenty of moments to talk about, enjoy, and cherish. Yet picking the all-time greats is never an easy task. Still, this is an attempt to list the top three tag team wrestling names.

  1. The Fabulous Freebirds

This three-member tag team ushered a new era in sports entertainment during the 1980s. From their string of successes in Georgia (including the NWA National Tag Team Titles in Georgia Championship Wrestling) to their rivalry with the Von Erich’s and using “Badstreet USA” as their entrance theme, this tag team would be remembered for its members’ flashy attire, big hair, and rock ’n’ roll attitude. No wonder this team is included among this list of the best wrestling tag team names.

  1. The Von Erichs

There’s no way a list of all-time great wrestling tag teams can exclude this family. While this tag team family spans multiple generations, it was the pairing of Kevin and Kerry Von Erich that’s often credited for bringing this clan of wrestlers into prominence. During the 1980s, Kerry was a leading name among NWA talents. He was a five-time winner of the NWA American Heavyweight Championship and held numerous titles, which included holding on to the Tag Team Champions title over six times with various partners. With Fritz Von Erich, the patriarch, Kevin and the other family members created the Six-Man Tag Team Division, which was a huge accomplishment in the realm of professional wrestling.

  1. The Dudley Boyz

Winning 23 worldwide championships—from WWE to TNA, IWGP, ECW—the Dudley Boyz is undeniably one of the most revered tag team names for wrestling. With incredible skills and a resume that would spark envy among their peers, this tag team of brothers, Ray and Devon (who wrestled under the names of Bubba Ray/Buh Buh Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley and were joined by other members of the Dudley family from time to time), triggered a total structural reenvision of what a wrestling match could be. Known for taking competition to the extreme, the Dudleys would surely be remembered by many generations to come.

Though such a short list won’t do justice to the sport’s great names, these three teams are still worth noting, especially when you consider their contribution to the sport.

Which other tag teams do you think should make it to the list of all-time greats? Feel free to share them below in the comments section. You can also reach me through other channels like Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Don’t forget to check my book Fritz Von Erich: Master of the Iron Claw to learn more about wrestling.

 

References

Winkie, Luke. 2016. “A definitive ranking of the top 50 wrestling tag teams of all time.” Sports Illustrated, September 28. Accessed January 27, 2018. https://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2016/10/05/top-50-tag-teams-of-all-time.

Ahmadzai, Harris. 2017. “RANKED: The 28 Greatest Tag Teams in Wrestling History.” New Arena, August 31. Accessed January 27, 2018. http://newarena.com/other-sports/ranked-the-28-greatest-tag-teams-in-wrestling-history/.

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