Tag teams often aren’t the focus of WWE programming, yet some of the company’s best moments involved tag team wrestling. It’s clear that singles competition is preferred when it comes to marquee matches in WWE, yet the influence of tag team wrestling on the sport should not be overlooked. Before becoming multi-time World Champions, legends such as Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, and Edge were a significant part of the Stamford-based promotion’s tag team division.
Tag team wrestling hasn’t always gotten its due in WWE, but these teams stood out regardless, to be the best tandems of the 21st century.
To find success as a tag team wrestler, a superstar will need to excel in the ring or on the microphone, preferably both. Getting over with the crowd isn’t easy, but some teams are so talented that they have the audience practically eating from the palms of their hands.
In-Ring: The Hardy Boyz Brought Tag Team Wrestling To New Heights
The Brothers From North Carolina Brought Excitement To The Ring
- The Hardy Boyz won titles in numerous promotions, including WWE, ROH, and TNA
- Matt and Jeff had tag team classics against The Dudley Boyz and the tandem of Edge and Christian
- The Hardys helped introduce the TLC match concept
Matt and Jeff Hardy weren’t wowing fans with their mic work during the Attitude Era, but they still became one of the company’s most popular tag teams through the quality of their matches. The Hardys were high-flying risk-takers, especially Jeff, who captivated audiences with death-defying stunts.
The Hardy Boyz had legendary battles with The Dudley Boyz and the tandem of Edge and Christian. The three teams introduced the WWE Universe to the TLC match, creating epic moments that continue to live on in the minds of wrestling fans worldwide. Matt and Jeff Hardy are considered two of the most legendary tag team wrestlers of all time. Together, they won plenty of gold in numerous promotions, including nine tag team title reigns in WWE.
Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, And Big E Made Tag Team Wrestling Fun Again
- The New Day are the longest reigning WWE RAW Tag Team Champions of all time
- Two out of the three New Day members are former WWE Champions
- WWE named The New Day as the greatest WWE tag team of all time
Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, and Big E conquered the hearts of the WWE Universe with their comedic, fun-loving antics. While all three men are certainly talented in-ring competitors, what led to them winning over the crowd was their promos and personalities. Initially, the audience rejected The New Day, but they soon fell in love with the zany trio that preached the power of positivity.
The New Day got popular by parodying their opponents, cracking jokes, and coining catchphrases. They would even turn one of their catchphrases into a cereal, Booty-Os. New Day became one of the most accomplished tag team acts in WWE history, racking up 12 reigns as tag team champions.
In-Ring: The Dudley Boyz Brought The Tables
Bubba Ray And D’von Dudley Helped Bring About A Tag Team Renaissance During WWE’s Attitude Era
- The Dudleys won tag team gold in numerous wrestling promotions, including ECW, WWE, TNA, and NJPW.
- The Dudley Boyz wrestled in WWE’s first-ever tag team Tables match and TLC match.
- The legendary tag team was inducted into both the WWE and TNA Hall of Fame.
Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley were more than capable of handling a microphone, but it was the hard-hitting, table-smashing action that made this team so popular in WWE. The Dudley Boyz weren’t inciting crowds into a frenzy with their mic work like in ECW, but they did drive the audience wild whenever they brought out a table. The crowd would also routinely give their finisher, the 3D, a big pop.
The Dudley Boyz had several outstanding matches in different promotions, with wrestling fans on Cagematch.net picking out the best of their bouts.
When it came to working gimmick matches involving tables and ladders, The Dudleys proved themselves as valuable sports entertainers, risking life and limb to entertain the fans. They initially won over the crowd with their brilliant work against The Hardys at the 2000 Royal Rumble. By the next pay-per-view, the crowd popped big to see The Dudleys become champions despite using dirty tactics to pick up the victory. Altogether, they would earn 10 tag title reigns while under the WWE umbrella. Unquestionably, Bubba Ray and D-Von are two of the greatest tag team competitors of all time.
Oh, You Didn’t Know?
- Road Dogg and Billy Gunn were part of the popular D-Generation X faction
- The New Age Outlaws are six-time tag team champions in WWE
- Road Dogg had one of the most popular catchphrases of the Attitude Era, “Oh, you didn’t know?”
Right when their music hit, the live crowd became energized. Road Dogg and Billy Gunn shined during WWE’s Attitude Era, winning multiple titles and having the audience in the palm of their hands. While both men were capable in-ring competitors, it was the promos the team produced that won them over with the fans.
Road Dogg regularly got the crowd hot simply by doing a routine promo before their matches, and the crowd would often follow along word for word. Gunn would typically close the promo, and though he didn’t speak as often, the audience would still loudly react to his words. The duo also became popular alongside D-Generation X, being involved in numerous segments that the crowd loved.
In-ring: DIY Can Give A Masterclass In Professional Wrestling
Johnny Wrestling And The Black Heart Captured The Hearts Of The Nxt Universe
- DIY found their greatest success in NXT
- Tomasso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano are beloved by fans for their passion and in-ring ability.
- DIY are currently top contenders on Monday Night RAW
DIY was supremely over with the crowd during their time on NXT. The audience of the black-and-gold brand recognized the abilities and dedication that Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa brought with them to the ring each night. Before they became NXT Tag Team Champions, the crowd had already recognized their excellence. Though they were defeated by The Revival at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II, many in attendance gave Gargano and Ciampa a standing ovation for their efforts.
Ciampa and Johnny Wrestling are all-rounders in the squared circle. At a moment’s notice, both men can go from a brawler to a high-flyer to a submission specialist. DIY was crowned NXT Tag Team Champions following a tremendous two-out-of-three falls match at TakeOver: Toronto in 2016, receiving a huge pop and “You deserve it” chants from the live crowd.
Mankind And The Rock Were One Of The Most Entertaining Duos Of 1999
- The Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection are three-time WWE World Tag Team Champions
- Mankind and The Rock took part in the highest-rated segment in RAW history, with an 8.4 quarter-hour rating.
- The team returned for one last match at WrestleMania 20
The Rock and Mankind always provided entertaining content whenever they were in the ring together. While their singles rivalry is noted for intense brawls and extreme violence, their tag team took a lighthearted turn and was best known for promos. The crowd loved the odd pairing of Mick Foley and The Rock, and their “This Is Your Life” skit from 1999 is still the highest-rated segment in Monday Night RAW history.
The Rock and Sock Connection was an amazing team-up between two WWE legends!
At first, The Rock was irritated with Foley, who’d rip off The Great One’s catchphrases. But over time, The Brahma Bull would grow to respect the lovable goofball that is Mankind. The duo had their ups and downs as a tag team, but they always managed to elicit a significant reaction from the crowd. Foley and Rock were both masters of the microphone, and when put together, they made for one of the most memorable tag teams of the Attitude Era.
In-Ring: The Rockers Inspired A Generation Of Tag-team Wrestling
Shawn Michaels And Marty Jannetty Were Ahead Of Their Time
- The Rockers inspired multiple tag teams, such as The Young Bucks and The Hardy Boyz
- Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty’s one reign as tag team champions is stricken from WWE’s title records
- The Rockers introduced a high-flying in-ring style that WWE fans were used to during the Golden Era
Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty wowed wrestling fans with a high-flying tandem offense that was unfamiliar to WWE during the late ’80s and early ’90s. The Rockers became popular through their energetic in-ring style, which inspired future highflyers like The Hardy Boyz and The Young Bucks. HBK would go on to achieve superstardom as a singles star following the infamous 1992 Barbershop break-up of The Rockers.
During their run as a team, The Rockers had classic clashes with teams like the Hart Foundation and the Brain Busters. Unfortunately, their one reign as World Tag Team Champions in WWE was stricken from the record books. However, what can never be erased is the impact they’ve made on the wrestling business and the people they’ve inspired along the way.
Enzo Amore And Big Cass Shined Bright Before Burning Out
- Enzo and Cass could work the WWE Universe into a frenzy with their mic work, especially Enzo
- Despite being a very popular tag team, they never won gold in WWE
- Enzo Amore and Big Cass both had backstage heat leading to their releases
Enzo Amore and Big Cass were once one of the most popular tag teams of WWE’s New Era. Neither Cass nor Enzo could deliver a five-star classic in the ring, but that didn’t stop them from winning over the crowd with the microphone. The pair of Certified Gs were able to energize the crowd simply from their entrance. The team was very reminiscent of The New Age Outlaws, especially when it came to the promo they’d deliver before their matches. Enzo was akin to Road Dogg while Cass was like Billy Gunn in the way they delivered promos as a team.
The duo was especially hot when WWE introduced them to the main roster, and it wouldn’t be long before the company inserted them into a top feud alongside John Cena against AJ Styles and The Good Brothers. Enzo and Cass were so over with their schtick that, after Gallows and Anderson paid someone to cut off their mic, the audience amplified their words to help them finish their in-ring promo. The pair never won gold as a tag team, but they certainly resonated with the WWE Universe during their run with the company.
Kane And Daniel Bryan Were Very Sports-Entertaining
- Daniel Bryan and Kane were rivals turned into reluctant allies
- Team Hell No became WWE Tag Team Champions during the PG Era
- They successfully defended their titles against Dolph Ziggler and Big E at WrestleMania 29
Daniel Bryan originally won over audiences with his spectacular in-ring performances, but when he teamed up with The Big Red Machine, Bryan proved his worth as a sports entertainer. While fans were excited to see Bryan and Kane wrestle, what won them over with the crowd was the story they told in skits and promos. According to one fan poll in September 2012, the WWE Universe would rather see them “hug it out” instead of wrestling against each other or alongside one another in a tag team.
What’s most memorable about Team Hell No are the anger management sessions with Dr. Shelby as well as their wacky antics in the ring and backstage. At first, Bryan and Kane started as rivals, but then they became reluctant allies. Eventually, D-Bry and The Big Red Machine became friends. Together, the oddball pairing would become WWE Tag Team Champions and arguably one of the most significant tag teams of WWE’s PG Era.
In-Ring: The Hart Foundation Shined In The Golden Era
Two Harts Beat As One
- The Hart Foundation excited the fans with their tandem offense in the ring
- Together, Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart are two-time WWE Tag Team Champions
- In 2019, the team was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame
What happens when Bret Hart, one of the world’s best technical professional wrestlers, partners up with the brawling powerhouse, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart? That combination results in one of the Golden Era’s greatest tag teams, The Hart Foundation. The tandem was decent at cutting backstage promos, but their in-ring work is where the team shined. Their classic matches and iconic tandem offense made The Hart Foundation one of WWE’s most legendary tag teams of any era.
Together, The Hitman and The Anvil held two reigns with WWE’s World Tag Team Titles. They got their first taste of tag team gold by defeating The British Bulldogs on a January 1987 episode of Superstars. The team received a monstrous pop when they defeated Demolition for the gold at SummerSlam 1990, earning their second reign as champions in front of over 19,000 fans inside the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The live crowd simply loved the pink-and-black attack. In 2019, The Hart Foundation’s in-ring success was recognized when they were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.