All Things Combat- Top 10 Tag Teams Of All Time
While tag team wrestling as a whole was down this year, there was still teams that had fantastic years. We saw the birth of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship, a much better World Tag League from New Japan, and great tag team wrestling from the independent scene. We saw a lot of teams at the top of companies, and teams that were dominant all year. It was very hard to decide who would occupy this list. Teams like EVIL & SANADA, Street Profits, and Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross would just miss the list. A wide variety of teams and companies are represented here and while there are some obvious choices, there are also some surprises as well.
10) The Kabuki Warriors
These two became a team after Wrestlemania, and while they didn’t have many televised matches, there work these last two months has been phenomenal. Asuka and Kairi Sane have been the best heels in the women’s division this year, and it’s not even close. They won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships at Hell in a Cell, and have been booked to look dominant ever since scoring wins over the likes of Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch. Sane and Asuka are right now heads and shoulders above the rest of the division. They may be champions for a long time to come.
9) Aussie Open
These guys had such a good year that it would have been wrong to not have them on the list. Mark Davis and Kyle Fletcher might be the best tag team on the independent scene, and their resume speaks for themselves this year. They had seven tag team championships reigns this year as well as having their biggest match to date, when they challenged G.O.D. for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships at Royal Quest. Fletcher and Davis started the year as both the Defiant and Attack 24:7 Tag Team Championships. They would add the RevPro Undisputed British Tag Team Championships, the Progress Tag Team Championships, and two reigns as the wXw Tag Team Champions. Their TLC match with Swords of Essex (Paul Robinson and Will Ospreay) at Chapter 87 was amazing, their feud with Grizzled Young Veterans throughout the year was great, and their work in RevPro has always been great. If they keep performing well on the indy scene, they may get more opportunities like they did this year at Royal Quest.
8) SoCal Uncensored
They were one of the first signees to AEW, and they are the first ever tag team champions for the promotion. Since the tournament, Scorpio Sky has looked great, and their matches with Lucha Bros have been superb, and the triple threat with Lucha Bros and Private Party at Full Gear was great as well. SoCal Uncensored didn’t just have success in AEW, as there was great matches at Bar Wrestling and WSU in Australia. While their were no championship wins outside of AEW, there were still plenty of good matches. With Sky and Frankie Kazarian as AEW Tag Team Champions, and now with Christopher Daniels returning from injury, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for SCU.
7) The New Day
While the team took a break from the tag team championship scene for KofiMania, New Day still had a successful year as a unit, having two reigns as Smackdown Tag Team Champions. Xavier Woods and Big E first won the titles at Extreme Rules from Daniel Bryan and Rowan in a triple threat that also included Heavy Machinery. They would lose them to the Revival at Clash of Champions, and Xavier Woods would go down with an Achilles injury in October. Kofi Kingston would step into Woods spot in the tag division as he and Big E would get revenge on the Revival, winning back the Smackdown Tag Team Championships on Smackdown two months later. This trio gets tag team wrestling and have been at the top of the division since 2014. We got to see Kofi get a push in the main event scene, and even though he was unceremoniously removed from that scene when he lost the WWE Championship to Brock Lesnar on Smackdown’s debut on Fox. But even after that loss, he fit right back into the tag team scene like he had never left. I am very curious where New Day will head in 2020 as I don’t think they will break up, they move way to much merch to break up, but maybe a fourth member could be in the cards for the new year.
6) The North
Some people might not exactly know who The North actually is. Ethan Page and Josh Alexander are members of the Impact Wrestling roster, and are the reigning Impact Tag Team Champions there. They would win those titles in a bit of surprising booking, defeating Santana and Ortiz at Bash at the Brewery, just two days before a triple threat tag team match between them and the Rascalz (Dez and Wentz) at Slammiversary. Since then, Page and Alexander have turned back the challenges of The WorkHorsemen, Rhino and Tommy Dreamer, Reno SCUM, Rich Swann and Willie Mack, Eddie Edwards and Naomichi Marifuji, and several more to reach a 157 day reign. But The North didn’t just find success in Impact, as they would have three other championship reigns in 2019. They would win the A1, IWC, and PWR Tag Team Championships in the calendar year as well. After four years since their last tag team championship reigns, and a few years where they didn’t team together as much as they had in the past, it seems like Page and Alexander haven’t missed a beat and they will continue to be the top dogs of the Impact tag team division.
5) The Lucha Bros
Even though they fell short of winning the AEW Tag Team Championships, Pentagon and Rey Fenix have had an outstanding year outside of the company. They went into the year as MLW World Tag Team Champions, had two brief reigns as the AAW and AAA World Tag Team Champions, and reigns as both the Impact and The Crash Tag Team Champions. They are also the current HOG and WAR Tag Team Champions and are in their second reign as AAA World Tag Team Champions. It seems like wherever these two go that championship success and great matches follow. They’ve had fantastic bouts with the likes of the Rascalz, Santana and Ortiz, the Young Bucks, SoCal Uncensored, Chris Brookes and Aussie Open, and so many more. I feel like it’s only a matter of time before they win tag team gold in AEW, but I also wonder how long they will be a team. Both Pentagon and Fenix have seen singles success in Lucha Underground, and Pentagon finding it in Impact where he is a former Impact World Champion. Only time will tell if the brotherly bond is strong enough between the two is enough to survive in the AEW ranks.
4) The Revival
These guys went from having one of the worst years in wrestling in 2018 to having one of the best years a tag team has had in the WWE. They have had three reigns as Tag Team Champions, winning the Raw Tag Team Championships twice and the Smackdown Tag Team Championships once. They would win the Raw titles on Raw defeating Robert Roode and Chad Gable before losing the titles in a thrown together match on the Wrestlemania Kickoff show to Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins. They would regain their Raw Tag Team Championships on another Raw defeating Hawkins and Ryder in a triple threat that also featured the Usos, after a weird storyline with the Usos leading up to the match. They would then lose the titles to the OC, but would win the Smackdown Tag Team Championships just a few months later at Clash of Champions. There matches with the likes of Roode & Gable, #DIY (yes they did wrestle each other in 2019), The Usos, New Day and Undisputed Era have shown that Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder aren’t just going to sit around and let their contracts ride out, but they want to prove that they are still the best tag team in the world. If they walk away from WWE when their contracts are up, it will be interesting to see just where they go. AEW would be interesting, but I would love to see them get a run in NWA too. Or maybe all of this stuff is just a work and they will re-sign with WWE.
3) The Viking Raiders
Erik and Ivar, formerly known as Rowe and Hanson, have been on a tear ever since joining the WWE. They won the NXT Tag Team Championships within their first year in the company when they beat Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly at Takeover: Phoenix. Their match with Aleister Black and Ricochet at Takeover: New York was one of the best matches of the year, and then things kind of got weird. The then named War Raiders were called up to the main roster seemingly out of the blue, renamed the Viking Raiders, and the fans didn’t take to them mainly because of the name change. After forfeiting the NXT Tag Team Championships, the Viking Raiders kind of just hung around in the midcard of the tag team division, but one thing was consistent, they kept winning. Neither member of the Viking Raiders took a pinfall loss until Super Showdown in November. If it was a pair of jobbers, the OC, or some other member of the Raw tag team division, the Viking Raiders never lost. This would earn them a shot at the Raw Tag Team Championships on an episode of Raw against Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler, where the Viking Raiders would once again find gold around their wastes. Now going on three months as champions, and Raw’s sole winners at Survivor Series, it seems like the Viking Raiders will be a mainstay in the tag division for a long time.
2) Guerrillas Of Destiny
I don’t know if a wrestlers theme song got more stuck in my head than the Guerrillas of Destiny theme song. Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa have put the New Japan heavyweight tag team division on their backs and have been carrying that division through a dark time. They don’t get a lot of the credit since they are in one of the most hated stables in New Japan at the moment, but their work has been nothing short of exemplary. After dropping the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships to EVIL & SANADA in a triple threat at Wrestle Kingdom 13, which included the Young Bucks, G.O.D would win the titles back during the Honor Rising tour, and haven’t looked back, reigning for 294 days at the time of writing this article. Currently in their fifth reign, they have defeated the likes of Villain Enterprises, The Briscoes, Aussie Open, Tomohiro Ishii and YOSHI-HASHI and Roppongi 3K. But G.O.D’s dominance wouldn’t stop there, as they would also reign as the top tag team in Ring of Honor through the spring when they won the ROH Tag Team Championships at the G1 Special at Madison Square Garden. There wars with the Briscoes at both War of the Worlds and Manhattan Mayhem are fantastic and are prime examples that tag team wrestling can thrive in 2019. However, the reason that they are here at number 2 and not number 1 is simple, the G.O.D. World Tag League Curse. There run in World Tag League netted them 24 points, which on paper is pretty good...until you see that the teams of David Finlay & Juice Robinson and EVIL & SANADA finished with 26. G.O.D finished with losses to EVIL & SANADA, Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI and Toru Yano and Colt Cabana, if they had been able to beat Yano & Cabana, then they would have had 26 and it would have been a three way tie for first. Their failure to win World Tag League continues a run that is four years on where they have a chance to win the tournament, but come up short on the final day. If Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa are able to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships at Wrestle Kingdom 14 and continue their dominance in the division, then they will definitely be in the conversation for the number one spot again at this time next year.
1) The Undisputed Era
The best tag team of the year is the stable that is currently draped in gold. On their second reign as NXT Tag Team Champions this year, and fourth overall, these boys are number one without a doubt. Now I could take hours talking about how great all four members are in a tag team setting, but I want to focus on two specifically. That is Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly. Now on their second reign together, the duo formerly known as reDRagon has only improved from their time in Ring of Honor and New Japan. After Fish suffered an injury, O’Reilly was teaming with Roderick Strong, who he lost those titles with at Takeover: Phoenix to the War (now Viking) Raiders. Since Fish’s return, he and O’Reilly haven’t missed a beat and are back where they belong on top of the tag team division. After winning the titles from the Street Profits, Fish and O’Reilly haven’t looked back, and in a rather weak NXT tag team division, they really don’t have to. But the greatness doesn’t stop there, as I could talk for hours about how skilled and technical these two are, or the War Games match this year, or their classic matches against the likes of the War Raiders, the Street Profits, the Revival, #DIY (yes, they also faced DIY this year), and so many more, but that would make this article way to long. It feels like they have done it all in NXT, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Fish and O’Reilly (as well as the rest of the Undisputed Era) on either Raw or Smackdown after Wrestlemania.