Many believe that tag team wrestling is a dying breed. While that may be true in some instances, that isn’t to say it is always true. In major promotions such as the WWE, there are only a handful of teams that have shown any semblance of success, while others are simply there to create short-term feuds and nothing more. But there are a number of great tag teams competing today that don’t get the respect they deserve, and a number of reasons may be attributed to that.
The one primary reason is exposure to a mainstream audience. This is certainly an issue, as teams from not only the United States but Canada and Japan have been overlooked for how good they are. Some members of teams may even be successful as singles, but simply not had the exposure on a major platform to be seen.
This is an opportunity for wrestling fans that aren’t exposed to wrestling outside a major promotion to take a chance on these 20 men. Sometimes greatness isn’t seen, but is still apparent to those who do witness it. These particular choices have traveled the globe and are often competing on the independent scene. This is a group of wrestlers you not only need to watch, but you need to know about. They may very well be World Champions before you know it. Here are The 10 Greatest Tag Teams You Probably Haven’t Heard Of.
10. The Overdogs
This talented Canadian tag team appear primarily on the independent scene, but work so well together that it becomes impossible to ignore what they have done. Sebastian Suave and John Greed work effectively as a unit, and each time they hit their opposition with a move is goes off so smoothly. Big man, smaller man tag teams are certainly something that has been successful in the past, and these two they have done it so well that it becomes impossible to ignore. Much like Steve Austin, both Suave and Greed will celebrate a win with an alcoholic beverage in the ring; in this case a Somersby cider. And they have a perfect name for a team that is certainly underrated.
9. All Night Express
Fans of Ring of Honor are aware of this combination, but that isn’t to say the rest of the world is. Rhett Titus and Kenny King are former Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions that split up and reformed years later. King left ROH at one point to compete for TNA while Titus remained with the promotion. When King returned to ROH, fans celebrated the opportunity for them to work together. Whether they are cheered or jeered, both men can work, and that is the most important thing. They compete with a chip on their shoulder and sheer confidence, and are proving that they even though they aren’t given the attention and respect they deserve, they are looking to change that now that they are back together.
Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly aren’t being used much as a tag team at the present time, but when together you’d be hard pressed to find a better team in the world. As former Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions and former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, these two work together like a well-oiled machine. As champions they were practically invincible, and as challengers they are practically unstoppable in pursuit of the titles. When we think of a tandem that manages to weave experience, ring savvy, promo skills and team work together, reDRagon are certainly the faction. Few other teams can effectively compete together or on their own, but reDRagon doesn’t miss a beat when they are in there collaborating and creating magic in the ring.
If you haven’t watched these NWA U.S. Tag Team Champions in action, make an effort to look out for their matches. The tandem of Elliot Russell and Matt Sigmon manage to steal the show wherever they go. Based out of Tennessee, these two have earned quite a name for themselves. Their progression as a team has slowly been growing as they’ve performed on the independent wrestling scene since 2013. What is remarkable about them is that their success isn’t necessarily dictated by wins and losses, but their level of competition and work to improve. This well-kept secret has yet to fully break out, but when they do fans should take notice as major promotions will most certainly come calling, if they aren’t already in the process of doing so.
6. Premier Athlete Brand
The tandem of Anthony Nese and Caleb Konley are collectively known as the Premier Athlete Brand. Nese competed briefly with TNA between 2011 and 2012, but it has been his time alongside partner Caleb Konley that has really turned heads. Nese and Konley’s success has been as part of Dragon Gate USA‘s tag team division. At Evolve 35, Konley and Nese captured the Open the United Gate Championship and captured the FEW Tag Team Championship. Konley has earned a name for himself as well competing on the independents, and for promotions such as Ring of Honor as well. They have shown that they are willing to get in the ring with just about anyone around the world.
5. Team Tremendous
Bill Carr and Dan Barry may not be household names, but that isn’t to say they won’t be. They have been cutting their teeth for CZW, the tandem that are about as versatile as any team today in the ring. Their creative nature has also lent them to show a bit of a comedic side, as they also went under the moniker Tremendous Investigations Inc., with a private investigator-like gimmick. While they have earned notoriety in CZW, they also captured championships from ISW and in New York as part of the New York Wrestling Connection. It says a lot about a team that is able to maintain success regardless of where they are and who they are competing against. The combination of high flying moves with straight up brawling is a great mixture for these two.
4. Killer Elite Squad
Take one third generation wrestler and one veteran that has competed for all the major promotions, and what you get is one of the most underrated tag teams in wrestling today. David Hart Smith and Lance Hoyt are collectively known as the Killer Elite Squad. They have achieved success competing in Pro Wrestling Noah in Japan, and while there, captured the Tag Team Championship. The team’s success appears based on the growth and development of Smith as a wrestler along with the tutelage and mentoring of his partner Hoyt. It is very rare to see a rather larger tag team demonstrate so much success and still fly under the radar. The future continues to look bright for the formidable duo whether in Japan or North America.
3. Roppongi Vice
This New Japan Pro Wrestling tag team is a special breed. Rocky Romeo and Trent Barretta are the team that came about after Romeo’s previous tag team partner retired. The entertaining nature of this duo isn’t just about comical antics in the ring; they are incredibly skilled tag team partners whose moves will stand out. Although they’ve competed in North America, RPV have captured a great deal of success competing in Japan. Everything they have done in the ring translates well regardless of whether they are making spot appearances for Ring of Honor or in New Japan. Roppongi Vice is capable of stealing the show each time they are out there.
2. Great Bash Heel
If you aren’t watching New Japan Pro Wrestling, then you certainly are missing out. Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma are the current members of this team, but this group has been around for some time, seeing various collections of men as members prior to its disbanding. After reforming in 2013, GBH has continued to achieve success in Japan. When we consider the fact that both members had achieved solo success prior to their reformation, it has been smooth sailing for them. This past January saw GBH capture the IWGP Tag Team Championships at Wrestle Kingdom 10, their second reign as the champions. These two seasoned veterans are sure to not fall under the radar once fans are watching. Be sure to look out for them, you surely won’t be disappointed by their performance.
1. Matt Sydal and Ricochet
Both men are known for their high flying style and aerial feats. However, when you put the two of them together they manage to captivate an audience like not many today. Today, Sydal competes regularly with Ring of Honor and independently. Ricochet is arguably the most talented wrestler today, and continues to rise in popularity. They are the perfect combination of excitement. What remains so remarkable about them is they are able to come together only occasionally, yet don’t lose any chemistry with one another. It is a truly remarkable feat, with both men having such busy schedules while not always working together. Together Sydal and Ricochet captured the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.