Many fans believe that tag team wrestling is a dying breed. Outside perhaps one stand out team, the rest are simply biding their time until their respective singles push happens. While that may be true in some instances, that isn’t to say it is true in all instances. 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. However, 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 teams are simply too good to ignore. In fact, they are so good that their work needs to be seen in the largest promotion in wrestling. 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 best tag teams today that need to be in WWE.
10. The Mighty Don’t Kneel
While Mikey Nicholls and Shane Haste have recently agreed to terms with the WWE, they have been working very hard leading up to this opportunity. Often referred to as TMDK, these two Aussies have earned a name for themselves competing for the likes of Pro Wrestling Noah in Japan. The team has changed since first formed in 2010, as they were once a larger stable. While they’ve earned the most notoriety in NOAH, Nicholls and Haste have also competed for such promotions as TNA, ROH and NJPW. These former champions will have the opportunity to show the WWE fan base what has made them one of the best tag teams in the world. One of the best kept secrets on the independent scene are now part of WWE and training at the Performance Centre.
9. The Wolves
Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards have been a tag team for more than a decade, and wrestling fans that have seen their work together in Ring of Honor are aware of their talent. Furthermore, fans who became familiar with their work since joining TNA know they are unquestionably the best tag team in the promotion. During their time in ROH, they were known as The American Wolves, and now are simply The Wolves. For longtime WWE fans that haven’t seen them compete, their style resembles that of the British Bulldogs from the mid to late 1980s. They possess speed, strength, and agility, combined with the stiff style that has been made popular in Japan. It is no wonder why this team is as highly regarded as they are.
8. War Machine
While Raymond Rowe and Hanson may have been the finalists in the ROH Top Prospect tournament a couple of years ago, they aren’t new to professional wrestling. These two veterans have both overcome adversity to become the ROH Tag Team Champions. Rowe suffered major injuries due to a motorcycle accident, and it appeared as though his life (let alone career) was in jeopardy. When Rowe did return, he and Hanson not only picked up from where they left off, but got better. Their matches are reminiscent of powerful tag teams such as the Road Warriors. Their sheer size and strength allowed these two to become the ROH Tag Team Champions, and their face paint and entrance attire add to their imposing nature. Despite being together only a short time in comparison to other teams, Hanson and Rowe are amongst the best tag teams in the world.
7. Motor City Machine Guns
Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin have competed against one another and alongside one another throughout the years. Through it all, fans have seen just how good these two work together. They earned their popularity years ago in TNA when they referenced their common residence of Detroit, Michigan and became the Motor City Machine Guns, teaming from 2006 until 2012. As popular as the X-Division was at the time, it was enhanced because of the popularity of Sabin and Shelley. They recently reformed in ROH to recapture that same success. Consider how much success they’ve had in the past competing for NJPW, Zero-1 and TNA, it’s pretty remarkable. Both men are known for a highly intense and skillful move set that is sure to get the attention of wrestling fans.
6. 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 demonstrated so much success and still fly under the radar. The future continues to look bright for the formidable duo, whether it is in Japan or North America.
5. Roppongi Vice
This New Japan Pro Wrestling tag team are a special breed. Rocky Romeo and Trent Barretta are a team that came about after Romeo’s previous tag team partner Alex Koslov retired. The entertaining nature of this duo isn’t just about comical antics in the ring; they are an incredibly skilled tag team 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 are capable of stealing the show each time they are out there.
4. 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.
3. 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 his time alongside partner Caleb Konley 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 competing on the independents, and for promotions such as Ring of Honor as well.
Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly aren’t being used much as a tag team at the present time, but when they’re 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 teamwork 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.
1. The Young Bucks
Nick and Matt Massie, better known as the Young Bucks, are among the most popular Tag Teams in the world. Their success in both North America and Japan over the years have grown by leaps and bounds. While many had probably initially considered them the second coming of the Hardy Boyz, the brothers had earned acclaim for their countless matches in PWG, CZW, TNA, ROH and NJPW. They were once known as Generation Me, but have embraced being known as a couple of ‘Young Bucks.’ They are also their own biggest publicists as well, as they have created a line of merchandise that is in demand everywhere around the world. What does the future hold for these two Bullet Club members? Only time will tell, but as it stands today, they are one of the best Tag Teams not in the WWE today.