Tag teams present a unique situation in professional wrestling. With two superstars performing as one team, the individual parts of that team can often get ignored, or turn into something much more than they were as solo performers. Endless tag teams have reached meteoric fame in WWE, only for fans to be virtually unable to tell you anything about the wrestlers in that team only a few months after they disbanded. In other cases, teams were pieced together using already established superstars, and in those instances, the tag team was forgotten in lieu of the individual, instead of the other way around.
The Attitude Era is generally considered the greatest period in WWE history, or at least it feels that way when you read angry comments on Internet. However, what many people longing for attitudes past seem to overlook is that there were a great deal of downsides to that era, as well. Some of these teams were incredible and are forgotten for political reasons, but plenty just weren’t that good, and it might be wise for WWE to pretend they didn’t exist.
WWE infamously ret-conned their World Tag Team Title history to begin in 2002, but fans know that has to be nonsense, considering the company existed for decades prior to that version of the belts being introduced. Nonetheless, when looking at a list of some of the teams to hold and compete for said titles only a few years prior to the reframing of history, maybe that wasn’t such a bad idea on their part. Read on to learn which 15 Attitude Era tag teams WWE is trying to hide from history.
15 Jeff Jarrett and Owen Hart
14 Ken Shamrock and Big Bossman
13 The Godwinns
12 Droz and Prince Albert
11 The Holly Cousins
10 The New Midnight Express
9 Fake Diesel and Fake Razor Ramon
8 The New Blackjacks
7 The New Rockers
6 The Unholy Alliance
5 Kane and X-Pac
4 The Harris Brothers
3 Too Much
2 The Headbangers
1 Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko
It seems virtually impossible to talk about things WWE wants us to forget about without bringing up Chris Benoit. The darkest day in wrestling history, and therefore possibly the most highly publicized, came in June of 2007, when Benoit committed suicide after murdering his family. The damage done through the loss of life is immeasurable, but one more tangible way this has affected the world has been WWE erasing Benoit from their record books. Considering Benoit was such a huge and influential star, this impacted virtually every aspect of wrestling, including tag teams. Although they mostly only teamed as part of a larger group in WWE, Benoit and Dean Malenko were actually one of the most dominant tag teams of the entire 1990s. Along with The Public Enemy, they were one of only two teams to hold both the ECW and WCW Tag Team titles while those companies were still active. Of course, Benoit threw that legacy away alongside everything else he achieved when he committed his senseless crimes.
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