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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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EOTR Tag Team Tuesdays: 5 Great WWE Tag Team Feuds

By @TrueGodImmortal

Tag team wrestling was once a foundation that the WWE was built upon. We saw all the legendary tag teams from Demolition to the Hart Foundation to The Rockers, and many more rise through the ranks and become popular. The thing is, these teams all needed a great rival to become who they are. Today, we look back at some of the best tag team feuds in the WWE history. Some of these are more recent, as two of the best feuds of the 2000s for the entire company have come in the last year. With that being said, let's take a look at 5 great WWE tag team feuds.

*The Hardy Boyz vs Edge & Christian 

-Of course, there's no other feud from the Attitude Era that shaped wrestling quite like this. One would argue that the Dudley Boyz should be included but the truth of the matter is, there was no need to include them into the rivalry aside from the tables element for TLC. While that was a big deal and a huge part of the rivalry, this feud kicked off with The Brood (Edge and Christian) splitting from Michael Hayes and The Hardy Boyz taking their spots, then the two young teams fighting over the managerial services of Terri Runnels. Literally, from May 1999 onward, these two teams were feuding with each other off and on for the better part of two years. The feud got heated with the great Terri Runnels Invitational series that culminated in a classic Ladder Match and from there, tag team wrestling was never the same. The two teams would do battle in a very good match at No Way 2000, which is underrated, and then of course, they would have their epic series that included the Dudley Boyz, spawning three classic TLC matches and a classic Triple Threat Tag Team Ladder Match. There are more great matches between just the two teams, along with a ladder Match on RAW shortly after Summerslam 2000, and a great Steel Cage Match for the titles at Unforgiven 2000. There are no two teams that are more synonymous with each other than these two teams, and it's possible this is the greatest tag team feud in WWE history.

*Los Guerreros vs Rey Mysterio and Edge vs Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit 

-A short lived feud that stands as the best tag team feud of the Ruthless Aggression era. It's crazy, because with all of the other teams from the era, these three teams are the most memorable and their 2 month feud for the Smackdown tag team titles gave us a number of classic matches. First, we can talk about Kurt Angle and Benoit going against Los Guerreros on Smackdown prior to No Mercy 2002 to set up the Smackdown tag title tournament Finals, which was a great match. Or, we could talk Edge and Rey Mysterio vs Kurt Angle and Benoit in one of the greatest tag team title matches ever at No Mercy 2002. We could also reference the Edge and Rey Mysterio vs Los Guerreros tag team match that took place a week later on Smackdown. That was another great battle. Or, for good measure, we could also talk about the classic 2 out of 3 falls Tag Team Title match between Angle and Benoit vs Edge and Mysterio, another match that absolutely raised the bar. The match that closed out the feud officially was the epic triple threat Tag Team Elimination match at Survivor Series 2002, where Los Guerreros walked away as the winners of the titles and the winners of the feud. This is the greatest short feud of all time in WWE, as there is no three way feud that spawned more classics in two months than this. Not even close.

*Hart Foundation vs British Bulldogs 

-Going back to the older WWF days in the 80's, these were the top two teams in the world. When the wrestling world refused to adapt and evolved, the Hart Foundation and British Bulldogs attempted to make them evolve and their matches were the first sign of the next wave that would actually hit the WWF some years later. Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid made up one of the best yet most underrated teams ever, while the legacy of Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart is solidified. From matches on the MSG Network, WWF Superstars, house shows, Prime Time Wrestling, and Wrestlemania 3, these two teams battled it out for years and would end up having the tag team rivalry of the 80's without question. Their best match however came on Saturday Night's Main Event in a best two out of three falls that finished with a screwed ending, but the action was top notch. These two are the best teams of the 80's, so it is no shock their feud makes this list.

*The New Day vs The Usos 

-Is it too early to call this a classic feud? After what I just witnessed this weekend? No. Not at all. In fact, I don't even want this feud to end. It's the best thing going in WWE right now and I can remember everyone saying they wanted New Day to break up just a few months back... hell even a year ago. Now look at them. The New Day and The Usos are having the feud of the year over on Smackdown and they are the highlight of that show at the moment. The Usos and The New Day have feuded before this year, and their feud then was fun to watch, but once The Usos hit their stride as heels and The New Day found new life by coming to Smackdown, everything changed. Starting with their match at Money In The Bank 2017, their feud seemed to get better and better. Battleground 2017 would see the two teams have another great match, before reaching their peak at Summerslam on the pre-show. They would put on a classic street fight in Vegas at Smackdown, and this would then lead to their most recent battle, and perhaps their best, inside  Hell In A Cell. These two teams have traded the tag team titles back and forth, and despite the title changes, they've made tag team wrestling fun again in 2017. Aside from their awful rap battle with terrible host Wale, these two teams have had a flawless feud, making this one of the best tag team feuds we've seen in years.

*The Revival vs DIY 

-There haven't been many feuds in the WWE this decade that has really hit the mark, but NXT struck gold with their greatest tag team feud in their short history. One could argue that The Revival vs American Alpha is close to this rivalry, and you would be correct in that assumption, but there was something about this rival that we just couldn't get enough of. Whether it was their involvement in the Triple Threat Tag Team Title match at NXT Takeover Orlando, their two out of three falls classic at NXT Takeover Toronto, or their near classic at NXT Takeover Brooklyn 2016, these two teams delivered every time they faced off, and I only wish we could have seen a few more contests between the two. Still, what we've witnessed from both teams is beyond legendary and when we look back on this feud 10 years from now, it'll still be remembered as a classic feud, just like the rest of these listed.



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