The second episode of WWE’s 50 Greatest Tag Team Countdown premiered today on Peacock/WWE Network.
Since there might be some confusion if I don’t explain it again, here were the ground rules explained in the opening episode.
It was made clear by the hosts (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) that they will be ranking WWE tag teams over the last 50 years, so as much as they like WCW tag teams like Harlem Heat and the Hollywood Blonds, they won’t be on the list. The way the list was ranked was by looking at the title reigns, the longevity and the cultural impact they had. They encouraged fans to talk about the list using the hashtag #WWE50GreatestTagTeams as well.
Here were the rankings after the first episode.
50. The Bushwhackers (Butch & Luke)
49. Too Cool (Grandmaster Sexay & Scotty 2 Hotty)
48. The Quebecers (Jacques & Pierre)
47. Smoking Gunns (Billy & Bart Gunn)
46. Strikeforce (Tito Santana & Rick Martel)
45. The Headshrinkers (Samu & Fatu)
44. Kane & X-Pac
43. Batista & Ric Flair
42. MNM (Johnny Nitro & Joey Mercury with Melina)
41. Nasty Boys (Brian Knobs & Jerry Sags)
40. Rated RKO (Randy Orton & Edge)
39. Paul London and Brian Kendrick
38. DIY (Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano)
37. World’s Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas)
36. Money Inc. (Ted Dibiase & Irwin R. Schyster)
Here’s the countdown from #35 to #21:
35. Jeri-Show (Chris Jericho & Big Show)
34. The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Tugboat/Typhoon)
33. The Street Profits (Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins)
32. The Brisco Brothers (Jack & Gerald Brisco)
31. Harper & Rowan
30. Owen Hart & The British Bulldog
29. The Miz & John Morrison
28. The Bar (Cesaro & Sheamus)
27. Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Kane)
26. Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik
25. Los Guerreros (Eddie & Chavo Guerrero)
24. The APA (Bradshaw & Faarooq)
23. The Blackjacks (Blackjack Lanza & Blackjack Mulligan)
22. The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose)
21. D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels & Triple H)
TJR Thoughts: I think they have done a good job on the list. It’s tough to argue for or against some of these teams. There are teams on here that only held the titles once for a couple of months while others held them many more times and for many more days. For example, D-Generation X were only Tag Team Champions for 57 days, so can you really say they are a better team than some of the others that held the title for months? Obviously, Shawn Michaels and Triple H are two of the best wrestlers ever, but as a tag team, I think 21 is too high for them. I think of all the teams on here, The Bar should be a lot higher than they are considering they had 360 days as Tag Team Champions. Then again, WWE made it clear that it’s not just about length of title reigns and it’s about the impact made on the business too. Anyway, these lists are always going to cause arguments and that’s what they are for.
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) June 9, 2021
The next part of the countdown that will likely cover the teams ranked #20 to #11 (assuming they follow the same pattern as the 50 Greatest Women list) will air next Wednesday.