Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Wrestling Six Packs: The Top Tag Teams in Wrestling Today

Roode and Storm, the cream of the tag team crop
Photo Credit: ImpactWrestling.com
I was going to do a SummerSlam topic, but the well's dry on that end. Meanwhile, on the A1 Podcast last week, the crew was discussing their favorite tag teams on the heels of the A1 Tag Cup, a tournament where the best tag teams in history competed in a poll-based scrum. Right now, the Finals pit the Steiner Brothers against the Miracle Violence Connection of Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy and "Dr. Death" Steve Williams. But anyway, while tag wrestling seems like a lost art today, there are still more than a few teams that uphold its tradition. Here are the best active teams in my estimation.

1. Beer Money, Inc. (Bobby Roode and James Storm)

How is Impact going to have the best tag team in wrestling? It's crazy, and yet they have these two that they probably don't even deserve. Ah well, but it's amazing how well these two guys work together as a team, both in the ring and as characters. For two castoffs from other teams/stables, they hit the jackpot.

2. The Kings of Wrestling (Claudio Castagnoli and Chris Hero)

A case where two best friends get together and perform excellently is a case where everyone wins. You wouldn't think that Claudio and Hero go together, but they have amazing rapport, able to annoy crowds and frustrate opponents. If the rumors are true, they'll be headed to WWE, which is good or bad news depending on whether you want them to stick as a team. Then again, you never know, maybe they'll be to the tag division what Kharma was going to mean to the Divas before she became with child.

3. The Briscoe Brothers (Jay and Mark)

The Briscoes are a team that you'd think should have gotten a shot, but then again, look at them. They have half a set of teeth between them and are about as refined as crude oil. So they'd be perfect fits for the wrestling industry, right? Haha, yeah. I have my suspicions as to why they've never gotten or taken contracts, but I think the brothers from Slower Lower are very much made for the indies and vice versa. Their timing is impeccable, but c'mon, they're brothers. You expect that.

4. The RockNES Monsters (Johnny Yuma and Johnny Goodtime)

A new team from Southern California, the Monsters have grown on me very quickly. Goodtime is definitely better at this point than Yuma, but they compliment each other so well that it works. They get to have better showcase matches in PWG, but NWA Hollywood is where you get to see their chops in a weekly sort of serial.

5. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey)

The Usos aren't here to be a token WWE tag team. WWE hates tag teams, we know, but in spite of that, the Un-Samoans who turned out to start acting like Samoans have turned out to be a fine tag team. Their matches have improved exponentially, and they actually show some panache when they're allowed to be more than just guys who have matches.

6. The Canadian Ninjas (Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews)

How could I forget perhaps my favorite part of SHIMMER, the deviously evil sirens from the North. Their harassment of Allison Danger last year was the best part of the DVDs I ordered and they definitely have spread their treachery across the land, mostly Perez. As a team, they have really good chemistry, even if Matthews is still learning and growing.

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