5 Worst Tag Team Pairings in Wrestling History
Chemistry is a form of science, but when it comes to tag team pairings, professional wrestling at times can make it seem like rocket science.
Major wrestling promotions have given the world the Road Warriors, Harlem Heat, the Midnight Express, the Hart Foundation and Beer Money Inc. Those same promotions have featured tag team pairings that defy the laws of competency.
Poor tag team pairings for this list will feature short-term, often one-off, tag teams that underwhelmed in critical tag team categories of cohesiveness and experience.
Some teams actually consist of figures considered to be legendary on their own.
Unfortunately, their subsequent teaming with other giants of the industry proved to be better on paper. This is a study that truly illustrates the art form that is tag team wrestling and why a tag team cannot become a success overnight.
5. Hulk Hogan and Edge
Hulk Hogan can be comfortably argued as the biggest and most well-known star that wrestling has ever seen. Nowhere in that description is he described as a tag team stalwart, not even when he was with Brutus Beefcake.
Edge, on the other hand, is one of the greatest tag team performers in WWE history, in addition to having a brilliant singles career. The accolades between the two should have made for a promising collaboration.
Once Hogan's initial charm following his 2002 return to WWE dried up, WWE tried to keep him fresh by pairing him with the longtime tag team specialist. Edge actually won the tag team championships in July of 2002.
Given Hogan's stature as a wrestling icon performing in an individual capacity, it was fair to question whether the pairing would stick long term as a tag team performer.
That question was answered definitively, as the run lasted for less than three weeks following a loss to the Un-Americans. Edge grew up idolizing Hogan, a caveat which was told through WWE storylines. As a result, this team played out like another one of Hulk Hogan's greatest hits tours with Edge as his roadie.
4. Ric Flair and Rowdy Roddy Piper
Ric Flair and Roddy Piper as a tag team would look great on paper if this were the '80s. In November of 2006, though, this geriatric duo somehow captured the world tag team championships.
Flair's in-ring career remained respectable for about as long as one could hope, but at this point, Piper could hardly move in the ring. Neither had any business carrying titles known as a launching pad for young, up-and-coming stars.
The Cinderella pairing captured the titles from the Spirit Squad at WWE Cyber Sunday in 2006 but dropped the titles to Rated RKO less than two weeks later on Raw.
Their improbable championship win at Cyber Sunday will always be more of a badge of honor than an actual tag team run. And how could it be considered a run of any ilk? Piper could barely even walk.
3. High Energy
Owen Hart seemed well on his way to having a career comparable to David Sammartino, Bruce Hart, Horace Hogan or Chris Von Erich. He seemed destined to be slapped with the unenviable "other brother" tag as he attempted to follow in the grand shadow of Bret Hart.
Owen's lack of a promising start was due mostly to the poorly thought out tag team concept of High Energy. Hart teamed with singles comedy wrestler Koko B. Ware for a tag team that was only memorable because of its ridiculous wardrobe.
Dressed in checkered suspenders and baggy pants, few could take High Energy seriously. It may have been fair to question whether this flamboyant, fun-loving Hart was adopted given the serious technical wrestling prowess of his brother.
WWE.com currently lists a High Energy match against a pair of jobbers, one of whom is the Brooklyn Brawler, as a classic match. Clearly, the term classic is subjective.
The fact that Owen Hart embarked on what should be considered a Hall of Fame career is a testament to his skill and staying power. Koko B. Ware was a surprise inductee in 2009.
2. Jay Leno and Diamond Dallas Page
When Hulk Hogan blatantly sold a hammerlock from Jay Leno at WCW Road Wild, wrestling died a bit inside.
WCW wrestlers being featured on the legendary Tonight Show was a big step forward for professional wrestling as a legitimate form of mainstream entertainment. Jay Leno in a WCW ring was one large step back.
The match was clearly designed to pique the interest of the casual viewer, but those who saw the actual execution may have been driven away. Leno was out of his league on this night and on this stage. He would have been better utilized as an enforcer or even a guest commentator with a promising talent teaming with DDP.
1. Pac Man Jones and Ron Killings
TNA was well intended in its efforts of bringing in troubled NFL star Adam "Pac Man" Jones, but the entire experiment blew up in the hard-luck promotion's face when the Tennessee Titans, Pac Man's team at the time, refused to cooperate.
Jones was suspended from the NFL for the entire 2007 season. With his free time, Jones attempted to become a professional wrestler with the secondary national promotion TNA.
The Titans would only approve non-physical interactions between Pac Man and other TNA wrestlers to avoid injuring their talented but knuckle-headed cornerback.
Jones was eventually used in a tag team capacity, with Ron Killings doing the heavy lifting and Jones inserting himself for the finish, which would involve stunts such as Pac Man spraying spray paint in his opponent's face.
Jones quickly fizzled out of TNA despite becoming a tag team champion at one point. Needless to say, the Pac Man experiment was an abject failure.