Tag group wrestling has all the time been nice, whether or not speaking concerning the early days of the Street Warriors within the Nineteen Eighties or Edge & Christian within the early 2000s. As pleasing as most corporations’ tag group divisions have been for the previous three many years, it’s truthful to say that tag group wrestling has solely improved in recent times, largely because of the rising variety of noteworthy groups competing towards each other.
With longstanding corporations solely persevering with to develop into the brand new decade, a number of new promotions opened their doorways within the 2010s, like Lucha Underground, the revived MLW, and AEW. In lots of circumstances, these applications and exhibits extensively used celebrated tag group performers, delivering stellar tag group bouts on a predominantly common foundation.
From veteran tag groups working within the unbiased circuit to a few of WWE’s hottest duos, listed here are the very best tag groups of the 2010s, ranked from greatest to worst.
1 – The Younger Bucks
The Younger Bucks are the one tag group to start out a significant wrestling group within the type of AEW, however it’s essential to notice how unimaginable Matt and Nick Jackson are contained in the ring initially. Possessing incredible chemistry from their earlier days as Era Me in TNA, the Younger Bucks managed to rebuild themselves from the bottom up upon signing with NJPW in 2013. Rapidly becoming a member of Bullet Membership aspect by aspect with future Elite stablemate Kenny Omega, the trio have been the core members of the fan-favorite faction for many of the decade.
As nice as their time with Bullet Membership and in The Elite have been, the Younger Bucks have additionally constantly remained a high-performing tag group in their very own proper. Their matches with the Motor Metropolis Machine Weapons have been a few of the greatest tag matches in TNA’s historical past, with their bouts seemingly getting higher with time, as seen from their celebrated matches with the Golden Lovers in NJPW and the Lucha Brothers in AEW.
2 – The New Day
The New Day is that uncommon faction that was in a position to spin water into wine, taking what was initially a horrendous (and probably racist) gimmick handed to them by Vince McMahon and including their very own aptitude to it. In time, what was at first a gospel choir group grew to become a unusual, enjoyable, and hilarious group that gained followers over with their infectiously energetic presence alone.
Probably the most well-liked trios in WWE’s current historical past, there’s little doubt The New Day will go on to affix the Corridor of Fame sooner or later sooner or later. With Kofi Kingston because the high-flier, Large E because the sturdy man, and Xavier Woods as their trumpet-blowing mascot, the three demonstrated unbelievable comedic chemistry collectively not seen because the days of Edge & Christian. From their humorous antics and promos to their unusual obsession with pancakes, unicorns, and “the facility of positivity,” they made WWE’s tag group division price watching throughout a notable lull within the mid-2010s.
3 – The Protect
Together with The New Day, it’s virtually assured that The Protect will someday be inducted into WWE’s Corridor of Fame, if solely as a result of all three of its members achieved breakout success after their faction’s dissolution in 2014. Even earlier than their dramatic break-up and sporadic reunions, although, The Protect was among the finest issues WWE had going within the early 2010s, boasting three distinctive wrestlers who would rise to stardom within the succeeding years.
Initially portrayed as a band of mercenaries employed by CM Punk and, later, The Authority, The Protect have been – like The New Day – an ideal trifecta of pure wrestling expertise. With Dean Ambrose because the chaotic mouthpiece pursuing singles success and Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins because the Tag Staff Champs, the trio was unstoppable in WWE’s midcard for the higher a part of two years. Between Reigns’s energy and Rollins’ pace and agility, they have been nearly unstoppable within the ring, beating down everybody from The Usos to Staff Hell No.
4 – The Usos
It’s fascinating to see simply how far The Usos have come since their debut with WWE in 2009. For the subsequent 14 years, they’ve been embroiled in rivalries towards virtually each main WWE tag group at one level or one other, be it the Hart Dynasty, the New Age Outlaws, The O.C., or The Revival.
Whereas The Usos are undoubtedly doing their greatest work but of their Bloodline storyline with Roman Reigns, they’ve been among the finest tag groups in WWE for over a decade. Their varied championship reigns on Uncooked and Smackdown are simply minor illustrations of how extraordinary they’re within the ring, using a combination of devastating strikes that depend on their immense energy and high-flying agility. Whether or not they current themselves as faces or heels, they’ll proceed having stellar matches nicely into the long run (at 37 years previous, they’re nonetheless very a lot of their prime).
5 – Lucha Brothers
Within the mid-2010s, real-life brothers Fénix and Pentagón Jr. competed as a tag group underneath their Lucha Brothers moniker on an on-again, off-again foundation. Upon becoming a member of AEW in 2019, nonetheless, the 2 siblings started to group with each other extra commonly, resulting in some impressed tag group bouts towards the Younger Bucks, Kenny Omega and Adam Web page, and Jurassic Categorical.
Like all the most effective tag groups, every member of the Lucha Brothers is a gifted wrestler in their very own proper – Pentagón using a extra hard-hitting plethora of chops and kicks, Fénix flying off the ropes and hitting strikes solely essentially the most swish of wrestlers may even dream about performing. Individually, they could possibly be big singles stars (one thing that occurred to be the case once they have been in Impression and Lucha Underground), however as it’s, they make for a pleasant tag group collectively wherever they wind up.
6 – The Revival
FTR is presently residing it up in AEW, participating in a few of the best tag group matches of the previous a number of many years (on an virtually weekly foundation, no much less). Nonetheless, even earlier than they wound up with WWE’s foremost rival, FTR was redefining tag group wrestling in NXT. Personally created by the legendary Dusty Rhodes, The Revival was established as a throwback act modeled after the burlier tag groups of the Nineteen Eighties (particularly The Enforcers and The Mind Busters).
Removed from having a intelligent gimmick alone, Sprint Wilder and Scott Dawson had the expertise to again up their on-screen personas, counting on a mat-based wrestling fashion that lived as much as their title. Their gimmicks allowed for a extra pure juxtaposition towards the predominantly high-flying wrestling acts well-liked within the mid-2010s, paving the way in which to standout matches towards #DIY and American Alpha.
7 – #DIY
Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa’s career-defining rivalry in NXT tends to overshadow their earlier partnership collectively in #DIY, one of many black and yellow model’s greatest tag groups within the mid-2010s. Veteran indie performers previous to their signing with WWE, Gargano and Ciampa had the type of chemistry that the majority different tag groups may solely dream about (though it additionally doesn’t harm that they’d some incredible rivals towards groups The Revival).
Alternating between pace, technical wrestling, and uncooked offense, #DIY grew to become sudden successes in NXT, profitable the Tag Staff Championship from The Revival in 2016. Their preliminary stint collectively could have been short-lived, however like different transient tag groups akin to Rated RKO, the Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection, or the Hollywood Blonds, it left fairly an impression on audiences on the time.
8 – The Undisputed Period
Whether or not you check with them as The Undisputed Period or reDRagon, the joint mixture of Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly was a sight to behold within the ring. Using a extra technical offensive fashion, the 2 have been just like the second coming of Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit, meting out hard-hitting chops and kicks to their opponents and locking in a slew of MMA-inspired submission holds.
Attaining notoriety in Ring of Honor and NJPW earlier than venturing to NXT, Fish and O’Reilly have been very important members of The Undisputed Period from the faction’s very formation. Joined by the equally formidable technical wrestler Roderick Sturdy, the three males grew to become NXT’s most fun tag group because the glory days of The Revival, #DIY, and American Alpha.
9 – Briscoe Brothers
No two wrestlers exhibited the identical overarching loyalty to ROH as Jay and Mark Briscoe, two of the best wrestlers to ever compete in an ROH ring. Constructing a reputation for themselves within the indie circuit all through the 2000s, the Briscoes had change into seasoned veterans by the 2010s, serving as ROH’s reliable workhorses all through the last decade.
Recognized for his or her 18-year-long tenure with the promotion, the Briscoes’ accomplishments in ROH communicate for themselves, with Jay managing to win the World Championship on two separate events and the brothers holding the file for essentially the most tag group title victories a whopping 13 occasions. Their bouts with the Younger Bucks and, in newer years, FTR, are all fashionable classics, exhibiting simply how timeless a tag group they have been whatever the decade.
10 – SoCal Uncensored
You’ll be able to name them SoCal Uncensored. You’ll be able to name them Unhealthy Affect. You’ll be able to name them The Habit – you possibly can even name them by their transient parodic title, The Legion of Growth. No matter designation you select to bestow on them, the joint pairing of Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels was all the time a pleasure to see. It didn’t matter whether or not they have been feuding with their shut buddy A.J. Kinds in Impression or battling Bullet Membership in ROH; the duo was a match made in heaven for each other.
By no means afraid to make use of comedy of their act, S.C.U. was a breath of recent air in Impression and ROH’s tag group divisions, setting themselves aside by their humorous presentation and mischievous antics (in some ways, they have been virtually just like the villainous model of The New Day). Their storyline with Adam Cole and the Bullet Membership in 2017 was maybe the spotlight of their run in ROH on the time, culminating in Daniels’ emotional victory over Cole and his first (and thus far solely) run as the corporate’s world champion.
11 – The Hardy Boyz
It’s unimaginable to assume that Matt and Jeff Hardy have been delighting audiences with their death-defying antics for not one, not two, not three, however 4 many years now. Making their option to WWE within the mid-Nineties whereas they have been simply youngsters, the Hardy Boyz have achieved virtually the whole lot there’s to attain on the earth of wrestling, profitable titles in every single place they go and routinely performing in a few of the most harmful spots that only a few individuals would have the nerve even to ponder – nevermind truly carry out.
Although considerably slowed down by age within the 2010s, Matt and Jeff retained viewers curiosity all through the brand new decade, thanks largely to their new identities underneath the “Damaged Hardys” moniker. Initially pioneered by Matt, this new gimmick noticed the Hardys talking in unusual accents, collaborating in surreal cinematic matches, and as soon as even boxing a kangaroo. This abrupt inventive course helped breathe new life into the Hardys’ matches, resulting in tag group success in Impression, ROH, and WWE.
12 – The Bar
Regardless of how usually it occurs in skilled wrestling, seeing former rivals tag collectively all the time makes for an entertaining affair – whether or not it’s Shawn Michaels and Stone Chilly, Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle, or Sheamus and Cesaro. Battling one another in a best-of-seven collection all through the summer time of 2016, the Celtic Warrior and the Swiss Superman finally got here right into a tentative alliance by order of common supervisor Mick Foley.
From there, what was at first a begrudging partnership slowly developed into an skilled tag group, serving to the 2 receive championship gold at Roadblock: Finish of the Line. As Uncooked Tag Staff Champions, they competed in routinely first rate matches towards The New Day, the Hardy Boyz, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins. Who is aware of how a lot additional they may’ve gone if they’d been collectively longer.
13 – Santana and Ortiz
Working collectively for 5 years earlier than their eventual contract with Impression in 2017, Santana and Ortiz quickly grew to become two of essentially the most thrilling wrestlers in tag group wrestling on the time. Initially aligning themselves with Hernandez, Murder, and Konnan, they have been the lifeblood of the revived Latin American Xchange for almost a 12 months. After a factional break up, they grew to become the spine of the brand new L.A.X. with Konnan of their conflict towards The OGz (Eddie Kingston, Hernandez, and Murder), a feud that was a spotlight of their run in Impression.
Departing Impression for the greener pastures of AEW, Santana and Ortiz discovered themselves feuding with the Younger Bucks and the Lucha Brothers, instantly making a reputation for themselves within the then-fledgling wrestling promotion. Becoming a member of Chris Jericho’s Inside Circle, the 2 grew to become the de facto tag group specialists in Y2J’s faction, having fun with wonderful matches for the rest of the last decade in AEW.
14 – Guerrillas of Future
These days, the Younger Bucks are sometimes seen as the most effective tag group ever hooked up to Bullet Membership. As complimentary as that assertion is, it undercuts simply how phenomenal a few of the different tag groups allied with Bullet Membership have been at one time or one other, beginning with two of the faction’s earliest members, Tama Tonga and his brother Tanga Loa, collectively often known as the Guerrillas of Future (or G.O.D. for brief).
The “unhealthy boys” of Bullet Membership for many of their time within the faction, the Guerrillas of Future have been additionally probably essentially the most underrated members of the steady. Demonstrating unmatched charisma on the mic, they’d the inherent expertise to again up every one in all their heated (usually hilarious) promos. As the important thing members of Bullet Membership’s Firing Squad, they have been the chief instigators of the Bullet Membership civil conflict, initiating an enormous factional break up that pitted its new and founding members towards The Elite. Their matches towards the Briscoes, Chaos, Conflict Machine, the Younger Bucks, and Los Ingobernables de Japón have been all the time entertaining, with the G.O.D. holding the file variety of IWGP Tag Staff Championship reigns seven totally different occasions (equal to a mixed reign of 755 days).
15 – The Motor Metropolis Machine Weapons
The Motor Metropolis Machine Weapons could have reached their peak as a tag group in 2010, however that doesn’t imply they didn’t have a profitable run collectively within the years that adopted. Hampered by accidents, contract disputes, and easily poor reserving, M.C.M.G. had an initially nice run at the beginning of the last decade, profitable TNA’s World Tag Staff Championship from Beer Cash in a stellar best-of-five collection. After dropping their belts again to their arch-rivals, although, the group quietly disbanded as soon as Alex Shelley departed from the corporate.
Reuniting in 2016, the Machine Weapons rapidly made up for misplaced time, renewing their TNA feuds with different groups like Unhealthy Affect and the Younger Bucks and competing in a number of standout matches in ROH and NJPW. Thankfully, they appear to have bounced again exponentially in newer years, profitable the Impression World Tag Staff Championship twice extra within the early 2020s. Even earlier than then, they have been a terrific tag group collectively.
Richard Chachowski is a contract author based mostly in New Jersey. He loves studying, his canine Tootsie, and just about each film to ever exist (particularly Star Wars).