10 of the best active tag teams in pro wrestling
When it comes to professional wrestling, something that separates it from any other type of combat sports variant is the concept of tag team wrestling.
The first tag team pro wrestling match was held in San Francisco around the turn of the twentieth century. While the match variant enjoyed a great deal of popularity in the southern California territories, it didn't really catch on in the rest of the world until almost thirty years later.
So why is tag team wrestling so exciting? For one thing, it puts double the amount of characters in the ring at a time, increasing the drama and storyline possibilities. For another, it allows for tandem offense, leading to such intricately named moves as the Doomsday Device and More Bang for Your Buck.
In Mexico, tag team wrestling is considered an art form, and goes far beyond the normal two-man teams. Lucha Libre events might feature six-man, eight-man, or even ten-man teams comprised of men, women, and minis. Lucha Libre tag rules are unique in that tags are not required if a member of the team leaves the ring, voluntarily or otherwise.
In recent years, tag team wrestling has seen something of a glut as the world's largest pro wrestling organization the WWE tends to focus on singles wrestlers rather than tandems. However, this appears to be changing, and a new emphasis on tag team wrestling can be seen in promotions from New Japan, Impact, and Ring of Honor, as well as the aforementioned WWE.
Without further ado, here are ten of the best active tag teams in pro wrestling today, in no particular order.
#1 The Revival
The Team: Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder
Combined Weight: 446 pounds.
Hometown: Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Wrestling Style: Smashmouth brawling with technical prowess--but definitely no flips!
The former NXT and Raw World Tag Team champions are the spiritual successors of classic tag teams such as the Minnesota Wrecking Crew and the Hard Liners. Their motto is 'no flips, just fists,' which perfectly encapsulates their exciting and vicious style.
Long considered one of the best, if not THE best tag team in WWE, The Revival recently made headlines because they asked for their release from the company. The WWE refused, urging them to stay and give the promotion a chance to re-emphasize tag team wrestling.
Dash and Dawson are definitely 'top guys' in tag team wrestling!