Tag team wrestling can be awesome. It is so much more than disposable filler for a three hour RAW.
Just look at the battles in NXT over the doubles straps. These matches have often been a highlight of the yellow brand's most successful period.
Unfortunately, WWE's chairman has not always shared this view. As a result, tag teams have often been thrown together with little thought. Teams are pushed one week only to then find themselves in meaningless feuds the next. Perplexing booking and a lack of care, has hurt the doubles ranks for years now. Vince’s disinterest has left many talented teams floundering in a neglected division.
However, that is not to say that WWE has always missed the boat. There have been periods of tag team resurgence...
10. The New Age Outlaws
“Oh, You Didn’t Know?” WWE's tag team division wasn't at its strongest during 1997. The title picture was dominated by the pig farming Godwins and an ageing Legion of Doom.
Enter The New Age Outlaws - a team created to give a then-feuding ‘Rockabilly’ Billy Gunn and ‘Double J’ Jesse James something meaningful to do.
The rechristened duo of ’Badd Ass’ Billy Gunn and The Road Dogg would become a catchphrase-touting machine. There was no denying the chemistry. Fans up and down the country would scream the New Age Outlaws intro as the familiar music hit. Six tag team championship reigns and a prominent role in D-Generation-X would follow.
Despite splits and years spent in TNA - where the pair openly mocked Vincent Kennedy McMahon as the ‘Voodoo Kin Mafia’ - The Chairman’s affection remains. James works for WWE as an agent and the Outlaws even received one last championship run in 2014.
Vince still believing the ageing unit had one last high profile match in them, paired the two with Kane to take on The Shield at WrestleMania XXX.