Tag Teams: The Golden Years
Big Nick Kold, you bring a tear to my eyes. Not because you have given me the opportunity to blog for the Windy City Sports Network, but because until I upload a picture of me to you so you can include on the website, you decide to use a picture of the Freebirds…and that’s when the eyes start to swell and tear.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DAYS OF REAL TAG TEAMS AND STABLES IN PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING?
I can fondly remember turning on the TV on Saturday and Sunday to watch wrestling and there were always TRUE tag teams. Teams that were put together and came up to NWA/WCW, WWE, World Class, AWA and all the territories and that’s all they did…TAG TEAM WRESTLING.
Now it seems that almost every tag team is put together for the sole purpose of:
1) Breaking them up to start an individual program against each other
2) They fall into the category of “I got nothing for you at the present time so we are going to team you up with X to form a tag team
With the exception of the Usos, I almost sure that every tag team has been put together in the WWE with the sole purpose of having them break up or put together on the fly to fill TV time. So, you want some examples? Here are just a few:
Kane/Daniel Bryan (Thank God they had the psychiatrist there to work out their problems)
Miz/Mizdow (Breakup in the works)
Goldust/Stardust (Already started and match planned for WM 31)
Cesaro/Tyson Kidd/Adam Rose...do I even need to type anything about this pairing? Cesaro has gone from winning the Andre the Giant Battle Royal to being in a jobber tag team.
The New Day…come on WWE Creative, you can do better than that.
Heath Slater/Titus O’Neil…enough said.
Let’s all take a moment and think back to when we were running home on Saturday at 5pm to put on Channel 50 here in Chicago to watch World Class Championship wrestling. Remember putting on the TV and watching Skandar Akbar bring out the Super Destroyers, Gino Hernandez and Chris Adams, Jack Victory and John Tatum, (I won’t even include the Von Erich’s and the Freebirds) that along with a few other feuds in the history of wrestling deserve a separate blog and podcast). Then at 6 we would put TBS on and watch the NWA and we were treated to the following: Road Warriors, Midnight Express, Steiner Brothers, Harlem Heat, Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson, Rock & Roll Express and The Powers of Pain (Warlord & Barbarian).
We would then wake up on Sunday to watch the AWA and those awesome Bob Luce commercials. We had the Road Warriors there as well along with the Fabulous Ones, Dick the Bruiser and the Crusher, Scott Hall & Curt Hennig, The Orient Express (Pat Tanaka & Paul Diamond), The Killer B’s, The Wrecking Crew and all the tag teams that Sheik Adnan El-Kassie would bring in…(Jerry Blackwell You Big Fat Slob!!!!!!!!, you really have to be an old school wrestling fan to understand that one)
What happened to the once proud Tag Team Division in the WWE? We had the New Age Outlaws, The Hardy Boys, Edge and Christian, The Bulldogs, Demolition, The Russians, The Rockers, The Nasty Boys, The APA and yes even the Quebecers. Back then any of the above tag team wrestling against one another would be a main event anywhere. Oh yeah! Did I mention two other tag teams by the name of the Dudley’s and the team of Dr. Death Steve Williams and Terry Gordy? Let’s also not forget that some of the greatest wrestlers, (Yes WRESTLERS and Not Sports Entertainers) all started as part of a tag team. Sting and Ultimate Warrior (Blade Runners), Shawn Michaels (Rockers), Curt Hennig and Scott Hall, just to name a few, all started as tag team wrestler which allowed them to learn their craft.
In my opinion, the WWE would be wise to look at the awesome talent that is sitting in NXT and start rebuilding the tag team division. This would allow them to properly build their next generation of WRESTLERS…whoops, I mean “Superstars”.
I hope you all enjoy the first blog. Keep coming back to the website where I will be posting weekly