The Killer Bees vs.
The Hart Foundation
Throughout 1986 and 1987, The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair and Jumpin' Jim Brunzell) were often matched against The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart). While the Hart Foundation often came out on top (see The Frank Tunney Memorial Tag Team Tournament), the Bees got their share of wins, too.
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While it isn't as commonplace today as it was a decade ago, tag teams have been involved in lengthy series of matches against one another, and many have even been at the main event level.
Some of these team rivalries and feuds were a month or two, while others literally lasted years and sometimes crossed in to different wrestling organizations.
In counting down the Top 50 Tag Team Rivalries, we used the following criteria:
How long did the rivalry last?
Were their matches shown on the biggest stages possible (e.g. major pay-per-views)?
Are the teams forever linked to each other because of this rivalry?
Note: As with many Top 50 lists, most of these are from the 1980's or later and mostly restricted to WWF/E, WCW/NWA, TNA, ECW, ROH and the AWA. While there were likely many tag team rivalries before then and in other locations.... we simply haven't seen them.
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While the rivalry between D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) and The Spirit Squad (Kenny! Johnny! Nicky! Mikey! Mitch!) was incredibly one-sided, it was nonetheless a feud that was front and centre in WWE for most of 2006. The teams clashed on pay-per-view and on Saturday Night's Main Event.
D-Generation X vs.
The Spirit Squad
In 1997, The Eliminators (John Kronus & Perry Saturn) were ECW Tag Team Champions, and they were being challenged by The Dudley Boys (Buh Buh Ray and D-Von Dudley). The two traded the belts and back and forth, including a bout in the company's first-ever PPV Barely Legal, where The Eliminators won.
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In 2007, The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) were a relatively new tag team and decided to make a splash by preventing Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) from cheating in a tables match. This led to a series of matches that sometimes also involved Johnny Devine and Jay Lethal.