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When one talks about the tag team scene in the 1990s (for our purposes, the years 1990 through 1999), there's a bit of good, a bit of bad and a bit of ugly all rolled into one.
In the World Wrestling Federation, most teams paled in comparison to the golden era just a decade earlier. Teams didn't stick together for nearly as long, and those who dressed and looked alike weren't often remembered as icons of the era. And in WCW, there were periods in the late-1990s where management completely deemphasized the tag team division entirely.
Having said that, over 10 years, there were more than enough classic teams to facilitate a list like this. In ranking the Top 50 Tag Teams of the 1990s, we looked at the following criteria:
How prominent was the team between the years 1990 and 1999?
Were they a dominant duo in their chosen promotion(s)?
Did they capture championship gold, and if so, how frequently?
Was the team promoted at or near the top of the card?
One very important note: the famed three-team series between The Dudley Boyz, Matt and Jeff Hardy and Edge & Christian began in the year 2000, so their breakout rivalry didn't happen until the year after this particular list ended. They're all listed prominently -- but maybe not as prominent as you'd figure.
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In 1992, the WWF put together mid-card high-flyers Owen Hart and Koko B. Ware, outfitted them in baggy pants, and sent them out to face the likes of The Headshrinkers, The Beverly Brothers and The Nasty Boys. While the pairing only lasted a year, the tag team did get a shot against champions Money Inc.
WWE Hall of Famers Greg The Hammer Valentine and The Honky Tonk Man had teamed off and on in the past. They became a permanent duo in the 1990s, with Valentine dying his hair black to match Honky Tonk's and them performing the hit (?) song "Hunka Hunka Honky Love" at WrestleMania VI.