Tex Lazenger & Shanghai Pierce
Debuting in 1992, the Texas duo of Tex Lazenger and Shanghai Pierce were the tag team equivalent of jobbers to the stars in WCW, often losing to bigger teams and winning a handful of preliminary matches on their own. Surprisingly, the two would go on to better things in the WWF as Henry and Phineas Godwinn.
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From the time it was purchased by Turner Broadcasting in 1988 until the time it was sold in 2001, WCW was a fantastic place for tag teams to compete. The WCW World Tag Team Championship changed hands at least 70 times over that period, while the company also had added U.S. and Cruiserweight Tag Team Champions from time to time.
In counting down the Top 50 WCW Tag Teams, we ranked them using the following criteria:
How successful and memorable were they within WCW?
How long did they team up for?
Did they have any memorable matches?
NOTE: As much as I love teams like the original Minnesota Wrecking Crew, Steamboat and Youngblood and The Dudley Boyz, this is only for the period when Ted Turner owned WCW (1988-2001).
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In 1993, The Colossal Kongs debuted in WCW under the tutelage of Harley Race. Masked, bearded, huge and wearing furry vests, Awesome Kong (no relation to the female wrestler) and King Kong (no relation to the ficticious monster) crushed their competition for a short spell, even taking on the team of Sting & Ric Flair.
The Colossal Kongs
Although both men debuted as heels in WCW, it wasn't until early 1994 that Cactus Jack and Maxx Payne began teaming together as babyfaces. Together, they defeated Shanghai Pierce and Tex Slazenger at Starrcade and the following year, engaged in a feud with The Nasty Boys, capturing the tag team titles.
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Although they were never tag team champions, The Blue Bloods were one of WCW's tag team highlights in the mid-1990's. Comprised of the proper British chap Lord Steven Regal and the born-again Brit Bobby Eaton (later known as Sir Robert Eaton), the two feuded with Harlem Heat and other top WCW teams.