3. Two Dudes with Attitudes
Perhaps this team was omitted because of its terrible name? In truth, the on-off union of Shawn Michaels and Diesel between 1993 and 1995 was pretty ad-hoc and short-term which probably accounts for why it did not appear on the most recent list.
But what cannot be denied is how influential the partnership was for both men, and how it propelled before performers to main event status at crucial times in their respective careers – not many teams can claim such a thing.
Diesel progressed from Michaels’ bodyguard to tag partner, winning the titles in ’94 as heels, before they disintegrated in typical wrestling fashion. The following year, they reunited as faces with Diesel this time the senior partner, displaying an interesting change in dynamic.
2. Goldust and Booker T
WWE’s ultimate odd couple, Goldust and Booker T, were flung together unexpectedly in 2002 as a result of the original brand extension. The pair’s chemistry was easy to see throughout their association, particularly in the comedic backstage segments they participated in.
These ranged from an alternative review of The Rock’s The Scorpion King, and Goldust’s plot to reclaim Booker T back after his dalliance with the NWO.
The pair had a brief three-week run with the WWE tag belts at the end of 2002, but will be best remembered for shining a light on the hitherto unforeseen comedy chops of Booker T.
1. The Revival
WWE were never likely to give too much spotlight to a team currently working for the opposition, but Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder deserve plenty of credit for actively embodying all that was great about the golden age of tag-team wrestling.
Their work in All Elite Wrestling has been met with acclaim, as did much of their output in NXT, in particular their matches with Gargano & Ciampa, and American Alpha.
Including The Revival on the list would have rightly given the team deserved recognition for the five years they spent ‘reviving’ tag team wrestling in NXT and on the main roster.
It would have also added another modern team to the Top 50 list which was heavily weighted towards teams from previous generations.