This month we have given you a countdown of the Top 10 duos in the history of pro wrestling/sports entertainment. In this edition we look at the cream of the crop with teams number four, three and two and number one to be revealed next week. In case you missed the prior parts of this countdown, here is part two, and part one can be read here.
Number Four: "Hardy Boyz" -Matt and Jeff
Our number four team could be considered the modern "extreme" team because of there innovative use of ladders during matches with Edge and Christian and the Dudley Boys. They also became a complete "Team Xtreme" when Lita joined them after starting of in the WWF in 1998 with Michael Hayes as there manager, as well as a brief stint with Terri Runnels. During there time together between 1998 and 2002, they held the WWF/WWE Tag-Team Championship on six occasions and also the WCW Tag-Team titles once during the Alliance years. They would team together again sporadically over there years that followed, but eventually split for good in 2009 when Matt won an "Extreme Rules" match with Jeff at 'WrestleMania' XXV. They would re-unite briefly while both were together in TNA in 2011 but not again until earlier this year as they revived there own promotion OMEGA Championship Wrestling defeating the Briscoe Brothers in April.
Number Three: "Midnight Express" -Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose, "Sweet" Stan Lane and "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton
Another long tenured tag-team started in the early 1980's in Southeast Championship Wrestling as the combination of Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose. They would be joined briefly by Norvell Austin and capture the AWA Southern Tag-Team titles using what would be later known as the "Freebird rule" to defend the titles by an combination of the three men. Starting in mid-1983 Randy Rose would leave the group and Dennis Condrey would find a new partner in a former foe, Bobby Eaton, they would move to the Mid-South promotion and be joined by there new manager Jim Cornette. They would capture the Mid-South Tag-Team titles while there and feud with the Rock 'n' Roll Express in a feud that is still talked about even today, for differing style that was employed at the time. Condrey and Eaton briefly went to WCCW in Texas and would hold there tag-team titles on one occasion. They would then join Jim Crockett Promotions in 1985 and gain national exposure. in 1987 Condrey left JCP and Eaton would start teaming with Stan Lane. They would have some of there greatest success together as they won both the NWA Tag-Team Championships (Mid-Atlantic version) and United States Tag-Team titles, including briefly holding both simultaneously. They would make a turn to faces after losing the NWA Tag-Team titles to the Road Warriors and then began a feud with the "original" version of the duo, Condrey and Rose, who has been teaming in the AWA, and were lead by there manager Paul E. Dangerously (Heyman). The middle duo of Condrey and Eaton is said to have captured close to 50 tag-team championships (regional and national) during there years together.
Number Two: "Dudley Boyz/Team 3D" -Bubba Ray and Devon
The Dudley Family started in ECW in 1996, but soon thereafter Buh-Buh Ray and D-Von would kick out all but a few members of the group and join together to capture the ECW Tag-Team Championships on eight occasions. After ECW was purchased by the WWF/WWE in 2001 they came on board to feud with the Hardy Boyz and Edge and Christian in several very notable, and still talked about, TLC matches. During the Alliance years they held the WCW Tag-Team titles once, but they held the WWE/World Tag-Team titles on nine occasions. in 2005 the duo would join TNA and be re-christened as Team 3D because of WWE owning the trademark "Dudley" name. While there they won the NWA World Tag-Team Championship once and the TNA World Tag-Team Championship twice. The Dudley Boyz also held the IWGP Tag-Team titles on two occasions making them the most decorated duo, by a total of 23 major championships, in pro wrestling history.
Now we have counted up to nine of the Top 10 of the greatest tag-teams in the history of pro wrestling/sports entertainment. When we conclude the countdown for this month next week we will reveal the number one duo and some teams that while close just missed the cut.Tags: AWA, ECW, IWGP, NWA, Tag-Team, TNA, WCW, World Tag-Team Championship, WrestleMania, Wrestling, WWE, WWF