Wednesday, November 29

10 Awkward WWE Couples You Totally Forgot About

WWE has produced a variety of tag teams ranging from some amazing groups like The Usos and The New Day to more bizarre pairings like The Rock & Mankind or Steve Austin & Triple H. While those tag teams were good and eventually found their footing Not every tag team in WWE achieves that success or luxury. Many teams are random impromptu duos that someone behind the scenes created because the two people involved just had nothing to do or someone thought it would be good.

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While many of these teams would even run into championship gold, none of these groups were enduring and made any lasting impact on WWE. Let’s take a look at a selection of awkward couples WWE created that most fans seem to forget about.

10 Chad Gable and Bobby Roode


2018 and 2019 saw a strange time for both Chad Gable and Bobby Roode as they both didn’t have much to do and were randomly matched up on Raw. Gable would start wearing briefs and a similar robe to Roode’s to maintain a similar look for a team and would even at one point find himself a reign with the Raw Tag Team Championships.

Now while they are both amazing fighters, their characters had nothing in common despite a good sense of comedy, but the pairing was completely random and made little to no sense. They didn’t last that long before quietly disbanding and Gable went on to become Shorty G and Roode would find a new partner in Dolph Ziggler.

9 Kenzo Suzuki and Rene Dupree


Kenzo Suzuki would be moved from Raw to SmackDown rather quickly after debuting an un-American gimmick. During this move, he would find a partnership with Rene Dupree and even win the WWE Tag Team Championships from Paul London and Billy Kidman.

They would primarily fight the team of Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio before dropping the titles to them. They would get a rematch for the gold, but to no avail and soon after, they would disband the team before Suzuki was fired from WWE.

8 charlie haas and rich


Rico was famous for hanging out with Billy and Chuck during their time as a team, while Charlie Haas was one third of Team Angle with Shelton Benjamin and Kurt Angle. The two would find themselves without partners on SmackDown in 2004 and begin to form an unlikely duo.

The team’s premise was that Haas was reluctant to team with Rico and would be uncomfortable with him. The two would win the WWE Tag Team Championships together before relinquishing the belts to the Dudleyz and Rico being released in November of that year.

7 Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler

Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax backstage

One of the many teams WWE has created recently to add some sort of depth to their women’s tag team division saw Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler team up simply because neither had anything to do. Jax would end a match with Asuka for the Raw Women’s Championship to no avail, while Baszler was unable to capture the Money in the Bank briefcase during this time.

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The two would team up just before a title match against Sasha Banks and Bayley at Payback in 2020, which saw Baszler and Jax win their first tag team titles. They would lose the titles to Asuka and Charlotte Flair at TLC before regaining them the next month at the Royal Rumble. Baszler would turn on Jax during a fight between her and Alexa Bliss.

6 Aliyah and Raquel Rodriguez


Another example of WWE trying to fill their women’s tag team division now with the calls of NXT Aliyah and Raquel Rodríguez. The two would team up for a tournament to crown the new Women’s Tag Team Champions after Naomi and Sasha Banks vacated the titles.

The odd pairing would go on to win the tournament beating Damage CTRL’s Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky in the finals before losing the titles to Damage CTRL just two weeks later.

5 Jeff Jarrett and Owen Hart


Owen Hart would be the face of random tag teams throughout his WWE career. Him teaming up with Yokozuna, joining the Nation of Domination and forming High Energy with Koko B. Ware, but his most forgotten team is Jeff Jarrett towards the end of his career.

Owen and Jarrett would win the WWE World Tag Team Championships on Raw in January before losing it a couple of months later to another odd pairing of X-Pac and Kane. After parting ways, Hart would revert to his old Blue Blazer persona and Jarrett would leave for WCW.

4 Big Boss Man and Ken Shamrock


Big Boss Man and Ken Shamrock would be part of The Corporation stable along with The Rock, Shane and Vince McMahon. The duo would have some success as Shamrock and Boss Man would hold the Intercontinental and Hardcore Championships respectively before capturing tag team gold together.

The stable disbanded in 1999 with Shamrock joining The Union soon after and Boss Man bouncing from tag team to tag team before being fired from WWE in 2003.

3 daniel bryan and rowan


Daniel Bryan would find much success teaming with much bigger wrestlers during his time in WWE, finding championship reigns alongside Kane and later Erick Rowan. Bryan and Rowan would begin working together once Bryan turned heel and won the WWE Championship from AJ Styles.

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Bryan and Rowan would be an integral part of KofiMania, with Kingston beating Bryan for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania and The New Day taking the SmackDown Tag Team Championship months later at Extreme Rules.

2 John Cena and Bull Buchanan


While during his WWE tenure, John Cena has seemingly only been a part of random teams like Batista, David Otunga, and Shawn Michaels, the most forgotten comes from his brief stint with Bull Buchanan.

The two would team up during Cena’s days as a Doctor of Thuganomics with Bull calling himself “B-2”. Cena would turn on Bull by having Rodney Mack join in, called Redd Dogg, and help beat B-2. Bull would be fired from WWE in 2003.

1 The locals


Ricardo Rodríguez is famous for being the ring announcer for Alberto Del Rio in WWE, but would also wrestle for the promotion under a mask and the name, El Local. He would primarily wrestle on lesser shows like Saturday Morning Slam and Main Event before finding a tag team with a masked partner.

His secret masked partner would be Tyson Kidd, and they got together because the two of them had nothing to do. The team would not last long before Rodriguez made his NXT debut and teamed up with Kalisto. Kidd and El Local never won a match during their time as a team.

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