Saturday, April 13

10 Most Overrated Tag Teams In WCW History

The history of WCW tag teams featured some high-end names. Legendary talents like Scott Steiner, Booker T, Kevin Nash, and Sting held WCW Tag Team Championship gold at various points in their careers. Most fans to watch both products religiously in the 1990s would declare that WCW had a better tag division for more years than WWE.

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However, that doesn’t mean there were not any overrated acts. Even some of the more popular performers can be overrated when looking back at the work all these years later. Not everything will stand the test of time to be remembered as fondly as when it happened. Each of the following WCW tag teams was the most overrated in company history.

10 The Fabulous Freebirds

The Fabulous Freebirds

WCW added the Fabulous Freebirds to their roster at the end of their careers after their glory years. The older ages started to show when Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin represented them in tag matches. A couple of WCW Tag Team Championship reigns saw them still getting pushed at that stage.

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Unfortunately, the Freebirds were on their final chapter that ended with a lackluster stretch in WCW. Everyone went their separate ways after the WCW time ended. Hayes had the most prominence joining WWE and eventually becoming a top producer for decades.

9 Doom

Doom WCW Tag Team Champions Cropped

The duo of Ron Simmons and Butch Reed found chemistry to become a top WCW tag team in the early years. Teddy Long managing them added to the act where they were booked as a dominant WCW Tag Team Championship pair at their hottest.

However, Doom shouldn’t be on any objective discussion about the greatest WCW tag teams since they had a short run. WCW ended them before they could achieve legendary success together for the valid reason of pushing Simmons into the world title picture as a singles star.

8 Hulk Hogan & Dennis Rodman

Hulk Hogan Dennis Rodman

One of the most successful ideas for WCW featured NBA legend and celebrity personality Dennis Rodman appearing to team with Hulk Hogan. Rodman loved wrestling enough to miss practice for the NBA Finals to appear on Nitro live with Hogan and the rest of the New World Order.

WCW booked a few high-profile matches to have fans remember Rodman wrestling a bit more than he actually did. Rodman only wrestled three matches teaming with Hogan. However, it feels like they did more together due to the promos and how important those matches felt in the moment.

7 The Dancing Fools

Alex Wright Disco Inferno

Comedy could be used effectively for wrestling acts, but some just get portrayed as jobbers. Disco Inferno and Alex Wright made that their identities when teaming up as the Dancing Fools. WCW mostly booked the two comedic heels to take beatings and put over others.

Later years did see the Dancing Fools getting more chances when WCW lost talent and even saw them winning the WCW Tag Team Championship in 2000. Any scenario of this act winning belts will put them on the overrated side of wrestling history.

6 Public Enemy

Public Enemy in WWE

WCW signed Public Enemy as one of the first relevant acts to get over in ECW. The duo of Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge had talent and showed incredible potential in ECW with the smaller audience. Unfortunately, it was a tougher process for them in WCW and ECW.

The WCW stint was successful enough for Public Enemy to get chances, but they weren’t effective enough to avoid being overrated. Public Enemy didn’t have nearly enough good matches or memorable moments for how often they ended up on television.

5 Ric Flair & Arn Anderson

Ric Flair And Arn Anderson

The legendary tandem of Ric Flair and Arn Anderson will always see their careers linked together. Flair became the most respected main eventer in WCW’s early history, but Anderson was right there with him as a sidekick who deserved more credit for his role.

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Every incarnation of the Four Horsemen saw them working together. However, the specific tag team legacy of Flair and Anderson is overrated since fans automatically linked them together. There were plenty of good tag matches, but Arn experienced more tag team success with three other partners.

4 The Natural Born Thrillers

The Natural Born Thrillers

Many fans viewed the Natural Born Thrillers teams as some of the final successful acts from WCW’s run in 2000. However, they weren’t that over to feel important in the moments rather than a nice change of pace to see WCW giving a young group that much of a push.

Fans only reacted to the Natural Born Thrillers as top heels when they feuded with Kevin Nash and Diamond Dallas Page due to the two main eventers having crowd support. The Natural Born Thrillers had such a short run that their title reigns made their legacy overrated.

3 The Nasty Boys

The Nasty Boys WCW Tag Team Champions

The Nasty Boys may be the most polarizing team to find success in both WWE and WCW. Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags were unconventional wrestlers looking more like tough guys who would win a bar fight rather than athletes designed to win wrestling matches.

WCW saw their best matches coming with hardcore stipulations back at a time when it was rare to see weapons involved. The Nasty Boys having objective success and fun matches with hardcore stipulations lead to them being overrated if compared to teams like Harlem Heat or the Steiners.

2 Scott Steiner & Buff Bagwell

Scott Steiner and Buff Bagwell

The New World Order tandem with Scott Steiner and Buff Bagwell was one of their most successful tag teams. However, fans remember the promo work and unique nature of two upper mid-card heels in a popular faction for the better rather than looking at the worst weaknesses.

Steiner and Bagwell were treading water for most of their run. One could argue it even lacked logic to have Scott go in a new tag team act right after he betrayed Rick to join the NWO on his own. Bagwell and Steiner feuding with Rick was the only reason for them being together in an overrated run.

1 The Outsiders

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Kevin Nash and Scott Hall changed the wrestling industry together when they made the move to jump ship from WWE to WCW in 1996. The Outsiders was the tag team name used by them in the early stages of creating the New World Order.

Everyone remembers their run glowingly since they deserve credit for the success, but they were pushed too long. The Outsiders had multiple tag title reigns that slowly drifted when one of the two was unable to appear. Nash seemed way better off in singles roles whenever the duo went their separate ways.

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