WWE had a unique approach to tag team wrestling in the New Generation Era of the early 1990s. Many of the gimmicks in the tag division and all over the card featured occupational gimmicks. WWE wanted to have extremely defined acts that ultimately became too cartoonish. However, there were still many interesting tag acts from that time in WWE.
Fans remember teams like the Legion of Doom and the Steiner Brothers having their greatest success in WWE, but they remained relevant for quite some time afterwards. Not every tag act from that time was destined to have a long-term future. Each of the following teams disappeared into oblivion after peaking in WWE during the New Generation Era.
8 The Beverly Brothers
WWE booked Beau and Blake Beverly as the Beverly Brothers tag team for a short run in the New Generation Era. The gimmick of spoiled rich heel bratty characters led to them aiming to get cheap heat with their flamboyant outfits and intended style meant to annoy the audience at every step.
Fans never invested in the Beverly Brothers nearly as much as management hoped for when getting them television time. The main push for Beau and Blake saw them losing most matches to the Steiner Brothers when they needed a heel team to squash. WWE eventually moved the Beverly Brothers into an enhancement act role before they left to tread water in other promotions quietly.
7 Doug Furnas & Phil LaFon
There was a lot of hype on Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon from the diehard fans that were aware of their international work. WWE signed LaFon and Furnas to join the tag team division with a strong debut as the sole survivors in a Survivor Series 1996 match outwitting legends Owen Hart and The British Bulldog.
The push of Furnas and LaFon slowed down when it became clear they lacked the charisma or promo skills to fully get over. WWE actually found more success by sending the tag team to ECW as part of their working relationship where LaFon and Furnas contributed more and fit better into the promotion.
6 Well Dunn
WWE introduced the low-end heel tag team of Well Dunn with members aptly named Timothy Well and Stephen Dunn. Some WWE employees joked in later years that the name was a rib poking fun at WWE executive Kevin Dunn, but the talents involved suffered either way. Harvey Wippleman joined Well Dunn as an obnoxious manager personality trying to lead them.
Well Dunn aimed to get cheap heel heat and got portrayed as a secondary team in the tag division. Fans never got behind Well Dunn as a serious threat to the credible teams as the main reason their push never took off. Both wrestlers were released from WWE and worked a few independent markets together before disappearing.
5 Men On A Mission
The face run of Men on a Mission saw them getting over enough in WWE to win the WWE Tag Team Championship. However, the bigger mistake made by WWE was ending the team too soon when Vince McMahon fell in love with the temptation of Mabel as a monster main event heel.
WWE tried to reunite Men on a Mission after Mabel’s push failed with them eventually getting released and wrestling elsewhere. Mo and Mabel tried to reboot the tag act in smaller promotions for a short time before going their separate ways. Mabel had his various WWE returns, but both guys unfortunately fell off the map without WWE.
4 Tekno Team 2000
The name Tekno Team 2000 tells you everything one needs to know about why the tag team failed in the early 1990s. Erik Watts and Chad Fortune played the characters of Troy and Travis in outlandish outfits meant to portray being from the future.
Fans were more confused than anything else since they felt outdated as a concept since they came off hokey, but the act was meant to be ahead of its time. Tekno Team 2000 flopped badly in WWE and tried to keep the act going in USWA and other smaller promotions before disappearing into oblivion from wrestling.
3 The Heavenly Bodies
There were a few different incarnations of the Heavenly Bodies, but Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Rey were the main members in WWE. Vince McMahon signed them with the intent of getting them over as obnoxious heels who refused to ever stop talking about their physiques.
WWE pushed the Heavenly Bodies all the way into the tag title picture before falling short to the Steiner Brothers. The act clearly wasn’t working and felt too outdated when WWE introduced them. This duo continued working together after WWE released them and went their separate ways before forming new teams.
The controversial PG-13 act saw J.C. Ice and Wolfie D trying to get over with rapping gimmicks. PG-13 appeared in WWE, ECW and WCW, but fans mostly remember their WWE time. The Nation of Domination became a top heel act when PG-13 were secondary members to give them a numbers advantage.
WWE also used PG-13 in tag matches to mostly put over others. The placement of Wolfie and J.C. meant that they’d never get pushed above the Nation act. This led to them struggling to impress and getting released. PG-13 bounced around before disappearing without much wrestling success.
1 The Quebecers
WWE pushed The Quebecers as one of the top heel tag teams of the New Generation Era with a total of three WWE Tag Team Championship reigns. PCO and Jacques Rougeau had strong chemistry, but they eventually fell out of favor with a limiting gimmick lowering their ceiling.
The changes in WWE saw the Quebecers leaving the company to end their tag run there in 1994. A lackluster WCW run and a shorter failed WWE stint saw the rest of their tag careers playing out with mediocrity. The Quebecers disappeared into oblivion until PCO reinvented his career decades later in the 2010s.