For years, WWE fans have clamored for an increased emphasis on the tag team division, as it was in the days of teams like Demolition and the Hart Foundation. What separated that era from the more recent division is that the teams of old were truly teams, dressing the same, having a team name, and performing many double team moves. In contrast, more recently the WWE has relied on random teams of singles wrestlers who held themselves more like singles wrestlers even when in team action.
With this in mind, many have become excited at the renewed emphasis on the tag team division. The flag bearers for this push, however, are as random of a pairing as the WWE has crafted in recent memory, current Undisputed Tag Team Champions "Team Hell No" (consisting of Daniel Bryan and Kane). The two started off as bitter rivals, and were brought together only after attending comedic anger management sessions. This odd couple has proven that there definitely remains a place for the random team with little in common who seems to dislike each other more than their opponents.
In fact, many of the most entertaining tag teams in WWE history have been of this "random" variety, consisting of two singles wrestlers with little in common other than the WWE deciding to pair them on a whim. Here is a look at the five most entertaining random tag teams in WWE history, a list Bryan and Kane will surely ascend.
5. Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov: A familiar formula when it comes to creating a random team involves taking a guy with a no-nonsense personality and pairing him with a comedy character. That is what happened here, as Kozlov was a no-nonsense Russian destroyer and Santino is the quintessential comedy goofball. The partnership brought out the fun-loving side to Kozlov, as the duo performed many comedy skits and would even win the Undisputed Tag Team Title in late 2010.
4. Jeri-Show (Big Show and Chris Jericho): Unlike others on this list, Jeri-Show was not put together for comedy purposes. But that did not make them any less entertaining, as the group played the heel team to perfection throughout the second half of 2009. The two meshed perfectly; Jericho played the annoying, condescending mouthpiece while the Big Show served as the imposing back-up muscle.
3. Head-Cheese (Al Snow and Steve Blackman): Similar to Santino with Kozlov, Snow made it his mission to inject more color into Blackman. The mannequin head-toting Snow's idea for accomplishing this? Have Blackman wear a Green Bay Packers cheese head. Needless to say, Blackman was not pleased. However, the team created many memorable moments during its short run in 2000, such as Snow getting Blackman to perform stand-up comedy at a nursing home.
2. Booker T and Goldust: As great as Snow and Blackman played the odd couple role, no team in WWE history has done it better than Booker T and Goldust did in 2002. On one hand, Goldust was one of the most bizarre wrestlers in WWE history and wanted nothing more than to team with Booker T. On the other, Booker was the intense five-time WCW Champion who wanted nothing to do with Goldy. The duo would partake in classic skits each week on Raw and would eventually hold the World Tag Team Titles. In addition, the partnership took Booker T to the next level as a fan favorite, and his newfound popularity catapulted him into the World Heavyweight Title match at Wrestlemania 18.
1.The Rock 'N Sock Connection (The Rock and Mick Foley): WWE would have been hard-pressed to combine any two high-level WWE characters more unalike than this duo. However, the team achieved great success and fan-fare in late 1999 after The Rock reluctantly agreed to the partnership. The two often struck comedic gold together, with Foley always seeking to impress The Rock, who was always unsure about Foley. The most memorable moment for the duo (and one of the most memorable moments in WWE history) was when Foley played "This is Your Life" with The Rock on an episode of Raw in 1999.
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Del Pearson is a life-long wrestling fan who has been to many important events, including Wrestlemania 23 in Detroit. Follow Del on Twitter @DelPearson2.
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