COMMENTARY | Some of the greatest feuds in the history of professional wrestling have involved tag teams. In some cases, these feuds spanned many years across different territories. In addition to exciting action in the ring, the most memorable tag team feuds also pitted different ideologies against each other.
Take a look back at the top five tag team feuds in pro wrestling history.
5. Sgt. Slaughter and Don Kernodle vs. Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood
I was too young with limited television access to witness this legendary tag team feud. But from what I've researched, this feud represented everything that was great about old school tag team wrestling. Both Slaughter and Kernodle have recounted the story that they bought a composition notebook and wrote the entire program for this feud while on the road. The tag team feud concluded with a famous steel cage match, which can be seen here.
4. The Hart Foundation vs. The British Bulldogs
Bret Hart was so talented that two of his most memorable rivalries were with his own family. Before he became WWE Champion, Hart made his mark as a tag team competitor with Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart. The Hart Foundation feuded with The British Bulldogs, which consisted of The Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith, Bret's brother-in-law. Bret Hart played the heel in this lengthy tag team feud, a role he would later reprise at the beginning of the Attitude Era.
3. The Hardy Boyz vs. Edge and Christian
The highlight of an otherwise down period in WWE tag team wrestling came during the feud between The Hardy Boys and Edge and Christian. All four men were great wrestlers, but each tag team brought something different to this epic feud. The Hardy Boys were daredevil high flyers, while Edge and Christian were better mat technicians and much better on the mic. Both teams were WWE Tag Team Champions numerous times.
2. The Rock 'n' Roll Express vs. The Midnight Express
It would take a tag team feud of unimaginable greatness to move ahead of these top two rivalries. I remember the epic battles between these tag teams in Mid-South Wrestling on local television like it was yesterday. The unsung hero who truly made this feud work was the manager of The Midnight Express, Jim Cornette. Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson were perfect for the 1980s MTV generation, while Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey were old school heels.
1. The Von Erichs vs. The Freebirds
Some fans may argue that this was more of a faction rivalry than a tag team rivalry. But anyone who witnessed this feud play out week after week in World Class Championship Wrestling would have to agree it belongs somewhere among the greatest tag team feuds in history. I personally have never seen fans universally both love and hate two teams like the Texas fans did the Von Erichs and Freebirds. There will never be another tag team feud like this one.
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick's favorite wrestling promotion was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick's favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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