Sunday, March 13, 2016

The 2016 TWB Tag Team Tournament Turmoil SELECTION SPECIAL

The Dudley Boys are a top seed in this year's tournament. Who else joins them?
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It's March, and not only is it time for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Tournament, it's time for everyone and their mothers to knock it off with their own brackets. We here at The Wrestling Blog are not above this spate of unoriginality, as referenced by years of wrestling-themed brackets in the past. After the boilerplate current wrestlers through 2013, finishing maneuvers in 2014, and all-time Champions in 2015, the time has arrived for tag teams to get in on the action. That's right, 2016's tournament is The Wrestling Blog's Tag Team Tournament Turmoil.

The field of 64 tag teams will do battle over the course of the next two weeks in the form of polls here on The Wrestling Blog. The teams will be cordoned off into regions by decade: '80s, '90s, '00s, and '10s. OF course, some teams span decades and have had success either in two or more decades or in equal parts of different decades. I seeded these teams the best I could, and if you don't like it, then don't vote. Err, I mean, I will take your complaints into consideration. Anyway, before announcing the entire field, I will unveil the top seeds in each region:
  • '80s: The Rock 'n Roll Express - Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton are the quintessential babyface tag team. They head the field that is probably the most difficult to discern from seeds 1 through 16.
  • '90s: The Steiner Brothers - Scott and Rick were brothers with hard heads, big muscles, and accolades to match. While the Road Warriors gave stiff competition for the top slot, but the Steiners' influence nudges them over the top.
  • '00s: The Dudley Boys - The Dudleys are among the most decorated tag teams of all-time. Whether in ECW, TNA, or WWE, they were automatically top contenders to the Tag Titles wherever they went.
  • '10s: The Young Bucks - Arguably, the Jackson boys are the top non-WWE draws in the US, if not one of the top draws in the world as a tag team. Their high-flying and innovative style makes them not only the most controversial team in their region, but also the best.
And now, the time has come to announce the rest of the field, starting with the 1980s:
  1. The Rock 'n Roll Express (Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton)
  2. The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton)
  3. The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael PS Hayes and Buddy Roberts)
  4. Demolition (Ax and Smash)
  5. The Brisco Brothers (Jack and Gerry)
  6. The Brainbusters/Four Horsemen (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard)
  7. The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart)
  8. The Fantastics (Tommy Rogers and Bobby Fulton)
  9. The Sheepherders/Bushwhackers (Luke and Butch)
  10. The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty)
  11. The Fabulous Ones (Stan Lane and Steve Keirn)
  12. The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid)
  13. The Soul Patrol (Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas)
  14. Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood
  15. Rick Rude and Manny Fernandez
  16. The Twin Towers (Big Boss Man and Akeem)
Next up, the 1990s:
  1. The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott)
  2. The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal)
  3. Public Enemy (Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge)
  4. Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray)
  5. The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg)
  6. Owen Hart and Yokozuna
  7. The Outsiders (Kevin Nash and Scott Hall)
  8. The Eliminators (John Kronus and Perry Saturn)
  9. The Gangstaz (New Jack and Mustafa)
  10. The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags)
  11. The Hollywood Blondes (Steve Austin and Brian Pillman)
  12. Sting and Lex Luger
  13. The Miracle Violence Connection (Steve Williams and Terry Gordy)
  14. The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon)
  15. Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon
  16. The Quebecers (Jacques Rougeau and Jean-Pierre Laffitte)
Third, the 2000s:
  1. The Dudley Boys (Bubba Ray and D-Von)
  2. The Briscoe Brothers (Jay and Mark)
  3. The Hardy Boys (Matt and Jeff)
  4. Edge and Christian
  5. The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin)
  6. The World's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin)
  7. The Second City Saints (Colt Cabana and CM Punk)
  8. BJ Whitmer and Jimmy Jacobs
  9. Da Hit Squad (Dan Maff and Monsta Mack)
  10. Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit
  11. Los Guerreros (Eddie and Chavo)
  12. LAX (Homicide and Hernandez)
  13. Brothers of Destruction (Undertaker and Kane)
  14. Brian Kendrick and Paul London
  15. SteenErico (Kevin Steen and El Generico)
  16. MNM (Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro)
And finally, present day, or the 2010s:
  1. The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson)
  2. The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian)
  3. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey)
  4. reDRagon (Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish)
  5. The American Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie "Eddie Edwards" Edwards)
  6. Beer Money, Inc. (Bobby Roode and James Storm)
  7. The Kings of Wrestling (Claudio Castagnoli and Chris Hero)
  8. The Shield (Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns)
  9. Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero)
  10. Devastation Corporation (Max Smashmaster and Blaster McMassive)
  11. Goldust and Cody Rhodes
  12. The Osirian Portal (Ophidian and Amasis)
  13. The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E)
  14. The Throwbacks (Dasher Hatfield and Mr. Touchdown)
  15. Killer Elite Squad (Lance Hoyt and Davey Boy Smith, Jr.)
  16. War Machine (Ray Rowe and Hanson)
Voting will begin tomorrow with the 1980s region. Get your voting fingers ready!