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The Orient Express

Former AWA  Tag Champions who had great matches against The Rockers & The New Foundation.

Never won the belts despite quality performances & moved on to ECW for a short run.

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Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes. If I recall they were the team that dropped the tag belts to Steamboat & Douglas because Dustin refused to cover an injured Steamboat? Then Windham turned heel. Two greats who had to have been around each other in the business a heck of a lot growing up. 

Also Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton. Two tag team specialists who were pretty much the tag team portion of the Dangerous Alliance. Yes, Eaton rotated in and out with Larry Zbysko, but Bobby & Arn were where it was. 

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On 2/10/2020 at 6:45 PM, Magnum Milano said:

Mikey Whipwreck & Tajiri

This was mine. To reference another recent topic - a “storyline tool” I enjoy is an odd couple pairing coming together and unexpectedly turning out to really compliment each other, gel and work as a super fluid team. These lads together being one of my favourite examples. I haven’t seen them since, but remember loving their matches in that tag tourney and all their tag offence. WCW had a tag title tourney that put Raven and Saturn together and enjoyed them too. Always had a soft spot for Tajjers and Saturn, mind.

Also actually really liked the WWE version of FBI. There was a period where Nunzio and Stamboli were tearing it up on Velocity each week in cracking little matches with Stamboli making an awesome hot tag.

Others have been mentioned, echoing Rick really. Will always love big, tough Samoan and Tongan bastards. Always thought the Headshrinkers were underrated. Haku and Barbarian are just a boss pairing though. Big fan of the WM7 opener with The Rockers.

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I remember JeriShow being great during their run. It was roughly around this time, I think, when Jericho started focusing more on the character work and less on the in-ring, and his dynamic with Show worked really well. I always remember their line "You don't want none of JeriShow!"

Also, more of a frustration at them never getting further than a match or two at most, but Evan Bourne and Rey Mysterio were a tremendous, state-of-the-art highflyer duo, and I never understood why they didn't keep that pairing going longer.

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Are JeriShow responsible for the years and years of lazy as shit team names and dreadful mash-up music? If so, they can fuck off.

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8 minutes ago, tiger_rick said:

Are JeriShow responsible for the years and years of lazy as shit team names and dreadful mash-up music? If so, they can fuck off.

yeah, JeriShow at least worked as a portmanteau, but was followed up with "Show-Miz". Which I've only just, on writing it down now, figured was maybe meant to be a pun on Showbiz?

Mash-up names are worse than the fad of every tag team name being prefaced with the word "Team".

Edited by BomberPat

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10 minutes ago, BomberPat said:

Mash-up names are worse than the fad of every tag team name being prefaced with the word "Team".

There was a point when "Team [Something]" actually had quite a cool sound to it, because it wasn't actually that common for a while, but then it ended up getting overused and ruining it. 

I did like the Billy Gunn & Big Show team mash-up name of "Show-Gunn", but I'm fairly sure that was never official. Most other mash-up names are shit.

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1 minute ago, Lorne Malvo said:

Team Rhodes Scholars being the absolute worst. Such an obscure reference for a modern-day WWE tag team.

"Rhodes Scholars" was a perfectly acceptable tag team name, and not a particularly obscure reference, I don't think - you hear American pop culture use "Rhodes Scholar" as a byword for smug intelligence all the time. 

The "Team" thing apparently came about from one of Vince's brainworms of seeing something done elsewhere and then hammering it home in WWE - it was based on the Olympic teams being referred to as "Team USA" or "Team GB" or whatever. I'm still annoyed that "Team Hell No" beat "Team Friendship" in the fan vote for Daniel Bryan and Kane's tag team name, though.

3 minutes ago, Carbomb said:

I did like the Billy Gunn & Big Show team mash-up name of "Show-Gunn", but I'm fairly sure that was never official. Most other mash-up names are shit.

Yeah, I don't think they ever used it on-screen, and their "team" never really lasted more than a few throwaway matches anyway. I also heard them referred to as "The Gunn Show" somewhere, which is arguably better.

Which is a fair point - how many of these mash-up names were ever actually official, and how many have just been made up fanwank?

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3 minutes ago, BomberPat said:

Yeah, I don't think they ever used it on-screen, and their "team" never really lasted more than a few throwaway matches anyway. I also heard them referred to as "The Gunn Show" somewhere, which is arguably better.

Which is a fair point - how many of these mash-up names were ever actually official, and how many have just been made up fanwank?

"The Gunn Show" was on one of the Smackdown games, I'm fairly sure.

Was "Mizdow" an official name? Fairly sure "HurriKane" wasn't, but can't shake the feeling it might have popped up on a graphic somewhere.

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15 minutes ago, Carbomb said:

"The Gunn Show" was on one of the Smackdown games, I'm fairly sure.

Was "Mizdow" an official name? Fairly sure "HurriKane" wasn't, but can't shake the feeling it might have popped up on a graphic somewhere.

Mizdow wasn't the team, that was just Sandow's name for a bit, wasn't it? HurriKane was definitely never official.

Londrick was another fanwank name to make up for the fact they never bothered naming the team.

Breezango is an egregious modern example. The Fashion Police name is right there!

Edited by HarmonicGenerator

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My favourite one that was apparently talked about but never happened was Undertaker and IRS as 'Death and Taxes'. Prichard talked about it on the podcast.

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