Ranking the top 15 WWE Tag Team Champions of all time

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: (L-R) Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods of 'New Day' arrive for WWE RAW at 02 Brooklyn Bowl on April 18, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: (L-R) Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods of 'New Day' arrive for WWE RAW at 02 Brooklyn Bowl on April 18, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images) /

It’s time to take a look at 15 of the best WWE Tag Team Champions over the years.

First, a tiny disclaimer on the belts: As is often the case with WWE championships, the Tag Team Championship has been modified quite a bit over the years (unified, etc…). Since 1958, WWE’s (which started as the Capitol Wrestling Corporation) top tag team was heralded in one form or another with a championship.

The belt evolved over time, though, as the company also did from Capitol Wrestling to the WWWF, WWF, and, of course, WWE, and that evolution led to the belts we see today on Raw and SmackDown.

For this list, I’m looking at any wrestling tag teams that held championship gold in WWE in whatever form the belts have taken over the long years.

So without further ado, here are the greatest WWE Tag Team Champions to ever be granted the honor.

The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane)

Yes, they only won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship once, but what a reign it was. Asuka and Kairi Sane are still the longest-reigning Women’s Tag Team Champions at 180 days. A powerful and impressive duo, they worked very well as heels…the experience leading to many other opportunities for Asuka specifically.

Rated RKO (Edge and Randy Orton)

These two gentlemen were put together at the right time in their careers and what a reign of mayhem they unleashed in tandem. Edge and Randy Orton won the World Tag Team Championship only once, but the duo would have quite a few runs together…the first time in 2006-2007.

They then had a brief run in 2008 and again in 2011. Of course, their time together was mentioned during the lead-up to their feud when Edge returned from retirement in 2020, leading to their WrestleMania 36 Last Man Standing match.

The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (Sasha Banks and Bayley)

How could we compile a list without including the very first Women’s Tag Team Champions of the modern era? Honestly, these two women are OGs who deserve to be on many “best” lists.

At one time, there was a women’s tag team division in the WWF, but it was deactivated in 1989.

Their winning this newer title was an epic moment in women’s wrestling overall and changed the landscape of the game undoubtedly.

The winners were decided in an Elimination Chamber match at the Chamber event in 2019. The tag teams involved included: The Riott Squad, Nia Jax and Tamina, Carmella and Naomi, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, The IIconics, and, of course, Banks and Bayley, who ultimately won.

The Usos (Jimmy and Jey)

These gentlemen are certainly making history in the tag team division. They are the current SmackDown Tag Champs, and they wear that gold well. The Bloodline is undoubtedly at the top of the industry, and it isn’t only because of Roman Reigns. These two men have impressed the masses, with a whopping seven reigns as champions.

The Dudley Boyz (Bubbu Ray and D-Von)


Ah…a very common thing to hear during the Attitude Era and early Ruthless Aggression Era. The Dudley Boyz took ECW by storm, and they brought that hardcore mentality along with them when they joined the ranks over at WWE. Their matches have always been high octane and entertaining with a capital “E”.

They were 10-time tag team champions while in WWE (eight times with the WWF World Tag belts, one time with the WWE Tag belts, and one time with the WCW Tag belts).

The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff)

And how can we mention the Dudley Boyz without mentioning these next two teams? The Hardy Boyz made the TLC match famous, and without them making those matches what they were (at SummerSlam 2000, and at WrestleMania X7), we wouldn’t have matches like the MITB match, or the Casino Ladder Match in AEW like we had this week on AEW Dynamite. They were nine-time tag champs in WWE, holding many of the sanctioned tag belts in the company.

Edge and Christian

Edge and Christian helped the above two teams create something special indeed, and when they worked together, they made history. These two men came up in the business together, and it showed when they wrestled as a tag team and when they faced each other. Also, nine-time tag team champs, these two.

The Two Man Power Trip (Triple H and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin)

Not a massive moment in history, really, but I remember this run like it was yesterday. And I loved what Steve Austin and Triple H did together as heels. It just worked. As I said, it was a short run, but entertaining “as all hell,” as Austin would say.

They only held the championship once, defeating the Brothers of Destruction (Undertaker and Kane). By winning, though, the team became the second team in all of WWE’s history, to have in their grasp all three major WWE titles: the Intercontinental Championship, the then-WWF Championship, and of course, the WWF Tag Titles.

The Brothers of Destruction were also an epic tag team, and though they’re not on the list overall, I’ll add them here as honorable mentions.

“The Soul Patrol” (Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas)

History-making and their union would be as important as Ron Simmons’ win of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship in 1992. “The Soul Patrol” would win the WWF Tag Titles in 1983. The two dates marking a first for black men in the industry, and such moments merit support, adulation, and respect from the fans back then and the fans today.

This is why remembering our history is something that should be practiced for generations and generations to come and never forgotten or erased. Because of moments like these aforementioned ones.

Rocky Johnson, the father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, passed away in 2020. Rest in peace, “Soul Man”.

The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk)

These two men are no longer with us, sadly, and what can be said about them other than they were one of the most dominant forces in a wrestling ring. They won the belts only twice in WWE, but their dominance in the sport is still felt today. If you missed any of their matches, you should look for them and watch them over and over again.

One I’ve always loved didn’t even occur in WWE, but at Jim Crockett Promotions’ Starrcade, in a Scaffold match way back in 1986, which also featured the incomparable Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey. Bobby Eaton as well passed on just recently, may he rest in peace.

The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn)

“Oh, you didn’t know?”

Perhaps the definers of the modern era of attitude. Some would argue that, at least. They picked up where the original DX left off for sure; at least, I think so. And they had the athleticism and in-ring ability to back up all that talk.

I see shades of these two in MSK over at NXT.

The Outlaws held the titles six times.

The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)

This team is making history like so many others that are on this list did at certain points in their careers. Really, they’re the go-to team whenever WWE Creative needs some epic moments in the ring, and they always deliver. Right now, Big E is enjoying a run as WWE Champion, but these three men won the WWE Tag Team Championship 11 times.

The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart)

Bret “The Hitman” Hart and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. They, like the next two on the list, hold the three top spots on this list for a reason. They defined tag team wrestling. They did it best, and they were the precursors for so many of the teams on this list. They won the belts twice, but what an impact those two reigns had.

Los Guerreros (Eddie and Chavo Jr.)

Eddie Guerrero and his nephew, Chavo. There are individuals in professional wrestling whose names precede them…the long line of men and/or women that paved the way can speak volumes for certain individuals and it did so big time for these two men.

Eddie Guerrero is the stuff of legend in this industry, and with his nephew, he took the ring by storm, and they were epic for some laughs, too; both were so charismatic and creative. They taught us lessons too.

A very valuable one: “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying…”

They won the WWE Tag Team Championship twice.

The British Bulldog and Owen Hart

Much like these last two teams, these gentlemen certainly paved the way, but perhaps it was more than that. They expertly painted with a brush to canvas every single time they hit the ring, whether it was against one another or together as a team.

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Their matches are now the stuff of legend and should be dissected by anyone getting into the industry. They tasted the tag titles only once, but they should have held it many more times, for sure. May they both rest in peace.