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2001 R.S.P-W Awards

Best Tag Team


Award Description:

To be given to the tag team who were the best overall team of the year.  
This includes all facets of wrestling: workrate, technical ability,
interviews, charisma, hot team moves, value to their promotion, etc. In
1994, this award was split into three: North American, Non-North American,
and overall. In 1998, it was recombined into one.

Previous Winners:

  1990: The Steiners: Rick & Scott
  1991: The Steiners: Rick & Scott
  1992: Terry Gordy & Steve Williams
  1993: The Hollywood Blonds: Brian Pillman & Steve Austin
  1994: (overall/non-NA) The Steiners: Rick & Scott
  1994: (NA)             Eddy Guerrero & Love Machine
  1995: (overall/NA)     Public Enemy: Flyboy Rocco Rock & Johnny Grunge
  1995: (non-NA)         Mitsuhara Misawa & Kenta Kobashi
  1996: (overall/NA)     Harlem Heat: Booker T & Stevie Ray
  1996: (non-NA)         Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat
  1997: (overall/NA)     The Eliminators: John Kronus & Perry Saturn
  1997: (non-NA)         NWO: Masahiro Chono & Great Muta
  1998: New Age Outlaws: Road Dogg Jesse James & Badd Ass Billy Gunn
  1999: Hardy Boyz: Matt & Jeff
  2000: Edge & Christian

**2001**: Edge & Christian

301 first place votes
300 second place votes
291 third place votes

105 56 33  759   Edge & Christian
 52 43 33  455   Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho
 52 42 32  450   Dudley Boyz - Bubba Ray & D-Von
 36 51 48  429   Hardy Boyz - Matt & Jeff
  5 12 10   81   Steve Austin & Triple H
  2 12 15   76   APA - Faarooq & Bradshaw
  4  7 15   71   Yoshihiro Tajiri & Mikey Whipwreck
 10  2  5   66   Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima
  4  5 11   57   Filthy Animals - Kidman & Rey Mysterio Jr.
  2  8  4   42   Undertaker & Kane
  3  7  2   40   Rey Buccanero Jr. & Ultimo Guerrero
  1  7  7   40   Kaientai - Taka Michinoku & Funaki
  2  4  8   38   Chuck Palumbo & Sean O'Haire
  3  4  4   35   Gedo & Jado
  3  2  6   33   Taiyo Kea & Keiji Muto
  0  6  7   32   Lance Storm & Hurricane
  2  0  6   22   Caged Heat - Loca & Delta Lotta Pain
  2  2  1   18   Las Cachorras Orientales - Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita
  1  3  2   18   Jung Dragons - Kaz & Yang
  0  2  5   16   3 Count - Shane Helms & Shannon Moore
  1  2  2   15   Elix Skipper & Kid Romeo
  0  3  1   11   Jose & Joel Maximo
  0  1  4   11   Diamond Dallas Page & Kanyon
  1  1  0    8   Los Cubanitos
  1  1  0    8   Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka
  0  2  1    8   Yuji Nagata & Takashi Iizuka
  1  0  1    7   Rock & Chris Jericho
  1  0  1    7   Masahito Kakihara & Mitsuya Nagai
  0  1  2    7   Lance Storm & Mike Awesome
  0  1  2    7   Booker T & Test
  0  2  0    6   American Dragon & Low Ki
  0  0  3    6   Big Show & Spike Dudley
  1  0  0    5   Toshiaki Kawada & Masa Fuchi
  1  0  0    5   Steve Austin & Kurt Angle
  1  0  0    5   GOEMON & Onryo
  1  0  0    5   Dustin Rhodes & Dusty Rhodes
  1  0  0    5   CIMA & SUWA
  1  0  0    5   Big Show & Billy Gunn
  1  0  0    5   Backwoods Militia
  0  1  1    5   Mark Jindrak & Sean O'Haire
  0  1  1    5   Konica Man & Kitano Inferno
  0  0  2    4   X-Factor - X-Pac & Albert
  0  1  0    3   Too Cool - Grand Master Sexay & Scotty 2 Hotty
  0  1  0    3   Tomoko Watanabe & Nanae Takahashi
  0  1  0    3   Radicalz - Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko
  0  1  0    3   Osamu Nishimura & Tatsumi Fujinami
  0  1  0    3   Mr. Gannosuke & Mammoth Sasaki
  0  1  0    3   Gedo & Dick Togo
  0  1  0    3   Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda
  0  1  0    3   Chris Benoit & Kurt Angle
  0  1  0    3   Asian Invasion - Jade & Lotus
  0  0  1    2   Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi
  0  0  1    2   Taiyo Kea & Johnny Smith
  0  0  1    2   Silver King & Dr. Wagner Jr.
  0  0  1    2   Sean O'Haire & Chuck Palumbo
  0  0  1    2   Nanamomo - Nanae Takahashi & Momoe Nakanishi
  0  0  1    2   Mr. Gannosuke & Kintaro Kanemura
  0  0  1    2   Minnesota Stretching Crew
  0  0  1    2   Michael Modest & Donovan Morgan
  0  0  1    2   Lost Boys - Azrael & Gabriel
  0  0  1    2   Los Nuevos Infernales
  0  0  1    2   Great Sasuke & Tiger Mask 4
  0  0  1    2   El Hijo del Santo & Negro Casas
  0  0  1    2   Daughters of Darkness - Mystery & Misery
  0  0  1    2   Chris Benoit & Test
  0  0  1    2   Backseat Boyz - Trent Acid & Johnny Kashmere
  0  0  1    2   Air Raid - Air Styles & Air Paris

MICHAELANGELO MCCULLAR: This was, quite possibly, the worst year for tag
teams that I can remember.

RYAN HALL: E&C, Hardyz, Dudleyz heads above the rest

EDDIE BURKETT: Edge & Christian were still a kick ass tag team right up
until the end, and the tension between the two of them kept them
entertaining to watch out of the ring, as well as in the ring.  The
partnership of Benoit and Jericho, while it served to do little to push
their match with Austin at KotR, did provide some good matches, and they
also complemented each other well.  The Hardy Boyz were also good this
year, but their act is becoming stale.  I used to cringe every time Jeff
did the Swanton, now I yawn.  Still, they are one of the few true tag
teams in the WWF to survive the year, and thus, they make the tally.

JESSE HARALDSON: APA have been able to stay at a high level without the
benfit of a major title reign.

NATE GURNETT: Okay, this is what you get when you're sick of the Dudleys
and Hardys and really don't like the APA, and...umm, who's left?  Anyway,
O'Haire is a monster and he and Palumbo worked well together.  Too bad
Chuck is stuck will Billy now.  The Canadians were great together, there's
no reason why WWF shouldn't be using those guys now as a team.  And they
really blew Kanyon/DDP, they could have gotten a lot more mileage out of
them if not for the Brothers of NoSell.

TEDB512: I'll miss Edge & Christian a ton, but nothing was better than
seeing Jericho and Benoit finally team together.

AMI: There were really very few American tag teams that stood out as
anything special this year.

VIKRAM BIRRING: Mikey Whipwreck and Yoshohiro Tajiri had a chance to
revolutionize tag team wrestling. unfortunately, ECW folded soon after
their debut.

SCOTT CRAWFORD: The tag team scene was such a total disappointment this
year. The WWF signs up tons of workers, only to use the SAME 3 TEAMS for
the entire year, give or take a few "superstars team up" teams.

STEPHEN TISZENKEL: Locaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

DEAN RASMUSSEN: The two best tagteams were both hurt. Iizuka and Nagata
would have gotten my vote this year if Iizuka had been healthy the whole
year.  Also Minoru Tanaka and Koji Kanemoto would have been number two if
Koji Kanemoto hadn't been out for five months.  Either way, Gedo and Jado
were spectacular this year. They starting hanging out with Masato Tanaka,
they all lost weight and started mainlining Ted DiBiase tapes. They had
the best Rock n Roll Express vs the Fantastics match ever presented in
Japan in BattlARTS this year. Konica Man and Kitano Inferno bring the DDT

CHIP BOOTS: Edge and Christian are one of the greatest tag teams ever.

MARKUS: Pairing up Benoit & Jericho was a no-brainer. Mickey and Tajiri
just cracked me up and wrestled well. E&C still had their moments this
year, too.

SCOTT WORDEN: Best Tag team..  Geee..  What happened to that Tag Team
Division?  I gave the nod to the Dudley Boyz as the best..  nothing much
to vote on.. either going to be Them, The Hardys, or Edge and Christian.  
Oh wait, those work rate hard on lovers will vote for a make shift team
like Benoit/Jericho.. or even Austin/HHH.  oh well, to each their own.

TERRY McMAHON: I have never seen a tag team as over as the Dudleyz were at
the beginning of this year.  The reaction to their signature spots was
just amazing.

CHRIS BIRD: The usual competitors for this award - Edge and Christian, the
Hardyz, and the Dudleyz - only had two really good matches this year
amongst them, and they were with each other in a giant schmozz (TLC 3 and
4). My first nod goes thusly to Rey Mysterio Jr. and Kidman, who had way
more awesome matches than all three of those guys combined. Right behind
them are the Jung Dragons, who ruled it hard. Third choice goes to Lance
Storm and Hurricane Helms because they clicked well and also were quite

SEAN FLYNN: This was a protest vote this year.  The tag team scene has
died a slow and painful death lately, so in protest I list nothing but
Benoit teams in honor of my fallen Canadian hero.

CANZ: Los Nuevos Infernales are everything a tag team should be-
coordinated, innovative and exciting- they are capable of working great
matches with anyone pretty much as both Guerrero and Bucanero are bump
machines who force the other team to keep up with them.

SHOCKER 2K: Even though the WWF's tag team division is completely
stagnant, when it was running, these two were the highlight of it. I miss
their team daily. ;)

KEVIN WONG: Why Caged Heat?  Hey, it wasn't a good year for tag teams...

DONNY L: The tag team division has taken a hit recently recently, Hardy
were a constant so there on top of my list, E&C a close second, and
Hurricane & Storm really didn't get there due yet.

PETER HAZLETT: Too bad they got shorted when Benoit got hurt, they were
just hitting stride.  The Dudley Boyz kinda by default, I guess, they are
only ones left really

EDC: Tag Team of the year is always a toss up. The Dudleys have remained
and they are so great together, they are almost like the new Legion of
Doom. well ok not really, but in the confined WWF world, they are better
than all the rest. Los Nuevos Infernales are my favorite Tag team south of
the border. I voted for Mikey Whipwreck and Tajiri in third because They
were the most mismatched team that worked the best. If the WWF had any
balls they would have done that Pyro gimmick with Spike or something
instead of turning him into little show...

JOHN C.: My vote goes to Edge & Christian for consistently entertaining me
even though they were probably getting tired of wrestling the same teams
every night. Runners up are Jericho & Benoit because they were awesome
together for two months. The Hardy Boyz get my third vote only because
they had slightly better matches than the Dudleys. Still, the division was
weak and is in desperate need of a kickstart.

CHRIS GRIMM: The tag team scene has kinda fallen in the past year, too.  
Edge and Christian got the nod, almost by default.  They weren't nearly as
entertaining as they were last year, especially since at least half of
their time together this year was a tease of the eventual split.  Chris
Jericho and Chris Benoit only had about a month as a unit, but really
clicked, which isn't too suprising considering who was involved and their
history together.  The Hardyz got the third slot, almost because you feel
guilty not voting for them with the suicidal shit they do night in and
night out.  Besides, who's left?  The Undertaker and Kane?  The Dud-ley
Boyz?  Not a lot to choose from.

SCOTT CHRIST: I guess I'll go with the Dudley Boyz since I like the 3D and
their music. Benoit & Jericho as a runner-up since they only teamed for a
short while. Edge & Christian at number three because, just because.

JOE GENTILE: 1st Dudleys, 2nd Hardys. Were there anyone else? The tag team
division is SO repetitious these days. I'll give Benoit and Jericho 3rd
for the great markout moment of them beating Austin and HHH.

BLAZEJ SZPAKOWICZ: I've voted for Matt and Jeff Hardy here for two years
running, so why not continue the trend? The Hardyz have held tag team (as
well as singles) gold on and off the whole year, have wrestled a number of
good matches (both as a team and in singles), and have consistently been
enormously popular. Edge and Christian get second, and if they hadn't
split halfway through the year, they'd probably have gotten first. The
Dudley Boyz get third by default. They might have held various gold for
longer, in total, than either of the above teams, but the Hardyz and E&C
are better wrestlers, and rather more over. Shame it looks like I won't be
able to vote for either team next year. :( The Dudz don't really work as
heels, anyhow.

CHRIS LENING: Edge and Christian get the vote despite breaking up midway
through, because they'll always be the team I saw rise up from Shotgun
Saturday Night through a zillion matches with the Hardys into the most
enjoyable team I've seen in my brief time watching Wrestling. Benoit and
Jericho had even less time together, but put on a ton of quality stuff
within that limited time. Rey Bucanero and Ultimo Guerrero were tremendous
as a pair, but even better in trios matches, whether against rudo or
technico. And that silly running around pose must receive love.

MATTY TONKIN: Still the best three tag-teams, even though its the same
teams vs the same teams in every major feud / match.

YNAE316:  Edge & Christian:  Hilarious promos, decent action, 7 time
champs Caged Heat - Loca & Delta Lotta Pain:  Loved the gimmick and theme

JEREMY SORIA: The Hardy Boyz win again. Yawn. Why didn't they let Palumbo
and O'Haire do some tagging up to show them how to do a swanton bomb
correctly, at the very least?

SHANE SPEAR: The Hardyz were the best team of the year in a rather
lackluster list of choices.  True, all their wins may be because they
CHEAT VIA LITA, but they win nonetheless. Yoshihiro Tajiri & Mikey
Whipwreck were a fun, if not odd pairing during the dying days of WCW.
Edge & Christian edge out the Dudleys for the last spot by simply being
the more entertaining team.

ROB EVANS: Every year it's some combo of Duds, Hardys, E&C.  This year,
the Duds should come out on top.

RAGEROCKRR: The WWF has let tag teams die out this year.  The Dudleys are
the tag teams' last stand.

RYAN FAULCONER: This award seems to be based on who is the coolest tag
team of the year, regardless of how mediocre their ringwork is. I voted
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan first because they actually deliver in
the ring. They also have the coolness factor that all the kids these days
love. Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero are a close second both in terms of
ringwork and coolness. Gedo & Jado get third because they deserve
recognition for a great year as well.

JUSTIN SHAPIRO: I'm voting for Jericho and Benoit because what they did in
their time as a team kicks everybody's ass. Hardys did not break up and
were not as boring as the Dudleys. E&C broke up but still ruled. Tags sure
wasn't as good as 2000, no sir. I also considered Tenzan & Kojima well
alright no I didn't.

THE CUBS FAN: I really wanted to vote for someone besides the TLC 3, this
years work being so repeatitve espcially when you compare it to last
year's, but I couldn't not think of any other tag team that was around as
long and as consistent - there were lots of teams that were good and fun
for spurts. I suppose lots of votes will go out for guys in the WCW
Cruiserweight Tag Team division but that was just one month of twelve and
the Dragons and 3 Count didn't get close to TLC kinda consistent time the
rest of the year. Maybe if Benoit hadn't get hurt, I could see him and
Jericho. Maybe if I watched more CMLL earlier in the year, I'd pick Ultimo
and Buccanero or Casas and Santo. (Maybe if WOW hadn't folded, I would
have dumped the Dudleyz for Caged Heat just because?) But with what was
allowed to happen, there was no one at the high level all year long.
Except maybe Albert and X-Pac.

SHAWN MULLIN: This is a tough category because tag wrestling has been
pretty disasterous this year.  Beyond the awesome TLC matches, we've had
absolutely no direction in any North American company.  WCW had pretty
much the same system going before it folded: big highspot matches with
interchangeable finishes.  I mean, at any point in this year has it
actually mattered who the tag champions were? As far as I can tell, the
only title switch that really came off as a big deal was the switch
between the Power Trip and Benoit/Jericho.  Nevertheless, the Hardy Boyz
are still the most consistently entertaining team of the bunch.  Edge and
Christian would be up there, but they broke up, and the Hardyz have been
working a lot of tag matches on TV in the last few months.  I put Jericho
and Benoit in there because short reign or not, they were the only ones
who put some real intensity behind the tag team titles, and they had two
match ot the year cadidates in the process.

General Comments
Best Wrestler
Best Tag Team
Best Heel
Best Babyface
Best Worker
Best Jobber
Best Jobber to the Stars
Best Flyer
Best Technical
Best Brawler
Most Favourite
Most Improved
Most Overrated
Best Gimmick
Best Move
Best Match
Best Feud
Worst Wrestler
Worst Tag Team
Worst Heel
Worst Babyface
Worst Worker
Least Favourite
Most Deteriorated
Most Underrated
Worst Gimmick
Worst Move
Worst Match
Worst Feud
Most Disappointing News item
Most Obnoxious
Best Second
Best Announcer
Best Colour
Best Interviewee
Best Angle
Best Organization
Best TV Show
Best Major Show
Best Promotional Move
Worst Second
Worst Announcer
Worst Colour
Worst Interviewee
Worst Angle
Worst Organization
Worst TV Show
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