12 Failed Wrestling Tag Team Remakes and Rehashes

Failed Wrestling Tag Team Remakes

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A good tag team can be wrestling box office gold. In Hollywood, writers, directors, and producers often try to rehash old ideas to ride a wave of nostalgia to a box office payday. Sometimes those ideas work, fans love it, and money is made. More often than not, however, these retreaded and repeated ideas fail miserably!

The creative minds in professional wrestling often try to reimagine and rehash ideas to touch a nostalgic nerve or catch the eyes of viewers that they may have missed the first time around.

For instance, many invasion angles have been attempted since the nWo ran roughshod over WCW. The evil ref gimmick is rehashed over and over again. How many times can the WWE run a brand draft?

One area that often gets the old redux is once-successful tag teams.

Here are our dirty dozen tag team remakes that turned out to be duds.

1- Demolition: Crush and Smash Version

Tag Team Demolition (Crush and Smash version) in black leather studded vests, red black and silver makeup on their face and their tongues hanging out
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Demolition (Ax and Smash) was one of the most successful and feared tag teams in WWE/WWF history.

They won the tag team titles in 1988 and held them for a then-record 478 days. In total, they have held the WWE tag team titles for longer than any tag team in history (698 days).

By June 1990, Ax had developed some health problems that he stated came from a shellfish allergy.

Soon after, the Legion of Doom (Road Warriors) signed on with the then-WWF, and Demolition’s popularity waned with Crush in place of Ax, and they were unable to recapture that late ’80s magic.

2- 4 Horsemen: 1993 Paul Roma Version

Wrestling Tag Team 4 Horsemen (1993 Paul Roma version) all in black tuxedos
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The Four Horsemen need no introduction or explanation. Throughout the years, various incarnations successfully teamed together to destroy those in their way. Everyone remembers the originals, Ole, Arn, Tully, and Flair.

Another incarnation replaced Ole with Lex Luger in a brilliant storyline that saw jealousy rear its ugly head. Other members throughout the years included Sting, Barry Windham, Sid Vicious, Brian Pillman, and others.

Most incarnations of the Horsemen were able to have success and strike fear into their opponents’ hearts, even if they weren’t quite the same as the originals.

However, from May of 1993 until December of 1993, Ric Flair and Arn Anderson joined forces with the one and only Paul Roma.

With the exception of one night when Ole joined them, the Four Horsemen were actually only three, despite continuing to call themselves the Four Horsemen.

Paul Roma had basically been a jobber to the stars during a lengthy run in the WWF, getting a semi-push for a bit as a tag team with Jim Powers.

While they did challenge for titles for a small amount of time, nothing he did up until that point screamed "Horsemen." Long story short, Arn Anderson was stabbed, and the Horsemen disbanded for a couple of years.

Related: THE FOUR HORSEMEN: "You Can Imitate, but You Can’t Duplicate!"

3- The Fabulous Freebirds: Fantasia Badstreet Version

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The Fabulous Freebirds team of Michael "PS" Hayes, Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy, and Buddy "Jack" Roberts became well known for their time in the late ’70s and early ’80s in Memphis and the Mid-South.

They became absolutely legendary after feuding with the Von Erich’s in World Class Championship Wrestling. The dudes even have their own rule named after them! The Freebird Rule is still in use today and states that any two of three members can defend the team’s championships.

The trio had success everywhere they went and even brought in "Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin, without missing a beat, as Roberts began to wind down his career.

In 1991, with Gordy wrestling mostly in Japan and Roberts basically retired, PS Hayes and Jimmy Garvin began to talk about a third masked member named Fantasia.

The folks over at Disney had a problem with this, and the name was quickly changed to "Badstreet." Badstreet was simply Brad Armstrong in a mask and covered with black feathers. The gimmick lasted for a mere five months before it was scrapped.

Related: Your Favorite Wrestler’s Favorite Wrestler: Brad Armstrong

4- The New Foundation: Jim Neidhart and Owen Hart

Tag Team The Hart Foundation (as 'The New Foundation' with Jim Neidhart dressed in a yellow jacket with black and white checkerboard on one side & Owen Hart in the same jacket but with neon green)
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The Hart Foundation was formed in 1985 as a team of real-life brothers-in-law, Bret "The Hitman" Hart and Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart.

The "Pink and Black Attack" became one of the premier tag teams in the WWF in the late ’80s, winning the WWF Tag Team Championship twice.

They remained tag team main eventers until their split in 1991 as Bret Hart went on to one of the most successful singles runs in wrestling history.

In late 1991, Neidhart formed a team with Bret’s Brother Owen "The Rocket" Hart in hopes of recapturing the magic as "The New Foundation." While the team was undefeated, their run only lasted a few weeks as the Anvil left the WWF.

5- The New Rock ’n’ Roll Express

Ricky Morton and Ricky Fuji as The New Rock 'n' Roll Express in the ring
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Throughout the years, Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson would grab another partner and wrestle as the Rock’ n’ Roll Express whenever one or the other was not available.

Ricky Fuji, Brad Armstrong, and Kid Cash were all, at one time, teamed with one of the members of the Rock’ n’ Roll Express. No one could ever come close to the original, however.

6- The American Express: Mike Rotunda and Dan Spivey

The American Express (as Mike Rotunda and Dan Spivey) talking to a commentator
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In the mid-’80s, every tag team seemed to be an "Express."

The US Express team of Barry Windham and Mike Rotunda won the WWF Tag team titles on two occasions while becoming super popular with the fans during a time of the Cold War and great national pride.

In 1986, Windham left the WWF, and Rotunda teamed with Dan Spivey as the American Express with the same patriotic gimmick and outfits. The redux didn’t work, and the team split fairly quickly.

7- The New Dream Team: Dino Bravo and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine

The New Dream Team Tag Team (as Dino Bravo and Greg 'The Hammer' Valentine)
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Brutus "the Barber" Beefcake and Greg Valentine formed "The Dream Team" in 1985 and quickly became tag team champions.

As Beefcake became "The Barber" and went on a singles run, Valentine partnered with Dino Bravo to become "The New Dream Team." It didn’t work, and fans weren’t buying it.

8- The New Blackjacks: Barry Windham and Justin Bradshaw

Tag Team The Blackjacks (as the 'New Blackjacks' with Barry Windham and Justin Bradshaw with big 70's mustaches black leather vests and chaps over their wrestling trunks)
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The Blackjacks tag team consisting of Blackjack Mulligan and Blackjack Lanza are WWE Hall of Famers that won championships in the ’70s in the NWA and WWE, then known as WWWF.

They were managed by legends Lou Albano and Bobby Heenan. In 1997, Blackjack Mulligan’s son, Barry Windham, and Blackjack Lanza’s nephew, Justin Bradshaw (JBL) teamed up to form "The New Blackjacks."

The team had little success and no push. Each wrestler cut their long hair and dyed it black, adding a "very 70’s of you" mustache for good measure. They looked ridiculous, and no one was buying it.

They broke up in 1998, and no one was upset about it.

9- Minnesota Wrecking Crew II: The Beverly Brothers

Minnesota Wrecking Crew II (with The Beverly Brothers) standing in the ring ready to rumble
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The Minnesota Wrecking Crew originally consisted of Gene and Lars Anderson in the 1960s. Ole Anderson replaced Lars in 1969, and the new formation dominated tag team wrestling throughout the 1970s, winning the NWA Tag Team Championship 8 times.

In 1981, Gene retired, and the team disappeared for four years. In 1985, Ole found a young wrestler, his "nephew," Arn Anderson, worthy enough to be called a member of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew.

The team formed half of what would go on to be the Four Horsemen. The Crew disbanded in 1987 when Ole was kicked out of the Horsemen. That is 20 years of proud and successful history, so, of course, let’s try it again.

In 1990, Ole managed the "Minnesota Wrecking Crew II," a duo consisting of masked Wrestlers Mike Enos and Wayne Bloom, later known as the Beverly Brothers. They briefly feuded with the Steiner Brothers with little success then left for Japan.

10- LOD 2005: Animal and Jon Heidenreich

The Legion of Doom (as 'LOD 2005' with Animal and Jon Heidenreich) posing with title belts in makeup and spiked shoulder pads
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The "Road Warriors" Hawk and Animal, AKA "The Legion of Doom," were the dominant tag team of the 1980s.

Impressive physical beings, they burst onto the scene in Georgia Championship Wrestling and blazed a path of destruction through the AWA, NWA, and WWF through the ’80s and early ’90s. Their stiff and punishing style forced fans to cheer for them, even when being pushed as heels.

They bounced from promotion to promotion throughout the ’90s with varying degrees of success, winning titles, and squashing opponents along the way. After a run through the independent circuit in the early 2000s, Road Warrior Hawk passed away in 2003.

In 2005, looking to cash in on a bit of nostalgia, the WWE recruited Jon Heidenreich to become a member of the Legion of Doom, forming "LOD 2005" with Road Warrior Animal.

The team actually won a tag team championship and had a reign of 95 days before the idea was shelved, and each wrestler was released from his contract.

Recommended: Surprising Story Behind TV Debut of The Road Warriors

11- The New Rockers: Marty Jannetty and Al Snow aka Leif Cassidy

Tag Team The New Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Al Snow aka Leif Cassidy) playing up to the camera in the ring in neon wrestling singlets
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"The Midnight Rockers" (Later "The Rockers") were one of the hottest tag teams in the world in the mid to late ’80s. Taking a bit of style from the Rock n Roll Express and a bit from the Midnight Express, the team of Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty tore the tag team scene up in the AWA and WWF from 1985 to 1991.

After some backstage heat, the pair split up with one famous superkick followed by Michaels tossing Jannetty through a plate-glass window (or escape through a plate glass window, depending on the perspective).

The two could have had the hottest feud of the early ’90s, but Jannetty’s demons got the best of him, and he was released (over and over again).

Shawn Michaels went on to become the Heartbreak Kid and one of the most famous wrestlers ever. In 1996, Janetty returned and formed "The New Rockers" with Al Snow, then Leif Cassidy. The duo basically became a comedy team, and they never made it past the lower card before the idea was flushed.

Recommended: The Rockers and Their Canceled WWF Championship Win

12- The New Midnight Express: Bob Holly and Bart Gunn

The New Midnight Express (Bob Holly and Bart Gunn) Tag Team in blue wresting pants with lightning bolts down the sides with title belts on their shoulders
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"The Midnight Express" is considered by some to be the greatest tag team of all time. The Midnight Express formed in 1980, and by 1983 settled into an amazing tag team consisting of "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton and "Loverboy" Dennis Condrey.

Under the direction of one of the greatest managers of all-time, Jim Cornette, the duo set fire to the tag team scene, winning championships in every territory they went to.

In 1987, Condrey left Jim Crockett Promotions and was replaced by "Sweet" Stan Lane.

The team did not miss a beat and continued winning championships throughout the remainder of the ’80s. There is often debate on which incarnation of the two teams was actually the best.

In 1998, as the WWF was in the middle of getting whipped in the ratings by WCW thanks to the nWo invasion, creative decided to come up with an NWA invasion angle of their own.

During this time, The "New Midnight Express" was formed from a team of "Bombastic" Bob Holly and "Bodacious" Bart Gunn.

Having Jim Cornette become their manager was no help as the fans were not buying it, nor was Jim Cornette. He has stated that he does not consider this team to be part of "The Midnight Express" lineage. Ouch.

The Real Bret Hart

Bret Hart.
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Read: 12 All-Time Legends the WWE Hall of Fame Did Wrong

Rick Rude: A Ravishing Man with a Tragic End

Rick Rude was more than "Ravishing."
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“He refused to budge.”

Rick Rude was a unique, once-in-a-lifetime kind of wrestler. He went by the nickname “Ravishing” — and rightfully so. He had a solid moveset, great looks, and unbridled arrogance with the in-ring skill to back it up. He played hard in the ring but even harder out of it.

Learn His Tragic Story.

Wrestling Injuries That Ended Careers Too Soon

Tyson Kidd and Cesaro with some tandem offense on Kofi Kingston.
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“When I hit the mat, I knew my neck was broken and that I was paralyzed.”

These individuals’ lives were irrevocably altered while doing what they loved.

Greg Valentine’s Defiant Act Behind The WWE Intercontinental Championship Belt

Greg Valentine on His Career and the Tragic Fate of His Destroyed IC Title
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When Greg Valentine and Tito Santana met on July 6, 1985, in a steel cage in Baltimore, Maryland, Santana got the victory to reclaim the title. Valentine responded by retrieving the championship and destroying the belt, beating it repeatedly against the cage and tearing the gold away from the leather.

"I had to give the belt back to Tito after that angle," Valentine said. "And one day, when I saw him a few years ago, I asked whatever became of that belt, because Tito kept it after that angle. What he responded with broke my heart.”

Read: Greg Valentine on His Career and the Tragic Fate of His Destroyed IC Title

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