Hello again wrestling fans and welcome to a brand new wrestling segment here on 7poundbag.com. This is Pounding 7’s. First allow me to give you exactly what Pounding 7’s entails. This is essentially a spin off from #ask7pound that was featured every Monday here on this site. I will still answer your questions right here on this segment, but will only be answering one or two at a time, depending on the volume that I receive. After the question. I will simply give you a Top 7 of any area surrounding the world of Professional Wrestling.
This week: The Top 7 NWA Tag Teams of the 1980’s.
We will begin with our #ask7pound question this week.
Gavin wants to know about Chris Jericho and WCW
Why did the WCW never give Chris Jericho an actual push while he was in WCW? He was regulated to the TV title and the Cruiserweight title, but really never got a shot at the World title.
Jericho was a main draw in WCW during the mid to late 90s. His run with the Cruiserweight Championship was probably one of the greatest of all time. So why did he not get a chance at the brass ring? There are two reasons actually. First off, This was the era of the NWO with the big guys, Goldberg, Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash, and even the Macho Man Randy Savage. Those were the main event stars that it was stated in their contract that they were going to be the World Heavyweight Champion. Hogan was one that never really saw much in Jericho, and never saw him as a main eventer. We all know that during this era. What Hogan wanted, Hogan got. If he did not want someone to be pushed, they were not pushed. Jericho was a Cruiserweight, and there was not much hope for a Cruiserweight to become anything more than a Television champion, tag team champion, or Cruiserweight Champion. Jericho realized that this was a lost cause, and when Vince McMahon called him to join the WWE, he did not waste any time in signing with them, and was immediately thrusted into the main event scene in 1999, winning the Intercontinental Championship, and by the end of 2001, he was the first ever Undisputed Champion. I don’t think the WCW saw talent when it came to Chris Jericho, and that is part of the reason why they failed so miserably.
This weeks heel turn takes us back to 1988. Barry Windham turns on Lex Luger. If you recall, Barry Windham and Lex Luger defeated the Horsemen, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard at the first ever Clash of the Champions event to capture their first ever NWA World Tag Team Championship. They would hold the championship for just a short time, as during their rematch. Windham turns on his partner, only to join the Four Horsemen and costing his team the NWA World Tag Team titles. Both Windham and Luger both went on to win United States Championship titles, as well as World Heavyweight Championships during their career.
The Top 7 NWA Tag Teams from the 1980’s
7. The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael PS Hayes and Jimmy Garvin)- When the Freebirds reformed in 1989, Jimmy Garvin joined the ranks of the Freebirds and was made an official Freebird. In their first night as a team, the Freebirds defeated two teams in a tournament, including the Midnight Express to win their first ever NWA World Tag Team Championship.
6. The Steiner Brothers– Possibly one of the greatest teams to ever form. This brother combination of Rick and Scott Steiner, also formed in 1989, and quickly won the NWA World Tag Team Championship against the Freebirds in November of 1989. They make this list primarily because this is where it all started in 1989.
5. The Midnight Express- The Midnight Express consisted of Beautiful Bobby Eaton and Sweet Stan Lane. This duo became the first team in the history of the NWA to simultaneously hold both the United States and World Tag Team Championship when they defeated the Horsemen. The Midnight Express also enjoyed much success before Sweet Stan came into the picture when Dennis Condrey and Eaton were a team. They participated in the first ever scaffold match at Starrcade 86, the tandem of Eaton and Lane competed in the second scaffold match a year later at Starrcade 87.
4. The Rock and Roll Express- One of the most popular tag teams in the 80’s had to be the team of Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson, the Rock and Roll Express defeated the Russians in 1985 to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship. More impressively is that they won the championship in their first ever match in the NWA. Their success did not stop there as they went on to hold the NWA titles on a total of 5 occasions.
3. The Road Warriors- How is the team of Animal and Hawk not higher than a ranking of three? Very simple, while they were perhaps the most feared tag team in the NWA, they held the NWA Tag Team Championship on just one occasion, and held much of their success in the AWA, where they were multiple times tag team champions. When the Road Warriors debuted in the NWA, they were the most feared team in the industry. So much so, that Vince McMahon tried to duplicate this team with a team you may have heard from called Demolition.
2. Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood- Maybe the most underrated tag team in the NWA, and probably on this list. Unless you are a fan of the NWA back in the day, the older fans I am certain would rank this team high up on any ranking. Steamboat and Youngblood held the NWA Tag Team Championship on 5 different occasions, and maybe had the tag team match of the decade at Starrcade 1983, when they ended their long standing feud by defeated Jack and Jerry Briscoe to win the NWA Championships for the last time in their career. While their reigns never lasted that long, with the longest being 157 days, Steamboat and Youngblood were one of the premier tag teams in the history of the NWA.
1.Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard The Four Horsemen- While the team of Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard only won the NWA World Tag Team Championship on two occasions. This team spent the better part of a year being the NWA tag champs. They faced nearly everyone in their path, and individually had such great careers prior to forming a tag team. This was probably one of the most technical wrestling tag teams, not just in the NWA, but in the entire wrestling industry back in the 80’s. They are one of just a handful of teams to win both the NWA and WWE World Tag Team Championships in their career, and are the only team to win both championships in the 80’s.
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