Hello there wrestling fans, welcome again to the countdown. This is Pounding 7’s. This week we have a good one. The top seven breakout stars from a successful tag team. These seven individuals started their careers in a successful and prominent tag team before breaking out on their own and have a very successful singles career. I will forewarn you, that the top three on this countdown really could have gone either way. It was a tough decision to make, but I have came up with my top seven, and here we go.
7. Arn Anderson
Arn Anderson was a tag team specialist, and is one of just a hand full of people who have won both the NWA, WCW, and WWE World Tag Team Championships, along side Tully Blanchard, Bobby Eaton, and Larry Zbysko as part of the Enforcers. Anderson was also a fantastic singles wrestler who won the World Television Championship on five occasion, and also a stint with the United States Championship as well. While Anderson will be widely known for his tag team expertise, he should also be widely known for his singles ability.
Edge and Christian were a dominant tag team in the 90’s, winning the first ever TLC match at Wrestlemania 16 to win their first of many WWF Tag Team titles. They were one of the most iconic tag teams in the entire industry. Insert.. CHRISTIAN! CHRISTIAN! At last he’s on his own. Christian had a stellar career after Edge and Christian, winning the Intercontinental championship on several occasions, and then towards the end of his career, he was able to capture the WWE Championship on two occasions. Christian, who is not yet in the Hall of Fame, will be there one day, not just for his tag team accomplishments, but his singles success as well.
5. The British Bulldog
Along side the Dynamite Kid, Davey Boy Smith was a member of the British Bulldogs. Together they were a great tag team, winning the tag team straps off of The Dream Team at Wrestlemania 2. Davey would break apart from the team and win the Intercontinental title from Bret Hart at Summerslam 92. While he never won the big one, he was consistently in the main event picture, challenging for the World Championship in both WWE and WCW.
These next four were hard to decide. Edge, who as mentioned earlier with Christian with E&C, won the tag team titles as we already discussed. Edge would break from Christian and win the first ever Money in the Bank ladder match at Wrestlemania. He would go on to cash it in against John Cena to win his first of 11 world titles. He would be known as the Rated R Superstar moving forward. Edge would also win the Intercontinental title on a few occasions just to add to his resume.
3. Booker T
Booker T was a member of one of the most successful tag teams on the planet, Harlem Heat. Along side his brother Stevie Ray, Harlem Heat would go on to win the WCW World Tag Team belts on 10 occasions, a record for WCW. In 2000, After an injury to Stevie Ray, Booker would win the World Television title from the Disco Inferno on an episode of Nitro. He would hold the title off an on for the next three years. In 2000, Booker T did the unthinkable, and in an inpromtu match, won the WCW World Heavyweight title at Bash at the Beach against Jeff Jarrett. He would go on to win the World title on six separate reigns, making his singles career alone, a Hall of Fame career.
2. Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty, the Rockers, were won of the most well liked tag teams in the WWF in the late 80’s and early 90’s. While together, they never officially won the tag team titles, they were considered by many to be tag team specialists… yes I used that term earlier. In 1992, Shawn turned on Jannetty, and would go on to win the Intercontinental title later that year. He would have a dominant career as a singles wrestler, as he won the Intercontinental title two more times, and finally in 1996, he won the WWF championship in the Iron Man match against Bret Hart. He would win the championship three more times in his career, and would eventually be dubbed “Mr. Wrestlemania” due to his massive success and huge marquee matches at that event.
The Hart Foundation were a mainstay in the WWF tag team division in the mid to late 80’s. Winning the tag team gold on two occasions, and holding them for quite some time. Along side Jim Neidhart, his brother in law, the Hart Foundation were one of the most successful tag teams in the history of wrestling. When Neidhart left the WWE in the early 90’s, Bret sought out a singles career. At Summerslam 1991, he defeated Mr Perfect for the Intercontinental title for his first singles championship. Bret would shock the world a year later, when he defeated Ric Flair for the WWF Championship. Bret would be a main event player for the rest of his career, winning the WWF title five times, and the WCW Championship as well when he jumped ship to WCW. Bret gets the win here for the best break out superstar from a successful tag team.
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