Tag team wrestling has become a lost art in the WWE for the past couple of years but at least WWE hasn't completely forgotten about the past history of tag team wrestling with this release completely revolved around tag team wrestling. This set is hosted by the best WWE tag team (at that time) in John Morrison & The Miz...and if anyone has seen their webshow "The Dirt Sheet", you know they can be entertaining & did a good job hosting this set (at least better than Striker & Maria did on Macho Man's). I'll give credit to WWE in that eventhough they couldn't possibly put a match showcasing every single major tag team for over the past couple of decades, they did at least have various highlight reels mentioning various tag teams broken down into different subjects like aerial teams (Steamboat & Youngblood, High Flyers), brothers (Ole & Arn Anderson, Taker & Kane, Vallants, Strongbows, Smokin' Gunns), international teams (Koloffs, Bushwackers, La Resistance), classic teams (Texas Outlaws, Patterson & Stevens, Wild Samoans, Blackjacks), blockbuster teams (Sting & Luger, Hogan & Savage), and other honorable mentions (MNM, Billy & Chuck, Austin & Pillman, A.P.A.).
British Bulldogs vs. Hart Foundation - Bret Hart said on his DVD that eventhough the main eventers like Hogan & Andre were drawing the crowds during this time period, the best matches were between these two teams and this match can validate that point as it was classic tag team wrestling here with both teams building up the pace throughout the match with good double team moves by both men...including the Hart Foundation pulling off a Hart Attack off the top rope at one point. Great showcasing of the Bulldogs as you had to be impressed with the "muscle man" of the team in Davey Boy being so quick & agile himself right besides of Dynamite Kid.
("MSG" Sept. '85)
WCW Tag Team Champions Steiner Brothers vs. I.W.G.P. Tag Team Champions Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki - This was from the WCW/New Japan joint PPV's they would do once a year back in the early 90's. Unique situation here as the Steiners weren't the crowd favorites but it was a interesting matchup as anyone who's seen japanese wrestling (WWE's Chris Benoit or TNA's Global Impact DVD's for example) knows that they have a completely different style that's more "stronger & stiffer" so you got a different type of match here than you would normally expect from the Steiners in the United States. I'm glad WWE found this lost gem in the vault as this was a history making match with the Steiners at this time being both the World & U.S. Tag Team Champions in WCW and winning the New Japan's tag team championship, they were triple crown champions.
("WCW/New Japan Supershow" Mar. '91)
2 out of 3 Falls Match: Killer Bees vs. Demolition - This match as a good display of storytelling by the Bees & selling by Demolition but overall, it was a nice match but nothing I personally would concider "DVD worthy"
Hardy Boys vs. Edge & Christian - To my memory, this was both teams their first real televised matchup against each other. This was more like a preview of their later encounters as it was short but fast paced & non-stop action but the highlight was Edge executing one move that got such a reaction that it's become a trademark of his over a decade later.
(King Of The Ring '99)
Country Whipping Match: Kerry & Kevin Von Erich vs. Fabulous Freebirds - The rules for this match was that both men in the ring were allowed to use their belt straps throughout the match. The matches between the Von Erichs & Freebirds were always described as wild with a football game type reaction from the crowd...and this was no expection as everything here from the crowd to the inring action was just out of control from start to finish.
("World Class Championship Wrestling" Oct. '83)
Funk Brothers vs. Brisco Brothers - This was real short & nothing noteworthy outside of the fact that it's rare footage from the archives.
("Championship Wrestling From Florida")
WCW Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat vs. Steiner Brothers - Well "Heat" was the right name for Booker & Stevie here because the crowd was all over them right from the start. Harlem Heat had their best series of matches in WCW against the Steiner Brothers because they just had that natural chemistry with each other. I'll go as far as to call this a lost classic when it came to tag team wrestling during this period of wrestling. One funny sidenote was to pay attention to Bobby Heenan's commentary since he kept forgetting that this PPV was on a Saturday, not a Sunday.("WCW Hog Wild" Aug. '96)
NWA United States Tag Team Champions Fantastics vs. Midnight Express - When the Rock N' Roll Express left the NWA during this time, their perfect replacements as far as inring ability were the team known as the Fantastics. The stipulation was that Jim Cornette would be suspended above the ring. This was another solid tag team match here as both teams were young & the match had a faster pace than the opener. With the Midnight Express being one of the original high flyin' tag teams of it's time along with the Fantastics being an underrated team, it was the "sleeper" match of the night with Cornette crying & acting scared thoughout the match just adds a bit of humor.
("NWA Great American Bash" July '88)
Falls Count Anywhere Street Fight Match: Nasty Boys vs. Public Enemy - This was a hardcore feud in 1996 that is constantly overshadowed by the over big main event feuds, storylines, & events that happened during the year. With both teams having a reputation for being hardcore brawlers & with their first match at the Clash Of The Champions getting way out of control, you knew to expect chaos & you got it. Tables were broken, chairs were used, and trash cans were being piledriven on within the opening minutes. They were fighting in the ring, isleway, concession stands using every & anything they could get their hands on. What a wild brawl.
(WCW SuperBrawl VI)
Rockers vs. Brain Busters - Eventhough normally the ex-Horsemen duo of Anderson & Blanchard would bring out the best in the Rockers, this wasn't one of those matches as the Rockers were wrestling a more defensive style throughout the match instead of the fast paced high flyin' style that they made their reputation off of. This would have been a better match to showcase Arn & Tully than it was to showcase The Rockers.
("MSG" Mar. '89)
WWE Tag Team Champions Strike Force vs. Demolition - This was a nice match as Strike Force were good tag team at that time while Demolition were only around for a few months but established themselves as the biggest & baddest tag team in the federation. The wasn't the best display for Demolition as far as inring work goes but this was historical as it began the longest tag team championship reign in WWE history along with the fact that eventhough they were heels, the crowd clearly showed that they wanted Demolition to walk away with the titles.
WWE World Tag Team Champions U.S. Express vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff - The first championship match at the first WrestleMania resulted in the first title change here. This match will come off as "dated" by today's audience but back then, this had all the elements of a classic "babyface vs. heel" match even down to how important a role a manager can play.
[Legends Of Wrestling: Iron Sheik & Andre The Giant]
Steel Cage Match: WWE Tag Team Champions Dudley Boyz vs. WCW Tag Team Champions Hardy Boys - I know some people compared this to their TLC matches but this was able to stand out on it's own and it wasn't one of those "bloddy massacre" cage matches. These two don't disappoint anytime they're allowed to go one on one in a tag team match and this is the same as well. One moment to look out for was what Jeff Hardy did at the end of the match. And as a funny side note, you could tell how confusing it was having so many championships in the company during that time as everyone from the production team to Howard Finkel introduced the Dudleys as the WWE Tag Team Champions when they were the WCW Tag Team Champions.
(Survivor Series '01)
WCW Tag Team Champions Outsiders vs. Harlem Heat - This was the only time I can recall these teams facing each other & it was real good as both teams resemble each other real well. Good tag team match between these two which was probably the best match Hall & Nash ever had in WCW as far as inring work & chemistry.
(WCW Halloween Havoc '96)
NWA World Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard vs. Sting & Nikita Koloff - They went to the 20 min. draw here but it was a solid match here from beginning to end. You saw the traits of what made Arn & Tully one of the greatest tag teams as they cut the ring in half & always kept their opponetts in control while Sting & Nikita held their own here as well.
(NWA Great American Bash '88)
[Ric Flair & The Four Horsemen]
Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens vs. Red Bastien & Billy Robinson - Unfortunally, the DVD that I rented this from had a glitch here so I can't comment here but it was nice that WWE decided to use their vault here.
("AWA All Star Wrestling" Dec. '72)
Rey Mysterio & Shawn Michaels vs. John Morrison & The Miz - Well, the hosted the DVD so you figured they had to have a match on here. This was the first time Mysterio & H.B.K. teamed and judging by how they interacted with each other, they would make a great full time team if WWE ever decided to go that direction. Miz & Morrison displayed the good elements here of what makes a great classic tag team here & was able to vibe well here. A good match overall.
("RAW" Nov. '08)
WWE Tag Team Champions Hart Foundation vs. Rougeau Brothers - Eventhough this match/feud isn't as famous as their others, this was a great example of the Hart Foundation in heel mode with the double teaming behind the referee's back & using the referee's count to their advantage. The Rougeaus were always an underrated team who had good chemisty with the Hart Foundation and this was a good lost match.
("Boston Garden" Mar. '87)
TLC Match: WWE Tag Team Champions Edge & Christian vs. Dudley Boyz vs. Hardy Boyz - The first TLC match and this was the one that topped their WrestleMania match months earlier. Again, this is one of those matches that I can't describe in words that you just have to watch.
[The Ladder Match & Hardy Boyz: Leap Of Faith]
NWA World Tag Team Champions Ivan Koloff & Khrusher Khruschev vs. Rock `N' Roll Express - This match perfectly displays what various critics claimed were the Rock N' Roll Express' key to success and that's being able to hook the fans by being both defensive (like setting up the "hot tag") offensive wrestlers (their double team moves like the dropkicks). While this wasn't the quality that you would see from their more famous series of matches against the Midnight Express, this was historic as the Rock N' Roll Express would win their first NWA Tag Team Championships here.
("NWA World Wide Wrestling" July '85)
WWE Tag Team Champions New Age Outlaws vs. Rock `N' Sock Connection - Two of the most entertaining teams WWE had went at it here in a match that was typical of all teams involved at the time with it being non-stop action with a good mix of brawling & wrestling (Rock & Billy Gunn) along with keeping the crowd entertained (Mankind & Road Dogg).
D-Generation X vs. Rated RKO - As usual with Cyber Sunday/Taboo Tuesday, the fans vote on a stipulation for the match & in this case it was who was going to be the referee. The match was actually DX's 2nd best match since reuniting (Hell In The Cell was the first) as they didn't just beat up & dominate their opponents while Rated RKO left with some credibility unlike every other team DX faced at that time.
(Cyber Sunday '06)
[The New & Improved DX]
Los Guerreros vs. World's Greatest Tag Team - During the period where WWE's tag team division was balancing between non-existant & lukewarm, the feud between these two teams was certainly a highlight...to the point where two of their matches have made it onto other DVD's (Viva La Raza & Greatest Familes). Eddie, as usual, kept the match entertaining with his "lie, cheat, steal" antics while Chavo showed why he's still underrated to this day but this was a great showcase for the former Team Angle as they wrestled like the "Anderson's" of old to where they picked a body part on both wrestlers & heavily focused on it.
("SmackDown!" Dec. '03)
Nikita Koloff & Dusty Rhodes vs. Lex Luger & Tully Blanchard - Before the match stars, you get an emotional moment as Magnum T.A. made his first appearence since his career ending accident 6 months earlier along with a mini-reunion of with both Dusty Rhodes & Nikita Koloff. This match was good action that you would expect from the NWA at this time with the highlight of the Horsemen being the classic heels they were known to be at that time throughout the match before Dusty pulled off a move that you wouldn't expect from a fat plumbers son from Austin, TX.
("NWA Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup" Apr. '87)
Legion of Doom vs. Money Inc. - Eventhough they weren't the champions, these were the two best tag teams WWE had at that time. This was a good solid match all around with Money Inc. being the great mat wrestlers but still cheating heels meshing well with L.O.D.'s powerhouse style...but pay attention to L.O.D.'s entrance, it was quite a sight.
DVD extras include the Freebirds "Badstreet U.S.A." music video, Gene Okerland visiting The Hart Foundation (the segment is edited...the full version is on the "Greatest Managers" DVD), highlights of the "Los Conquistadors" angle between the Edge & Christian and Hardy Boyz, a funny segment with Mick Foley trying to break up the Rock N' Sock Connection, DX talking about the referee choices for their Cyber Sunday match, the "Mizfits & Mofos" music video by Miz & Morrison mocking Cryme Time, and other promos & interviews from the British Bulldogs, Bushwackers, Demolition, and Legion Of Doom.
The huge positive here is that was probably the best use of WWE's video vault in a very long time as we got a bunch of rare footage from different federations to the point where some of them were never even released to VHS which gave us some lost classics & historic encounters. The minor faults I found with this DVD set was that it could have been better organized as the matches & profiles seemed to be all over the place instead of some order, most of the DVD extras could have been left in the vault, there was no mention of any ECW teams out of the Dudleys (Sabu & RVD could have gotten a mention) & some of the matches picked weren't the best showcases of the featured teams. However, the one major problem with this DVD is that it's obivious WWE spent some time in the vault to find some of these matches for these teams so you mean to tell me while they're in there that they couldn't find any other matches to replace the ones that are already on other DVD's here. For example, fans of Anderson & Blanchard would already have had the "4 Horsemen" DVD that had the Sting/Koloff match already on it so another match could have been used to showcase Anderson & Blanchard (maybe one of their matches from their Brain Busters run). Fans of the Road Warriors would have already had their DVD so the Money Inc. match could have been replaced with another match. Same case with the fans of the Hardys/E&C/Dudleys feud would have already had the SummerSlam Ladder Match so another unreleased match could have been chosen to showcase Edge & Christian just like how unreleased matches were used to showcase the Hardys & Dudleys.
Overall, this was an enjoyable DVD set but it wasn't as good as it could have been so this isn't something I would rush out to get but something I would put on the list as something to check out when you have a few bucks to spare because there are some gems on here worth watching.