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Are the Hardy Boyz the Greatest Tag Team of All Time?

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Are the Hardy Boyz the greatest team of all time?

The Road Warriors, The Midnight Express, Ole and Arn Anderson, Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen, The Rock & Roll Express, The Dudley Boyz and countless others are on this long list of teams that could lay claim to the “greatest tag team of all time.” But what about the current WWE RAW Tag Team Champions? Could the Hardy Boyz be the greatest tag team of all time?

If you are of a certain age, your coming of age as a wrestling fan came during the reign of The Hardy Boyz. Surely, unless you have been living under a rock over the last 15 years or so, you have heard of the origins of the TLC match; spearheaded by the aforementioned Dudley Boyz, Hardy Boyz and the team of Edge and Christian. These six wrestlers, all sure-fire Hall of Famers (one already has been inducted) have all had long, successful careers but nothing they ever have done, or ever will do, perhaps will outdo the series of TLC matches the three teams had during the Attitude Era.

While that legacy in of itself is enough to but themselves into that category. That is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their legacy.

Faces of a division

Before they rose to be the faces of the WWE tag team division, they went through a number of changes. Initially, the duo got their start in the WWE as nothing more than enhancement talent in the mid-1990s. When they returned to the WWE in 1998 they were quickly given Michael Hayes (who knows a thing or two about tag team wrestling) as a manager; who led the duo to their first WWE Tag Team Championship.

The partnership with Hayes didn’t last too long however; they were quickly turned heel and became aligned with Gangrel and became The New Brood.

This was where two of the staples of their careers came into the picture. Matches with Edge and Christian. The two teams faced off at No Mercy 1999 in the first ever tag team ladder match in the finals of the Terri Invitational Tournament, in which the winner won the managerial services of Terri Runnels.

Shortly after this, began the era of Team Xtreme, which still may be what they are most famous for.

This four-year run itself could be enough to consider them one of the best teams ever.

A second wind

But it may have been the last 15 years that have, in my eyes, cemented the Hardy Boyz as the greatest tag team of all time.

After the teams initial split, the two brothers began having their own singles careers.
While the two have had successful singles careers in their own right, but they never reached the heights that the two had as a team.

The two teamed up sporadically over the next few years, spanning both WWE and Impact Wrestling but nothing quite like the Team XTreme Heyday.

Along with teaming up, the brothers had a series of feuds with each other. But ironically enough, a feud between the two was the catalyst for the thing that sets the Hardy Boyz apart from everyone else.

Things getting revitalized

The “Broken” Hardys character, which is perhaps unlike anything before; just shows how far they will go in a character. The two Hardy brothers seemingly revived the concept to Kayfabe; en route to what felt like a career renaissance for the Hardy Boyz.
But even after all of this, after their shocking return at WrestleMania 33; the once Broken Hardys have gone all the way back to their Team Xtreme days;  and it looks as if they never stopped.

The Hardy Boyz have been around for nearly two decades in some capacity or another; but the fact that they went as far as they did with the Broken gimmick speaks volumes about their ability to reinvent themselves; and set themselves apart from their peers.
This, along with their complete body of work; should be case enough for them to be the greatest tag team of all time.

Did any other team before them take as drastic of a character switch 15 years into their careers?

With all due respect to teams like The Road Warriors and the Rock and Roll Express; but the title of the greatest tag team of all time… And space now rightfully belongs to the Hardy Boys. No ifs and’s or buts about it.

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