As the year starts to come to an end it is time to reflect back on this past year. There have been many returns and reunions over the past year that many thought they would not see. These surprises have helped a tag team division that was the strongest it has been in years. While there were many great tag teams there are only a select few who were the best tag teams of 2017.
5. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose
These two were not doing much before they reunited. Ambrose was continuing his never-ending feud with The Miz while Rollins was in a Bray Wyatt feud. A common issue with Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus caused the former Shield members to join forces. This lead to a match at Summerslam that saw Rollins and Ambrose win the Raw Tag Team Championships. Since Summerslam, these two have continued to feud with the former champions. They regained their titles in a great rematch at No Mercy and were on the winning side of three on five Tables Ladders and Chairs match at TLC. It is also clear that Rollins and Ambrose teaming has led to The Shield reuniting.
While they have been a great team the fact that they have only been a team since August keeps them so low on the list. They also have gone on to lose the titles back to Cesaro and Sheamus and who seem to have gotten the upper hand on them.
4. The Hardy Boys
Last year, nobody would have guessed that The Hardy Boys would come back to WWE. A year ago, Matt and Jeff Hardy were in TNA where they were the biggest stars with their Broken Universe. However, the relationship with the Hardys and TNA changed in March as The Hardys left the promotion. Shortly after they showed up in Ring of Honor and won the ROH Tag Team Championships from The Young Bucks. One of the problems they faced around this time is that TNA was preventing The Hardys from using their Broken characters. They would lose the titles back to The Young Bucks in a Ladder War on April 1st. The next day, The Hardy Boys would return to the WWE at Wrestlemania and wrestle in another Ladder Match where they would win the Raw Tag Team Championships.
This was one of the best moments of the year and a genuine Wrestlemania moment. They would go onto feud with Sheamus and Cesaro who would eventually beat them for the titles in a cage match at Extreme Rules. They would come up short in rematches before being pushed down the card. These two have not teamed since September due to Jeff being injured. This may have helped them as Matt Hardy has now been acting more like his former Broken persona. When Jeff returns him and his brother may just DELETE the competition.
3. The New Day
When the year started The New Day was in weird spot. They were coming off a record-setting reign as Tag Team Champions but where seemingly out of the title picture. This left them to be the hosts of Wrestlemania instead of wrestling in a major match on the show. Shortly after Kofi Kingston would be injured and The New Day would be moved to Smackdown during the Superstar Shakeup. They would immediately enter a feud over the Smackdown Tag Team Championships with The Usos.
Their first match was a disappointment but the rest of the matches they would have were all show stealers. The New Day would beat The Usos for the Smackdown Tag Team Titles at Battleground in July and Smackdown in September to become four time Tag Team Champions. This feud over the Smackdown Tag Titles not only helped The New Day but also helped a weak Smackdown tag division. Without The New Day, Smackdown’s tag division would really be suffering. Now they have helped make it a more important part of the show.
2. The Usos
Jimmy and Jey Uso have been a team in the WWE since 2010 and it seemed this was the year they finally got the chance to shine. Last year, The Usos turned their backs on the fans and became more raw and rugged. Early in the year, The Usos were chasing American Alpha’s Smackdown Tag Team Titles. In March, The Usos would finally win the titles after months of challenging for them. They would successfully defend their title against the Fashion Police at Backlash before entering a feud with The New Day in the summer. The Usos were determined to prove they were Smackdown’s best team against the former Raw Tag Team Champions.
The Usos and New Day would trade the titles back and forth in some of the best tag team matches of the year. The Usos would beat The New Day for the titles at Summerslam and at Hell in a Cell in a Hell in a Cell match. The Usos would further solidify themselves as one of WWE’s best tag teams as they would defeat Sheamus and Cesaro in a battle between Raw and Smackdown Tag Team Champions at Survivor Series last month. The biggest issue The Usos have had this year is a lack of credible challengers outside of The New Day.
1. The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro)
These two former singles wrestlers first started teaming last fall but have quickly turned themselves into WWE’s best tag team. They entered 2017 as Raw Tag Team Champions after ending The New Day’s record-setting reign. Cesaro and Sheamus would suffer a setback at Royal Rumble as they lost the titles to Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows. Cesaro and Sheamus would keep themselves in the title picture despite this loss. After The Hardy Boys returned at Wrestlemania these two beat them for the titles at Extreme Rules in a cage match and successfully defended them in a 30 minute Iron Man Match in July.
With this win Sheamus and Cesaro started calling themselves The Bar because as they say “They don’t set the bar. They are the bar.” They would lose their titles to Ambrose and Rollins but would help make both matches at Summerslam and No Mercy classic tag team matches. These two teams have continued to battle over the fall with Cesaro and Sheamus regaining the title in November. As the year closes out they still hold the titles with few challengers outside of Ambrose and Rollins. The fact that they have become three time champions after only a year of teaming makes them WWE’s best tag team of 2017.