Some would say tag team wrestling took a major hit after the Attitude era's famous tables, ladders, and chairs matches. That's a point I won't argue. What I will say is that tag team wrestling became...well...different.
Tandems were short lived, and the era of pairing two singles stars together began. Gone were the days of 5-8 year runs as tag teams....and what replaced it was a system that tried to introduce tag teams as a way of letting individual talent get their feet wet before breaking out into singles careers.
Do you remember the last time that a Tag Team Championship match main evented a show? Do you remember that teams like Demolition and The Legion of Doom were once seen as major draws for the WWE?
Still, there has been quite a number of talented teams grace the squared circle since the Attitude era ended (which I'm defining as the WCW Invasion angle). While longevity was rare, some teams had the look of a 90s tag team - meaning if the times were different, they may be featured a little more.
Let's take a look back at this list of the Top 20 tag teams since the WWE's Attitude Era:
20. The Hart Dynasty
While the name had it all, the duo of Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith simply didn't have the charisma to warrant staying power. Though quality matches, their look, and a nice 5-month Tag Team Championship reign put them in the top 20, the potential for this squad was never fully reached.
19. Deuce n' Domino
Give the WWE credit - they tried. These two weren't exactly the best ring technicians, but they had a unique gimmick that made them stand out. They only had 1 WWE Tag Team Championship reign that last 4 months, but the duo (along with Cherry) gets an A for effort.
The first of several "paired superstars" on this list - Jeri-Show was highly entertaining during their 5-month reign as the Unified Tag Team Champions. Their union also provided several entertaining bouts against D-Generation X.
17. Carlito & Primo
The team that unified the WWE & World Tag Team Championships - the exciting Colon brothers held tag gold for 9 months.
Though short-lived, Ric Flair & Batista's reign as World Tag Team Champions was very memorable. Evolution was ruling supreme over Raw, especially after all 4 members of the group raised championship gold after WWE's Armageddon 2003.
15. The Basham Brothers
The 2-time WWE Tag Team Champions, the Basham Brothers were never given the credit I felt they were due. Cumulatively, both reigns lasted a total of about 5 months...and how could we forget the glory that was JBL's Cabinet...of which these two were founding members.
14. Big Show & Kane
What started out as a total copout to "legitimize" the World Tag Team Championship turned into an entertaining 5-month run, featuring an underrated title defense against Carlito & Chris Masters at WrestleMania 22. This team was an example of how to bring together two behemoths as a single unit. The duo would win the tag titles again for a one-month stint in 2011.
13. The Legacy
The Legacy would've been higher on this list; however, the team was relatively short-lived, and fans knew that both Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, Jr. were bound for singles pushes anyway. Still, the two had a memorable encounter against DX at SummerSlam 2009, though the tag titles weren't involved in the match.
12. Kane & Rob Van Dam
Upon the brand extension of 2002, and the subsequent addition of the World Tag Team Championship to Raw, a lot of superstars were being paired together in makeshift tag teams. Kane & RVD made up the first duo to provide genuine entertainment value to the division. The quirky chemistry the two had became a staple of the flagship program for the entire spring of 2003.
11. The Usos
In 5 years, Jimmy & Jey may find themselves atop this list. As one of only two major tag team draws in the WWE today, the Usos have an exciting brand of wrestling that fans haven't seen since the Hardy Boyz retired. The team is currently 4 months in to their much-deserved first championship reign.
10. Cade & Murdoch
3 reigns as World Tag Team Champions over a cumulative 9 months lands Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch in the top 10. The duo billed from Nashville provided a spark to Raw's tag team division upon their debut in 2005, and were featured in an excellent program against the reunited Hardy Boyz in 2007.
9. Team Hell No
Kane appears on this list for the third and final time for his 8-month reign as WWE Tag Team Champion alongside Daniel Bryan. The duo's dysfunctional dynamic became a favorite on WWE programming.
8. Billy & Chuck
The team that bridged the Attitude era through the brand extension era held the WWE Tag Team Championships for 4 months over 2 reigns. Billy Gunn & Chuck Palumbo accounted for one of the most memorable moments in WWE history when they staged a wedding in 2002, before Eric Bischoff guided 3 Minute Warning into sneak attacking the two.
7. The Dudley Boyz
Most of D'Von & Bubba Ray's success came during the Attitude Era; however, the iconic tag team did earn 4 tag team championship reigns for a cumulative 6 months in post-Attitude Era. The two were even given a high level program against the Undertaker in 2004 that culminated in a highly questionable Concrete Crypt match at The Great American Bash.
6. Kendrick & London
For 11 months, the high-flying duo of Paul London & Brian Kendrick reigned as the WWE Tag Team Champions on SmackDown. The pinnacle of their run came at Armageddon 2006, when the two defeated The Hardy Boyz, MNM, & William Regal & Dave Taylor in a ladder match.
5. The Miz & John Morrison
For a full year, over two championship reigns, The Miz & John Morrison were not only two of the best wrestlers in the WWE, but two of the best entertainers. The team known for their internet show, The Dirt Sheet, was featured in rivalries against Jesse & Festus, Cryme Tyme, and even DX.
4. The World's Greatest Tag Team
Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas debuted as Team Angle in late 2002, and if they had ever truly found their way outside of that moniker, they'd likely be number one on this list. Later known as The World's Greatest Tag Team, these two excellent ring technicians exemplified tag team wrestling perfectly. They held the WWE Tag Team Championship twice for a cumulative 5 months, but deserved many more reigns, and much more time atop the tag team division.
3. Los Guerreros
In 2002, Eddie & Chavo Guerrero captured their first of two WWE Tag Team Championships. It likely would've been three reigns had Chavo not been injured and replaced by Tajiri. Los Guerreros had one of the greatest, most underrated tag team feuds of all time against Haas & Benjamin, but more importantly, it was during this time that Eddie Guerrero began to transform into the eventual WWE Champion he would become.
2. La Resistance
The ultimate heel tag team - La Resistance terrorized Raw for nearly 2 full years. Between the trio of Rene Dupree, Sylvan Grenier, & Rob Conway, the Frenchmen (In Conway's case, French sympathizer) held the World Tag Team Championship 4 times, and were prominently featured on WWE programming.
Perhaps the quintessential tag team, Joey Mercury & Johnny Nitro exhibited all fans want in a tag team: great wrestling, great personality....and well....Melina helps, too. MNM would hold the WWE Tag Team Championship for around 10 months between 3 reigns, but perhaps more impressive was the attention they received on SmackDown programming. Featured in major programs against the likes of Eddie Guerrero & Rey Mysterio, The Hardy Boyz, Kendrick & London, and Batista & Rey Mysterio, MNM truly had the feel of an old-school WWE tag team capable of main eventing any show.