List of ECW World Tag Team Champions

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Rob Van Dam and Sabu as ECW World Tag Team Champions at an ECW event August 4, 1998

The ECW World Tag Team Championship was a professional wrestling world tag team championship contested for in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW).

Originally, ECW was known as Eastern Championship Wrestling when it was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), an organization that had numerous member promotions. ECW withdrew as a member of the NWA in 1994 and renamed itself to Extreme Championship Wrestling.[1] The championship remained active until April 2001, when ECW filed for bankruptcy. All of ECW's assets were later purchased by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in mid-2003, including the copyrights to ECW's championships.[2]

In May 2006, WWE extended its promotion by adding ECW as a third additional brand, the others being Raw and SmackDown!, in a storyline sports extension.[3] The ECW World Heavyweight Championship was the only former ECW championship reactivated by WWE for the new brand.[4] However, the title history was published by WWE on its website.[5]

Title reigns were determined either by professional wrestling matches with different tag teams (a duo of wrestlers) or stables (a group of more than two wrestlers) using ring names, involved in pre-existing scripted feuds or were awarded the title due to scripted circumstances; the championship could have also been vacated by the promotion. Wrestlers were portrayed as either villains or heroes as they followed a series of tension-building events, which culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches for the championship.

The title was mostly won at live events in Japan and in eight American states. The inaugural champions were The Super Destroyers (A.J. Petrucci and Doug Stahl), who won a tournament final at a live event to win the titles on June 23, 1992. Danny Doring and Roadkill, who won the titles on December 3, 2000 at the Massacre on 34th Street pay-per-view event, were the final wrestlers to have held the championship before ECW filed for bankruptcy. At 283 days, The Super Destroyers' first reign was the longest, while The Dudley Boyz' eighth reign and the team of Raven and Stevie Richards' second reign were the shortest, at less than one day. With eight reigns, The Dudley Boyz held the most reigns as a tag team and individually. Overall, there were 51 reigns among 31 teams.

Title history[edit]

Names[edit]

Name Years
NWA-ECW World Tag Team Championship June 23, 1992 – August 27, 1994
ECW World Tag Team Championship August 27, 1994 – April 11, 2001

Key[edit]

Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed.
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the titles were won
N/A The information is not available or is unknown
Wrestler name (No.) The number represents the individual reigns of a wrestler when this is distinct from the tag team's reign.
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign

Reigns[edit]

No. Wrestlers Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes
1 The Super Destroyers
(A.J. Petrucci and Doug Stahl)
1 June 23, 1992 283 Philadelphia, PA Live event Defeat Glen Osbourne and Max Thrasher in a tournament final.
2 Tony Stetson and Larry Winters 1 April 2, 1993 1 Radnor, PA Hardcore TV #6 Aired 5-11-93 on TV
3 The Suicide Blondes
(Chris Candido, Johnny Hotbody, and Chris Michaels)
1 April 3, 1993 42 Philadelphia, PA Hardcore TV #8 Hotbody and Candido won the belts, but all three wrestlers were recognized as champions, and were able to defend the titles in any combination via the Freebird Rule. Aired on 5-25-93
4 The Super Destroyers 2 May 15, 1993 0 Philadelphia, PA Hardcore TV #14 Defeat Hotbody & Michaels. Aired on 7-6-93
5 The Suicide Blondes 2 May 15, 1993 61 Philadelphia, PA Hardcore TV #15
Vacated 1 July 15, 1993 39 N/A Hardcore TV #16 Candido jumped to Smoky Mountain Wrestling.
6 Dark Patriot, TheThe Dark Patriot and Eddie Gilbert 1 August 8, 1993 54 Philadelphia, PA Hardcore TV #22 Defeated Sal Bellomo & The Sandman in a tournament final. Aired on 9-7-93.
Vacated 2 October 1, 1993 0 Philadelphia, PA Bloodfest: Part 1 Gilbert left ECW.
7 Johnny Hotbody (3) and Tony Stetson (2) 1 October 1, 1993 43 Philadelphia, PA Bloodfest: Part 1 Awarded when Gilbert no-show.
8 Dreamer, TommyTommy Dreamer and Johnny Gunn 1 November 13, 1993 21 Philadelphia, PA November to Remember (1993)
9 Sullivan, KevinKevin Sullivan and The Tazmaniac 1 December 4, 1993 63 Philadelphia, PA Hardcore TV #36 Defeat Dreamer and Shane Douglas, who was substituting for an injured Gunn. After the match, Douglas turned against Dreamer and became a heel. Aired 12-14-93 on TV.
Vacated 2 February 5, 1994 28 Philadelphia, PA Controversial finish of a title match against The Bruise Brothers.
10 Sullivan, KevinKevin Sullivan and The Tazmaniac 2 March 5, 1994 1 Philadelphia, PA Defeated The Bruise Brothers in a rematch.
11 The Public Enemy
(Johnny Grunge and Rocco Rock)
1 March 6, 1994 174 Philadelphia, PA Hardcore TV #47 Aired 3-8-94 on TV
12 Jack, CactusCactus Jack and Mikey Whipwreck 1 August 27, 1994 70 Philadelphia, PA Hardcore TV #73 Whipwreck was a substitute for Terry Funk, who left the company. Aired 9-6-94 on TV
13 The Public Enemy 2 November 5, 1994 91 Philadelphia, PA November to Remember (1994) Aired on November 15th 1994 on Hardcore TV #82
14 The Dangerous Alliance
(Sabu and The Tazmaniac (3))
1 February 4, 1995 21 Philadelphia, PA Double Tables
15 Benoit, ChrisChris Benoit and Dean Malenko 1 February 25, 1995 42 Philadelphia, PA Return of the Funker
16 The Public Enemy 3 April 8, 1995 83 Philadelphia, PA Three Way Dance Also def. Rick Steiner (who was a substitute for Sabu) and Taz in 3 way dance
17 Raven and Stevie Richards 1 June 30, 1995 78 Jim Thorpe, PA Hardcore TV #115 Aired 7-4-95 on TV
18 The Pitbulls
(Pitbull #1 and Pitbull #2)
1 September 16, 1995 21 Philadelphia, PA Gangstas Paradise Aired on Hardcore TV #126 Septemeber 19th 1995
19 Raven and Stevie Richards 2 October 7, 1995 0 Philadelphia, PA Hardcore TV #130 Aired 10-17-95 on TV
20 The Public Enemy 4 October 7, 1995 21 Philadelphia, PA Hardcore TV #131 Defeat Raven & Stevie Richards and The Gangstas in a Three Way Dance. Aired 10-24-95 on TV
21 2 Cold Scorpio and The Sandman 1 October 28, 1995 62 Philadelphia, PA Hardcore TV #133 Scorpio defeated Rocco Rock in a singles match to win the tag team title and chose Sandman as his partner. Aired 11-7-95 on TV
22 Cactus Jack and Mikey Whipwreck 2 December 29, 1995 36 New York, NY Holiday Hell 1995 Whipwreck defeated 2 Cold Scorpio in a singles match to win both the tag team titles and the ECW World Television Championship; Cactus Jack came out and declared himself to be Mikey's partner after he won the match.
23 The Eliminators
(Kronus and Saturn)
1 February 3, 1996 182 New York, NY Big Apple Blizzard Blast
24 The Gangstas
(Mustapha Saed and New Jack)
1 August 3, 1996 139 Philadelphia, PA Doctor Is In
25 The Eliminators 2 December 20, 1996 85 Middletown, NY Hardcore TV #193 Aired on 12-31-96 on Hardcore TV
26 The Dudley Boyz
(Buh Buh Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley)
1 March 15, 1997 29 Philadelphia, PA Hostile City Showdown Aired 3-20-97 on Hardcore TV
27 The Eliminators 3 April 13, 1997 68 Philadelphia, PA Barely Legal
28 The Dudley Boyz 2 June 20, 1997 29 Waltham, MA Hardcore TV #218 The Dudley Boyz defeated Kronus in a handicap match as a result of a sidelining injury sustained by Saturn. Aired 6-26-97 on TV
29 The Gangstas 2 July 19, 1997 29 Philadelphia, PA Heat Wave 1997/Hardcore TV #222 Aired 7-24-97 on TV
30 The Dudley Boyz 3 August 17, 1997 34 Fort Lauderdale, FL Hardcore Heaven (1997) The Dudley Boyz won the championship via forfeit as a result of Mustapha Saed leaving the promotion before Hardcore Heaven took place.
31 The Gangstanators
(Kronus (4) and New Jack (3))
1 September 20, 1997 28 Philadelphia, PA As Good as it Gets Aired 9-27-97 on TV
32 The Full Blooded Italians
(Little Guido and Tracy Smothers)
1 October 18, 1997 48 Philadelphia, PA Hardcore TV #236 Aired 11-1-97 on TV
33 Can-Am Express (Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon) 1 December 5, 1997 1 Waltham, MA Live event
34 Chris Candido (3) and Lance Storm 1 December 6, 1997 203 Philadelphia, PA Better than Ever Defeat Can-Am Express and Axl Rotten & Balls Mahoney in a Three Way Dance.
35 Rob Van Dam and Sabu (2) 1 June 27, 1998 119 Philadelphia, PA Hardcore TV #271 Aired 7-1-98 on TV
36 The Dudley Boyz 4 October 24, 1998 8 Cleveland, OH Hardcore TV #288 Aired 10-28-98 on TV
37 Mahoney, BallsBalls Mahoney and Masato Tanaka 1 November 1, 1998 5 New Orleans, LA November to Remember (1998)
38 The Dudley Boyz 5 November 6, 1998 37 New York, NY Hardcore TV #290 Aired 11-11-98 on TV
39 Sabu (3) and Rob Van Dam 2 December 13, 1998 125 Tokyo, Japan ECW/FMW Supershow II Aired 12-16-98 on TV
40 The Dudley Boyz 6 April 17, 1999 92 Buffalo, NY Hardcore TV #313 D-Von Dudley defeated Van Dam in a singles match to win the championship for his team. Aired 4-23-99 on TV
41 Dudley, SpikeSpike Dudley and Balls Mahoney (2) 1 July 18, 1999 26 Dayton, OH Heat Wave (1999)
42 The Dudley Boyz 7 August 13, 1999 1 Cleveland, OH Hardcore TV #330 Aired 8-20-99 on TV
43 Spike Dudley and Balls Mahoney (3) 2 August 14, 1999 12 Toledo, OH Hardcore TV #331 Aired 8-27-99 on TV
44 The Dudley Boyz 8 August 26, 1999 0 New York, NY ECW on TNN#2 Aired 9-3-99 on TV
45 Tommy Dreamer (2) and Raven (3) 1 August 26, 1999 136 New York, NY ECW on TNN#2 Aired 9-3-99 on TV
46 Impact Players
(Justin Credible and Lance Storm (2))
1 January 9, 2000 48 Birmingham, AL Guilty as Charged (2000)
47 Tommy Dreamer (3) and Masato Tanaka (2) 1 February 26, 2000 7 Cincinnati, OH Hardcore TV #358 Aired 3-7-00 on TV
48 Awesome, MikeMike Awesome and Raven (4) 1 March 4, 2000 8 Philadelphia, PA ECW on TNN#29 Aired 3-10-00 on TV
49 Impact Players
(Justin Credible and Lance Storm (3))
2 March 12, 2000 41 Danbury, CT Living Dangerously Defeated Raven & Mike Awesome and Tommy Dreamer & Masato Tanaka in a Three Way Dance.
Vacated 3 April 22, 2000 125 Philadelphia, PA Live event Justin Credible vacated his half of the championship after winning the ECW World Heavyweight Championship at CyberSlam. Storm later left for World Championship Wrestling.
50 Tajiri, YoshihiroYoshihiro Tajiri and Mikey Whipwreck (3) 1 August 25, 2000 1 New York, NY ECW on TNN#55 Defeated Tommy Dreamer & Jerry Lynn and Simon Diamond & Johnny Swinger in a Three Way Dance.Aired 9-1-00 on TV
51 Full Blooded Italians
(Little Guido (2) and Tony Mamaluke)
1 August 26, 2000 99 New York, NY ECW on TNN#56 Aired 9-8-00 on TV.
52 Danny Doring and Roadkill 1 December 3, 2000 129 New York, NY Massacre on 34th Street Doring and Roadkill's reign was the final one in the title's history.
Deactivated
N/A N/A N/A Promotion closed on 4-11-01.

List of top combined reigns[edit]

The Dudley Boyz had eight reigns as tag team champions, the most in the title history

By team[edit]

Rank Team No. of reigns Combined days
1 Grunge, JohnnyJohnny Grunge and Rocco Rock
(The Public Enemy)
4 369
2 Kronus and Saturn
(The Eliminators)
3 335
3 Buh Buh Ray and D-Von
(The Dudley Boyz)
8 291
4 A.J. Petrucci and Doug Stahl
(The Super Destroyers)
2 283
5 Sabu and Rob Van Dam 2 244
6 Candido, ChrisChris Candido and Lance Storm 1 203
7 Mustapha Saed and New Jack
(The Gangstas)
2 168
8 Dreamer, TommyTommy Dreamer and Raven 1 136
9 Doring, DannyDanny Doring and Roadkill 1 129
10 Jack, CactusCactus Jack and Mikey Whipwreck 2 106
11 Little Guido and Tony Mamaluke
(The Full Blooded Italians)
1 99
12 Candido, ChrisChris Candido, Johnny Hotbody, and Chris Michaels
(The Suicide Blondes)
2 88
13 Credible, JustinJustin Credible and Lance Storm
(Impact Players)
2 79
14 Raven and Stevie Richards 2 78
15 Sullivan, KevinKevin Sullivan and The Tazmaniac 2 64
16 Scorpio, 2 Cold2 Cold Scorpio and The Sandman 1 62
17 Dark Patriot, TheThe Dark Patriot and Eddie Gilbert 1 54
18 Guido, LittleLittle Guido and Tracy Smothers
(The Full Blooded Italians)
1 48
19 Hotbody, JohnnyJohnny Hotbody and Tony Stetson 1 43
20 Benoit, ChrisChris Benoit and Dean Malenko 1 42
21 Dudley, SpikeSpike Dudley and Balls Mahoney 2 38
22 Kronus and New Jack
(The Gangstanators)
1 28
23 Dreamer, TommyTommy Dreamer and Johnny Gunn 1 21
Sabu and The Tazmaniac 1 21
Pitbull #1 and Pitbull #2
(The Pitbulls)
1 21
26 Awesome, MikeMike Awesome and Raven 1 8
27 Dreamer, TommyTommy Dreamer and Masato Tanaka 1 7
28 Mahoney, BallsBalls Mahoney and Masato Tanaka 1 5
29 Stetson, TonyTony Stetson and Larry Winters 1 1
Furnas, DougDoug Furnas and Phil LaFon 1 1
Tajiri, YoshihiroYoshihiro Tajiri and Mikey Whipwreck 1 1

By wrestler[edit]

Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined days
1 Grunge, JohnnyJohnny Grunge 4 369
Rock, RoccoRocco Rock 4 369
3 Kronus 4 363
4 Saturn 3 335
5 Candido, ChrisChris Candido 3 291
D-Von Dudley 8 291
Buh Buh Ray Dudley 8 291
8 A.J. Petrucci 2 283
Stahl, DougDoug Stahl 2 283
10 Storm, LanceLance Storm 3 282
11 Sabu 3 265
12 Rob Van Dam 2 244
13 Raven 4 222
14 New Jack 3 196
15 Mustapha Saed 2 168
16 Tommy Dreamer 3 164
17 Little Guido 2 149
18 Johnny Hotbody 3 131
19 Roadkill 1 129
Danny Doring 1 129
21 Mikey Whipwreck 3 107
22 Cactus Jack 2 106
23 Tony Mamaluke 1 99
24 Kevin Sullivan 1 64
25 Chris Michaels 2 88
26 The Tazmaniac 3 84
27 Justin Credible 2 79
28 Stevie Richards 2 78
29 The Sandman 1 62
Scorpio, 2 Cold2 Cold Scorpio 1 62
31 Eddie Gilbert 1 54
Dark Patriot, TheThe Dark Patriot 1 54
33 Tracy Smothers 1 48
34 Tony Stetson 2 44
35 Balls Mahoney 3 43
36 Chris Benoit 1 42
Dean Malenko 1 42
38 Dudley, SpikeSpike Dudley 2 38
39 Johnny Gunn 1 21
Pitbull #1 1 21
Pitbull #2 1 21
42 Masato Tanaka 2 12
43 Mike Awesome 1 7
44 Larry Winters 1 1
Doug Furnas 1 1
Phil LaFon 1 1
Yoshihiro Tajiri 1 1

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Loverro, Thorm (2006). The Rise and Fall of ECW. Paul Heyman, Tazz, Tommy Dreamer. Simon and Schuster. pp. 5–24. ISBN 1-4165-1058-3. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  2. ^ "United States Bankruptcy Court: Case No. 01-B-11982 (ASH)" (PDF). United States Bankruptcy Court. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  3. ^ "WWE Launches ECW As Third Brand". World Wrestling Entertainment Corporate. 2006-05-26. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  4. ^ Hoffman, Brett. "An Extreme Debut". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  5. ^ "ECW Tag Team Championship History at WWE.com". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 

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