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    Saturday, June 13, 2020

    The Supercard (6/13/20): Teamwork Makes the Dream Work


    In the eyes of mainstream wrestling fans, tag team wrestling for a long time seemed like a lost art. Too many times would we have random singles guys matched together just so that someone could challenge for the tag belts—from the late 2000s to the early 2010s, this was the WWE tag team formula.

    At its best, tag team wrestling can produce some of the most memorable moments in professional wrestling. The added factor of being in a team with someone else’s own well-being and success on the line makes for compelling storytelling if used properly. 

    In the past five to six years, tag team wrestling has hit a renaissance. This week on Supercard, I present to you some of my picks to make you feel that team spirit during this quarantine.

    LAX vs. The OGz in a 5150 Street Fight (Impact Wrestling, Slammiversary 2018)


    Before Santana and Ortiz were Proud N’ Powerful, they were the new blood of the established group LAX. Recruited by the legendary Konnan, the young and hungry tag team took the world by storm and got people talking for their innovative tag team offense combined with raw and real promo work.

    Their feud with the original LAX tandem of Homicide and Hernandez set a tone for future Impact stars yo play with the TNA vs. Impact theme. The actual matches between was a perfect showcase of how different the 2000s and the 2010s styles of wrestling looked like. This match in particular was a brutal showing from both teams with some truly cringe-inducing spots. Definitely a match worth watching.

    The Young Bucks vs. The Briscoes in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match (ROH Honor Reigns Supreme 2017)


    If you talk about tag team wrestling, you talk about The Briscoes and The Young Bucks. Two sets of brothers who have changed the business and evolved the art of tag team wrestling for the better. Until this day, they are considered two of the most elite tag teams to square off in the ring. Whether either is number one depends on who you ask.

    The two tag teams have had a legendary rivalry that has crossed promotions and has spanned over a decade. The core of their rivalry has been over the Ring of Honor tag team belts which they have exchanged on numerous occasions. This particular match for the belts has a fun 2 out of 3 falls situation with each round being under different rules. This makes for a nice progression of action and showcases how much chemistry both teams have with each other.

    Main Event: Holy Demon Army (Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue) vs. Mitsuharu Misawa and Kenta Kobashi (AJPW Super Power Series 1995)


    If you don’t know who the Four Pillars of Heaven are, search them up. You’ll thank me later. 

    For a brief summary, All-Japan Pro Wrestling at its peak in popularity in the middle to late 90s focused on four guys: Kenta Kobashi, Akira Taue, Toshiaki Kawada, and their ace, Mitsuharu Misawa. The four of them competed with and against each other in legendary feuds producing masterclasses in in-ring psychology and straight-up work rate.

    This particular match is probably one of the best amongst their clashes for the AJPW World Tag Team championships. From Kobashi’s clinic in babyface wrestling to the match’s tragic ending, this match should serve as the blueprint on how to put on a good tag team match. A match where the “team” element plays to the drama of the match. 

    With all that being said, Jesus Christ they are kicking their heads off.

    Photos courtesy of Ring of Honor,  Impact Wrestling and All-Japan Pro Wrestling

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    Jacob Tambunting is a freshman at the Ateneo de Manila University currently studying BS Psychology. In his high school years, he authored plays for competitions, essays for projects, and fan fiction for fun.  He currently lives with his two parents, his two siblings, and his two dogs, and is probably writing something angsty on his 10-year-old laptop.
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