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The WCW United States Tag Team Championship was a professional wrestling tag team championship contested for in the United States-based National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) promotions. The title was only contestable by male tag teams and in tag team matches. Being a professional wrestling championship, it was not won legitimately; it was instead won via a scripted ending to a match or awarded to a wrestler because of a storyline. In 1986, NWA President and JCP owner Jim Crockett, Jr. introduced the championship (under the name "NWA United States Tag Team Championship") by announcing a tournament for the newly created title, which was won by Krusher Khruschev and Ivan Koloff on September 28, 1986. Since its establishment, JCP was a subsidiary of the NWA, and as a result, most title defenses occurred under JCP-promoted events.

In 1988, Crockett sold JCP to Ted Turner, who established WCW as its successor; however, the title continued to be defended under the NWA name until January 1991, when WCW withdrew as a subsidiary to the NWA. The final champions under the NWA name were The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott). Following WCW's withdrawal, the title was renamed the "WCW United States Tag Team Championship", and The Steiner Brothers were recognized as the first champions as a result of never losing the original NWA United States Tag Team Title. On July 31, 1992, WCW stripped the final champions, The Barbarian and Dick Slater, of their titles and retired the championship for unknown reasons.

Overall, there were 19 reigns among 15 tag teams, all of which occurred in the United States. Twelve reigns occurred under the NWA's version of the championship, while eight occurred under WCW's version. From the information known, The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane)'s first reign was the longest in the title's history at 346 days, while The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers)' second reign was the shortest, at 19 days. The Midnight Express also held the most reigns overall as a tag team and individually, with three.

Title history

Key
Symbol Meaning
# The overall championship reign
Wrestler name (#) The number within parenthesis represents the number of individual reigns by that specific wrestler.
Reign The reign number for the specific tag team listed
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title changed hands
N/A The specific information is not known or applicable .
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign


NWA United States Tag Team Championship

# Wrestler(s)
(Tag team name)
Reigns Date Days held Location Event Notes
Krusher Khruschev and Ivan Koloff
Atlanta, Georgiamarker
Live event
Won the titles in a tournament final against the Kansas Jayhawks (Dutch Mantel and Bobby Jaggers)
Ron Garvin and Barry Windham
Spartanburg, South Carolinamarker
Live event
Dick Murdoch and Ivan Koloff (2)
Atlanta, Georgiamarker
Live event
Vacant
N/A
N/A
Murdoch was suspended from in-ring competition by the NWA after performing a brainbuster on Nikita Koloff on a concrete floor, and as a result, Ivan Koloff and Murdoch were stripped of the titles.
Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane
(The Midnight Express)
Atlanta, Georgiamarker
Live event
Won the titles in a tournament final by defeating Ron Garvin and Barry Windham
Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers
(The Fantastics)
Chattanooga, Tennesseemarker
Live event
Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane
(The Midnight Express)
Baltimore, Marylandmarker
The Great American Bash
Vacant
N/A
N/A
The NWA vacated the titles after Eaton and Lane won the NWA World Tag Team Championship
Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers
(The Fantastics)
Chattanooga, Tennesseemarker
Clash of the Champions IV: Season's Beatings
Won the titles in a tournament final by defeating Eddie Gilbert and Ron Simmons
Kevin Sullivan and Steve Williams
Norfolk, Virginiamarker
Starrcade
Eddie Gilbert and Rick Steiner
Columbia, South Carolinamarker
Live event
Vacant
N/A
N/A
The NWA vacated the title for unknown reasons
10
Brian Pillman and The Z-Man
Gainesville, Georgiamarker
Live event
Won the titles in a tournament final by defeating Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin (The Fabulous Freebirds)
11
Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane
(The Midnight Express)
Washington, D.C.marker
Capital Combat: Return of Robocop
12
Rick (2) and Scott Steiner
(The Steiner Brothers)
East Rutherford, New Jerseymarker
Live event
In January 1991, WCW withdrew from the NWA as a subsidiary, which resulted in the creation of WCW's version of the United States Tag Team Championship. Rick and Scott Steiner were the final wrestlers to hold the NWA's version of the championship.


WCW United States Tag Team Championship

Key
Symbol Meaning
# (#) The overall championship reign is listed without parenthesis, while the reign number under the specific name of the championship is enclosed in parenthesis.
Wrestler name (#) The number within parenthesis represents the number of individual reigns by that specific wrestler.
Reign The reign number for the specific tag team listed
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title changed hands
N/A The specific information is not known or applicable.
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
# Wrestler(s)
(Tag team name)
Reigns Date Days held Location Event Notes
12 (1)
Rick (2) and Scott Steiner
(The Steiner Brothers)
East Rutherford, New Jerseymarker
Live event
As a result of The Steiner Brothers being the final NWA United States Tag Team Champions, WCW recognized them as the first WCW United States Tag Team Champions. However, this reign is not considered to be a new reign overall in the title's history because The Steiner Brothers originally never lost the titles.
Vacant
N/A
N/A
As a result of The Steiner Brothers winning the WCW World Tag Team Championship, WCW forced them to vacate the WCW United States Tag Team Title.
13 (2)
Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes
(The Fabulous Freebirds)
St. Petersburg, Floridamarker
SuperBrawl
Won the titles in a tournament final by defeating The Young Pistols (Tracey Smothers and Steve Armstrong)
14 (3)
Todd Champion and Firebreaker Chip
(The Patriots)
Gainesville, Georgiamarker
Live event
15 (4)
Steve Armstrong and Tracy Smothers
(The Young Pistols)
Gainesville, Georgiamarker
Live event
16 (5)
Big Josh and Ron Simmons
Columbus, Georgiamarker
Live event
17 (6)
Terry Taylor and Greg Valentine
Rock Hill, South Carolinamarker
WCW Main Event
18 (7)
Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes
(The Fabulous Freebirds)
Jacksonville, Floridamarker
WrestleWar
19 (8)
The Barbarian and Dick Slater
Kansas City, Missourimarker
Live event
The Barbarian and Slater became the final champions under WCW when the company stripped them of the titles on July 31, 1992 and retired the championship afterwards for unknown reasons.


Combined reigns by length

Team

Symbol Meaning
¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.


Rank Team # of reigns Combined days
Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane
(The Midnight Express)

505
Rick and Scott Steiner
(The Steiner Brothers)

146¤
Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes
(The Fabulous Freebirds)
124
Brian Pillman and The Z-Man
Ron Garvin and Barry Windham
Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers
(The Fantastics)
Terry Taylor and Greg Valentine
Todd Champion and Firebreaker Chip
(The Patriots)
Krusher Khruschev and Ivan Koloff
10
Steve Armstrong and Tracy Smothers
(The Young Pistols)
11
Kevin Sullivan and "Dr. Death" Steve Williams
12
Eddie Gilbert and Rick Steiner

13
The Barbarian and Dick Slater
14
Big Josh and Ron Simmons
15
Dick Murdoch and Ivan Koloff



Individual

Key
Symbol Meaning
#= The equal sign next to a number means that entry is equal in length with the preceding and/or following entry
¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, the shortest possible length is used.


Rank Wrestler # of reigns Combined days
= Bobby Eaton
= Stan Lane 505
Rick Steiner 208¤



Scott Steiner 146¤

= Jimmy Garvin 124
= Michael Hayes 124
= Brian Pillman
= The Z-Man
= Ron Garvin
= Barry Windham
= Bobby Fulton
= Tommy Rogers
= Ivan Koloff ¤

= Terry Taylor
= Greg Valentine
= Todd Champion
= Firebreaker Chip
10 Krusher Khruschev
11= Steve Armstrong
11= Tracy Smothers
12= Kevin Sullivan
12= "Dr. Death" Steve Williams
13 Eddie Gilbert

14= The Barbarian
14= Dick Slater
15= Big Josh
15= Ron Simmons
16 Dick Murdoch



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