WrestleMania 39 is just hours away, so we at The Scrap thought it would be fun to envision MMA tag teams that could be formed if they ever made the jump to Pro Wrestling.
Whether they are spouses, siblings, or close training partners, we wanted to highlight some fun pairings that are known to the majority of MMA fans. If there was ever a tag team division, these would be no-brainers picks. Read about the 10 MMA teams that we believe could have successful WWE or AEW runs…
Paige VanZant had a short stint on AEW recently, joining her coach Dan Lambert and his faction on TV every week. It eventually lead to the debut of PVZ. On several occasions, we also saw Austin Vanderford and some American Top Team teammates back VanZant as she quickly relished in her heel role. Though we only saw her in one match, a mixed six-person tag match at Double or Nothing, both her and Tony Khan have been open to planning a future return.
But, it seems like all that is on hold until PVZ’s next BareKnuckle fight. Regardless, she’s a natural heel and if she were to return, it should be alongside her husband. Whether Austin wrestles too, or just joins her as a valet, we know they have unreal chemistry that could translate well on TV. Though Sammy & Tay tried to do their version of Edge & Lita, something tells me these two could do it much better…
The Smesh Bros
The legendary Smesh Bros was born not long ago, once MMA fans began to realize that Khamzat Chimaev & Darren Till were training together. The two slowly became a duo that was everywhere… Always viral on social media, and always crazy complications surrounding their fights.
Pair Till’s social media antics with Khamzat’s insane rise in MMA, and you get a tag team you never thought you needed. Though unlikely we’d ever see them inside a wrestling ring, it’s a fun thought given their big personalities and star presence.
Aljamain Sterling & Merab Dvalishvili
You can’t teach or buy loyalty. The friendship Aljamain Sterling & Merab Dvalishvili have, has shown to be much stronger than any UFC belt or amount of money. Not only are they loyal to each other, they are two of the best and funniest bantamweights in the world. There are some teams on this list that we know would never step foot inside the squared circle. But something tells me that these two would do very well, and probably fall in love with it…
With strong foundations in wrestling, the transition from the cage to the ring would be easy. Aljo is already a natural on the mic and is a natural showman. He brings out Merab’s character, who is equally as entertaining, if not more. Imagine these bantamweights suplexing heavyweights and flying all over the ring.
The pace Aljo & Merab would set in the ring would be relentless and frustrating for almost any opponent, which might fit better into a Japanese style of Pro Wrestling.
The Bash Bros
Farid & Javid Basharat both have long MMA careers ahead of them. Their hype right now is at an all-time high as being undefeated and in the UFC carries a certain level of clout. The Bash Bros are destined for stardom one way or another… The story of their upbringing will undoubtedly endear them to fans who will support them unconditionally, as many do already.
Family tag teams and factions have always been a part of pro wrestling. Today, you have teams like the Usos, The Young Bucks, and the Gunn Club. Back in the day, you had teams like the Hardy Boyz, The Bella Twins, and even The Steiner Brothers. Family members make for great tag team chemistry and believable storylines that bleed outside of the show and feel real to the audience.
Though it’s unlikely these two would ever touch foot inside the wrestling ring, they would be a shoe-in for any UFC Tag Team Division, should one ever be created.
The South African Studs
Dricus Du Plessi & Cameron Saaiman are slowly taking over their respective UFC divisions, and now they get to do it together under the biggest MMA organization in the world. It’s not often you get to compete alongside your mentor, and it’s even more rare to see it happen in WWE. Except for those rare occasions like WrestleMania…
Du Plessi is inching closer towards a middleweight title shot, and Saaiman is just establishing his footing at bantamweight. Both men have large followings, and enjoy being in the spotlight under the brightest lights possible. They also have extremely likable personalities, and the looks should they ever want to test their skills outside of an octagon.
Chito Vera & Luke Rockhold
Though this may seem like a random pairing to the casual MMA fan, it really is not. These two have been inseparable these last few years, pushing each other during fight camp. You’ll also always catch them attending each other’s fights too. Though they would likely never be professional wrestlers, it they would certainly be a fun duo.
Rockhold has already been called out by NXT’s Julius Creed after retiring from MMA earlier this year. Both men have known each other for years, and Julius has been part of multiple camps at the world renowned AKA gym. Though it was all fun and games, it would be a sight to see for sure.
We know opposites always attract, that’s even more true inside the squared circle. So this pairing was a no-brainer for this list.
Speaking of no-brainer pairings, the duo of Molly McCann & Paddy Pimblett… Is epic. They are each other’s biggest fans and have been teammates for quite some time. Together, they have made meteoric rises to stardom in the UFC. Paddy has a cult-like following that travels with him and continues to grow in numbers. Though McCann’s hype has died down a bit since her last bout, she has slowly become the people’s choice, and even received kudos from celebrities like The Rock & Drake.
These two have been inseparable and would cause some fun chaos inside a WWE ring. They both get entire arenas to engage and interact, and their personalities are hilarious. The can also both talk that talk, which is a key to success for any pro wrestler. With “Meatball”, you’d have great promo skills on the mic, and with Paddy “The Baddy” you’d get one of the best talkers in all of MMA. There will always be a space in any industry for someone with the personality and aura of Paddy…
The Pitbull Brothers
It’s not often you get brothers who have both amounted to similar success at the top of their sport. The Pitbull Brothers, Patricio and Patricky, are well known to MMA fans. Patricio is a championship hunter… He is already a former double champion at featherweight and lightweight, and is attempting to secure a championship in a third weight class. Patricky is a former champion as well, and has always been in elite company.
The Pitbull Brothers are almost always associated together. If they ever wanted to try a new sport, becoming Tag Team Champions would give them new success, this time as a duo. Though unlikely, you have to think that it would put them high up there in any conversation of family dominance in professional sports.
The Lee’s are one of the most dominant, dangerous, and youngest sibling pairings in all of MMA. Both Christian & Angela Lee have already claimed ONE Championship gold and have extremely decorated careers for being as young as they are. They are absolute superstars, so you have to think, after a little while longer… What is next?
Though it may be unlikely they would make transitions over to pro wrestling, it would be cool to see. Out of all prominent MMA promotions in the world, ONE is one of them that do take several elements from pro wresting. From the entrances to the announcing of each competitor… I’m sure The Lees would feel right at home inside the squared circle.
It’s extremely rare to see sibling pairings of the opposite sex in pro wrestling. Especially those as close in age was these two. So it would be even more interesting to see if they ever gave it a thought.
The Loureda Sisters
This last one may be cheating a little, since Valerie Loureda has already been signed to WWE, wrestling under the name Lola Vice. But her sister, Natalie Loureda, is now in pursuit of her own combat sports dreams. She recently mede her amateur kickboxing debut on March 4th with a unanimous decision win. You have to think that after a few years of fighting under her belt, she may want to join her sister and become pro wrestling’s newest sister duo.
If you have followed these two throughout their careers, you know they are extremely close, and always corner each other on fight night. They are two badass Latinas who can really scrap, and would be phenomenal additions should they both decide to take over the world of sports entertainment.
What do you think of our MMA Tag Teams? Who could you see making the transition to Pro Wrestling? Let us know in the comments below!