10 shocking tag team breakups

The Steiner Brothers

Collegiate wrestling standouts at the University of Michigan, Rick and Scott Steiner were  the pride of tag team wrestling for a decade. Dominating duos from the rings of WWE to Japan, the hard hitters stopped every major tandem thanks to their flawless blend of Rick’s power and Scott’s speed. But at SuperBrawl VIII in 1998, with the nWo running roughshod over the competition, a sports-entertainment institution came to an end.

While defending the WCW Tag Team Championships against The Outsiders, Scott viciously attacked his Dog-Faced Gremlin brother, allowing Scott Hall and Kevin Nash to win the titles. With the tandem split, Scott went through a rebirth and became Big Poppa Pump, a “genetic freak” with a dyed goatee, Lancelot-inspired headgear and massive ego to match his muscles.

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The Steiner Brothers later reformed their alliance as a pair of villainous thugs, but their nasty breakup left a bad taste in the mouths of WCW fans right up until the company’s 2001 shuttering.