Re-ranking WWE's 50 greatest tag teams

#49 The Soul Patrol

In 1983, barriers were broken when WWE Hall of Famers “Soulman” Rocky Johnson and “Mr. USA” Tony Atlas joined forces to create The Soul Patrol. Having teamed together for only two months, Johnson and Atlas unseated longtime World Tag Team Champions The Wild Samoans to win the titles. In the thrilling No Disqualification Match — an unprecedented stipulation at the time — Capt. Lou Albano, the Samoans’ manager, accidentally smashed Afa with a wooden chair while aiming for Atlas. Mr. USA made the pin to crown The Soul Patrol the first-ever African-American World Tag Team Champions. The Allentown, Pa. crowd became unglued realizing they had just witnessed history.

With Atlas’s power and Johnson’s agility, the fan favorites made for an unbelievably charismatic and dynamic duo. But more importantly, they paved the way for future holders of tag team championship gold including Booker T, Kofi Kingston and David Otunga. — ZACH LINDER