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Either through a good swerve or a dropped angle, what are the team teams that seemed to be on the verge of breaking up violently, but didn't?

I remember the preamble to the excellent Hart Foundation reunion where Owen and Davey Boy were a solid tag team showing signs of dissent for months.  It culminated in them ready to come to blows when Bret ran in and cut one in a long long of killer promos over that time period where he said the American fans want to see them fight because they're blood-thirsty animals, but the family needs to come together.  And they did, and never broke up.  Then Pillman and Neidhart joined the group.  I don't know how long that was planned, or if plans changed, but it wound up being excellent.  They even had an under-the-radar classic in the finals of the WWF European title tournament against each other, heel vs. heel although they were in Germany so both were cheered, but no one ever turned.

I have to think about other examples.  I remember the Barry Windham/Dustin Rhodes break up was teased for so long and then seemingly forgotten to the point that I thought they would stay together, but eventually Windham did turn on him.  It just a really long build.




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Here's another I suppose. The Bar, Sheamus and Cesaro, were forced to team by Mick Foley after I think having a best of 7 series against each other. It started off with them not liking each other and fighting in the middle of matches, but rather than split they eventually became friends and even when they went their separate ways to pursue singles careers again, they never had a break up.



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The DBS / Owen tease was pretty funny with Owen doing cheat tactics behind DBS’s back. Kind of a spin on what Luger and Sting were doing in WCW if i remember correctly.



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And Luger/Sting never broke up.



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kargol wrote: And Luger/Sting never broke up.
I don’t remember how the angle ended then, but they seemed to beak up 5 times over 6 years. 



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I can't think of any right now, but I actually like this direction and find it refreshing.  The break up and fight each other thing is really, really played out.  There probably isn't a fan alive that doesn't think Orton and Riddle will break up and feud.  Orton's tired character direction has him turning on everyone, every time with an RKO.  

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srossi wrote: kargol wrote: And Luger/Sting never broke up.
I don’t remember how the angle ended then, but they seemed to beak up 5 times over 6 years.
That particular episode ended with NWO Sting making Luger think Sting had turned heel, and in dealing with that Luger turned full face.

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kargol wrote: srossi wrote: kargol wrote: And Luger/Sting never broke up.
I don’t remember how the angle ended then, but they seemed to beak up 5 times over 6 years.
That particular episode ended with NWO Sting making Luger think Sting had turned heel, and in dealing with that Luger turned full face.

Interesting. My memory of the angle was that it pre-dated the NWO so I guess I was way off. So IIRC Sting actually turned semi-heel after that episode because he was pissed that everyone doubted him, and that coincided with his year in the rafters and not wrestling. 



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Studd and Bundy shoving each other after a match in late 1986. Never broke up, but Studd left the WWF soon after.

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srossi wrote: kargol wrote: srossi wrote: kargol wrote: And Luger/Sting never broke up.
I don’t remember how the angle ended then, but they seemed to beak up 5 times over 6 years.
That particular episode ended with NWO Sting making Luger think Sting had turned heel, and in dealing with that Luger turned full face.

Interesting. My memory of the angle was that it pre-dated the NWO so I guess I was way off. So IIRC Sting actually turned semi-heel after that episode because he was pissed that everyone doubted him, and that coincided with his year in the rafters and not wrestling. 

The Luger/Sting tag-team, with Luger playing heel behind his back, ran through Fall '95 and Spring '96.  Luger was full-fledged babyface by the summer of  '96 when the NWO appeared.  I agree that his face turn pre-dates the NWO stuff.  So in September, when Fake Sting appeared, Real Sting did bring up to Luger "hey, I was the only guy to believe in you back then, and now you don't believe me", but that definitely did not cement the Luger face turn and was independent of the entire Sting/Luger saga.  It was just a nice touch to the storytelling.



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nyhack56 wrote: Studd and Bundy shoving each other after a match in late 1986. Never broke up, but Studd left the WWF soon after.
This was the example that popped immediately into my mind.  The  match in question happened in May of '86 (the weekend before I graduated 8th grade).  It was a title match against the new champs, the Bulldogs.  Studd and Bundy shoved each other and Heenan tried to calm them down, and afterwards I don't know if the angle was ever mentioned on WWF TV again.  Studd and Bundy hung around through the summer, faced the Machines at the Big Event in Toronto in August, and Studd's last match was either in mid October or November against the Machines on Superstars of Wrestling (which I believe happened to be Albano's "retirement" match also).

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I am of the opinion that if it wasn't for the brawl with police in 1984, that the AWA tag team championship team of Ken Patera and Jerry Blackwell would be broken up after they dropped the titles.  Patera and Blackwell were on opposite sides of a St. Louis feud in 1982 and I think it was a dry run of sorts as prep for matches around a full circuit territory.   As it worked out, Patera went to Japan after the title loss and then onto the WWF while Blackwell turned face against Sheik Adnan's army.

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Blazer wrote: nyhack56 wrote: Studd and Bundy shoving each other after a match in late 1986. Never broke up, but Studd left the WWF soon after.
This was the example that popped immediately into my mind.  The  match in question happened in May of '86 (the weekend before I graduated 8th grade).  It was a title match against the new champs, the Bulldogs.  Studd and Bundy shoved each other and Heenan tried to calm them down, and afterwards I don't know if the angle was ever mentioned on WWF TV again.  Studd and Bundy hung around through the summer, faced the Machines at the Big Event in Toronto in August, and Studd's last match was either in mid October or November against the Machines on Superstars of Wrestling (which I believe happened to be Albano's "retirement" match also).

Which was also weird,  because Albano wrestled in a 6 man tag w/ the bulldogs against the dream team and Valiant I believe after that on Wrestling Challenge. 

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