🤼‍♂ How Good of a Wrestler Were They Really? 🤼‍♀ #44 TEAM XTREME THE HARDYZ & LITA! 🤟

So Edge & Christian score an impressive 4.18 putting them just under The Steiner’s in tag teams and a very difficult prospect to beat in the attitude ERA. Meanwhile their stable and its leader Gangrel and the Brood do less good with 2.36.

Wrestler Rating
Chris Jericho (3) 4.69
Kurt Angle (2) 4.55
Mick Foley (10) 4.55
Daniel Bryan (5) 4.38
Macho Man Randy Savage (12) 4.37
Stone Cold Steve Austin (1) 4.36
Eddie Guerrero (8) 4.28
Ric Flair (11) 4.23
The Undertaker (7) 4.22
The Steiner Brothers (n/a) 4.22*
Shawn Michaels (6) 4.21
Edge & Christian (43) 4.18
William Regal (18) 4.1
Bret Hart (9) 4.07
Ted DiBiase (68) 4
Owen Hart (21) 3.95
“Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig (22) 3.91
CM Punk (16) 3.85
Jake “The Snake” Roberts (20) 3.81
The Road Warriors/Legion of Doom (106) 3.74
Diamond Dallas Page (41) 3.73
Booker T (48) 3.72
Charlotte Flair (34) 3.69
Vince McMahon (66) 3.55
Kane (19) 3.54
Brock Lesnar (30) 3.52
Triple H (13) 3.48
John Cena (17) 3.43
Rob Van Dam (47) 3.4
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper (37) 3.36
Becky Lynch (28) 3.2
Ron Simmons (114) 3.18
Big Van Vader (58) 3.17
Shane McMahon (59) 3.17
A.P.A (90) 3.15
Sting (52) 3.12
The Big Boss Man(36) 3.1
The British Bulldogs (n/a) 3.09
Scott Steiner (55) 3.08
Davey Boy Smith (96) 2.94
Dynamite Kid (83) 2.9
Bam Bam Bigelow (54) 2.8
The Big Show (166) 2.76
Stephanie McMahon (n/a) 2.36
Gangrel/The Brood (n/a) 2.36
Hulk Hogan (61) 2.33
D-X (n/a) 2.33
Goldberg (51) 2.3
JBL (n/a) 1.56

And now, we have two young lads for South Carolina, the doormen of the King of the Ring '96, the boys of Michael Hayes, Gangrel and Terri Runnels, the heartthrobs of the attitude era, the ladder match specialists, later they would be Brother Nero (I knew you’d come) and the broken one, they are…

TEAM XTREME THE HARDY BOYZ & LITA!

So, how good were Team Xtreme really?
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Favourite Match/Moment
  • Debuting on Raw in September '98, managed by Michael Hayes of the Fabulous Freebirds, they would win their first (albeit brief) Tag Title reign defeating The Acolytes (after defeating The Brood at King of the Ring) only to lose them back a couple of weeks later at Fully Loaded '99!
  • After dumping Hayes, they form The “New” Brood with Gangrel who had just dumped Edge and Christian, losing to the babyfaces and beginning their 2-year feud (Summerslam '99)
  • The two teams later tear the house down with the Hardyz first Ladder match at No Mercy '99 and the services of Terri Runnels!
  • The Hardy Boyz feud with the newly arrived Dudley Boyz (that ‘z’ spelling ugh so year 2000) in an absolute war of a tables match at Royal Rumble 2000!
  • This sets the stage for the first three-way ladder match between them, The Dudleyz & Edge and Christian at Wrestlemania 2000!
  • The Hardy Boyz recruit Lita in May 2000 to form TEAM XTREME! Kicking off with a mixed-gender tag match that would start off WWF’s most famous female rivalry as they took on Test, Albert & Trish Stratus (Fully Loaded 2000)
  • After the critical and fan reception to the Wrestlemania match, the three teams meet again in the first TLC match! (Summerslam 2000)
  • The Hardyz then win their second tag team titles in a cage match with Edge and Christian at Unforgiven 2000!
  • They then lost and re-won the titles in the old Los Conquistadores switcharoo at No Mercy 2000 and the following night on Raw!
  • The Hardyz then lose the titles to Right To Censor members Bull Buchanan and The Goodfather and have a brief feud with The Radicalz (enough with the ‘z’ already!) when The Ladies Man Dean Malenko tries to hit on Lita! (Armageddon 2000)
  • TLC II at Wrestlemania X-7 cements the Hardyz, Dudleyz & Edge and Christian’s legendary status!
  • TLC III (the lesser known one) effectively ends the feud and tag team division as it we knew it, losing to Jericho & Benoit (Smackdown, May 22nd 2001)
  • But not before one last classic with the Dudleyz, in a losing effort for the WWF/WCW Tag Team Unification at the end of the InVasion angle in a cage match (Survivor Series 2001)
  • The Hardyz, Dudleyz & A.P.A lose to…Billy & Chuck in a four-corners match at Wrestlemania X-8!
  • After spending a couple of years in TNA, Jeff returns to WWE, along with his brother Matt who had recently fired over the whole Edge/Lita incident, reuniting to team with C.M Punk and…D-X?! This can’t be right (Survivor Series 2006)
  • A month later, The Hardys (not the year 2000 anymore) compete in (WWE)ECW’s famously terrible December to Dismember '06 in one of the two matches announced before the show and the only competent match on it vs M.N.M Joey Mercury, Jonny Nitro & Melina!
  • After a horrible injury to Joey Mercury caused by the Hardys in an otherwise very good match at Armageddon, The Hardys defeat them looking for revenge at Royal Rumble 2007 anyway!
  • The Hardys win their sixth Tag Team Titles in the spring of 2007 and hold them for the summer, including feuds with Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch & The World’s Greatest Tag Team Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin!
  • The Hardys reuinte as a tag team in TNA on 2014, feuding with The Dudleys (again) and The Wolves Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards (Destination X, Hardcore Justice & No Surrender)
  • In 2016, out of nowhere, The Hardys arguably become the most relevant tag team in the world as they begin the “Broken Deletion” storyline, reminding people that “huh, TNA still exist?” touring different promotions as they near the end of their career.
  • This would culminate in winning (and then losing) the ROH Tag Team Titles against The Young Bucks in a “passing of the torch” moment (ROH Winner Takes All & Supercard of Honor 2017)
  • The Hardys make a shocking return to WWE at Wrestlemania 33 in a fatal-four-way ladder match in what is probably the biggest pops in wrestling history, regaining the (RAW) Tag Team Titles for the first time in 10 years!
  • The Hardys feud with The BAR Sheamus & Cesaro (the likely original winners of the Wrestlemania match) ultimately losing the belts and feud in the summer of 2017 and is, for now, their last instance as a tag team.

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And I had considered giving Lita her own thread but I don’t think there’s really enough there spas a bonus

How Good Was Lita Really?
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Just for their first run, absolute solid gold 5 of a team. Even when they weren’t doing crazy stuff, there was a real distinct style to everything they did. I loved watching them, I loved playing as them in the games, I loved stupidly trying to emulate their stuff with friends.

Kind of depressing now, I hope they manage to have an enjoyable retirement.

Opened the door for the young bucks. 1/5

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Gone with a 4 for both the Hardy Boyz and Lita.

I’d argue Jeff’s spots were probably more important than anything over getting that Tag Division as over as it was, Matt always understood the mechanics of the game better than most, even in those days and they definitely have plenty of chemistry together. Not as good on the mic as the other two big teams in their era though and I think Matt’s done stronger work on his own.

Lita was clearly one of the top 2 women back then and an oft cited inspiration for much of the 2010s generation. I rate Stratus the slightly better of the pair, but that they main evented Raw in that era is no mean feat. I don’t think Lita stands up with the current generation of women’s wrestling though, so a 5 would be over-generous IMO.

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Remember watching that ladder match they had with the Dudley Boys at Royal Rumble (what a card that Rumble has, possibly the best undercard of a Rumble ever?) and being sold on them. It’s amazing what they did, how long their career has been, considering the other two teams retired quite a while ago. Obviously Matt has not been in the best health all the time, but he’s still going. Jeff is so charismatic, considering he’s possibly one of the worst talkers and as @colinzealuk said, Matt has a great mind for the business.
What Lita did in the business at that time was pretty damn good and coming out Boyhitscar will always make me have a soft spot for her. Funnily enough, I managed to see the punk band she was in called The Luchagors in Nottingham when they came to the UK and it was pretty good show.

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Tables match no?

Yep, you’re right, tables. Don’t know why I wrote ladder :upside_down_face:

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It is fantastic though right enough, such a great show and match

When you look at the matches, there’s 2 matches that could be argued as some of the best for the participants (Hardys/Dudleys and HHH/ Cactus Jack). The debut of Taz and he beats the undefeated Angle. Alright the bikini thing is bad, but the Rumble itself is pretty decent

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Going off topic here, not a fan of Young Bucks?

I’m joking slightly. I think they’ve done some great stuff and the way they’ve built a career for themselves avoiding the WWE is extremely impressive, they are part of the embodiment of what AEW is meant to be about and are very innovative.

That said, I find them arrogant and annoying as fuck.

Fair dos, really. I’m gonna go Jim Cornette on them, what they can do is very impressive, but their lack of selling and the way moves seem to be overly complicated sometimes and the length of time both of them are in the ring at the same time, really annoys me. But, as you say, look at what they’ve built, so my opinion means absolutely nothing, they’re hugely successful doing what they do. I do think they are amazing businessmen though.

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Spot Machines, as my 17yr old smark would’ve said.

I’ve mellowed now but never really enjoyed watching them. Jeff’s whole wrestling style just annoys the crap out of me. Enjoyed latter-day Matt, though.

Clearly massively influential. 3/5
Dudleys and E&C are a good step above even watching back now.

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That pop for the return at mania was something else (was trying to find the new day’s backstage reaction to it, but couldn’t)

Great tag team, and the final deletion was brilliant bollocks (I know it’s not a tag match, but still)

Probs a 4

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No way I’d have the interest in wrestling I do without being sold on the team extreme mystique, even though they were on the way out when I started watching. Even now my younger siblings go absolutely wild for Jeff

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He was a very handsome boy

The most exciting thing I’d ever seen, drew their daft logo on my school planner

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I totally get why a lot of my peers loved them but I always found then quite cringey (but then I was an E&C guy)

I actually have them a 4 btw, never my favourites but I appreciate how important they were (and Lita is also a 4 for being somewhat revolutionary for the time)