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Motor City Machine Guns have a chance to become the greatest tag team in Impact history

The Motor City Machine Guns have returned to the peak of the mountain. Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley made a surprise return to Impact at Slammiversary last weekend, then they went on to defeat The North for the World Tag Team Championship. Impact is honoring MCMG with a countdown of their greatest matches.

5. Team 3D - TNA Turning Point (Nov. 7, 2010)
4. Speed Muscle (Masato Yoshino & Naruki Doi) - TNA Impact! (June 12, 2006)
3. Generation Me (aka Young Bucks) - TNA Bound for Glory (Oct. 10, 2010)
2. The North - Impact Wrestling (July 21, 2020)
1. Beer Money - TNA Impact: The Whole F’n Show (Aug. 12, 2010)

When MCMG challenged The North, it was all about proving who was the greatest tag team. The North’s run ended as the longest reign in Impact history at 380 days. The win by MCMG gave them their second title stint in Impact. The amazing thing is that it was 10 years between their crowing victories. If Sabin and Shelly can hold onto the belts for a lengthy period, then I think they have a strong case to be considered the greatest tag team in Impact history.

MCMG has stiff competition for that honor. I think there are four other teams in consideration:

  • America’s Most Wanted (James Storm & Chris Harris) - 6 reigns for 517 days
  • Beer Money, Inc. (James Storm & Bobby Roode) - 5 reigns for 514 days
  • The Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) - 5 reigns for 413 days
  • The Latin American Xchange (Santana & Ortiz) - 4 reigns for 662 days
  • Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) - 2 reigns for 189 days and counting

What MCMG lack in number of reigns and total days, they make up for in longevity of greatness. The Wolves, LAX, and Beer Money had the majority of their Impact success in a 2 to 3 year window. If MCMG can get to the 180 day mark this time, then that would give them two of the nine longest reigns in Impact. There is something to be said for having the highest average reign as multi-time champs. Being 10 years apart makes it all that much more impressive. That might be enough to give them the edge over America’s Most Wanted.

Impact also paid homage to Ethan Page and Josh Alexander with a video highlighting all their title defenses. The North’s first run has given them a strong advantage to be in the conversation, but they will need more success to be seriously considered.

Do you agree with Impact’s list for MCMG’s greatest matches? Who do you think is the greatest tag team in Impact history? What would MCMG have to do to earn that status?

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