Tag Team: What is it in Wrestling Championship?
You have often heard the term tag team in your daily life. And perhaps more in sports but have you ever asked yourself what is a tag team?
So What is a Tag team in a Championship?
Tag team in championship is a genre of professional competition whereby matches are disputed between teams of multiple competitors.
A tag team may be made up of competitors who normally wrestle in singles competition, but more commonly are made of established teams who compete regularly as a unit and have a team name and identity.
In most lineup matches, only one competitor per team is allowed in the ring at a time. This status as the active or legal wrestler may be transferred by physical contact, most commonly a palm-to-palm tag which resembles a high five.
History of Tag Team in Championship
In 1901 the initial tag team championship match was held in the United States of America, in San Francisco. San Francisco promoters introduced tag team wrestling as a way of improving the sport’s entertainment value.
While tag team wrestling is now almost traditional in American professional wrestling, the innovation didn't become especially popular outside San Francisco until the 1930s.
The team-based match has been a mainstay of professional wrestling since the mid twentieth century, and most promotions have sanctioned a championship division for tag teams.
Rules of Tag Team in Championship
The basic tag team match has two teams of two wrestlers facing off against each other. All standard rules for singles wrestling championship apply to a team match.
However, only one wrestler from each team, called the "legal man" is allowed in the ring at a time .
All other members of the team wait outside the ropes in the team's specified corner.
Only an active/legal wrestler is allowed to score a fall or have a fall scored against him/her.
But any wrestler, legal or outside, may face disqualification for himself or his team for violating rules.
Once a tag is made, the wrestler tagging out has an extension (typically five to ten seconds) to leave the ring before risking disqualification.
Offensive cooperation from a team member is allowed during this time window; thus it is rather commonplace for both members of a team, especially heel teams, to milk this grace period and have two men in the ring simultaneously with only one member of an opposing team
Championship approved tags
1. Both feet of the wrestler on the outside must be flat on the apron.
2. The wrestler outside the ring must be touching the tag rope tied in the corner (or the turnbuckle pad in rings which have no tag rope).
3. Tags are legal as long as the two team members touch.
4. The referee has to see and/or hear the contact between the two wrestlers in order for the tag to be legal.
As the ultimate authority over the match, a referee may overlook any of these at his discretion, and during frenzied action, often will be more lenient with them.
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