ecw world tag team championship

ECW World Tag Team Champions Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko
[February 25th, 1995]

At the show dubbed Return Of The Funker, the ECW World Tag Team Championships were on the line as the champions Sabu and The Tazmaniac (better known today as Taz) defended the titles against the team of Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko. By this point, Malenko and The Tazmaniac weren’t strangers, having battled for Malenko’s ECW World Television Championship which Taz was unsuccessful in attaining, but the feud between these two heightened as Malenko and Benoit topped Taz & Sabu for the tag team titles. This was Benoit’s first ECW championship and would make Malenko a double champ, as he was still the World Television Champion.

The duo’s tag team reign was fairly short-lived, as Malenko and Benoit would lose the straps in their first title defense. At Three Way Dance, the champions defended against The Public Enemy and the team of The Tazmaniac and his new partner, Rick Steiner. The Public Enemy were successful in gaining the titles, which second consecutive loss Malenko would encounter as he had already lost the ECW Television Championship to the man he had defeated for the title, Too Cold Scorpio, only a few weeks earlier.