I do a Eminence Swamp Thang and Black Powder combo in a 4x12 that is very versatile. But, I think the really high wattage and bass response on the Swamp Thang might be a bit much for a 2x12. Could sound too 'woofy' if you catch my drift.
In my Mesa Recto 2x12 I run a WGS (wgs4.com) Veteran 30 and ET65 combination that might get you closer to that 80s-90s rock vibe though.
One could say I have a preference for American made speakers. Not only do I find their build quality to be significantly higher than the chinese made things that Celestian is slapping their stickers on, but they also cost less. WGS is great because you are dealing directly with them. Give them a shout, and I bet they will steer you in the right direction.