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Tag Team Weekly Roundup and Power Rankings: Failing to plan is planning to fail

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Is any division in WWE more of a mess than its main-roster women's tag division? Which is to say -- a division that consists of only the champs in Super Brutality.

None of this is a diss on Rhea Ripley and Nikki A.S.H., who have been an enjoyable and endearing team. But when they have nobody to wrestle, what more do they have than backstage segments?

Since being announced in a pre-recorded session with Vince McMahon dressed as Santa Claus, the title has mainly been more bust than boom. The Golden Role Models-Kabuki Warriors series was fantastic, and the artists formerly known as IIconics had a memorable moment in winning it, but more typical has been a team of Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler holding it when they should have been broken up and doing more interesting things, and Natalya and Tamina losing almost every match as champs.

Those teams are now defunct -- although at least Baszler is heading in an interesting direction -- but when Shotzi and Tegan Nox score a bunch of non-title wins over the champs, never get a title shot and then are separated in the draft, it really looks like WWE is painting their stories with Jello in the rain. With the exception of promoting and injecting Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter -- the best actual women's team on their roster -- we're just staring at WWE cobbling together more teams for the occasional title defense.

And a lot of people who could use the TV time and storylines deserve better.

The following Tag Team Power Rankings take into account wins, power and placement of segments, recentness of appearances, creative direction and momentum for teams and factions.

WWE Tag Team Power Rankings through Oct. 15:

1. The Bloodline (last week: 1)

Pro: Still all wearing gold. The Usos won a fantastic match with Street Profits on SmackDown and managed to sow dissent on Raw between Big E and Drew McIntyre and even scored a countout win.
Con: Can Roman trust Paul Heyman? (The setup for which has been brilliant.)

2. New Day (2)

Pro: Big E had himself a heck of a weekend with NCAA football and big-time fights, and continues to be Raw's #1 star. Xavier Woods picked up a win to keep his King of the Ring dreams alive.
Con: E also had himself a heck of a brawl with McIntyre that ended with him looking at the lights. Kofi Kingston couldn't hinder the Jinder and thus is out of King of the Ring.

3. Super Brutality (3)

Pro: Still women's champions, with no contenders in sight.
Con: Still women's champions, with no contenders in sight.

4 RK-Bro (6)

Pro: Still the Raw champs, and getting plenty of TV time. Randy Orton seems to be enjoying his weekly RKO of AJ Styles.
Con: Riddle wasn't so lucky, getting demolished by Omos without his partner getting involved in the match.

5. MSK (4)

Pro: Still the NXT men's tag champs.
Con: Still disappear for weeks at a time.

6. Io Shirai and Zoey Stark (5)

Pro: Still NXT women's tag champs, and fighting champs at that.
Con: Facing the triple threat "they don't have to be pinned to lose" trope at Halloween Havoc.

7. AJ Styles and Omos (not ranked)

Pro: Omos cruised to a win over Riddle in a segment AJ made much more entertaining than it had any right to be. They also have a date with the Raw champs.
Con: AJ took yet another RKO in the process.

8. Diamond Mine (not ranked)

Pro: Two members, Ivy Nile and Julius Creed, got their debut solo bouts and won. Roddy's still Cruiserweight champion and the brass is clearly high on them.
Con: All that said, they all still feel rather undercard at this point.

9. Indi Hartwell (Lumis?) and Persia Perotta (not ranked)

Pro: Picked up a fairly easy win in their first tag bout and will get a title shot.
Con: NXT seems more interested in Toxic Attraction, so they seem more likely to win that match if the champs don't retain.

10. Hurt Business (or at Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin) (10)

Pro: Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin actually won a match! And if they are still aligned with Bobby Lashley, even better.
Con: That the trio didn't appear together makes one wonder if they are still a faction.

Best tag segment of the week: Doesn't matter how many times you put The Usos and Street Profits in the ring together, they'll find new and exciting ways to make it entertaining.

Grade: B+

The lack of a women's main roster division and the disappearing act of the NXT men's champs take some of the luster of how well most of the divisions are doing and how Usos-Street Profits served up another fun match.

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