WWE loves its odd-couple tag teams. It's a tried and true method of creating teams with relatable characters. RK-Bro has worked really well because Riddle is so over-the-top and Randy Orton tolerates it at best. Mansoor-Mustafa Ali has a few layers to it and, while they're still working lower-midcard, many fans appreciate it. And of course WWE loved Nia Jax-Shayna Baszler to the point of overexposure (f/Reginald).
With Rhea Ripley and Nikki A.S.H. out of the title picture, WWE figured putting them together as the latest odd couple team might be worth trying. And so far ... it kind of works?
First of all, Nikki's character work is among the tops in the business, so her enthusiasm in this role is charming, even if the booking of her title run left a lot to be desired. Rhea's run with the belt was similarly middling, but she certainly has plenty of tools to succeed (if somebody could give her better scripts and a direction). As the power part of the couple and the more serious foil to Nikki's eccentricities, it's a combo with nice potential.
Of course, one never knows if WWE drops it sooner than later or if it's just leading to a feud to make Rhea a full-blown heel by beating up on the lovable Nikki. But we weren't sure if RK-Bro would last this long, and now they're main-eventing Raw. Plus the crowd was rather into the mismatched duo, so "wait and see" is an accurate phrase for this pairing.
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 Aug. 27:
1. RK-Bro (last week: 2)
Pro: With all due respect to The Bloodline, WWE's new Raw champs are the hottest team in the business. They followed up their SummerSlam win with Riddle defeating AJ Styles and -- perhaps more importantly -- the team finally doing the double pose.
Con: Beyond AJ and Omos, who's available to give them a good program?
2. The Bloodline (1)
Pro: Roman powered through John Cena in the SummerSlam main event and The Usos retained on that show to keep the family draped in gold.
Con: The return of Brock Lesnar presents The Head of the Table's biggest obstacle, even as Finn Balor and Street Profits are up next.
3. Rhea Ripley and Nikki A.S.H. (not ranked)
Pro: WWE seems to see big things in this duo, who scored a win over former champs Jax and Baszler.
Con: They're only 1-1 as a team, albeit trending in the right direction.
4. MSK (4)
Pro: Still the NXT champs.
Con: Looks like Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch want next.
5. Whatever we're calling Pete Dunne, Ridge Holland, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch (not ranked)
Pro: Ridge Hollard put away the always-tough Timothy Thatcher after squashing Trey Baxter over the weekend. Dunne seems to be angling toward title contention. And welcome back Danny Burch!
Con: Too bad Pat McAfee isn't available for this incarnation, but NXT seems to still have big plans for this stable.
6. Legado del Fantasma (not ranked)
Pro: Won a wild tag match over Hit Row with the addition of neutralizer Elektra Lopez.
Con: No way Hit Row is taking a loss lying down.
7. Street Profits (not ranked)
Pro: Helping out Finn Balor seems to be angling them toward SmackDown tag title contention.
Con: It was out of nowhere since they've been 50/50ing with Alpha Academy.
8. Natalya and Tamina (6)
Pro: Still women's tag champs.
Con: Can't get on TV, and when they do, they lose.
9. King Nakamura and Rick Boogs (not ranked)
Pro: The Intercontinental champ and his hype man look good as a tag team, adding a win over Dirty Dawgz.
Con: Hoping this doesn't put the IC strap on the back burner.
10. Io Shirai and Zoey Stark (7)
Pro: Still the NXT tag titleholders.
Con: That they are is easy to forget.
Best tag segment of the week: A title change usually merits this recognition, and a feel-good title win like for RK-Bro is a no-brainer that gives new life to the Raw scene.
WWE is figuring things out for most of its tag scenes, except that both women's tag champs barely do anything.