Until recently, the Toxic Attraction faction seemed a lock to move onto the main roster after Mandy Rose dropped the NXT women's title. Except that this week, NXT also dropped Mandy after having her lose the championship to Roxanne Perez.
WWE seemed pretty high on Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne already, as they were originally recruited to compete in the main-roster women's tag tournament before Dolin's concussion took them out before they started. But they've also won the NXT titles twice and have been part of the top women's faction on the brand.
While the hot mean girl gimmick is hardly new, a faction of them running a show was different and generally effective (even if some fans were ready to move on from Mandy). Even without their leader, Gigi and Jacy still have everything to succeed. In addition to having the right look (obviously) and character work, Gigi's in-ring skills have been solid for a while and Jacy has improved immensely.
While they do have a triple threat match next week on NXT, that seems like a way to give Katana Chance and Kayden Carter another quality win. They've done all they can for the developmental brand.
And who could really use some established women's tag teams? The main roster, for sure. Put them on SmackDown and you also add some much-needed depth to the women's division.
So don't be surprised to see them both show up during the Royal Rumble and then start officially on the main roster together ... if not sooner. If nothing else, stepping out of Mandy's shadow could give them some proper spotlight.
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 Dec. 16:
1. The Bloodline (last week: 1)
Pro: Still holding all the gold they want. Solo Sikoa added a win over Elias.
Con: They probably didn't see John Cena coming as Kevin Owens' partner vs. Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn.
2. Damage CTRL (Bayley, Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai) (2)
Pro: Sky and Kai are still women's tag champs after retaining on SmackDown. Sky also picked up a victory over Candice LeRae.
Con: Becky Lynch is still after them as well, while Bayley let Bianca Belair distract her long enough to lose her #1 contender's match.
3. New Day (2)
Pro: Ya boys hold the NXT tag titles and look ready to start setting up some fun matches.
Con: Requiring Pretty Deadly to do the Pledge of Allegiance to get a title shot was a bit cringe.
4. Judgment Day (4)
Pro: Rhea Ripley won a really good match against an evolving Asuka, while the boys won a six-man tag.
Con: Dom took (rather hilariously and certainly to the crowd's delight) a face-full of blue mist from Asuka.
5. Katana Chance and Kayden Carter (7)
Pro: The NXT women's tag champs are finally getting a bit of a story.
Con: Will need to win in a triple threat next week to keep their titles.
6. Hit Row (not ranked)
Pro: Won a triple threat to earn a title shots against The Usos.
Con: Given their booking to date, hard to see them winning.
7. The OC (5)
Pro: AJ Styles defeated Chad Gable in a fun bout.
Con: We love Alpha Academy, but they generally lose anyway.
8. Pretty Deadly (8)
Pro: Pretty clearly going to get another title shot at some point.
Con: But when? Honestly, New Day denying them by asking them to take the Pledge of Allegiance was a weird way to give the former champs an obstacle, although the rematch will be better at a bigger event.
9. Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen and Fallon Henley (10)
Pro: The patriot opportunists picked up an NXT tag title bout.
Con: It will be a good match, but long odds for them to win it. Also, we're seeing trouble at Fallon's bar and Kiana James possibly using Brooks in some way.
10. Imperium (not ranked)
Pro: Gunther won another top-tier Intercontinental Championship match, this time holding off a game Ricochet.
Con: Alas, it looks like the rest of the faction is getting fed to Braun Strowman next week, and Ricochet too I guess, on the way to a Braun-Gunther Intercontinental title match.
Best tag segment of the week: Not a huge week for any title pictures, so we'll go with Damage CTRL getting the much-needed win to retain.
This week was more about setting up bouts and stories than doing big tag matches.