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Tag Team Weekly Roundup and Power Ratings: Is Damage CTRL too damaged to be a threat any more?

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It hasn’t been a great past week or so for Damage CTRL. The trio of Bayley, Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai came riding into Summer Slam as a new group challenging Bianca Belair and looking to be a top women’s stable. Given the talent in it and the freshness of a faction featuring some of the best women’s wrestlers in the business, it was easy to be optimistic.

But while Bayley has been able to pin Bianca in non-title action, she hasn’t been able to top The EST when it mattered, including losing what became a 3-on-1 match at Extreme Rules.

Then in the closing moments of their Survivor Series War Games showdown, Bianca and Becky Lynch overcame 3-on-2 odds to pick up the win.

And then on Raw, Becky Lynch generally got the better of Damage CTRL despite being outnumbered 3-to-1 in a brawl. The message is clear – all three members of the faction aren’t better than either of Raw’s top babyfaces.

Oh yeah, Kai also lost clean to Candice LeRae, even if the announcers sold her injuries from War Games as a reason not to be 100 percent.

Over on SmackDown, they seemed to pick up more rivals in Liv Morgan and a returning Tegan Nox, who chased them off. It seems like those two babyfaces need some Ws so it would be hard to see them padding Damage CTRL’s win percentage.

Now, let’s not throw the word "buried" in here because that overused phrase doesn’t apply. Sky and Kai still hold tag gold. Bayley is, with Rhea Ripley, still one of the top women’s heels on the brand. The trio has plenty to do in a loaded Raw women’s division, and can come over to SmackDown (while they hold the belts) to add much-needed depth. And everybody knows that Iyo vs. Asuka is a money match that deserves a spotlight.

But it’s also hard to see them as a faction that poses any real threat to the top of the division. Will Becky and Bayley have a fantastic high-profile match or two? Absolutely – they are two of the best in the business. Will Sky and Kai also get chances to show how great they are? Of course. Maybe they’ll keep the belts a while too with no real competition for the straps.

And while it’s not a John Cena vs. League of Nations level decimation, it’s nonetheless hard to see Damage CTRL as dominant on Raw. Right now, they look like very skilled gatekeepers who will have an occasional Raw main event match. There are much worse things than that, but it’s unfortunate WWE didn’t pull the trigger to make them a truly historic stable.

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. 2:

1. The Bloodline (last week: 1)

Pro: Still holding all the gold they want, and looking like a really tight unit. Sami added a win over Sheamus on SmackDown.
Con: It wasn't a perfect week, as Jey Uso couldn't defeat a resilient Kevin Owens and Sheamus left The Usos lying. And this week they'll have to defend the belts twice.

2. Judgment Day (5)

Pro: Returned to the top of the Raw pecking order as they picked up a win over The OC in an eight-person match. Rhea looks like (at some point) she's on her way to being Bianca's #1 contender.
Con: Feels like their rivalry with The OC will keep them from going after gold for a while.

3. Damage CTRL (Bayley, Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai) (2)

Pro: Sky and Kai are still the women's tag champs, and the stable is clearly an important unit for WWE.
Con: Kai took a loss to Candice LeRae. Couldn't get an upper hand on Becky even with a 3-on-1 advantage. Driven off by Liv Morgan and Tegan Nox.

4. Toxic Attraction (7)

Pro: Mandy Rose is still NXT champ and the trio took out champs Team Ninja and Nikkita Lyons in the NXT main event.
Con: It doesn't seem like an ideal time to give Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne back the gold?

5. Pretty Deadly (6)

Pro: Still NXT men's tag champs. Will tell us a Christmas story next week!
Con: What are the odds a face team interrupts that story time?

6. Katana Chance and Kayden Carter (6)

Pro: Still women's tag titleholders in NXT.
Con: Lost a six-person match in NXT's main event.

7. Street Profits (not ranked)

Pro: Returned in style with a win over Alpha Academy.
Con: Where do they go from here? Raw's other teams are all busy and it's unlikely they get another dance with The Usos any time soon.

8. The OC (2)

Pro: Still a prominent part of Raw and got plenty of time on Monday.
Con: Lost an eight-person tag and they certainly don't seem more of a priority than Judgment Day.

9. Imperium (not ranked)

Pro: Gunther still holds the Intercontinental Championship and picked up a quality win over Kofi Kingston.
Con: Braun is not finished (or really even started) with them yet.

10. Brawling Brutes and Drew McIntyre (4)

Pro: Sheamus and Drew McIntyre have a tag-team title match on SmackDown, and the former keeps putting in quality work including the show-opening match with Sami Zayn.
Con: The Celtic Warrior couldn't defeat Zayn thanks to Bloodline help. As good as Sheamus and Drew are, it's hard to see them winning the championships.

Best tag segment of the week: Overall not as much actual action for the tag title scenes this week, but Kevin Owens and Jey Uso put on a fantastic match that plays into a larger story.

Grade: B-

Too many titleholders lack true challengers, as it's hard to take The Usos' challengers seriously, although those should be good matches.

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