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Tag Team Weekly Roundup and Power Rankings: Like women’s tag wrestling? Guess NXT is the place to be

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The NXT women's tag title scene is already way more interesting than the main roster division, although that's a low bar to clear. That the rainbow brand actually has four teams that bring very different skills to the table is a great start.

Whether you like Toxic Attraction or not, having heels with gold you want to see fall is always a good business model -€” as long as they aren't too dominant. Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne have already dropped the titles once, albeit very briefly, and then took a loss in a six-person tag. The group's leader Mandy Rose looks like she'll keep the gold a long time, but dropping the tag team titles to freshen things up wouldn't stop the trio from being effective.

The true #1 contenders are Roxanne Perez and Cora Jade, who teamed with Indi Hartwell to win the aforementioned six-person tag, and later said they would use Perez's Breakout Tournament contract to contend for tag gold. The idea that they are longtime friends and this means a lot makes at least some sense.

Making less sense is that Perez and Jade have to defeat Katana Chance and Kayden Carter to get a title opportunity. That match should be really good, but what part of the tournament providing a title shot went away when the KCs accused Perez and Jade of jumping the line? It otherwise bears some logic, including Team Ninja upping their aggression and feeling like they got screwed out of the title. And again, that should be a fun bout but the narrative disconnect here is less than ideal.

Though they will need more wins to get in title contention, Valentina Feroz and Yulisa Leon continue to show up and show out. They lost to the KCs this week, and mainly exist as an enhancement team at this point in their development, but they continue to improve and have great presence. It's not inconceivable that they enter the title picture by the end of the year.

If only WWE's main roster title, currently held by WWE Hall of Famer Vacant, had even a fraction of these possibilities going for it.

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 June 24:

1. Street Profits (last week: 4)

Pro: Took advantage of a rare down week by The Bloodline to capture the top spot for the first time in a while. Angelo Dawkins' Raw win over Jey Uso was a big boost in advance of their challenge for gold at Money in the Bank. They even ventured over to SmackDown for bonus TV time.
Con: Still feel like long odds to take the titles.

2. The Bloodline (1)

Pro: Still holding all the top and unified gold. Yet again main evented SmackDown.
Con: Did so with a loss to the makeshift team of Drew McIntyre and Sheamus after Jey lost to Dawkins on Raw.

3. Diamond Mine (2)

Pro: In addition to the Creeds holding tag gold, Roderick Strong and Damon Kemp picked up a win over Tony D'Angelo's family.
Con: Did so due to the family's continued internal issues,

4. Toxic Attraction (3)

Pro: Still holding all the women's NXT gold.
Con: Roxanne Perez and Cora Jade feel like credible threats to the tag belts.

5. Roxanna Perez and Cora Jade (not ranked)

Pro: After being on the winning side of a six-person tag over Toxic Attraction, they are using Perez's contract for winning the Breakout Tournament for a tag title shot.
Con: ... and yet they're battling Katana Chance and Kayden Carter for a #1 contender slot? Unusually sloppy narrative for NXT.

6. Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams (6)

Pro: The A Champ retained his gold in a good match with D'Angelo, and Trick appears to be starting a program with Wes Lee. They continue to look like stars.
Con: Lee's story arc says he probably gets a win over Williams, likely to set up a title shot.

7. Katana Chance and Kayden Carter (not ranked)

Pro: Won an entertaining match against Valentina Feroz and Yulisa Leon, followed by showing some aggression in looking for a title opportunity.
Con: Are they shading heel, and if so how does that impact their presentation?

8. Brawling Brutes (not ranked)

Pro: Sheamus remains a key part of SmackDown and Money in the Bank, even teaming with Drew for a main event win.
Con: That renders the other members feeling more like henchmen than anything else.

9. Viking Raiders (not ranked)

Pro: Returning as heels makes them the most interesting they've been in a while.
Con: With seemingly untopplable heel champs, trying to wreck the midcard teams is their current ceiling.

10. Alexa Bliss and Liv Morgan (5)

Pro: Getting as much in as they did, occasionally teaming together, in the #1 contender five-way dance says they are both at least in Raw's upper tier of women, and would still make them a top women's team.
Con: Neither won the match and Liv ate the pin. And will WWE be interested enough in them continuing as a real team?

Best tag segment of the week: This tends to involve the workhorse Usos lately, and their main-event loss to Drew and Sheamus has the most implications for Money in the Bank and Roman's future challengers.

Grade: B

The lack of any interest in the main-roster women's championship notwithstanding, this week was pretty solid around the other titles.

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