After a tag title change, this column tends to look at the new champs, the division and the road ahead. With new women’s main roster champions of Becky Lynch and Lita, it also feels like a lot more questions than answers at this point.
For one thing, Lita is a part-timer. Doesn’t mean we love her any less, but the reality is that we can’t expect her to defend the titles regularly nor for several months, even with Lynch very capable of doing the heavy lifting. With Trish Stratus also supporting the faces, this all feels like a way to get the three stars on the WrestleMania card. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, the next question is who they will face.
Damage CTRL doing a six-woman tag match would make sense, and Bayley is one of the top stars of the division and deserves a return to the ring for the Show of Shows. But a six-person tag generally isn’t for titles, so once again the titles would feel lacking in prestige.
Meanwhile, on the blue brand, Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler are starting a (seemingly overdue) run as a tag team. WWE would want Ronda on WrestleMania, but it feels sort of mismatched right now.
One possible solution is to run Lita and Becky vs. Ronda and Shayna on night one, and have Damage CTRL cause the faces to lose, which adds more sizzle to a six-woman match on night two.
Unfortunately, the lack of depth in the women’s division doesn’t leave a lot of options. Sure, maybe Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez could form a makeshift team to get two of the other wrestlers WWE are big in on the card for a triple threat, but they’d need to lay a lot of groundwork. It’s hard to even think of a fourth team if WWE wanted to make the night one match more inclusive at this point.
Anyway, it’s kind of cool to see Bex and Lita add some gold to their resumes, but what’s next is murky for now.
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 March 3:
1. The Bloodline (last week: 1)
Pro: Still holding all the top men’s unified titles. Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa picked up a win against Street Profits, then Solo defeated Sami Zayn.
Con: Jimmy kinda screwed up taking care of the Sami problem and hasn’t convinced Jey to rejoin the fold, so one doesn’t think Roman would be pleased.
2. Becky Lynch and Lita (not ranked)
Pro: The popular faces are the newwwwwww women’s tag champs.
Con: With Lita essentially a part-timer, it seems unlikely that they’d have a long reign.
3. Judgment Day (3)
Pro: Rhea and Dom picked up wins on SmackDown. The group cut a Raw promo to continue setting up wrestling matches for WrestleMania.
Con: Would Finn go over Edge on the big WrestleMania stage, and is Damien Priest going to get something to do?
4. Gallus (4)
Pro: Still the NXT men’s tag champions, and look hyped for their title defense.
Con: In addition to their amazing fashion sense, Pretty Deadly will always present a, well, roadblock to those looking to cruise with tag gold.
5. Ronda Rousy and Shayna Baszler (6)
Pro: Kept winning with Shayna getting a quick win over Tegan Nox.
Con: At this point, the team is just punching down and doesn’t have any impressive wins.
6. Fallon Henley, Kiana James, Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen (5)
Pro: Fallon and Kiana are still the women’s tag champs
Con: Brooks’ distracted nature cost the boys a match against Indus Sher.
7. Indus Sher (not ranked)
Pro: Defeated Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen to set up a big six-man match at Roadblock.
Con: Not likely they’ll defeat The Creed Brothers now that Bron Breakker has offered to be their partner.
8. Creed Brothers (not ranked)
Pro: Picking up Bron Breakker as a tag partner for Roadblock is good fortune for the brothers.
Con: They need something after toiling far away from the title scene.
9. Damage CTRL (2)
Pro: Thanks in part to a run-in from Trish Stratus, they no longer hold the tag straps.
Con: Bayley and her mates still seem likely to get a WrestleMania match.
10. Pretty Deadly (9)
Pro: Still have an NXT tag title match.
Con: Not enough screen time this week for the entertaining duo.
Best tag segment of the week: The Usos and Street Profits have a history of very good to great matches, and swapping in Solo Sikoa for Jey kept this going. Now can we please find the Profits something to do at ‘Mania?
Grade: B-. All things Bloodline are still A+, but a bunch of scenes could use some title-picture clarity.