Tag Team Weekly Roundup and Power Ratings: WWE finally working on making tag titles feel important

In the span of a single Monday Night Raw, WWE really added to the narrative of its main roster men’s and women’s tag titles, by simply showing how many teams are interested in the gold.

Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa coming for the belts is one thing. It’s unclear if The Tribal Chief wanted them more to get some revenge on Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, to further humiliate The Usos, add more gold or some combination. But any time the top draw is interested in tag titles, whatever the motivation, it puts attention on those belts.

Moreover, having two teams from Raw going for the gold adds to the prestige. Judgment Day could use some titles to bolster their position on the card, and Finn Balor and Damian Priest beating the champs pretty much qualifies them for a title tilt. Moreover, Imperium getting involved and eying more gold shows things the way they should be with any WWE title of value — everybody in the division should want them.

While the women’s division is not as stocked with teams, Liv Morgan’s unfortunate injury comes as a number of teams are at least showing interest in the title. Sonya Deville and Chelsea Green doing their best Karen-ing to try to ascertain the titles is nice. As is the return of Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler with their eyes on the same prize. Those teams plus Raquel Rodriguez with a mystery partner as well as Damage CTRL will have a four-way for the gold, which is at least proof WWE realized they have teams. But that NXT champs Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn and former NXT titleholders Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter aren’t competing is a huh?

But hey, baby steps. WWE has the potential to build strong divisions across the board and show them as chasing worthy prizes.

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 May 19:

1. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn (last week: 1)

Pro: Still double tag champs, and Sami even got under Roman Reigns' skin this week.
Con: Took a loss to Judgment Day on Raw, albeit with a ton of outside factors.

2. Judgment Day (2)

Pro: Rhea Ripley still holds a top women's title and is super over with crowds. Finn Balor and Damian Priest defeated the tag champs on Raw, and Dominik Mysterio scored yet another victory over Xavier Woods.
Con: Still on the sidelines of the tag title picture til KO and Sami settle their Bloodline issues.

3. Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn (6)

Pro: Still the NXT women's tag champions. Won their SmackDown debut.
Con: Why aren't they competing for the main roster women's titles, and what is happening with their NXT gold?

4. The Bloodline (3)

Pro: Roman's still the undisputed double singles champ and can add tag gold with Solo Sikoa.
Con: The Usos took a loss to the LWO but that was probably not as bad as how Roman looks down at them right now.

5. Gallus (5)

Pro: Still the NXT tag champs.
Con: Their next challengers of The Creed Brothers seem like more interesting choices to wear the gold.

6. Street Profits (not ranked)

Pro: Continued their win streak on their new home of SmackDown.
Con: What does it take to get them back in the title picture?

7. LWO (not ranked)

Pro: A win over The Usos, even with their dysfunction, is a big deal and shows it's possible WWE could follow up on their popularity.
Con: Zelina Vega took a loss to Asuka.

8. Pretty Deadly (10)

Pro: Had a successful first match in defeating an established team in Brawling Brutes and got to show off their personalities.
Con: Wondering if their good booking with continue.

9. Diamond Mine (not ranked)

Pro: The Creed Brothers defeated The Dyad with Ivy Nile neutralizing Ava (Rayne) and called their shot against Gallus.
Con: Gallus seems to find a way to win their title matches recently.

10. The OC (7)

Pro: AJ Styles still has a shot at the new WWE Raw title and is being treated like a top star of SmackDown.
Con: His appearance on the Grayson Waller Effect was uninteresting, and it still seems more likely Raw's Seth Rollins is taking that title. Plus the rest of the faction isn't getting much time.

Best tag segment of the week: Zayn's zinger about Roman and Solo not being as good as The Usos got into The Tribal Chief's head and further planted seeds of dissent in The Bloodline in WWE's most prominent story.

Grade: A-

SmackDown was a tag-heavy show and we saw a lot of attention on the men's and women's main-roster titles. If only the status of the NXT women's tag titles was more clear.

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