The WWE women’s tag team division has formally existed for less than 2.5 years, with Bayley and Sasha Banks crowned as the first ever champions back at Elimination Chamber 2019.
WWE has struggled to fill out the division during most of this time, but there’s no doubt that we have now reached a low point. Earlier this week, I noted that Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler are the only heel team in the women’s tag division. That seemed less than ideal, of course. But now that Lana and Ruby Riott have been released by WWE, there are only three actual women’s tag teams left on WWE’s main roster:
- Tamina & Natalya (c)
- Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose (Raw)
- Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (Raw)
That’s it. That’s the entire women’s tag team division in WWE right now. Can it even be called a division at this point?
In addition to Lana and Ruby Riott being cut yesterday, WWE released Billie Kay and Peyton Royce less than two months ago. WWE already broke them up last year for some inconceivable reason, but putting them back together for depth in the division isn’t even possible because they are no longer on the roster.
Chelsea Green, Santana Garrett, and Vanessa Borne have also been released during this time. WWE hasn’t even bothered to book Mia Yim in a wrestling match in 2021. Sonya Deville has been an authority figure rather than a wrestler this year.
Furthermore, it doesn’t make sense for WWE to send Tamina and Natalya down to NXT to compete with women’s teams over on that brand, because NXT now has its own set of women’s tag titles.
The short-term solution here will probably be the creation of a couple more makeshift tag teams to replace the ones that were just lost due to the budget cuts. Naomi and Liv Morgan no longer have tag team partners, for example, so WWE can now reunite Naomi with her husband on SmackDown and have her team up with Morgan. Perhaps Mia Yim will finally show up on SmackDown and start teaming up with Carmella. Maybe Alexa Bliss and
Nikki Cross her evil doll can run rampant on Raw.
I don’t know how most of these teams make sense, but I’m not sure what else WWE can really do here. Well, aside from leaving the women’s tag team division off television altogether.
How do you see the women’s tag team division in WWE playing out over the next few months given where it is right now?