WWE: Bayley and Sasha Banks title win is a good start, but women’s tag division needs more

WWE, Sasha Banks, Bayley Photo: WWE.com
WWE, Sasha Banks, Bayley Photo: WWE.com /

Bayley and Sasha Banks are the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, but is it enough to rebuild a division that WWE seem reluctant to push?

Last February marked the one year anniversary of when WWE introduced the Women’s Tag Team Championships, first won by Sasha Banks and Bayley at Elimination Chamber 2019. In one year’s time, and even four months after the titles hit their one year mark, it feels like the division has been in the exact same place it was a year prior.

What position has the belts and their division been in for the last year? Stagnant and underutilized.

For whatever reason, WWE has seemed reluctant to do much of anything with these belts. Banks and Bayley always raved about their own expectations for themselves, including defending the titles across all brands. Before they could even make a jump to NXT, they lost the belts at WrestleMania, just over a month after winning them.

The IIconics as the preceding champions, on paper at least, had potential. Unfortunately, from the moment they won the belts, months passed where we wouldn’t see the champions on TV at all. And when we did, they usually lost non-title matches.

The same can be said for Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross’ reign, which wound up being just as short. WWE almost struck gold with the Kabuki Warriors’ title reign – which actually saw the belts get defended in NXT – but it didn’t take long after TLC before the titles took a backseat to Asuka’s singles feud with Becky Lynch. After that, the titles went back to being hardly visible.

Bliss and Cross won the titles back at Mania and their second reign was admittedly more visible and seen on more of a consistent basis, much better and more memorable than their first reign. It seemed like WWE were actually trying with these titles for once.

This time last week, Bayley and Sasha Banks had their arms raised as the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. Now, for their second reign, they get to pick up where they never had the chance to leave off last time.

Bayley and Sasha Banks winning the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships is a great start as it gives us a team fans are already invested in and a team WWE seem interested in putting on TV as often as possible. They’re even finally getting the opportunity to defend their belts on NXT next week.

However, this is merely a quick fix for the time being. What WWE must do now is make a push for the future; make preparations for when Bayley and Banks are no longer the champs.

What the championships need is visibility. Maybe not a major, main event worthy spotlight – although it certainly would help – but I want to actually see the belts and the champions wearing them on a consistent basis. I want to see the titles regularly placed in notable storylines, showcased in lengthy matches on television.

On top of that, the division itself needs to establish teams worth investing in. Which right now, as teams like Shotzi Blackheart and Tegan Nox, as well as Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez, isn’t a bad start. Again, not many teams beyond that, but it’s a start. Build these current teams, keep them around for a while, create new teams in the process.

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If all of this falls into the right places, then WWE’s women’s tag team division will become must see TV by time Banks and Bayley drop their belts to the next crop of challengers.