The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships can be among the most prestigious titles in the company, but they’ve felt directionless lately.
Over the past months or so, WWE has been trying to boost Lana as a babyface on Raw, and they have done so by putting her in a program with Women’s Tag Team Champions Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax.
Each week, the heel champions would send Lana through the table and berate her, leading to Lana being the shocking sole survivor at Survivor Series. And on the episode of Raw after Survivor Series, Lana finally “broke the streak” of being sent into a table and even impressed in a tag team match against Nia and Shayna after the heels caused a DQ in her impromptu title match with Asuka. Lana and Asuka picked up the win, with Asuka pinning Baszler.
That leads to a possible storyline where Lana wins the tag titles with another partner, but, before we get there, we need to talk about how WWE can improve the tag team division.
So here are three ways to help make the Women’s Tag Titles feel as important as they should.
Let Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler put on great matches
First thing is first, we need to showcase the wrestlers in this division in the best way possible. Instead of talking about who should be the next champions – Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan have long been my picks as an amazing babyface tandem – I think it’s more prudent to focus on the time everyone gets in the ring.
We’ve seen a lot of women’s tag matches lately that aren’t actually meant to be matches but a means to further Lana’s story. There’s some logic here, since WWE wants to push Lana. I get that. But there should be room to book matches that make sense, give people time, and actually help the wrestlers involved. We haven’t seen that, sadly. Unfortunately, what else can we expect from WWE when they are throwing together Peyton Royce and Lacey Evans in a tag team after breaking up the IIconics (which nobody wanted to see) not long ago?
Let’s have some great matches. That’s a start. Nia and Shayna have such a great dynamic together in the ring, and they showed against Sasha Banks and Bayley twice that they are capable of putting on the best matches in WWE in a given week. I’m serious about that part. They are very, very good, especially Shayna, who is even a candidate to beat Asuka for the Raw Women’s Championship down the road.
Get NXT more involved
There are some great tag teams in the NXT Women’s Division, which is right there with the Knockouts Division as the best women’s division in all of professional wrestling. There are dominant heel teams like Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai, as well as plucky underdog teams like Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter. And as we’ve seen with Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell, there will be more alliances coming soon.
It would be fantastic to see some of those up-and-coming babyface teams get a shot at Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. NXT can add so much to those titles, since they have the distinction of being the only titles that are truly cross-brand. WWE needs to take advantage of that.
Don’t forget about Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott
You knew I had to gush about one of my favorite tag teams a little more. Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott looked like the team that would dethrone Sasha Banks and Bayley, and I am still holding out hope that they can beat Shayna and Nia, especially after they told such a great story at Survivor Series. The heart Liv showed after Shayna and Nia cheated to eliminate Ruby was incredible, and it plants a seed at real revenge for Liv and Ruby. And honestly, we need the babyfaces to get one up on Nia and Shayna in this way, right?
I could see Lana and someone else teaming up to win the Women’s Tag Titles, but I think it would be better for the championships for Liv and Ruby to defeat Nia and Shayna, perhaps even in a multi-women’s match at TLC.
Ruby and Liv can help maintain the quality of matches in the Women’s Tag Team Division. It’s frustrating how we don’t get to see them wrestle more, since they are both so, so good, especially when they are a team.