Unifying the WWE NXT and WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships is a right step for all the women on the roster.
WWE continues to make moves with its women’s division, building the momentum that fans have long wanted to see. New champions. New titles. New contenders are all lining up headed into 2023 Money in the Bank. SmackDown saw a major development as Isla Dawn and Alba Fyre walked out with the WWE NXT tag team championships, just to be confronted by WWE Tag Team Champions, Shayna Baszler, and Ronda Rousey. This kicks off the move to unify those championships and further strengthen the women’s division.
The women’s tag team division has long been bogged down by a lack of direction and even interest from WWE leadership. So much so, the division’s treatment cost WWE two major stars in Mercedes Mone and Trinity Fatu. But even before that, both divisions weren’t properly planned out with a long-term direction.
Think of when Dakota Kai and Raquel Rodriguez challenged Nia Jax and Baszler for the WWE Tag Team Championship on WWE NXT, only to lose because of a WWE Raw referee, and that was never mentioned again. The next week, they are awarded tag team titles – that they immediately lost that night.
There were moments when this division shined, but they were few and far between. The upcoming unification bout will help its future. This match should occur on the Money in the Bank PPV. Giving it a spot on the PPV immediately gives the match more value. All four women are capable in the ring and if given the right amount of time, they can tell a solid story. Between now and the PPV, give both teams victories against tag teams of either WWE competitors or local talent to showcase the build.
And this doesn’t have to be a one-off story. Expectations are that Baszler and Rousey will pick up the victory but imagine if Fyre and Dawn are the duo to take home the unified titles. The losers should immediately go on the hunt to get a rematch with the champions, setting the stage for that match on either SmackDown or Monday Night Raw.
When WWE puts its efforts behind something, it’s clear that this company can still create big moments in professional wrestling. Moments that matter. Unifying the women’s tag team titles is a step in the right direction for the entirety of the women’s division.