The supply is a far cry from when Lita revealed a brand new girls’s championship at WrestleMania 32. Or when Stephanie McMahon broke the information of the first all-women’s Royal Rumble and Evolution Pay-Per-View. Even although lots of the feminine expertise on the roster expressed their pleasure for the further duos title, it has predominately been on social media or in passing throughout a promo.
What ought to be celebrated as one other notch within the proverbial belt for girls’s empowerment and equality has not been handled as such. Instead it was a part of a comedic section concerned Santa Vince throughout a taped Raw on an evening many fans are preoccupied watching A Christmas Story on repeat and sipping eggnog with household. Should we anticipate something much less relating to WWE tag groups on the whole? Over the years the corporate has gone cold and warm on the boys’s facet for many years with just a few vibrant spots.
There continues to be hope if WWE modifications its method in making the ladies’s tag team gold a prestigious fixture on the reveals. A begin is to embrace the brief however impactful historical past. Yes, the promotion had girls’s tag team titles before. Upon transitioning from the NWA, Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria bought the ball rolling in 1983 in being acknowledged because the inaugural champions for WWE. Though throughout this period there have been two different tag groups who developed a rivalry over the titles, successful over fans within the course of.
The Glamour Girls (Judy Martin and Leilani Kai) with Jimmy Hart and the Jumping Bomb Angels (Noriyo Tateno and Itzuki Yamazaki) tore the home down on the reveals they had been on in numerous elements on the globe. It was greater than 30 years in the past since they met on the Royal Rumble in two-out-of-three falls, presenting one thing distinctive from the remainder of the cardboard. They not solely stood out being girls, however their presentation and transfer set additionally made them an attraction. In some ways, these 4 maximized their minutes to the fullest in telling a narrative within the ring and getting the audiences invested and enthusiastic about what they had been doing.
Sadly, their existence on the occasions had been fleeting with WWE largely shifting on from girls’s wrestling on the whole till 1993 with Alundra Blayze. Despite the brief time, a retrospective of those revolutionary sequence of matches could be a pleasant strategy to embrace the legacy they created before starting a brand new part of the tag titles. Maybe even an induction into the WWE Hall of Fame throughout WrestleMania weekend could be a pleasant contact. It’s criminal trailblazers like Leilani Kai have but to obtain the accolade for his or her contributions.
If WWE desires to carry significance to the ladies’s tag team titles proper off the bat, having a event that includes contributors from all manufacturers (even NXT) would help. I’ve all the time been a proponent of getting one world champion for every division with the sensation much less is extra. So, by doing it with a brand new championship could be a step in the proper path for me. Having a deep roster to drag from can preserve the matchups contemporary. It must be greater than just this team meets that team. There ought to be underlying tales, which as we have seen with the opposite title applications is simpler stated than accomplished.
But one factor WWE has going for it’s some established models to get issues going. There is the Riott Squad, The Iiconics, Naomi and Lana or Asuka, Bayley and Sasha Banks, Nia Jax and Tamina, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, Ronda Rousey and Natalya, Alicia Fox and Mickie James and so forth. That’s not even counting NXT. Fleshed out partnerships fans already affiliate collectively. This is sweet as a result of it will not come off to fan’s as tag groups getting collectively for the sake of it with no background. You may even add a shot of nostalgia by bringing the team of Trish Stratus and Lita or the Bella Twins. Times like these one needs Kaitlyn and AJ Lee and the LayCool had been nonetheless round.
Much like another a part of professional wrestling, consistency is essential. The tag team titles have to develop with weekly display time. If WWE desires so as to add extra titles to the ladies’s division, the corporate ought to do it proper. They’re solely going to get one actual shot at having fans understand the titles as coveted. Just placing them on one present each few weeks is not going to get it accomplished. There is a ton of potential in having girls’s tag team titles. Even TNA discovered success with the Knockouts formulating fairly a aggressive title scene.
Outside of artistic and reserving, on the finish of the day an enormous deciding issue whether or not the division floats or drowns to the underside of obscurity are the expertise. They should be keen about it and exit to the ring totally dedicated. It may be an uphill battle contemplating there was some extent when WWE generally featured girls briefly tag team matches. It was a car to get a bunch of feminine expertise on the present all at once, which sadly meant getting lost within the shuffle.
The strain is on for the girls to boost the bar even increased. They should proceed to steal the present and run with the ball. They are doing it proper now extra nights than not with the mindset that failure just isn’t an possibility. For the locker room, that is nothing new and if their current monitor report is any indication these superstars will ship.
The query is who ought to be the first to carry the ladies’s championships excessive and develop within the seeds the Glamour Girls and Jumping Bomb Angles planted? It’s a pivotal selection as a result of they set the tone for perhaps future generations to come back.
Scott Fishman contributed to this text.