Wrestling Today: Is There a Place for Women's Tag in WWE and TNA?
Women’s wrestling is at a low point in its history. Within WWE, the philosophy of recent years has been to use lots of Divas at once in some fleeting segment.
The Divas division is barely more than a novelty that has well worn thin, but after a recent tag match that pitted Layla and Kaitlyn against Eve and Beth Phoenix, there seemed to be a fleeting spark for women’s tag.
In a company where neither the tag team nor women’s division are taken seriously, there really isn't room for a serious women’s tag division with title belts.
With three hours of Raw, two hours of Smackdown and several more hours across NXT, Superstars and Slam the WWE should by all means be able to have more titles.
Yet somehow the company manages to bury the tag-team, Divas and United States championships in favor of Touts, appalling segments, recaps and commercials.
Looking back over the last decade, the WWE has managed to facilitate a wealth of championship belts including the European title, the Hardcore title, two tag championships and another women’s belt on top of all of today’s titles.
The only championships relevant today are the WWE, Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles. Obviously the WWE has some significant time management issues, especially compared to TNA.
In little more than two hours of wrestling spread across TNA’s two programs—Impact and Xplosion—WWE’s rival promotion manages to promote a Heavyweight title, cruiserweight division, women’s division and tag division.
While the Television title has been neglected of late, it has still seen more prominence than TNA’s Knockouts tag titles. TNA is usually rather strong at featuring all of their divisions, but even they have no time for women’s tag today.
Currently held by ODB and Eric Young, the belts have barely appeared on television for months and have not been defended for longer. The fact that Eric Young is half of the Knockouts tag champions says more than enough about the state of the division.
Before that, the titles belonged to Madison Rayne and then-women’s champion Gail Kim, virtually as a unified novelty. TNA may have belts for women’s tag, but they are still barely more relevant than WWE’s non-existent division.
With little television time and already existing issues of utilizing their large talent roster, TNA does have an excuse for lacking women’s tag, but the WWE has no reason.
WWE needs to get their act together.
With so much television time they should have a women’s tag division. However, the reality is that in the current environment there is no way more women’s wrestling could be a good thing.
The WWE should be worried that TNA accomplishes more in two hours than they can in over five. WWE management needs to reinvigorate the tag division and make their women's division respectable again. Only then would women’s tag be a legitimate possibility.
With more time on the air, TNA would likely have a model women’s tag division. WWE has that time but can’t even keep its current championships relevant.
When the WWF Women’s Tag-Team Championship failed to last more than six years in the ‘80s, there’s little hope for a similar effort today. TNA’s Knockouts tag titles are also headed in the same direction at this rate.
Sometime in the future there may be a place for women’s tag wrestling in the world’s leading promotions, but for now there are too many other issues in both WWE and TNA that need rectifying beforehand.
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