Examining the Potential of a Women's Tag Team Title Match at WWE Evolution 2018

Anthony Mango@@ToeKneeManGoFeatured ColumnistOctober 11, 2018

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As WWE Evolution on Oct. 28 draws closer, the card will start to come together rather quickly, and we may finally get our answer regarding the buzz that a new set of tag team title belts could be created for the women's division.

WWE has yet to confirm anything about the validity of this, only making vague statements about how there are always plans to do more with the women's division and to expand things in the future, but the chatter still remains.

If this is going to be a thing, how would it work? Who would be competing for the titles? Is there a standout duo who should be the inaugural champions?

Since there is no better time to do this than Evolution, we should have these questions answered soon enough. But until then, it's open for speculation, so let's dive into how some of this could possibly go down.

                

Breaking Down the Fundamentals

It can be assumed the belts' design will be similar to the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championships', with two spartan helmets. They would also probably have white straps a la the other women's titles.

However, the WWE Women's Tag Team Championships will likely not function quite the same because there aren't enough women on each roster to create separate titles for each brand, as is the case with Raw, SmackDown and NXT.

Instead, this will probably act as an all-inclusive championship, with women from every aspect of WWE being eligible to compete for the belts, including NXT and NXT UK.

One of the downsides to that is how it goes against the idea of a brand split, as that means either the champions will have to appear on more than one show or the tag titles will never be defended outside of pay-per-views.

Also, it seems rather unlikely NXT and NXT UK would get a fair shot given WWE doesn't seem too keen on bringing in developmental wrestlers up to the main roster for short stints. They usually get a Royal Rumble or WrestleMania Battle Royal spot or are otherwise called up for the long haul.

Some would argue that creating women's tag team championships was more of a sign of faith in the division and that it's consequently worth the confusion that such crossovers would engender, but it remains to be seen whether the concept would just become a headache that further pushes the idea of ending the brand split.

                
 

The Landscape of Women's Tag Teams on the Roster

Assuming the titles are created, WWE has to take a look at the rosters and determine which women should be paired up in order to fight for these belts.

Thankfully, it seems some of the legwork has already been done in that regard; there are more than a handful of teams that have formed over the past few months.

The most obvious and longest-standing team would be The Bella Twins, who have been a combined force for pretty much the entirety of their careers, dating back to August 29, 2008.

Since they have been more active in the ring this year than the last, it shows they are still interested in performing, and WWE would be foolish to ignore their popularity and never want to give them a run with the belts.

Another of the closest bonds is The Riott Squad, who may have lost at Super Show-Down but could use their association with one another as a means to an end and get more attention.

Alexa Bliss, Mickie James and, to a lesser extent, Alicia Fox have all been pretty tight for quite some time, although it seems Fox is a bit of an outsider given Bliss and James have been together much longer. Likewise, their opponents at Evolution, Trish Stratus and Lita, are the best of friends.

Since her Raw debut in April, Ember Moon has maintained a friendship with Nia Jax. The two haven't been up to much else of late, so they may stick it out as a tag team for more than just sporadic matches.

Raw women's champion Ronda Rousey will probably be busy holding that title until at least WrestleMania, but if WWE wishes to double down on her, she could have another belt on the opposite shoulder alongside Natalya, who has been fighting in her corner since Rousey's debut in January.

But you can't look at the Raw roster without seeing the pairing of Sasha Banks and Bayley as perhaps the foremost duo these titles should go to. Their arguments from earlier this year have been squashed for quite some time and they are as close as can be.

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The same can't be said for the other half of the Four Horsewomen, though, as Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair went from best buds to bitter enemies at SummerSlam. Clearly, WWE will have to do damage control and change up their dynamic if they are going to reunite any time soon.

At least SmackDown has The IIconics, as well as the pairing of Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville as two friends who don't have any problems getting along and could definitely use a championship like this to give them more purpose on the main roster.

Then again, there's also the recent random pairing of Asuka and Naomi, though that could just have been for Super Show-Down. If they are to be partnered up, they need a better tag team than The Empress and the Glow, as that's about as lazy as can be.

However, it would make more sense for Naomi to be paired with Tamina when she's healthy enough to return from injury. The two are not only family but were two-thirds of Team B.A.D. in 2015.

NXT and NXT UK have no teams for the women, though, and there are plenty of stragglers on the main roster who haven't been paired up recently, like Dana Brooke, Carmella, Lana and Zelina Vega.

It will also be interesting to see which former stars return with a tag team in mind, like LayCool or The Divas of Doom if Natalya were to reunite with Beth Phoenix rather than team with Rousey.

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How to Crown the Inaugural Champions

There are at least a few options available for which teams can fight for these titles, so the next aspect is crowning the first champions and working out how the championship match should be booked.

Since Bliss and James are already scheduled for a match against Trish Stratus and Lita, they are candidates if WWE decides to add an extra element to that feud, but it may be good enough on its own to not need gold to be on the line.

Also, since the other women's titles are supposed to be up for grabs, that eliminates Rousey, Lynch, Kairi Sane and Rhea Ripley, as well as their challengers. Shayna Baszler is confirmed to face Sane, so she won't be teaming up with another Horsewoman here.

That doesn't rule out Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke, though, but it's difficult to imagine they would be given such a big responsibility right out of the gate.

Instead, they are more likely to be making an appearance to just remind people how they are supportive of Rousey and Baszler to plant the seeds for what's to come further down the line.

This needs to go to a team that won't be busy elsewhere in the immediate future, one that could draw some attention to the gold without affecting singles competition.

This means since Nikki Bella is challenging for the Raw Women's Championship, The Bella Twins should compete in this match but come up short.

The more makeshift teams like Moon and Jax or Asuka and Naomi aren't strong-enough pairs, but they could at least be challengers given the circumstances.

When push comes to shove, this should be a contest between Banks and Bayley, The IIconics, The Riott Squad and Absolution, with the edge going to Banks and Bayley. They are the most popular among those teams, and their segments on pay-per-views would feel like attractions rather than something used to indicate it's time for a bathroom break.

Depending on the rest of the lineup for Evolution, WWE could use this match as a means to get as many women on the card as possible by booking something like a Fatal 4-Way elimination match between those four teams or even a gauntlet match that gives everyone a chance to compete.

There are plenty of options for how to kick off a women's tag team division at Evolution and which Superstars to go with as the first champions. We just have to wait to see whether any of this will become a reality.

                     

Anthony Mango is the owner of the wrestling website Smark Out Moment and the host of the podcast show Smack Talk on YouTube, iTunes and Stitcher. You can follow him on Facebook and elsewhere for more.

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