Ranking Women's Tag Teams' Chances of Winning 2019 WWE Elimination Chamber Match
On Sunday, six tag teams will battle it out at WWE Elimination Chamber 2019 to crown the first-ever WWE women's tag team champions.
Winning any title is a big deal in WWE, but since this will be a historic championship victory, its importance is magnified.
All 12 women who will step inside the cage will be hoping to walk out with gold around their waists, but only one team can take home the titles, and not all of them have equal chances of winning.
There is a pecking order among the six teams, so let's take a look at the competitors and rank their chances of winning from worst to best to see how this is all going to play out.
6. Fabulous Glow
Easily the lowest on the totem pole is the new pairing of Naomi and Carmella, otherwise known as Fabulous Glow.
This team came out of nowhere, as no hints of a connection between the two were given leading up to the announcement that they would be in the match as a unit.
Outside of being babyfaces on SmackDown and enjoying dancing, there isn't much reason to pair these two up, so it's doubtful they will be a focal point going forward.
This was proved on the most recent edition of SmackDown when the two quickly stated they would be included in the match with zero fanfare or production, only to be on the losing end of a Triple Threat match, showing that they weren't even the best the blue brand has to offer.
If they couldn't win that match, the chances of also beating three teams from Raw are beyond slim.
Naomi and Carmella are only in this match to fill it up and get eliminated.
5. The Riott Squad
The true star of The Riott Squad is Ruby Riott. The stable is named after her, she's the centerpiece who keeps them united and she's the one who is consistently booked to be stronger.
However, she isn't going to be in this match. She'll be losing to Ronda Rousey in a Raw Women's Championship match while Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan attempt to win the tag titles.
Those two don't have the best track records, particularly after Morgan set a new record for the shortest time in a women's Royal Rumble match.
Since they have been a tag team for a much longer time than Naomi and Carmella, they have a better shot at winning the belts than Fabulous Glow, but they still won't walk away with the victory.
At best, they are looking at getting one elimination before they are taken out of the hunt.
4. The IIconics
Billie Kay and Peyton Royce seem stuck in a rut wherein WWE knows they can be entertaining but only wants to utilize them as comedic jobbers rather than serious competitors.
The only thing of value they have accomplished was beating Asuka and Naomi at Super Show-Down, which didn't matter much and only happened because it took place in Australia.
Outside of that, they normally make fools of themselves, so they are never the best team to bet your money on to win.
The women's tag team division is going to be their best bet to succeed, though, so there's always a chance WWE will put these titles on them at some point down the road. In fact, it's more of a question of when that will happen rather than if.
Now is not the time the trigger will be pulled. Momentum isn't on their side, and they can lose this without devaluing themselves too much, so long as they don't have a terrible showing in this match.
3. Fire and Desire
Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville seemed to be heading toward a split around Survivor Series but managed to patch things up and come out even stronger than before.
In recent weeks, Rose has been pushed in her feud with Naomi, so WWE definitely wants these two to be featured going forward.
Now isn't the time for them to win the titles, though. There are bigger fish to fry, and it's hard to imagine Fire and Desire heading into WrestleMania with a match dedicated to their defence of these belts.
After WrestleMania, though, it would be shocking if they weren't the No. 1 contenders.
Until then, they will probably get one or two eliminations in this match before being taken out by the eventual winners.
2. Nia Jax and Tamina
As the two biggest women in the match, Nia Jax and Tamina arguably should be the victors. That would be the logical outcome if this were a real fight.
It isn't, though, so they are going to lose.
Despite coming up short, Jax is definitely a Superstar WWE wants to keep some attention on. Otherwise, there wouldn't be this ongoing story of her scuffling with the male Superstars.
But that storyline lends itself to an intergender match in the future, not something regarding the Women's Tag Team Championships.
In order to make sure the belts aren't immediately pushed aside in favor of an unrelated storyline, Jax and Tamina must lose this contest, even if they dominate and appear to be unbeatable until the end.
1. The Boss and Hug Connection
It isn't even up for debate that Bayley and Sasha Banks will win the Women's Tag Team Championships. It's the outcome that everyone can predict from a mile away.
They are two of the Four Horsewomen in WWE and have been focal points of the women's division for the past few years. They are the tightest unit in this match with the most experience teaming together.
This is also the method WWE will use to set up their featured role at WrestleMania, as the easiest call to make is to have them defend the titles against another team like Trish Stratus and Lita or The Bella Twins.
Bayley and Banks have alluded to this numerous times over the past few years, and if WWE chose to put the belts on anyone else, it would be one of the most shocking things of 2019, as all roads have led to this outcome.
The predictability of their win takes away some of the fun of this match, but it should still be an interesting journey to reach that end point, as well as a historic next step in the Women's Evolution.
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