Dakota Kai, Raquel Gonzalez Crowned as WWE NXT's 1st Women's Tag Team Champions

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2021

Credit: WWE.com

Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez were crowned the first-ever NXT women's tag team champions.

NXT general manager William Regal made the announcement Wednesday night:


What a first!!! @RealKingRegal has announced that @DakotaKai_WWE & @RaquelWWE are the FIRST-EVER #WWENXT Women's Tag Team Champions!!! https://t.co/FwdnBjC6Pd

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NXT announces the new women's tag team titles 🔥 (via @WWE) https://t.co/lCjiL6dtfe

Kai and Gonzalez defeated Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart in the final of the Women's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic at NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day in February. That put them in line for a shot against WWE women's tag champions Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax.

Baszler and Jax retained their belts in somewhat controversial fashion during the March 3 edition of NXT. With the match referee down, WWE official Adam Pearce brought out another ref who called for the bell as Kai was locked in the Kirifuda Clutch.


FIRST-EVER. 🏆 🏆 #WWENXT #TagTitles #WeAreNXT @DakotaKai_WWE @RaquelWWE https://t.co/lTjO953TwK

Adding tag titles to the women's division is a natural extension for NXT. The division has always been a hallmark of the show. The WWE Performance Center just welcomed in a class that included former Impact Wrestling star Taya Valkyrie, adding to what was already a deep well of talent.

Naming Kai and Gonzalez the inaugural champions made sense, too, given their triumph in the Dusty Rhodes Classic.