WWE hasn’t featured a women’s tag-team division since Sasha Banks & Naomi walked out on the company. Bayley shoots on why the belts didn’t work.
Bayley returned at WWE SummerSlam and made an immediate statement, but she didn’t stop there. She also recently opened up about why the women’s tag-team titles floundered and made some excellent points. Those championships haven’t been seen on television since Sasha Banks, and Naomi walked out on the May 16 episode of Monday Night Raw.
Ironically, Banks and Naomi left that show due to concerns about how the women’s tag division was being treated. Despite being the tag-team champions, Vince McMahon decided to book them in singles angles that would see them both lose to their opponents. Boss and Glow wanted to continue to focus on working as a tandem, and when their pitches were rejected, they left the show. Michael Cole, presumably under instruction from Vince, buried Banks and Naomi on the following Friday Night SmackDown before announcing that a tournament would crown new women’s tag-team champions. That was almost three months ago, and as of this writing, the women’s tag-team titles haven’t been mentioned on air since.
During a conversation with WWE After The Bell, Bayley spoke about how she thinks the women’s tag-team division can be revived. “It’s going to be a long road, just putting things together and trying to show certain people or trying to get the whole locker room on the same page,” she said. “If we worked a little less selfishly if we kind of see the bigger picture. I feel like we’ve been in this tunnel of, we’re trying to show our bosses, ‘I have what it takes. No, I have what it takes.’ It turns us against each other. No, let’s show them all what we can do.“
It shouldn’t be too difficult to pick up what Bayley is putting down here for longtime WWE fans. Generally, Vince McMahon wasn’t a fan of tag-team wrestling. He didn’t understand why paying four people to do a match made more sense than simply paying two. Tack on the fact that it was the women’s tag titles, and it’s clear why the belts never received much attention on either Raw or SmackDown.
Triple H is much more open-minded when presenting women as legit stars. His first big moves as booker were to bring Bayley back into the fold at SummerSlam and give her a faction alongside Dakota Kai and IYO SKY. The move was made so hastily that WWE didn’t even have time to redo SKY’s titantron from NXT. The trio has been teasing the faction name of CONTROL and was featured prominently on the most recent episode of Raw. With rumors swirling that Banks and Naomi will eventually return to WWE, the odds are good fans will see those women’s tag-team title belts on TV sooner rather than later.
Source: WWE After The Bell