The Women's Revolution has been a hot topic in WWE for the past year. Its success has meant a huge shift away from the previous perception of women's wrestling - no longer regarded as an afterthought, women's wrestling has now been placed on a much higher pedestal. As a result, this year's WrestleMania included a lengthy marquee match showcasing the three brightest talents in the division which proved to be one of the best matches on the entire card. With these changes in place, the time has come for revolution to become evolution and the next logical step in women's wrestling: a Tag Team Division.
With an abundance of female talent filling the roster, now is the perfect time to resurrect the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship. In a bid to help kick start this next phase, I've taken the liberty of compiling the 15 best potential teams, complete with team names and profiles - you're welcome WWE. First, a couple of rules before we begin:
a) Like the recent brand extension, eligibility extends to both NXT and former competitors who could return to the ring.
b) All entrants must actually be female, so no Santina Marella-esque ringers. While I'm aware that at this point in their career, The Ascension would probably be better off throwing on a couple of dresses, taking it a little easier on the make-up and wrestling as "Connie" and "Vickie", they're still not making the list.
So, let's get started with...
15 Naomi and Summer Rae
Team name: The Glow Squad
The Glow Squad are easily the most divisive team on this list - hugely popular among males, but much less so with female fans. Though both these women are athletic and talented in their own right, neither were able to reach the dizzying heights of the division's apex, regularly acting as stepping stones for their more successful contemporaries.
United by a love of dance, frustration over their positions within the company and an inflated sense of their own abilities, these ladies formed a "J.O.B. Squad" type of alliance - acknowledging their status within the company whilst trying to use the team to break away from it. This team is already able to get a large section of the crowd screaming their name with their re-purposed Al Snow catchphrase - "what does everybody want?"
14 Dana Brooke and Kaitlyn
Team name: The Killer Barbies
After being disavowed by WWE Women's Champion Charlotte for her ineptitude as an enforcer, Dana Brooke found herself lost, confused and without purpose. Luckily for Miss Brooke, she found a new direction and reinvigorated desire when she came in contact with returning former Diva, Kaitlyn.
These former bodybuilding champions united over their shared pursuit for physical excellence and a desire to break the ranks of the Women's Tag Team Division. As an accomplished former Divas Champion, Kaitlyn has assumed the role of Dana's mentor, the position previously held by the nefarious Charlotte. With their strength and desire, this is a team with a bright future that could one day carry the entire the division... Well, not in terms of wrestling, but y'know in case the division's bus ever breaks down and they need to get to the next show.
13 13. Emma and Billie Kay
Team name: Great Barrier Grief
What a ridiculous name, I hate them already. Don't you? Australian pairing Emma and Billie Kay formed when wannabe motorcycle cop Emma realised that her plan to become the company's first lady just wasn't coming together. At that point, she recruited fellow country-mate and NXT prospect Billie Kay as her insurance policy.
Embracing the mentality of late 80s and early 90s WWE, this team quickly took on the role of 'people from another country who therefore must be dastardly and comply to all stereotypes'. In keeping with this, the heel team are prone to interrupt their matches to put on a makeshift BBQ and are not above distracting referees while their partner whacks opponents with a didgeridoo.
Overall, all G.B.G want to do is turn the entire WWE upside-down - or right way round from their perspective, because by the rules of wrestling, that's how Australia works.
12 Natalya and Maryse
Team name: Canadian Alpha
Proudly representing the length of the Great White North, the natives of Calgary and Montreal are a unit of proud patriots determined to assert the superiority of their home nation over the U.S.A. Tired of seeing her gutless husband The Miz balk at potential challengers, Maryse decided that she should be the one to wear the wrestling tights in the family and returned to the ring. She instantly found kinship in Natalya, who, tired of watching her own husband fail to achieve main event status, decided to take a run at tag team dominance along with her sly new BFF.
Mixing technical savvy and roguish resourcefulness, this team is one to watch in the division - an opinion shared by their spouses, who are happy to meekly cheer on the domineering duo from ringside.
11 Alexa Bliss and Tamina
Team name: Twisted Sisters
Diminutive sociopath Alexa Bliss, although she is more than capable to hold her own as a singles competitor, felt that she could do better as a tag team wrestler if only she was able to find the perfect partner.
Alexa eventually found the ideal teammate in warped, menacing she-tower Tamina. Alexa's experience at giving orders as Blake & Murphy's Napoleonic commander, along with Tamina's experience in taking orders while acting as the unthinking henchwoman of Team B.A.D. meant that this partnership suited both competitors to a tee. Twisted Sisters' odd ability to sense the other's thoughts makes their teamwork impeccable and their double team finisher - a Tamina Splash followed immediately by Twisted Bliss (known as the "Bliss of Death") has proved to be the downfall of many promising teams.
10 Mickie James and Rosa Mendes
Team name: The Legion of Womb
A lot had changed for Mickie James since her last run with the company ended in 2010. Now a wife and mother, Mickie James was incredibly displeased with WWE television in the time that she had been away and was very vocal about it on her return. After years of seeing the WWE inundated with shallow, superficial supermodels who jumped at the chance to air their dirty laundry on reality TV at every possible opportunity, James decided that it was time to eradicate these negative influences from the company and serve as an infallible role model to young women everywhere.
Luckily, Mickie found support in long-time WWE 'extra' Rosa Mendes, whose views had changed following her recent leap into motherhood. After rededicating herself to her craft, Mendes became a capable partner for James and joined her crusade to "bring decency back to television." In an effort to live up to their namesakes, LOW have recently adorned huge shoulder pads with child-friendly foam spikes, which proved far less intimidating than intended.
9 Becky Lynch and Alicia Fox
Team name: Crazy Loyka Fox!
After being stabbed in the back by friends just one too many times, Becky Lynch's normally jovial attitude began to give way to the fiery madness that she has shown during particularly heated rivalries. Becky's newfound unpredictability was a perfect match for Alicia Fox, who is known to deviate erratically from carefree sprite to psychotic nihilist in the blink of an eye.
Together, the two thrive in chaos - with backstage interviews that turn into a good cop/bad cop style interrogation of the interviewer (with both ladies swapping roles constantly), and the tendency to allow their matches into take unusual turns like breaking into a screaming match against each other. While the relationship may seem tenuous, the team's cunning and ability to adapt to the unexpected gives them a sizeable advantage over baffled foes.
8 Carmella and Nia Jax
Team name: Power & Story
Taking inspiration from her former running mate Enzo Amore, Carmella felt that her best chance of obtaining gold was to buddy up to a monstrous competitor who would take care of all that 'troublesome wrestling nonsense' while Carmella danced, blabbed and taunted her way through life.
Always happy to just be in a fight, Nia Jax was quick to team with the loudmouthed Staten Island native, serving as protector, enforcer and catchphrase-finisher. So far the arrangement has worked - Carmella hyping up the crowd, playing cheerleader and quickly tagging in the dominant Jax as soon as an opponent begins to mount any offence. Despite the seemingly one-sided arrangement, these ladies have become very close friends, and the surprisingly caring and empathetic Carmella can regularly be heard asking Jax "how you doin?"
7 Nikki Bella and Eva Marie
Team name: Reality Chic
Two Divas in a woman's world, these are the two most prominent relics of a now by-gone era. Two women who have spent most of their time in the WWE trying to get attention through reality TV shows, red carpet appearances, relationships with high profile stars, and various other means that meant avoiding the need to develop as an in-ring talent and rival the best wrestlers in the division.
A heel unit that embodies all of the one-dimensional superficiality of the 'Diva' days, this is a team that yearns for a return to the old ways and focuses on showcasing wealth and beauty, trying to belittle more earnest competitors. Though the attention-grabbing team feel they are meant for the spotlight, they are unlikely to become WWE Women's Tag Team Champions, as they are currently preparing for what feels like the 243rd season of Total Divas.
6 Charlotte and Ember Moon
Team name: The Beast and The Charlotte
After WWE Women's Champion (and avid Avenged Sevenfold fan) Charlotte dismissed former protege Dana Brooke, she found herself without an enforcer and soon realised that this meant that her reign as champion was suddenly in jeopardy.
Wasting little time, Charlotte recruited a new sidekick, this time the blood-eyed, animalistic newcomer Ember Moon. The newly appointed enforcer quickly eclipsed the efforts of Dana Brooke and proved herself to be the savage and efficient instrument of destruction that the champion desired - to the point where even Charlotte herself seemed to have trouble keeping her sidekick under control. With Moon at her side, the genetically superior Superstar sought new lands to conquer and set her sights on the Women's Tag Team Division, feeling that, with Ember Moon on her side, Charlotte could dominate the entire women's wrestling scene. With these two working together it seemed like no one could stop them. No one that is, except...
5 Bayley and Sasha Banks
Team name: Cheer Money Inc.
Once fierce rivals forced to team out of necessity on a quest to prevent the success of a greater evil. After months of torment at the hands of Charlotte and her accomplice, The Boss and Bayley agreed that Charlotte's quest for the Tag Team Titles must be stopped before she can get near the gold, leading the two to put aside their differences and form a union with a single objective: destroy The Beast and the Charlotte.
Sasha and Bayley, having had a long feud which included two of the greatest and most grueling matches in NXT history, know each other's every move, so are able to work as a fluent, awe-inspiring team. While these two personalities occasionally clash, differences tend to be put aside for the greater good, with one team member always suggesting they "hug it out" - though it's unclear which one.
4 Gail Kim and Awesome Kong
Team name: Total Knockouts
After it was revealed that the signings and ensuing success of A.J. Styles, Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe and The Dudley Boyz were all just a part of a long and incredibly uncoordinated invasion by rival company TNA Wrestling, the company made one last attempt to infiltrate WWE by targeting its blossoming Women's Tag Team Division.
The team of Gail Kim and Awesome Kong (AKA Kharma), charged the division with a single-minded ferocity that left much of the division trembling with fear. Tasked with "embarrassing the 'WWE Divas' and showing everyone that the Women's Revolution happened a long time before the WWE marketing machine got ahold of it," they put this plan into effect with a lethal cocktail of agility and technical wizardry combined with power and brute force. The team may get additional backup in two years' time when TNA send over a third Knockout, or possibly a ring announcer - they haven't decided yet.
3 Trish Stratus and Lita
Team name: D-Generation XX
Yep that's right, a team name that references chromosomes, turns out WWE HQ's Department of Puns is more highbrow than you'd think. The name also embodies the spirit that best friends Trish and Lita display on a weekly basis - representing the carefree, fun and sophomoric hi-jinx that were prevalent in WWE's Attitude Era.
Faced with a new era of younger opposition, these icons of women's wrestling adopted an approach similar to Shawn Michaels and Triple H during their D-X revival - playing the entertaining and charismatic delinquents to cement their place as the most popular team in the division. Trish and Lita have had great success with this approach, not only gaining the home field advantage by having the crowd in their corner every night, but also by infuriating their more businesslike rivals into making major mistakes.
2 Asuka and Beth Phoenix
Team name: Femolition
When the undefeated and frankly unbeatable NXT Women's Champion Asuka eventually made her way to the main roster, she had grown tired of singles competition, feeling that she had beaten everyone she needed to beat, she wanted a change of pace and transitioned into tag team wrestling.
This was made possible by the return of the 'Glamazon' Beth Phoenix, a partner that could match Asuka in terms of unbridled dominance. With the Glamazon's raw power and the Empress of Tomorrow's unyielding kicks and submissions, the two have run roughshod over the division.
Femolition incite trepidation in the hearts of anyone standing across from them before swiftly dismantling the unfortunate foe, all the while, members of the men's division in the back pray that the duo don't turn their attention to them. At present it seems as though only one thing could stop these women from complete dominance: each other.
1 Paige and A.J. Lee
Team name: Deicide Squad
Two wrestlers who acted the 'alternative' in the time of Divas, these one time arch-enemies have united to achieve a shared goal: to get the recognition they deserve. With a name and grand statement of intent that evidences Lee's love of comic books, the pairing have claimed that their work and the impact they made was the true start of the Diva's Revolution, and that their work allowed the new "Goddesses" of women's wrestling to rise to prominence.
Determined to assert their dominance, the pair aim to eliminate the division's deities, establishing themselves as the absolute best that WWE has had to offer in the last decade. Known for their vicious and unstable nature, facing this team is a terrifying prospect for most, including the mysterious opponent they were recently scheduled to face, who pulled out of the fight at the last minute leaving only a note stating "I'm not getting in there, these guys are crazy - D. Ambrose."