Corey Graves has given his thoughts on the booking of one of WWE’s championships, arguing that the division has never “caught fire”.
The creation of the Women’s Tag Team Championships was announced by Vince McMahon on the December 24th, 2018 edition of Raw. Bayley and Mercedes Mone – known in WWE as Sasha Banks – won a Tag Team Elimination Chamber match in February 2019 to become the inaugural champions.
Since then, the titles have been held by the likes of The IIconics, The Kabuki Warriors – KAIRI & Asuka, and Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler.
The current champions are Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez, who defeated Becky Lynch & Trish Stratus on the April 10th edition of Raw for the titles.
Corey Graves claims Women’s Tag Team division has “never been strong”
While the Women’s Tag Titles have been around for several years, WWE has been criticised for its lack of investment in the division.
Speaking on his After The Bell podcast, Corey Graves echoed those sentiments, claiming it’s mainly made up of “an amalgam of thrown-together tag teams”.
“The champions are going to drive the ship in the women’s tag division. It was really important for Liv and Raquel to emerge victorious and, as far as the women’s tag team championships go, I’m probably going to catch hell for this, it’s never really caught fire.
“It’s never been a strong division. It’s sort of been an amalgam of thrown-together tag teams. ‘I’m going to team with this person tonight, we have a tag title match we didn’t win, okay, time to get a new partner.’
“It’s always been very transient and constantly in flux. I’m talking the entire existence of the titles, since the very beginning.”
Graves went on to discuss his hope that Morgan and Rodriguez “solidify the division”.
“Liv and Raquel could be a duo who have what it takes to solidify the division and maybe sit on top for a while and maybe inspire some other superstars who aren’t getting the opportunities they so desire right now, who want more TV time, who want promo time, but they’re not getting it for whatever reason.
“Maybe somebody sitting backstage or in catering or a couple people sitting in NXT are going, ‘You know what, let me make a run for this.’
“We haven’t had a serious, full-time tag team in my recollection. The IIconics (Peyton Royce & Billie Kay) are the closest we had to hold the titles because they were a full-time act together.
“The rest have sort of been, ‘Hey, be my partner. Okay, we’ll have a little run, okay, onto the next.’ Everything feels temporary. Raquel and Liv could be very good for the division.”
H/T to Fightful for the above transcriptions.