With Sasha Banks and Naomi’s WWE walkout still hot off the press, Renee Paquette has commented on the perceived importance of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
Sasha Banks and Naomi’s controversial walkout from WWE during the 16 May broadcast of Monday Night Raw led to rife fan speculation as to what, exactly, had happened. Numerous reports have since followed but crucially, they’ve been stripped of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
Renee Paquette has addressed the importance of the championships on the latest Throwing Down With Renee and Miesha. She believes they were only relevant for a substantially short period of time, blaming WWE’s lack of female tandems (h/t Sportskeeda Wrestling):
“The women’s tag titles have only existed in WWE for a couple of years and as soon as they were brought into the fold, they were important for about 30 seconds, and then nobody cared. There was no true women’s tag teams and they just they lost their luster really quickly. The best case is that they finally let these women do what they want to do and start really working on the tag division.”
Established in February 2019, there have been a combined thirteen reigns for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships, with Sasha Banks and Bayley being the inaugural holders. They won just the second tag team Elimination Chamber match at the titular pay-per-view to lift the titles.
Banks and Naomi were on their 47th day as champions when they were declared vacant. Michael Cole broke the news, which came when Sasha and Naomi were indefinitely suspended from WWE, on the 20 May edition of Friday Night SmackDown. An upcoming tournament will crown new champions.
The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships succeeded the old WWF Women’s Tag Team Championships that were in existence throughout the 1980s, with Judy Martin and Leilani Kai being crowned the last champions in June 1988. They were deactivated the following February.
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships were also introduced in March 2021. Toxic Attraction’s Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne are the current champions in their second reign after regaining the titles from Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez on the 5 April NXT 2.0 episode.