After half a decade of elevating the WWE women’s division as a tag team, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce of the IIconics have split up. And it wasn’t a “Seth Rollins turning on the Shield”-level of breakup like it could’ve been.
There was no major pay-per-view match to ignite a rivalry between the best friends and kickstart the rumored singles push for Royce. Instead, the two had to disband because of an idiotic stipulation match against Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott where the losing team was forced to separate.
Kay and Royce had more chemistry than any other team in their division. They shared a beautiful moment at Wrestlemania 35 when they defeated three other teams to win the women’s tag titles. Now the only “main event” Kay will be a part of is the jobber Hulu show.
It’s no secret that WWE’s current tag team division has had major weak points over the last few years.
It’s becoming more apparent since the rise of AEW that WWE’s tag teams don’t hold as much value compared to the rest of the product. Tag teams with actual chemistry, such as Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson or the Revival (now known as FTR in AEW), get minimal screen time or get turned into comedy acts.
When you mention the WWE to current wrestling fans, singles stars are usually what they associate the company with. We’re no longer living in the days where teams like Edge and Christian, the Dudley Boyz and the Hardys are stealing the show on a weekly basis.
AEW held its All Out PPV earlier this month, which featured Kenny Omega and Hangman Page against FTR. The match had so much star power, it could’ve main evented the PPV and no one would’ve questioned it.
Honestly, I was more excited for this match than I was for MJF vs. Jon Moxley for the AEW World Championship. If WWE had announced The Street Profits vs. Andrade and Angel Garza was the headlining match for this past SummerSlam, people would’ve thought Vince McMahon lost his mind.
Whether or not people believe there’s competition between WWE and AEW, clearly both sides constantly take shots at one another. WWE has the means of stepping up its tag team division in order to keep up.
Putting the Smackdown Tag Team titles on Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura was a good start. MVP has taken it upon himself to rejuvenate the careers of Bobby Lashley, Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin as the Hurt Business. As corny as Retribution was when they first appeared, they have the potential to be something great. And once Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods return from injury, they can dominate the tag team division once again.
WWE has an abundance of singles wrestlers with minimal direction. Drew Gulak, Dolph Ziggler and Ricochet haven’t done anything relevant in recent weeks. Why not put some of them together and give some star power to tag teams?