With all of the discuss of probably reintroducing girls’s tag crew titles to WWE, I discover it acceptable to look again on the historical past of ladies’s tag crew wrestling. To additional perceive how the WWE (then WWF) featured them, we should always look again at how the title got here to be. We should go way back to the 1950’s when Mae Younger and Ella Waldek had been topped the primary (NWA) World Girls’s Tag Workforce Champions.
Information are arduous to come back by, nevertheless it’s assumed Mae Younger and Ella Waldek had been the primary champions. In 1952 at a stay occasion, legendary June Byers gained her first tag title with accomplice Millie Stafford. The latter was changed with Mary Jane Mull who gained a match to take action. After the title was vacated in 1954, the crew of Byers & Stafford stepped as much as declare it once more, solely this time their reign lasted effectively over a 12 months. By means of the remainder of the 50’s, June Byers gained the title two extra occasions with totally different companions, making her the file 5-time World Tag Workforce champion.
In 1961, the unknown crew of Adrienne Ames (to not be confused with the actress of the identical identify) and Pat Lyda introduced new status to the belts by successful the Southern Girls’s Tag Workforce Champions. They had been dubbed the “NWA titlists” and “undisputed girls’s tag crew champions”. And so they often is the most dominant crew in girls’s historical past, as they held it nearly 10 years! The Fabulous Moolah and pupil Toni Storm put an finish to their unimaginable reign in 1970, and would win them once more later the identical 12 months. In 1973, extra huge names had been added to its historical past, as Joyce Grable gained her first title with Vicki Williams. Joyce Grable went on to win the titles two extra occasions with totally different companions, the final being Wendi Richter. After dropping them in 1982, the crew of Joyce Grable & Wendi Richter took solely 7 days to reclaim them. The final lengthy reign of the title’s historical past belonged to them; a confirmed 372 days.
In 1984, the NWA bought the titles the WWF they usually had been renamed the WWF Girls’s Tag Workforce Championship. Sadly the title didn’t get the identical therapy as its NWA counterpart, resulting from WWF’s reluctance to deal with their feminine wrestlers on a par with male wrestlers or The Fabulous Moolah. Velvet McIntyre & Princess Victoria had been naturally the primary champions as they had been the final NWA holders. They had been so dominant they held the titles nearly two years earlier than Princess Victoria picked up a career-ending neck damage. She was changed by Desiree Petersen, and she or he & Velvet McIntyre held them one other 237 days. (Velvet McIntyre & Princess Victoria beneath)
At a Home present in Cairo, Egypt, a win by Leilani Kai & Judy Martin began one of many longest reigns in WWE historical past; a staggering 906 days. They had been untouchable, however weren’t seen on tv typically. It wasn’t till 1987 that Jimmy Hart approached them and urged they alter their look and use the identify “The Glamour Women”. He additionally provided to be their supervisor, which was huge for them as Jimmy Hart was a mainstream supervisor who might present the world the crew needs to be taken severely. They spent a lot of 1987 feuding with the Leaping Bomb Angels (Noriyo Tateno and Itzuki Yamazaki) earlier than dropping the titles on the first Royal Rumble (the one time the title modified palms on a WWF PPV) in two-out-of-three falls in early 1988. Later that 12 months, The Glamour Women gained the titles again at a home present in Japan.
However sadly the titles weren’t excessive on WWF’s precedence. Even the singles title didn’t see a lot motion as exhibits had been dominated by larger-than-life male superstars like Hulk Hogan and The Final Warrior. In early 1989 the titles had been deserted indefinitely. The explanation for that is shrouded in controversy, however the next incident is taken into account the one clarification.
Seemingly threatened by the rising publicity the tag crew division was getting, together with dropping a portion of the women reserving charges, The Fabulous Moolah got here up with a plan to sabotage all the women concerned. Whereas over in Japan, The Fabulous Moolah informed them the reserving had modified and The Glamour Women had been to win the titles within the final match of the tour. Having not heard from head booker Pat Patterson or anybody else within the firm, the women tried to contact Pat Patterson however had been unable to, so that they determined to belief The Fabulous Moolah and agreed to the title change. Once they returned to the US, Pat Patterson was livid with the change, stating they’d ruined the plans the corporate had for them. They had been scheduled to have a title match at WrestleMania V, which might simply have been their largest payday ever, however because of the title change the plan was axed. They tried to clarify what occurred with The Fabulous Moolah, however nobody was prepared to hear.
As a result of means they had been handled, they left WWF within the early 90s and joined the short-lived feminine unique promotions Girls Main League Wrestling & Girls Skilled Wrestling Affiliation; the place they gained extra tag crew titles. It wasn’t sufficient contemplating the place they had been, however at the very least they continued earning profits doing what they beloved. Speak of bringing girls’s/divas tag groups titles again to WWE is a topic sporadically talked about by the corporate and its expertise since 2012. With the announcement of the Evolution female-only PPV, the discuss of tag crew titles gained extra steam.
Ought to WWE deliver the titles again? There’s good causes they need to, however I’m going to deal with the explanations they need to not. Why? As a result of there are too many causes to not reintroduce the titles right now.
1) The primary cause is WWE doesn’t have a girls’s tag crew division. Why have titles for one thing which doesn’t exist? I believe if the corporate was severe about promoting girls’s tag groups, they’d have constructed a number of up all year long main in to the announcement of the Evolution PPV. In the event that they had been to introduce titles, Uncooked might be the one place for them as we’ve seen Sasha Banks/Bayley vs. The Riott Squad for some time. However that’s it! Granted, Smackdown LIVE has Absolution and The IIconics, however each are heels. In the event that they wish to make groups robust sufficient to be plausible, they should begin constructing them now, or simply don’t trouble. Why introduce one thing for the sake of it?
2) They have already got too many titles. The model cut up and titles which got here together with it makes this tougher. Uncooked doesn’t have time for the cruiserweights (like they promised for months), so what makes anybody suppose they’ve time for brand new tag titles? And SmackDown LIVE is simply 2 hours and makes good use of its titles, so so as to add one other to the combination would solely dilute what they’ve. Can’t be accomplished in NXT, both, as they’ve acquired their palms full with 4 championships for a 1 hour present. The actual fact is, there are too many titles and never sufficient time to showcase one other. The one means it might work is that if girls acquired their very own 1 hour present each week like 205 Reside. Didn’t they discuss Cruiserweight tag crew titles additionally? Discover how that didn’t occur, both? And the very fact is, they may make these work on 205 Reside, they usually nonetheless determined in opposition to it.
three) Historical past. The problem with reintroducing the titles is you deliver gentle to the previous, and The Fabulous Moolah story of screwing The Glamour Women and the Leaping Bomb Angels just isn’t fairly. With WWE making an attempt to push The Fabulous Moolah because the legend of the ladies’s division regardless of the controversy behind her therapy of her college students, it could have an identical impact to what occurred with the renaming of “The Fabulous Moolah Battle Royal”. They’ll’t actually look again and glorify the unique tag crew titles as they had been thought of a flop to what preceded it within the NWA. The unique titles confirmed the massive hole in equality, and historical past repeating itself would present WWE not doing proper by the ladies but once more.
However is it attainable to introduce them in a means which the WWE Universe would settle for? What if WWE lastly gave The Glamour Women (w/ Jimmy Hart) their WrestleMania payoff by having them introduce the brand new tag crew titles at Evolution? What in the event that they constructed tag groups and gave them names (not Hug n’ Boss connection, severe names)? What in the event that they didn’t make the titles model unique? So any tag crew from Uncooked or SmackDown LIVE might problem for them on PPV? It could be asking so much, however I firmly consider if WWE desires to re-introduce girls’s tag crew wrestling, they must at the very least attempt to cowl up the scar tissue. They must at the very least attempt to make girls’s tag crew wrestling as interesting as males’s.
I haven’t seen good girls’s tag crew wrestling since TNA had the Knockouts Tag Workforce titles (I don’t watch Stardom, SHIMMER and many others), and look what occurred to that. It began off very well (the primary champions being the wonderful Taylor Wilde & Sarita combo) with a match to crown the primary, nevertheless it was all downhill from there. It acquired to the purpose they had been so unimportant, that TNA determined to provide them to ODB and Eric Younger (a person). They held the title nearly a 12 months, by no means defending them, hell, not even bringing them to the present. After so many months Brooke Hogan known as them out and stated “the place are the titles?”, and Eric Younger might solely say one thing like “caught in a closet at house”. She stripped them and the Knockouts Tag Workforce titles had been deactivated eternally in shame. And nobody cared, truthfully, it was a reduction to see them gone.
So whereas I’d LOVE to see girls’s tag crew wrestling taken severely in WWE, I stay one of many largest sceptics. Don’t introduce them for the sake of it, have a plan, after which maintain planning so that they keep related. If the corporate isn’t prepared to make them at the very least x10 higher than the unique titles, then I say they’d be losing everybody’s time. The boys’s titles already take up an excessive amount of airtime, so in that respect, can girls ever be on a fair taking part in subject? Until WWE decides to deactivate a males’s title or two (or give girls their very own present), I very extremely doubt they’ll ever be capable of make girls’s tag crew wrestling particular.