One of the rumors going around right now is that the game plan for WrestleMania 35 regarding the newly-created WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship is to have a Fatal 4-Way match consisting of a team from Raw, a team from SmackDown, a team from NXT and the champions themselves.
The goal here is to really drive home the concept that these tag titles will be cross-branded and to get fans familiar with seeing the champions hop between shows. Also, it doesn’t hurt to showcase a variety of talent from different brands to expose the pay-per-view audience to as many superstars as possible.
While WWE may not have much of the WrestleMania card written in stone yet, they obviously need to have a firm idea of what to aim for, how to get to that point and have backup options in case that goes south. So even if this isn’t the top pick for what to do at Mania, it’s worth discussing its potential.
For the record, I think Bayley and Sasha Banks will defend the belts against Trish Stratus and Lita and that will be the end of it, but if this Fatal 4-Way is indeed something WWE is mulling over, who should those four tag teams be?
The obvious prediction to go with for who will be holding the titles is that The Boss and Hug Connection will remain champions. Bayley and Banks just won the belts and it doesn’t do a title service to have the first champions drop it quickly. Just ask Finn Balor and the Universal Championship how that worked out. #cursed
They’re also the ones going around to NXT to say that the belts will be cross-branded, so they’re putting in the work to illustrate this point. If there is one guarantee, it’s that Bayley and Banks should be in this match as title-holders.
But that doesn’t mean that has to be the case. In fact, WWE could very well pull a fast one on us by having a non-branded team like The Bella Twins or Trish Stratus and Lita, or even a team of people half from one brand and half from another (like Dana Brooke and Lana, but by god, don’t do that team as that makes no sense) be the ones to hold the belts, while positioning Boss & Hug as the Raw team.
I don’t think that would ever happen in such a short time frame, but it’s still worth making the suggestion. But speaking on the Raw teams…
The Team from Raw
Without creating new teams, the options for a Raw representative seem to be narrowed down to Alexa Bliss and Mickie James, Alicia Fox and Nikki Cross (by nature of Fox, since Cross has no brand), Dana Brooke and Natalya (if they want to keep trying at that instead of feuding), Nia Jax and Tamina, and The Riott Squad.
I think we can rule out Brooke/Natalya and Fox/Cross out of sheer totem pole status. Other people are more important to get on the card. Sorry.
On a personal level, I’d cast The Riott Squad aside. They’re largely jobbers and when Ruby Riott is the top one of the trio, I’d pass on making her a necessity. Those three can be in the Women’s Battle Royal match instead.
Between Bliss/James and Jax/Tamina, I know which team I would prefer to be in the match for quality’s sake, which is Bliss/James. They’re simply better wrestlers. However, Jax/Tamina present a different style that could be interesting, as they would be the powerhouses in the Fatal 4-Way, so that makes them useful in that regard, too.
Plus, if there is a battle royal, I’d put Bliss as one of the top people to win that, so taking her out of the tag title hunt to insert her in that match makes sense. Jax won her battle royal at Evolution and doesn’t need another.
If Fastlane includes a Jax/Tamina title shot, the Raw team at WrestleMania would need to be Bliss/James. If Fastlane doesn’t go down that rabbit hole, I’d put Jax/Tamina in this.
The Team from SmackDown
On the blue brand, the teams available are The IIconics, Fabulous Glow and Fire & Desire, as Asuka, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte Flair will be busy with the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championship and WWE hasn’t tried to put Lana and Zelina Vega in a team—nor should they.
Let’s rule out Fabulous Glow already. Nobody’s going to realistically think Naomi and Carmella have a shot at winning this match, so why bother?
The bigger guns are definitely Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, making them the obvious picks to represent SmackDown. However, I’d potentially hold off on that.
Fire & Desire could be the team that actually beats Bayley and Banks for the belts somewhere down the line, which is something WWE needs to have a game plan for and then work backwards. Of course, injuries or popularity spikes can change plans, but when WWE has no idea where to go, it results in rematches and doubling back to previous feuds, which hurts future booking.
If Rose/Deville are potentially the picks to dethrone the champions later in 2019, they shouldn’t fight for the belts here. The IIconics should, instead, if not just because they’re a tag team through and through and could use the exposure.
They would just be used as fodder in the battle royal if not in this position, and their comedic antics there won’t get much of a response for it to be worth it. At least in this match, maybe people will start taking them more seriously, and someone like Rose could be a frontrunner for the battle royal victory.
The Team from NXT
There aren’t any female tag teams from NXT UK, so while WWE could technically pair up Isla Dawn and Xia Brookside or Nina Samuels and Rhea Ripley or whatever, that’s just not happening. NXT UK isn’t going to get that spotlight, so let’s shift the focus back to the regular NXT.
It’s way too early to put Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke in this match. They’re still learning and I think it hinders the potential Four Horsewomen vs. Four Horsewomen match to see Bayley/Banks vs. Shafir/Duke this early in the game.
Aliyah and Vanessa Borne seem to be a thing now, for some reason, but no. There are bigger fish to fry, and it certainly isn’t some random pairing like that or Taynara Conti with Xia Li or whatever.
The one and only option with NXT is The Sky Pirates, Kairi Sane and Io Shirai. Those two are joined at the hip right now, best friends, and they have an actual team name. It’s the easiest, best call to make, as they would also help bring some flight to the mix and could certainly upgrade the quality of the match.
The End Result
Given the circumstances set forth from February 21st and onward, if WWE were to tell me to book this match, I’d go with The Boss and Hug Connection vs. Nia Jax and Tamina (and not do that match at Fastlane) vs. The IIconics vs. The Sky Pirates.