Let us take a look at Team B.A.D, PCB and Absolution and best and worst WWE Women’s wrestling teams and stables of the last decade.
There was once a time when Women’s wrestling had one of two purposes either serving as a bathroom break or titillating its male viewers. In recent times however, both the audience and the WWE have taken women’s wrestling very seriously.
A combination of WWE’s promotion of the division and excellence of their performers has seen Women’s wrestling reach new heights. They now have their own Money in the Bank, Royal Rumble and have even main evented Wrestlemania.
One of the most ground breaking introductions to the women’s division however, is the Tag Team Championship. The championship allows for the women not currently in the title picture to still be part of a storyline on television.
The best and worst WWE Women’s wrestling teams and stables of the last decade
Let us now take a look at a few Women’s wrestling teams and stables of the last decade in the WWE and see how well they did. For this list we will consider teams and factions that have birthed in the company since 2010. However, this list will include wrestlers who spent a notable amount as a team rather than just being lumped together on short notice.
The list will also not include wrestler pairings where one is clearly the extra hand rather than a partner just as Dana Brooke and Mickey James were for Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss during their heel champion runs back in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Best – The Beautiful Fierce Females (BFFs)
The Beautiful Fierce Females were a stable created in NXT. The stable consisted of leader Summer Rae, Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair. The stable kickstarted Banks’ and Flair’s careers in the WWE, giving them personalities that the WWE still associate with them.
Banks became the boss while Flair found her feet as a heel, a character archetype she has portrayed very successfully in the main roster.
Summer Rae would be the first of the 3 to move to the main roster while Banks and Flair became major players in NXT before making the leap to the main roster WWE themselves.
Worst – Team B.A.D, PCB and the Bella’s
Technically 3 teams, Team B.A.D, Team PCB and Team Bella have been lumped together in this list because of how awful their feud was despite all 3 stables consisting some of the best Women wrestlers in the company.
Team B.A.D had Naomi, Tamina and Sasha Banks. Team PCB had Paige, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch while Team Bella was the Bella Twins along with Alicia Fox.
While the WWE should be credited for trying to bring women’s wrestling at the forefront, putting all 9 women together in a shoddy storyline did not make for good television and was duly awarded the “Worst Feud of the Year” in 2015 by Wrestling Observer.
Best – IIconics
Formerly known as the Iconic Duo, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce were renamed the IIconics upon their main roster debut. The pair joined NXT in 2015 and were used as jobbers on house shows for over a year. By 2016 however, the pair were voted 2016’s “Breakout of the Year” at the NXT Year-End Awards.
They started strong on the main roster beating Charlotte Flair up and defeating Asuka and Becky Lynch.
For a while however, it seemed that the WWE did not know how to use them. The two almost became irrelevant but have since managed to pull through. They went on to win the Women’s Tag titles at last year’s Wrestlemania and are now one of the most entertaining acts in the promotion.
Worst- Fire and Desire, The Riott Squad
Fire and Desire originally debuted as Absolution in November 2017. They were a trio consisting of Paige and NXT call ups Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Riott Squad debuted on SmackDown the same week Absolution did on Raw. The Riott Squad consisted of leader Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan.
Both factions were very similar; both in their looks and their intentions. They both had a charismatic leader with gothic make up, with the other two members being the beauty and the brawn of the group. They would also randomly appear and attack wrestlers.
Riott Squad failed because the WWE never let them win. It is extremely had to take a villainous group seriously if they never back their threats with actions.
Absolution on the other hand, seemed destined for bigger things until Paige was forced to retire due to her injuries and the WWE ran out of ideas on what to do with Rose and Deville.
Eventually both factions, who seemed destined to win the Tag Team Championship at one point, would disband without ever getting a sniff of it.
Best- Sky Pirates
Io Shirai was already an established name in the world of professional wrestling by the time she joined the WWE. Her association with Kairi Sane only helped her further her reputation. On her NXT debut, Shirai saved Kairi Sane from Shayna Baszler and her allies. The two would eventually form a tag-team and call themselves “The Sky Pirates”.
The pair would defeat several teams whilst allowing Shirai to climb the ranks in the promotion. The team disbanded following Sane’s promotion to the main roster, Shirai on the other hand became a challenger for the NXT Women’s Championship and is the current title holder in her first reign.
Best- Kabuki Warriors
Both Asuka and Kairi Sane deserved better than being lumped in a random tag team. Both were talented enough to challenge for and carry the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championships. However, the WWE’s obsession with Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch saw the two pairing up as ‘Kabuki Warriors’ and challenge for the tag titles instead.
They eventually became tag team Champions and quickly turned heel soon after. They successfully defended their titles against several notable pairings such as Lynch and Flair, Dakota Kai and Tegan Knox. The kabuki Warriors also successfully defended the Women’s Tag Team Championship against Lynch and Flair, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross and Bayley and Sasha Banks in a fatal four-way match at Starrcade.
They would eventually lose their titles to Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross at Wrestlemania this year, following which the WWE diverted their focus on Asuka as a singles wrestler once again. The pair are still technically a team. However, it is an open secret that Kairi Sane is leaving the company soon and Asuka is the reigning Raw Women’s champion.
It should not be long before this once glorious partnership comes to an end.
Best – Sasha Banks and Bayley
Perhaps the oldest tag team in this list, Bayley and Sasha Banks occasionally teamed up with each other in 2013. Bayley’s first appearance on the main roster was as Sasha Banks’ surprise partner at WWE Battleground in 2016.
The pair eventually became the first ever WWE Women’s tag team champions. Following their loss at Wrestlemania last year, they went on a hiatus. Banks eventually returned as a heel and Bayley’s character followed suit, turning heel for the first time in her career.
“@itsBayleyWWE was the first-ever Women’s Grand Slam Champion… the closest that [the other women in the locker room] will ever get to a “grand slam” is a greasy breakfast at Denny’s.” – @SashaBanksWWE
— WWE (@WWE) July 5, 2020
The pair recaptured their Tag Team Championship and have since become one of the, if not the most entertaining act in the company right now. Following the departure of Lynch and Flair to pregnancy and injury, Banks and Bayley have successfully carried the division on their shoulders.
This concludes the list of the best and worst WWE Women’s wrestling teams and stables of the last decade
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