When the first AEW women’s tag team tournament was announced, I was looking forward to seeing new women on Dynamite. Now, though, it’s been revealed that AEW has a very different (if not questionable) direction in mind. That being said, if they do decide to expand their roster- as they should- there’s a vast pool of unsigned female talent on the Indie scene. With their female roster struggling due to injuries, the absence of abroad talent, and simply poor booking, the division could really benefit from fresh faces. It also seems odd that AEW, a company that prides itself on tag team wrestling, has barely scratched the surface when it comes to tag team potential for the women in AEW. In no particular order, here are 4 tag teams that deserve a shot in AEW’s tag division.
1. The Sea Stars (Delmi Exo and Ashley Vox): Delmi and Ashley debuted in 2015, and have been killing it on the East Coast Indie circuit ever since. They’re currently the SHIMMER Pro tag team champions. Also of note is that the pair picked up a victory over Santana and Ortiz back in 2019 at Title Match Wrestling. They have a dynamic variety of high flying stunts, grappling submissions, and fun spots like their fish hook hold. Their amazing in-ring talent, combined with their ability to play both underdog babyfaces and mischievous heels makes the Sea Stars make a real catch! (Plus, AEW already has an alien on the roster. Why not add two wrestlers from the sea to keep the fun gimmicks going?)
2. The Bird and the Bee (Willow Nightingale and Solo Darling): Both Willow and Solo are accomplished singles wrestlers. They’ve made their way around the Indies, competing individually in Beyond Wrestling, Shimmer, RISE, and WOW, among others. They debuted as a tag team in 2018, and have already had a title run as the CHIKARA tag team champions. Together, Willow and Solo make an incredibly charismatic duo, and bring boatloads of energy to any venue they enter. With characters like Abadon and Britt Baker adding a heelish, sometimes devilish vibe to AEW, two bright and bubbly faces would be a great way to balance things out.
3. The Twisted Sisterz (Holidead and Thunder Rosa): With their eerie gimmick and distinctive look, the Twisted Sisterz definitely fit the overall vibe of the AEW women’s division. Both, too, are incredibly accomplished and talented in their own right; they’ve competed in Stardom, WOW, and ROH. Most notably, Thunder Rosa is the current reigning NWA Women’s Champion. She also has an MMA background that could really stand out from the rest of the division. Additionally, the Twisted Sisterz’ style is heavily submission based, which sets them apart from the rest of the roster. AEW would be foolish to pass them up.
4. Ivelisse and Diamanté: Both of these women have already appeared on dynamite, but in a singles match against each other. They’re familiar to fans of AEW, and have proven themselves to be effective tag wrestlers, though they haven’t formed an established team together; Ivelisse had a run as SHINE tag champ with her partner Mercedes Martinez, and Diamante is one half of the current reigning WOW tag team champions with Kiera Hogan (though in WOW, Diamanté and Kiera are known as Adrenaline and Fire). Individually, Ivelisse and Diamanté have years of experience, and have competed in promotions like WOW, IMPACT, NXT, and Title Match Wrestling. It’s odd that Diamanté, who’s been a presence on AEW Dark, cut a great promo and just had a title shot on Dynamite, has not been signed. I hope AEW pulls the trigger and offers her and Ivelisse a contract.
AEW desperately needs to build their women’s division. Their approach now seems to be brushing them aside and greatly limiting the female presence on the show, which is incredibly disappointing. Creative booking, character work, and the debuts of the teams mentioned above would be a great boost to the division.
Are you looking forward to the Women’s tag tournament? Which teams would you like to see compete?
(P.S. Watch the Twisted Sisterz vs the Sea Stars here!: https://youtu.be/uqEK3SlM4nQ)