This week on Raw, Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss won a four-way elimination match to capture the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
As well as the reigning champions The IIconics, the duo had to defeat Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose, and The Kabuki Warriors to win the titles.
This spelt the end of The IIconics’ 120-day reign as Women’s Tag Team Champions, the longest in the belt’s relatively short history. The duo captured the straps at WrestleMania 35, defeating Sasha Banks and Bayley in yet another four-way bout.
According to Dave Meltzer on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, the Australian duo were only given the straps so that Bayley could be given a run as a singles star. This would certainly make sense, with Bayley now the Smackdown Women’s Champion:
“So now that it’s over we can say that this Billie Kay and Peyton Royce title reign was the dirt worst. Now it’s over and it’s the dirt worst. Now that it’s over, I mean what a mistake. Although I guess the idea was that they wanted to give Bayley a singles push.”
However, it was reported several weeks ago that The IIconics were given the titles so that they could start a post-WrestleMania feud with the returning Bella Twins.
Plans had to change when Nikki Bella was told she would not be able to return to the ring. This perhaps explains why The IIconics were not seen on TV for the majority of their initial run, with WWE seemingly having nothing planned for the duo.
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