If you started watching WWE after WrestleMania 35, you’d be forgiven for not knowing that there were Women’s Tag Team Championships, given that the champions, The IIconics, are portrayed as jokes and the belts are never defended.
That is all finally going to change tonight however, as the Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) will be getting their long-awaited title shot after earning the shot during WWE’s tour of Japan in June.
A skit was filmed last week on SmackDown, in which Billie Kay faked an illness to get out of facing the IIconics, but tonight there will be no excuses…probably.
The Kabuki Warriors’ manager Paige recently spoke to UK tabloid The Sun about her frustrations with the way the women’s tag belts have been booked.
“If we don’t get used I get really frustrated because we’re a good tag team and we need to be utilized. Sometimes the writers have so much on their plate with everyone else’s storylines, they put things on the backburner. I have to remind them, ‘Ok, but there is a women’s tag team title… I’m like, ‘What the hell dudes? Let’s make something happen.’
“It frustrates me but once you actually get to speak with Vince and Hunter about your problems and frustrations, they’re always the first to say, ‘Let’s change this.’ If you go up to writers it’s like talking to a brick wall sometimes, whereas if you go to Vince and Hunter they’re like, ‘If you have a problem we can change that for you.’
“The Kabuki Warriors can be a force to be reckoned with and that was the plan from the beginning… After the match in Tokyo hopefully we’ll get to build towards a pay-per-view, which gives the girls something to look forward to. So I’m happy we have a boss that really listens to us.”
It was recently reported that the reason nothing has happened with the titles is that Nikki and Brie Bells were originally set to feud with the IIconics, but plans fell through and WWE’s writing team couldn’t think of anything else to do.