The WWE divas have always had some great tag-teams despite having no tag-team championship. The tag-teams have been an important part of developing new talent, making new “pushes” and adding the opportunity for more divas to make appearances. For all these reasons, it has been difficult to keep the divas tag-teams together for extended periods of time.
Now that divas are an integral part of the WWE, many fans have expressed an interest in seeing the WWE Divas Tag-Team Title added into the mix. There has probably been a reluctance to go this far with the divas due to the extra divas match it would add to many of the Pay-Per-View events. As the sport struggles to have enough matches to promote new male wrestlers, it has become increasingly difficult for divas to get more time in a sport dominated by a male viewing audience.
Even though the odds have been stacked against diva tag teams keeping intact, there have still been many memorable teams that deserve the recognition. The following list is not exactly gauged by wins and losses, but is a little more about the impact these teams had or have on the sport and divas division as a whole.
Honorable Mention: Kelly Kelly and Eve Torres, Molly Holly and Gail Kim, Torrie Wilson and Sable
10. Stacy Keibler and Torrie Wilson
Stacy Keibler and Torrie Wilson were part of the “Invasion” (2001) that followed when the WWE purchased the WCW and brought many of the displaced wrestlers into the WWE. When Keibler’s contract was reinstated, she eventually teamed up with her real-life friend, Torrie Wilson, to feud with Trish Stratus and Lita. Wilson and Keibler faced Stratus and Lita in a memorable first ever tag-team bra and panties match at InVasion. They lost the match, but it ultimately led to Keibler getting a WWE Women’s Championship match with Stratus at Judgement Day where she lost.
Keibler went on to work with The Dudley Boyz and appear later as the character “Super Stacy,” but her work with Torrie Wilson went a long way towards launching her career. They were not exactly a successful team, but certainly knew how to look good even in defeat. They make the list for their epic bra and panties match that did plenty to promote the divas cause.
9. Victoria and Natalya
Victoria finally got a chance to align with her best friend, Natalya, in April of 2008 after being in the WWE since 2000. Victoria and Natalya were part of a 6 on 6 divas match at the Backlash pay-per-view, with their team coming away with the victory. This started a run with the duo facing Michelle McCool and Cherry and later Maria and Brie Bella, all on Smackdown. On a November episode of Smackdown, Victoria and Natalya teamed up with Maryse to defeat the Bella Twins and McCool in what was one of Victoria’s final highlights in the WWE.
Victoria was well-known earlier in her career as the enforcer in Vince’s Devils. When retiring from the WWE in January of 2009 she turned face and thanked the fans while bidding farewell, following a loss to Michelle McCool in a singles match. Natalya eventually went on to team up with Beth Phoenix to form one of the more successful diva tag-teams in history.
8. Vince’s Devils (Torrie Wilson, Candice Michelle, Victoria)
In 2005, Torrie Wilson and Candice Michelle were moved up to Raw where they became part of a storyline as villains out to get Ashley Massaro. They were joined by the enforcer of the group, Victoria, to make up Vince’s Devils or “The Skankateers”, as Jim Ross affectionately called them. These three terrorized Massaro until she finally got some help from an unlikely source, Trish Stratus.
Some epic matches followed with Massaro and Stratus defeating Wilson and Victoria on Raw and at Unforgiven. At the WWE Homecoming, Massaro and Stratus defeated the threesome (Vince’s Devils) in a 3 on 2 bra and panties match. Following a brief hiatus, Wilson returned to Raw and joined Victoria and Candice Michelle to defeat Massaro, Stratus and Mickie James. Soon after that, Vince’s Devils lost to Massaro, Stratus and James and ultimately disbanded when Victoria and Candice Michelle turned on Wison, who turned face and became a crowd favorite in the process.
7. The Glamour Girls (Judy Martin, Leilani Kai)
One of the first diva tag-teams in the history of the WWE was the team of Judy Martin and Leilani Kai who won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship in 1985. They became the platinum blonde Glamour Girls and were managed by Jimmy Hart. Following a long tour in Japan as part of the independent circuit, they appeared in the first ever Survivor Series in 1987 as a part of then diva’s champion Sheri Martel’s team.
The Glamour Girls spent time feuding with the Jumping Bomb Angels who beat them at the first Royal Rumble in 1988 to become the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. The Glamour Girls won the title back from the Angels a couple of months later, but their belts and title were abruptly abandoned. The duo spent the rest of their WWE career breaking in new talent in what equated to try-out matches.
6. The Chickbusters (AJ Lee and Kaitlyn)
AJ Lee and Kaitlyn formed an alliance and a tag-team on Smackdown in May of 2011. In their first match with their ally at the time, Natalya, they lost to the team of Alicia Fox and Tamina. It took until a June episode of Raw for The Chickbusters to experience some measure of success thanks to being part of the winning side in a 14 diva tag-team match. The strong bodybuilder and fitness model, Kaitlyn, and the small, athletic and sassy, AJ Lee, actually made a good team but they were together at the wrong time.
The Chickbusters were good but once Natalya turned on AJ following a singles match, the Divas of Doom (Natalya and Beth Phoenix) started up and started to dominate the divas tag-team division. The Chickbusters were comprised of two really good wrestlers but they never really got the results they deserved. Kaitlyn became sick of losing of losing to the Divas of Doom (storyline) and the Chickbusters disbanded. AJ went on to become a major part of WWE’s storylines and is one of the biggest stars in the divas division today.
5. Trish Stratus and Mickie James
Trish Stratus was certainly admired by many male WWE fans, but her most obsessed admirer was a woman, Mickie James. Stratus and James started to team up in late 2005 following Mickie’s debut on Raw. The storyline had James being obsessed with Stratus to the point of learning all her finishing moves to use in matches, dressing like her and even confessing her love for her. The lesbian angle hid the fact that their tag-team was actually pretty legit. This storyline helped “push” Mickie James to the WWE Divas Championship which she won in 2006 by defeating Stratus after she turned on her.
Stratus and James won many matches between 2005 and 2006, including a win against Victoria and Candice Michelle on a March episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event. The tag-team and alliance between James and Stratus was used to promote James more than anything as she became involved in several divas title matches following the end of her storyline with Stratus. Stratus remains one of the most successful WWE divas of all-time.
4. The Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella)
The Bella Twins have worked off and on as tag-team ever since they entered WWE in 2008. Brie Bella made her debut on Smackdown against Victoria, winning the match and starting a rivalry against Natalya and Victoria. Nikki had yet to make her debut and the twins started using “twin magic” to help Brie win her matches. Nikki would hide under the ring and once a tired Brie would hit the floor and roll under the ring, a “revived” Nikki would come out dressed just like Brie to finish the match.
Twin magic was over once Natalya and Victoria discovered there were two of them under the ring, starting the twins’ career as a legitimate tag-team. The twins were part of storylines with Primo and Carlito and John Morrison and The Miz until they came together again on Raw in 2009 to face Eve Torres and Kelly Kelly in some epic clashes. Brie beat Torres to win one of the twin’s first WWE Divas Championships. Nikki won the WWE Divas Championship the following year by defeating Beth Phoenix in a lumberjill match on Raw.
3. Trish Stratus and Lita
Trish Stratus and Lita teamed up to earn some big wins on more than one occasion. Stratus was probably the most decorated WWE diva of all-time and Lita was one of the most popular WWE divas of her era. The alliance between the two made perfect sense in addition to making a quite formidable tag-team. They were both powerful and athletic as well as being very accomplished wrestlers in the ring.
The duo first teamed up to defeat two members of the Alliance (Team WCW/ECW), Stacy Keibler and Torrie Wilson in 2001. In what looked like an effort to acquaint the WWE fans with Keibler and Wilson, Stratus and Lita stripped both of them down to their underwear in a first ever tag-team bra and panties match. Following a significant injury to Lita, the teamed up again in late 2003 to defeat Molly Holly and Gail Kim at Unforgiven. They were also involved in a “Battle of the Sexes” match at Armageddon against their respective storyline love interests Chris Jericho and Christian. They proved to be a force to be reckoned with.
2. LayCool (Layla and Michelle McCool)
One of the most dominant divas tag-teams of all-time would have to be the team of Layla and Michelle McCool, LayCool. The duo started teaming together in 2009, appearing primarily in Smackdown. They were the self-proclaimed WWE divas champions of their era, having beaten just about any pair they squared off against at least once. They bullied and harassed opponents, even getting into some trouble for going off on Mickie James for having issues with her weight. They were as ruthless with their mouths as they were wrestling in the ring.
LayCool might be best known for their feud with Mickie James in which McCool labeled James, “Piggie James,” the two presenting her with a Jenny Craig gift certificate for Christmas and giving her a pig-shaped cake at a going away party. LayCool later had a feud with Beth Phoenix, defeating her in a Smackdown handicap match where Layla was crowned as the first British WWE Woman’s Champion in WWE history. LayCool went on to harass and defeat Kelly Kelly and Tiffany too. The duo broke up in 2011 following friction that led to a loser leaves WWE match between them that McCool lost.
1. The Divas of Doom (Natalya and Beth Phoenix)
The Divas of Doom started up in late 2010 when Beth Phoenix came to Natalya’s aid following her victory in a handicap match against LayCool (Layla and Michelle McCool) that earned her the WWE Divas Championship. The duo attacked Natalya following the match and Phoenix, coming off an injury at the hands of McCool, jumped in to save her. This started a partnership that led to the first women’s TLC match in WWE history against LayCool that was won by Phoenix and Natalya.
In early August of 2011, Natalya and Phoenix decided they shared something in common when they both turned heel following separate matches. Phoenix attacked Kelly Kelly following a match with Natalya on Raw and then Natalya attacked AJ Lee following her match against AJ on Smackdown, both happening within days of each other. Following Natalya’s match with AJ, they made an alliance to crush all the “cute perky little princesses” in the WWE. They started calling themselves, The Divas of Doom, and went on to have feuds with the Chickbusters and the team of Eve Torres and Kelly Kelly. The Divas of Doom ended their run in 2012 after Phoenix teamed with Torres to defeat Natalya and Tamina Snooka in a tag-team match on WWE Superstars.