Monday’s WWE Raw saw the tandem of Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross become the third-ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
The odd couple won the titles in a Fatal 4-Way Elimination match that also involved The Kabuki Warriors, Fire & Desire, and of course the former champions, The IIconics.
Some fans were shocked to see the titles change hands a matter of days before the Biggest Party Of The Summer, and one of WWE’s fabled Big Five pay-per-views, SummerSlam.
However, per a report in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Paul Heyman made the call with Dave Meltzer noting this was probably done so a monumental title change such as this could be given a more prominent role, rather than being lost in the shuffle in a massive PPV card.
“The women’s tag team title match where Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss won the titles in a four-way over the champs, the Iiconics, an elimination match that also included Asuka & Kairi Sane and Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville was pulled off the SummerSlam card and moved to Raw six nights earlier,” Meltzer wrote.
“That was said to be a Paul Heyman decision, probably figuring the title change would mean more with a longer match and could be showcased better rather then being a forgotten part of a long show. At one point Asuka & Sane were being groomed for the titles not all that long ago.”