Tamina Wins Her First WWE Tag Team Championship with Natalya on SmackDown

Published 05/14/2021, 9:47 PM EDT


Natalya and Tamina faced the Women’s Tag Team champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler on the go-hone edition of SmackDown(05/14/21). The match was billed as a “monumental match” ahead of WrestleMania Backlash on Sunday.

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Nia and Tamina started things off as Reginald distracted Tamina. Natalya and she made some quick tags and dropped Shayna. The ‘Samaon Princess’ dropped Shayna into a Samoan Drop as Natalya covered for the pin. Unfortunately, Reginald distracted the referee as the pin went into loss.

Nia and Tamina fought outside the ring as Jax Samoan Dropped her cousin into the Barricade, two weeks in a row. Reginald got sent to the locker room as Shayna tried to cover Natalya in time but failed.

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Back from the break, Tamina still recovered from the Drop as the champions dominated the ‘Queen of Harts.’ Tamina came back into the ring and broke a pinfall of Nia as she dropped Shayna onto them. She then came in to face Shayna.

The one-half of the Tag Team tried to manipulate Tamina’s ankle, but the latter went in for the Superfly Splash. Nia came in and tried to subdue Tamina’s splash into a suplex. Shayna tried to interrupt the spectacle of the Samoan Princesses.

Natalya and Tamina win the Tag Team titles on WWE SmackDown

However, Natalya was not having any of it. She not only pulled down Shayna but suplexed her into the barricade to prevent any further distractions.

Natalya then went in to help Tamina with Nia’s domination. The latter performed a Samoan Drop onto Natalya. But Tamina quickly took advantage of the situation and hit the Superfly splash to win the title for the first time.

This was Tamina’s first major title win in her decade-long career. Following the victory, both women were interviewed. Natalya dedicated the victory to everyone who dared to dream despite being told “their dream has passed them by. It is never too late to keep fighting fot your dreams.”

Tamina thanked the WWE Universe for their constant support and her family. The SmackDown stage erupted in fireworks as the two women celebrated their victory.

Following the match, multiple Superstars congratulated the new champions. Check some of them below –

Triple H proclaimed them as “Representing two of WWE’s biggest dynasties, both Natalya and Tamina are title-takers and HISTORY-MAKERS! Congratulations to the NEW #WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions!” Former WWE Superstar and Women’s Champion Mickie James also congratulated the duo.

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The win is definitely a boon to Natalya and Tamina. Now, it would be interesting to see who the new Tag Team champions go after and vice versa.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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