WWE Superstar Tamina made her return after reappearing at Royal Rumble and has been receiving weekly TV time on WWE SmackDown ever since. Her resurfacing has not only reminded the WWE Universe that she’s still with the company, but she has put herself right in the middle of a major push as well.
While the nearly decade-long veteran of WWE certainly deserves this push, the timing of it is rather poor. Between Sasha Banks and Bayley both being the main focus of SmackDown and Tamina’s history of questionable booking, a major push right now doesn’t make much sense.
It’s clear that WWE is building towards a feud between SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley and Sasha Banks. Unfortunately, that puts Tamina in an awkward spot. She’s likely to get a shot at Bayley’s SmackDown Women’s Title, but she is highly unlikely to win it. Tamina is only going to be used as a stepping stone for Bayley to help further the animosity between Bayley and Sasha.
However, it’s not just Tamina’s status as the third wheel of this brewing Sasha/Bayley feud that makes her push an odd one — her entire WWE career has seen some consistently poor booking. Tamina has spent almost a decade in WWE and has a grand total of one championship to her name, the WWE 24/7 Title. While it’s true that Tamina has suffered injuries throughout much of her WWE tenure, she has never been established as a threat to anyone even when healthy.
Since Tamina’s injuries kept her off television, it’s understandable why she hasn’t been built to be a monster threat in WWE. Still, she has done nothing since her draft to SmackDown in 2019. She lasted less than one minute in the Women’s Royal Rumble, being eliminated by main roster noob Bianca Belair, and was the first superstar eliminated at WrestleMania 36’s Fatal 5-Way Match for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Does the WWE Universe really expect her to pose any true threat to Bayley’s title with that track record?
Tamina could have been booked like Nia Jax and changed the landscape of SmackDown. However, the second generation superstar has never been given the Nia Jax treatment and was never booked to be dominant. She suffered 50/50 booking while on television and has mainly been used as a secondary character throughout her career. Just look at the list of superstars Tamina has played sidekick for: Nia Jax, Lana, Team B.A.D. AJ Lee and The Usos. That’s not a good track record for establishing oneself as a singles superstars, or explaining why she’s suddenly receiving a title shot.
With WWE cutting a large portion of its undercard, alarm bells must be going off for some of WWE’s unused superstars. Thanks to this push, Tamina avoided the chopping block — this time. However, this out of the blue push may exist simply to promote the feud between Bayley and Sasha before Tamina’s inevitable release. Considering her age, the number of injuries she’s sustained and the extended time she’s spent off television, it’s a wonder that Tamina hasn’t been released already. As morbid as this might sound, the reality is that WWE is quite possibly just looking to get one last good use out of her before wishing her luck in her future endeavors.
Although the pessimism towards Tamina Snuka’s push is quite high, it’s always possible that WWE may be pushing her at the perfect time instead. WWE has offered token championships to its loyal and long tenured superstars before, giving World Title reigns to Christian, Kane, Rey Mysterio and Mark Henry. Perhaps now is the time WWE has chosen to give Tamina a short “thank you” Women’s Title reign. With WWE Money in the Bank less than a month away, the WWE Universe will soon see if Tamina Snuka shocks the world with an upset (and token) title victory, or if she’s simply extending “The Boss” and Bayley feud before getting handed her walking papers.
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WWE Superstar Tamina may be finally getting a push against SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley, but the timing of this push doesn't make any sense.