AEW Women's World Championship

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AEW Women's World Championship
The AEW Women's World Championship belt
(2022–present)
Details
PromotionAll Elite Wrestling
Date establishedOctober 2, 2019
Current champion(s)"Timeless" Toni Storm
Date wonNovember 18, 2023
Statistics
First champion(s)Riho
Most reigns3 reigns:
Longest reignHikaru Shida
(1st reign, 372 days)
Shortest reignHikaru Shida
(2nd reign, 25 days)
Oldest championNyla Rose
(37 years, 193 days)
Youngest championRiho
(22 years, 120 days)
Heaviest championNyla Rose
(185 lb (84 kg))
Lightest championRiho
(93 lb (42 kg))

The AEW Women's World Championship is a women's professional wrestling world championship created and promoted by the American promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Established on October 2, 2019, the inaugural champion was Riho. The current champion is "Timeless" Toni Storm, who is in her record-tying third reign. She won the title by defeating previous champion Hikaru Shida at Full Gear on November 18, 2023.

History

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Inaugural champion Riho

On June 18, 2019, six months after the American professional wrestling promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW) was founded,[1][2][3] AEW President and CEO Tony Khan announced plans for both a singles and tag team championship for the women's division.[4][5] It was then announced by AEW Chief Brand Officer Brandi Rhodes that the AEW Women's World Championship belt would be unveiled on August 31 at All Out,[6] and that the first champion would be crowned on October 2 during the inaugural broadcast of AEW's weekly television show, later revealed as Dynamite.[7][8][9]

Both participants for the inaugural championship match were determined at All Out. The first competitor was determined by the women's Casino Battle Royale during the Buy In pre-show, which was won by Nyla Rose. Later that night on the main show, Riho became her opponent by defeating Hikaru Shida.[10] On the premiere episode of Dynamite, Riho defeated Rose to become the inaugural champion.[11]

At All Out on September 4, 2022, reigning champion Thunder Rosa was originally scheduled to defend the championship against Toni Storm; however, due to Rosa suffering a back injury in late August, the match was called off. Instead of vacating the title, it was decided that an interim champion would be crowned until Rosa's return, after which, the interim champion would face Rosa to determine the undisputed champion. A four-way match was scheduled for All Out where Storm defeated Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D., Jamie Hayter, and Hikaru Shida to become the interim champion.[12] At Full Gear on November 19, Hayter defeated Storm to win the interim championship.[13] However, on the November 23 episode of Dynamite, it was announced that Rosa had relinquished the lineal championship, thus Hayter became the official champion by default and Storm's interim reign was retroactively made an official reign.[14]

Belt design

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Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D., with the 2021–2022 version of the championship belt

The original AEW Women's World Championship belt had a small oval shaped center plate. There were a total of six side plates, three on each side of the center plate. The top of the center plate had a crown and ornamentation lined the edge of the center plate. At the very center of the plate was a name plate to display the reigning champion's name. Above the name plate was AEW's logo while below the name plate read "Women's World Wrestling Champion". The side plates had a globe at the center with filigree around the globe. The plates were gold and nickel and were on a black leather strap.[10]

On the May 28, 2021, Friday night special airing of Dynamite, reigning champion Hikaru Shida was awarded with a slightly updated championship belt. The updated belt featured the overall same design, but was slightly bigger with extra encrusted diamonds and extra gold plating, and it only had two side plates on each side of the center plate instead of three.[15] The unveiling of this updated design was to commemorate Shida's reign of 370 days, which at the time was the longest reign for any AEW championship (this record would be broken by Jade Cargill with the AEW TBS Championship in January 2023).[16] Shida, however, would lose the title just two days later at Double or Nothing to Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D.[17]

At Revolution on March 6, 2022, Baker unveiled a new design of the championship belt with bigger plates, which are gold and on a black strap. At the center of the center plate is a globe that shows the continents of North and South America. Above the globe is a black banner that says "Women's World" while below the globe is another black banner that says "Wrestling Champion". At the top of the center plate is AEW's logo while filigree fills out the rest of the plate. It lacks a nameplate that was on the previous design. The inner side plates each have a portion of the globe that shows continents not on the center plate, while the outer side plates have two wrestlers grappling below the AEW logo.[18] This belt was designed by Belts By Dan, which took three weeks to complete, and it was inspired by the Mid-South North American Championship belt of the 1980s.[19]

Reigns

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Current and record-tying three-time champion "Timeless" Toni Storm.

As of July 23, 2024, there have been 12 reigns between eight champions and one vacancy. Riho was the inaugural champion. Hikaru Shida and "Timeless" Toni Storm are tied for the most reigns at three. Shida also has the longest and shortest reigns, with her first reign lasting 372 days and her second reign lasting 25 days, and she has the longest combined reign at 435 days. Riho was the youngest champion at 22 years old while Nyla Rose is the oldest champion at 37.

"Timeless" Toni Storm is the current champion in her record-tying third reign. She won the title by defeating previous champion Hikaru Shida on November 18, 2023, at Full Gear in Inglewood, California.

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Days recog. Number of days held recognized by the promotion
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Days recog.
1 Riho October 2, 2019 Dynamite Washington, D.C. 1 133 133 Defeated Nyla Rose to become the inaugural champion. [11]
2 Nyla Rose February 12, 2020 Dynamite Cedar Park, TX 1 101 101 [20]
3 Hikaru Shida May 23, 2020 Double or Nothing Jacksonville, FL 1 372 372 This was a no disqualification, no countout match. [21]
4 Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. May 30, 2021 Double or Nothing Jacksonville, FL 1 290 290 [17]
5 Thunder Rosa March 16, 2022 Dynamite:
St. Patrick's Day Slam
San Antonio, TX 1 172 172 This was a steel cage match. [22]
Vacated September 4, 2022 All Out Hoffman Estates, IL Lineal champion Thunder Rosa suffered a back injury in late August and an interim champion was crowned at this event. On the November 23, 2022, episode of Dynamite, Rosa relinquished the lineal championship and the subsequent interim reigns were retroactively made official. [23]
6 Toni Storm September 4, 2022 All Out Hoffman Estates, IL 1 76 76 Lineal champion Thunder Rosa was originally scheduled to defend the title against Storm at this event but was pulled due to suffering an injury. Storm instead faced and defeated Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D., Hikaru Shida, and Jamie Hayter in a four-way match to become the interim champion.
Due to Rosa forfeiting the lineal title on the November 23, 2022, episode of Dynamite, Storm's interim reign was retroactively made an official reign.
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7 Jamie Hayter November 19, 2022 Full Gear Newark, NJ 1 190 191 Hayter defeated Toni Storm to win the interim championship. On the November 23, 2022, episode of Dynamite, it was announced that Thunder Rosa had forfeited the lineal championship, making Hayter the undisputed champion.
AEW's official title history incorrectly lists her reign as lasting 191 days.
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8 Toni Storm May 28, 2023 Double or Nothing Paradise, NV 2 66 66 [24]
9 Hikaru Shida August 2, 2023 Dynamite:
200
Tampa, FL 2 25 25 [25]
10 Saraya August 27, 2023 All In London, England 1 44 44 This was a four-way match, also involving Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. and Toni Storm, who Saraya pinned to win the title. [26]
11 Hikaru Shida October 10, 2023 Dynamite:
Title Tuesday
Independence, MO 3 39 39 [27]
12 "Timeless" Toni Storm November 18, 2023 Full Gear Inglewood, CA 3 248+ 248+ [28]

Combined reigns

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As of July 23, 2024.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
days
Combined days
recognized by AEW
1 Hikaru Shida 3 436
2 "Timeless" Toni Storm 3 390+
3 Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. 1 290
4 Jamie Hayter 1 190 191
5 Thunder Rosa 1 172
6 Riho 1 133
7 Nyla Rose 1 101
8 Saraya 1 44

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