List of WWE Women's Champions

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The WWE Women's Championship[1] is a women's professional wrestling world championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, defended on the SmackDown brand. It was introduced on April 3, 2016, at WrestleMania 32 to replace the WWE Divas Championship and has a unique title history separate from the original WWE Women's Championship. Following the reintroduction of the brand split in July 2016, the title became exclusive to Raw and was renamed as the Raw Women's Championship after SummerSlam in August 2016 when SmackDown created the SmackDown Women's Championship as a counterpart title. As a result of the 2023 WWE Draft, the championships switched brands. In June 2023, the Raw Women's Championship reverted to its original name of WWE Women's Championship while the SmackDown Women's Championship became the Women's World Championship.[2]

Two-time and current champion Bayley, shown here during her first reign when the title was branded as the "Raw Women's Championship".

The championship is generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition. Bayley is the current champion in her second reign. She defeated Iyo Sky during night two of WrestleMania XL on April 7, 2024, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

As of May 21, 2024, there have been 28 reigns between 12 champions. The first champion was Charlotte, who won the title at WrestleMania 32. She also has the most reigns with six. The champion with the single longest reign is Bianca Belair with a reign of 420 days while the record for longest combined reign is held by Becky Lynch at 560 days. Two women in history have held the championship for a continuous reign of one year (365 days) or more: Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair.

Title history[edit]

Names[edit]

Name Years
WWE Women's Championship April 3, 2016 – September 5, 2016
June 9, 2023 – present
WWE Raw Women's Championship September 5, 2016 – June 9, 2023

Reigns[edit]

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
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Days recog.
WWE
1 Charlotte April 3, 2016 WrestleMania 32 Arlington, TX 1 113 113 On the WrestleMania 32 Kickoff pre-show, the title was established as the WWE Women's Championship to replace the WWE Divas Championship, which was originally to be defended in this match. Charlotte, who was the reigning Divas Champion, defeated Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks in a triple threat match to become the inaugural champion, subsequently retiring the Divas Championship.
The title became exclusive to the Raw brand following the 2016 WWE Draft in July.
[3]
WWE: Raw
2 Sasha Banks July 25, 2016 Raw Pittsburgh, PA 1 27 26 [4]
3 Charlotte August 21, 2016 SummerSlam Brooklyn, NY 2 43 43 The title was renamed as the Raw Women's Championship on September 5, 2016, following the creation of the SmackDown Women's Championship for the SmackDown brand. [5]
4 Sasha Banks October 3, 2016 Raw Los Angeles, CA 2 27 27 [6]
5 Charlotte Flair October 30, 2016 Hell in a Cell Boston, MA 3 29 29 This was the first women's Hell in a Cell match and the first time women were the main event match of a WWE pay-per-view. During her reign, Charlotte's ring name was lengthened to Charlotte Flair. [7]
6 Sasha Banks November 28, 2016 Raw Charlotte, NC 3 20 19 This was a falls count anywhere match. [8]
7 Charlotte Flair December 18, 2016 Roadblock: End of the Line Pittsburgh, PA 4 57 57 This was a 30-minute iron man match, which Flair won 3–2 in sudden death overtime. [9]
8 Bayley February 13, 2017 Raw Las Vegas, NV 1 76 75 [10]
9 Alexa Bliss April 30, 2017 Payback San Jose, CA 1 112 111 [11]
10 Sasha Banks August 20, 2017 SummerSlam Brooklyn, NY 4 8 8 [12]
11 Alexa Bliss August 28, 2017 Raw Memphis, TN 2 223 222 [13]
12 Nia Jax April 8, 2018 WrestleMania 34 New Orleans, LA 1 70 70 [14]
13 Alexa Bliss June 17, 2018 Money in the Bank Rosemont, IL 3 63 63 This was Bliss' Money in the Bank cash-in match. [15]
14 Ronda Rousey August 19, 2018 SummerSlam Brooklyn, NY 1 232 231 [16]
15 Becky Lynch April 8, 2019 WrestleMania 35 East Rutherford, NJ 1 373 398 This was a winner takes all triple threat match for both the Raw Women's Championship and SmackDown Women's Championship, also involving Charlotte Flair, who defended the SmackDown Women's Championship. Lynch pinned Rousey to win both titles. WWE recognizes Lynch's reign as ending on May 10, 2020 due to tape delay. [17]
16 Asuka April 15, 2020 Money in the Bank Stamford, CT 1 96 78 Defeated Carmella, Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans, Nia Jax, and Shayna Baszler in the women's Money in the Bank ladder match. The Money in the Bank briefcase was originally supposed to contain a guaranteed championship match contract, but on the May 11, 2020, episode of Raw, Becky Lynch announced that, due to her pregnancy, she had forfeited the title prior to the ladder match and it was placed in the briefcase with the winner getting the title.
WWE recognizes Asuka's reign as beginning on May 10, 2020 (when the Money in the Bank ladder match aired on tape delay) and ending on July 27, 2020 (also on tape delay).
[18][19]
17 Sasha Banks July 20, 2020 Raw Orlando, FL 5 34 26 Besides pinfall or submission, the title could also change hands by countout or disqualification; Banks won by countout.
WWE recognizes Banks' reign as beginning on July 27, 2020, when the match aired on tape delay.
[20]
18 Asuka August 23, 2020 SummerSlam Orlando, FL 2 231 231 [21]
19 Rhea Ripley April 11, 2021 WrestleMania 37
Night 2
Tampa, FL 1 98 97 [22]
20 Charlotte Flair July 18, 2021 Money in the Bank Fort Worth, TX 5 1 2 WWE's official title history incorrectly lists her reign as ending on July 20, 2021 and lasting 2 days. [23]
21 Nikki A.S.H. July 19, 2021 Raw Dallas, TX 1 33 32 This was Nikki A.S.H.'s Money in the Bank cash-in match. [24]
22 Charlotte Flair August 21, 2021 SummerSlam Paradise, NV 6 62 61 This was a triple threat match, also involving Rhea Ripley. [25]
23 Becky Lynch October 22, 2021 SmackDown Wichita, KS 2 162 161 As a result of the 2021 WWE Draft, then-SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch was drafted to Raw while Charlotte Flair was drafted to SmackDown. To keep the titles on their respective brands, WWE official Sonya Deville had the two women exchange championships. [26]
24 Bianca Belair April 2, 2022 WrestleMania 38
Night 1
Arlington, TX 1 420 419 The title became exclusive to the SmackDown brand following the 2023 WWE Draft. [27]
WWE: SmackDown
25 Asuka May 27, 2023 Night of Champions Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 3 70 70 The title's name reverted to WWE Women's Championship on June 9, 2023. [28]
26 Bianca Belair August 5, 2023 SummerSlam Detroit, MI 2 <1 <1 This was a triple threat match, also involving Charlotte Flair. [29]
27 Iyo Sky August 5, 2023 SummerSlam Detroit, MI 1 246 245 This was Sky's Money in the Bank cash-in match. [29]
28 Bayley April 7, 2024 WrestleMania XL
Night 2
Philadelphia, PA 2 44+ 44+ [30]

Combined reigns[edit]

Inaugural and record six-time champion Charlotte Flair
Two-time champion Becky Lynch, who has the longest combined reign at 535 days (559 as recognized by WWE)
Two-time and longest-reigning champion Bianca Belair; her first reign lasted 420 days (419 as recognized by WWE). Her second reign is also the shortest reign at 1 minute and 35 seconds.

As of May 21, 2024.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
days
Combined days
recognized by WWE
1 Becky Lynch 2 535 559
2 Bianca Belair 2 420 419
3 Alexa Bliss 3 398 396
4 Asuka 3 397 379
5 Charlotte Flair 6 305
6 Iyo Sky 1 246 245
7 Ronda Rousey 1 232 231
8 Bayley 2 120+ 119+
9 Sasha Banks 5 116 106
10 Rhea Ripley 1 98 97
11 Nia Jax 1 70
12 Nikki A.S.H. 1 33 32

See also[edit]

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