List of Women's World Champions (WWE)

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The Women's World Championship[1] is a women's professional wrestling world championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, defended on the Raw brand. Established as the SmackDown Women's Championship on the August 23, 2016, episode of SmackDown, it was created to be the counterpart to the WWE Women's Championship, which became exclusive to Raw as a result of the 2016 WWE draft and renamed as the Raw Women's Championship.[2] As a result of the 2023 WWE Draft, the Raw and SmackDown women's championships switched brands. In June 2023, the SmackDown Women's Championship was renamed as Women's World Championship while the Raw Women's Championship reverted to its original name of WWE Women's Championship.

Inaugural, five-time, and current champion Becky Lynch

The championship is generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition. The current champion is Becky Lynch, who is in her fifth reign.[a] She won the vacant title by last eliminating Liv Morgan in a 14-woman battle royal on the April 22, 2024, episode of Raw in Columbus, Ohio. Previous champion Rhea Ripley had to relinquish the title due to injury.

As of May 21, 2024, there have been 27 reigns between 13 champions and 2 vacancies. Becky Lynch was the inaugural champion. Charlotte Flair has the most reigns at seven. Bayley's second reign and Rhea Ripley's sole reign are tied for the longest singular reign at 380 days (379 days for both as recognized by WWE), while Flair's fourth reign is the shortest at 4 minutes and 55 seconds. Bayley holds the record for the longest combined reign at 520 days. Becky Lynch is the oldest champion, having won the title at 37 years, 83 days old, while Alexa Bliss is the youngest when she won it at 25. Only two women have held the title for a continuous reign of one year (365 days) or more: Bayley and Rhea Ripley.

Title history[edit]

Names[edit]

Name Years
WWE SmackDown Women's Championship August 23, 2016 – June 12, 2023
Women's World Championship June 12, 2023 – present

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: SmackDown
1 Becky Lynch September 11, 2016 Backlash Richmond, VA 1 84 84 As a result of the 2016 WWE draft, the WWE Women's Championship became exclusive to Raw. In response, SmackDown established the SmackDown Women's Championship and Raw's title was subsequently renamed. Lynch defeated Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Naomi, Natalya, and Nikki Bella in a six-pack elimination challenge to become the inaugural champion. [3]
2 Alexa Bliss December 4, 2016 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs Dallas, TX 1 70 69 This was a tables match. [4]
3 Naomi February 12, 2017 Elimination Chamber Phoenix, AZ 1 9 8 [5]
Vacated February 21, 2017 SmackDown Ontario, CA The championship was vacated when Naomi suffered a knee injury and was unable to defend the title within 30 days. [6]
4 Alexa Bliss February 21, 2017 SmackDown Ontario, CA 2 40 40 Defeated Becky Lynch to win the vacant title. [6]
5 Naomi April 2, 2017 WrestleMania 33 Orlando, FL 2 140 139 This was a six-pack challenge, also involving Becky Lynch, Carmella, Mickie James, and Natalya. [7]
6 Natalya August 20, 2017 SummerSlam Brooklyn, NY 1 86 86 [8]
7 Charlotte Flair November 14, 2017 SmackDown Charlotte, NC 1 147 146 [9]
8 Carmella April 10, 2018 SmackDown New Orleans, LA 1 131 130 This was Carmella's Money in the Bank cash-in match.
This was the first time a women's title changed hands after a Money in the Bank contract cash-in.
[10]
9 Charlotte Flair August 19, 2018 SummerSlam Brooklyn, NY 2 28 27 This was a triple threat match, also involving Becky Lynch, who Flair pinned. [11]
10 Becky Lynch September 16, 2018 Hell in a Cell San Antonio, TX 2 91 91 [12]
11 Asuka December 16, 2018 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs San Jose, CA 1 100 99 This was a triple threat Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match, also involving Charlotte Flair. [13]
12 Charlotte Flair March 26, 2019 SmackDown Uncasville, CT 3 13 12 [14]
13 Becky Lynch April 8, 2019 WrestleMania 35 East Rutherford, NJ 3 41 41 This was a winner takes all triple threat match for both the Raw Women's Championship and SmackDown Women's Championship, also involving Ronda Rousey, who defended the Raw Women's Championship. Lynch pinned Rousey to win both titles. [15]
14 Charlotte Flair May 19, 2019 Money in the Bank Hartford, CT 4 <1 <1 [16]
15 Bayley May 19, 2019 Money in the Bank Hartford, CT 1 140 140 This was Bayley's Money in the Bank cash-in match. [16]
16 Charlotte Flair October 6, 2019 Hell in a Cell Sacramento, CA 5 5 4 [17]
17 Bayley October 11, 2019 SmackDown Paradise, NV 2 380 379 [18]
18 Sasha Banks October 25, 2020 Hell in a Cell Orlando, FL 1 167 167 This was a Hell in a Cell match. [19]
19 Bianca Belair April 10, 2021 WrestleMania 37
Night 1
Tampa, FL 1 133 132 [20]
20 Becky Lynch August 21, 2021 SummerSlam Paradise, NV 4 62 62 Bianca Belair was originally scheduled to defend the title against Sasha Banks; however, before the match began, it was announced that Banks was unable to compete for undisclosed reasons. Carmella was then announced as her new opponent, but Lynch made a surprise return from maternity leave, took out Carmella, and challenged Belair to an impromptu match that Belair accepted. [21]
21 Charlotte Flair October 22, 2021 SmackDown Wichita, KS 6 198 197 As a result of the 2021 WWE Draft, then Raw Women's Champion, Charlotte Flair was drafted to SmackDown while Becky Lynch was drafted to Raw. To keep the titles to their respective brands, WWE official Sonya Deville had the two women exchange championships. [22]
22 Ronda Rousey May 8, 2022 WrestleMania Backlash Providence, RI 1 55 55 This was an "I Quit" match. [23]
23 Liv Morgan July 2, 2022 Money in the Bank Paradise, NV 1 98 97 This was Morgan's Money in the Bank cash-in match. Morgan was a member of the Raw roster prior to the cash-in. She was transferred to the SmackDown brand after winning the championship. [24]
24 Ronda Rousey October 8, 2022 Extreme Rules Philadelphia, PA 2 83 83 This was an Extreme Rules match. [25]
25 Charlotte Flair December 30, 2022 SmackDown Tampa, FL 7 92 92 [26]
26 Rhea Ripley April 1, 2023 WrestleMania 39
Night 1
Inglewood, CA 1 380 379 Ripley won the championship as a member of the Raw brand, but the title did not officially switch to Raw until the 2023 WWE Draft. It was subsequently renamed as the Women's World Championship on the June 12, 2023, episode of Raw. [27]
WWE: Raw
Vacated April 15, 2024 Raw Montreal, QC, Canada Rhea Ripley was forced to relinquish the title due to a legitimate arm injury. [28]
27 Becky Lynch April 22, 2024 Raw Columbus, OH 5 29+ 29+ This was a 14-woman Battle Royal for the vacant title in which Lynch last eliminated Liv Morgan to win. [29]

Combined reigns[edit]

Inaugural and five-time champion Becky Lynch.
Two-time champion Bayley, whose second reign ties Rhea Ripley for the longest reign at 380 days (379 as recognized by WWE). She also holds the record for the longest combined reign at 520 days (519 as recognized by WWE).
One-time champion Rhea Ripley, who shares the record with Bayley for the longest reign at 380 days (379 days as recognized by WWE).
Record seven-time champion Charlotte Flair.

As of May 21, 2024.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
days
Combined days
rec. by WWE
1 Bayley 2 520 519
2 Charlotte Flair 7 483 479
3 Rhea Ripley 1 380 379
4 Becky Lynch 5 307+
5 Sasha Banks 1 167
6 Naomi 2 149 147
7 Ronda Rousey 2 138
8 Bianca Belair 1 133 132
9 Carmella 1 131 130
10 Alexa Bliss 2 110 109
11 Asuka 1 100 99
12 Liv Morgan 1 98 97
13 Natalya 1 86

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Her first four reigns were when the title was still known as the SmackDown Women's Championship.

References[edit]

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