NXT Women's Tag Team Championship

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NXT Women's Tag Team Championship
The NXT Women's Tag Team Championship belt with default side plates
Details
PromotionWWE
BrandNXT
Date establishedMarch 10, 2021
Date retiredJune 23, 2023
(unified with the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship)
Statistics
First champion(s)Dakota Kai and Raquel González
Final champion(s)Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn
Most reignsAs tag team (2 reigns):

As individual (2 reigns):

Longest reignKatana Chance and Kayden Carter
(186 days)
Shortest reignDakota Kai and Raquel González
(1st reign, 56 minutes)
Oldest championCandice LeRae
(35 years, 224 days)
Youngest championRoxanne Perez
(20 years, 242 days)
Heaviest championDakota Kai and Raquel González
(297 lb (135 kg) combined)
Lightest championKatana Chance and Kayden Carter
(210 lb (95 kg) combined)

The NXT Women's Tag Team Championship was a professional wrestling women's tag team championship created and promoted by the American promotion WWE. It was defended on the company's developmental brand, NXT, and was briefly featured on the main roster brand, SmackDown, before its retirement. The championship was established on March 10, 2021, and the team of Dakota Kai and Raquel González were the inaugural champions. On the June 23, 2023, episode of SmackDown, the title was unified into the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship, officially retiring the title in the process, with Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn recognized as the final champions.

The championship was created as a result of a controversial finish to a WWE Women's Tag Team Championship match. After the team of Dakota Kai and Raquel González won the first-ever Women's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, they received a match for the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship, which at the time was available to NXT, but they did not win the title due to the controversial finish in which Kai was submitted although she was not the legal woman. The NXT Women's Tag Team Championship was then created and awarded to Kai and González due to the controversy and for winning the Dusty Classic. At the time the title was introduced, NXT was regarded as WWE's "third brand". In September 2021, however, NXT reverted to its original function as WWE's developmental brand.

History[edit]

In December 2018, the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship was established as the sole women's tag team championship for WWE, shared across the Raw, SmackDown, and NXT brands, and the inaugural champions were crowned in February 2019.[1] Two years later, on the March 3, 2021, episode of NXT, Dakota Kai and Raquel González, who had earned a title opportunity for winning the first-ever Women's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, faced reigning WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler (whose home brand was Raw). After the referee had been knocked out during the match, Adam Pearce, the WWE official of Raw and SmackDown, sent down a second referee to declare Kai had submitted to Baszler, although Kai was not the legal woman. This led to a backstage argument between Pearce and then-NXT General Manager William Regal.[2]

The following week on the March 10 episode, Regal introduced the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship and awarded the titles to Kai and González due to winning the Dusty Classic; the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship subsequently became no longer available to NXT. Their reign would not last long, as that same night, they defended the titles against the runner ups of the tournament, Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart, who defeated Kai and González to win the championship.[3][4]

As a result of the 2023 WWE Draft, reigning NXT Women's Tag Team Champions Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn were drafted to SmackDown and took the titles with them, claiming they would defend the title across all three brands, although they never did and only had non-title matches on SmackDown. On the June 9 episode, as they were about to have an in-ring interview, Fyre and Dawn were interrupted by reigning WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler, who challenged Fyre and Dawn to a championship unification match, which was accepted and scheduled for the June 23 episode of SmackDown.[5] Rousey and Baszler won to become the undisputed WWE Women's Tag Team Champions, thus making the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship available to NXT again. The NXT Women's Tag Team Championship was subsequently retired in the process, with Dawn and Fyre recognized as the final champions.[6]

According to Fightful, the unification match was planned to happen right after the draft, but due to various injuries within the division, it got delayed. Fightful also noted there had been confusion regarding the original creation of the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship, as the company already had the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship and there were not many women's tag teams in the division. Furthermore, it was noted that the plan after the unification was that the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship would appear on NXT programming "when needed", which was the original plan for the title.[7]

Belt design[edit]

The belt design of the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship was nearly identical to the men's NXT Tag Team Championship, with a few exceptions. The straps were smaller for the women and they were white instead of black. Above the vertical NXT logo on the center plate said "Women's Tag Team" instead of just "Tag Team". For the customizable side plates, the default side plates had the vertical NXT logo instead of the WWE logo. The WWE logo was also missing from the very center of the NXT logo on the center plate.[3][4]

Reigns[edit]

Over the championship's two-year history, there were 11 reigns between nine teams composed of 18 individual champions and one vacancy. The inaugural championship team was Dakota Kai and Raquel González and they tied Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne) for the most reigns at two, both as a team and individually. Toxic Attraction also had the longest combined reign at 249 days (247 as recognized by WWE). The team of Katana Chance and Kayden Carter had the longest singular reign at 186 days, while Kai and González's first reign was the shortest at 56 minutes (being named as first champions then losing the title later the same night). Candice LeRae was the oldest champion at 35 years old, while Roxanne Perez was the youngest, winning the title at 20. The final champions were the team of Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn.

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific team—reign numbers for the individuals are in parentheses, if different
Days Number of days held
Days recog. Number of days held recognized by the promotion
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Days recog.
1 Dakota Kai and Raquel González March 10, 2021 NXT Orlando, FL 1 <1 <1 NXT General Manager William Regal awarded the titles to the Women's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic winners Kai and González after a screwjob finish to their WWE Women's Tag Team Championship match against Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler the week prior. [3]
2 Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart March 10, 2021 NXT Orlando, FL 1 55 55 [3]
3 The Way
(Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell)
May 4, 2021 NXT Orlando, FL 1 63 62 This was a Street Fight match. [8]
4 Io Shirai and Zoey Stark July 6, 2021 NXT:
The Great American Bash
Orlando, FL 1 112 111 [9]
5 Toxic Attraction
(Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne)
October 26, 2021 NXT 2.0:
Halloween Havoc
Orlando, FL 1 158 157 This was a Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal: Triple threat tag team Scareway to Hell Ladder match also involving the team of Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta. [10]
6 Dakota Kai and Raquel González April 2, 2022 Stand & Deliver
Kickoff
Dallas, TX 2 3 3 [11]
7 Toxic Attraction
(Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne)
April 5, 2022 NXT 2.0 Orlando, FL 2 91 90 [12]
8 Cora Jade and Roxanne Perez July 5, 2022 NXT 2.0:
The Great American Bash
Orlando, FL 1 14 14 [13]
8 Roxanne Perez July 19, 2022 NXT 2.0 Orlando, FL 7 7 On the July 12, 2022, episode of NXT 2.0, Cora Jade turned on Perez. The following week, Jade threw her championship belt in a trashcan, vacating her half of the championship. WWE.com lists this as a separate entry on the official title history, but it is unclear if WWE views this as an official second reign for Perez or just a continuation from her reign with Jade. [14]
Vacated July 26, 2022 NXT 2.0 Orlando, FL Roxanne Perez vacated the other half of the championship due to not having a tag team partner. [15]
9 Katana Chance and Kayden Carter August 2, 2022 NXT 2.0 Orlando, FL 1 186 186 Defeated the teams of Ivy Nile and Tatum Paxley, Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne), and Yulisa Leon and Valentina Feroz in a fatal four-way tag team elimination match to win the vacant title. [16]
10 Fallon Henley and Kiana James February 4, 2023 Vengeance Day Charlotte, NC 1 56 55 [17]
11 Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn April 1, 2023 Stand & Deliver Los Angeles, CA 1 83 83 As a result of the 2023 WWE Draft, Fyre and Dawn were drafted to SmackDown, although the title remained on NXT. [18]
Unified June 23, 2023 SmackDown Lafayette, LA Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler defeated Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn to unify the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship into the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship. The NXT Women's Tag Team Championship was retired with Fyre and Dawn recognized as the final champions. [19]

Combined reigns[edit]

By team[edit]

Rank Team No. of
reigns
Combined
days
Combined days
rec. by WWE
1 Toxic Attraction
(Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne)
2 249 247
2 Katana Chance and Kayden Carter 1 186
3 Io Shirai and Zoey Stark 1 112 111
4 Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn 1 83
5 The Way
(Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell)
1 63 62
6 Fallon Henley and Kiana James 1 56 55
7 Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart 1 55
8 Cora Jade and Roxanne Perez 1 14
9 Dakota Kai and Raquel González 2 3

By wrestler[edit]

Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
days
Combined days
rec. by WWE
1 Gigi Dolin 2 249 247
Jacy Jayne
3 Katana Chance 1 186
Kayden Carter
5 Io Shirai 1 112 111
Zoey Stark
7 Alba Fyre 1 83
Isla Dawn
9 Candice LeRae 1 63 62
Indi Hartwell
11 Fallon Henley 1 56 55
Kiana James
13 Ember Moon 1 55
Shotzi Blackheart
15 Roxanne Perez 1 21
16 Cora Jade 1 14
17 Dakota Kai 2 3
Raquel González

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Moore, John (March 3, 2021). "3/3 NXT TV results: Moore's review of Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler vs. Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez for the WWE Women's Tag Titles, NXT Tag Champions Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch vs. Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher in a non-title match, LA Knight appears, The Way go to therapy". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Archived from the original on March 4, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
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