WWE Women's Tag Team Championship

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WWE Women's Tag Team Championship
upright=Bayley and Sasha Banks.png
The Women's Tag Team Championship belt with default side plates
Details
PromotionWWE
BrandRaw
SmackDown
Date establishedDecember 24, 2018
Current champion(s)Nikki A.S.H. and Rhea Ripley
Date wonSeptember 20, 2021

The WWE Women's Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling women's tag team championship created and promoted by the American promotion WWE, defended across the Raw and SmackDown brand divisions. It is one of two women's tag team championships in the promotion, along with the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship on NXT. The current champions are the team of Nikki A.S.H. and Rhea Ripley from Raw, who are in their first reign as a team. Individually, this is the record third reign for Nikki A.S.H. and the first reign for Ripley.

The championship was established on the December 24, 2018, episode of Monday Night Raw. Bayley and Sasha Banks, then going by the team name of The Boss 'n' Hug Connection, were the first champions who were part of the Raw brand during their inaugural reign. The championship was originally established to be available to Raw, SmackDown, and NXT, but after a controversial finish to a title defense on the March 3, 2021 episode of NXT, the brand created their own championship, thus the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship became no longer available to NXT. The WWE Women's Tag Team Championship has been contested in the headlining match of one WWE pay-per-view event: TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs in 2019.

The title is distinct from the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship that was contested from 1983–1989, as it does not carry the lineage of the former title.

History[edit]

Sasha Banks and Bayley—the inaugural and record tying two-time champions; during their inaugural reign, they were known as The Boss 'n' Hug Connection, while during their second reign, they were known simply as Bayley and Sasha Banks

In 1989, the then-World Wrestling Federation (WWF) abandoned the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship due to the lack of women's tag teams in the division. This remained true up through the 2000s—in 2002, the WWF was renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE, which became an orphaned initialism in 2011). In the early 2010s, the women's division began growing, and in 2012, WWE.com ran an article supporting the resurrection of the Women's Tag Team Championship.[1] In 2014, The Bella Twins (Brie Bella and Nikki Bella) discussed a desire to establish a Divas Tag Team Championship—from 1999 to 2016, female performers were referred to as Divas and their top championship from 2010 to 2016 was the WWE Divas Championship.[2][3][4][5] The idea for a women's tag team championship was seemingly forgotten about until mid-2018; in an interview with Sky Sports, WWE's Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon stated that in regards to the titles debuting, "Not quite yet, but that's absolutely something we've heard loud and clear from our fan base and it's something we're keen on implementing as soon as we are able to."[6] Prior to WWE's first all-female pay-per-view Evolution in October, speculations—including comments from current female wrestlers—arose that the promotion would debut the titles at the event.[7][8] Just prior to the event, Stephanie said that the titles would be coming "sooner than we think";[6] the titles, however, were not debuted at Evolution. Speculation died down after the event, however, on the December 3, 2018, episode of Monday Night Raw, when questioned by a fan about what they wanted to bring to the women's division in 2019, Bayley and Sasha Banks stated that they wanted to become the inaugural WWE Women's Tag Team Champions.[9]

During the December 24, 2018, special Christmas episode of Raw, WWE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Vince McMahon officially announced that a new WWE Women's Tag Team Championship would be introduced in 2019.[10] On the January 14, 2019, episode of Raw, the championship belts were unveiled by Alexa Bliss on her segment, "A Moment of Bliss". After the unveiling, Bliss announced that the inaugural champions would be decided at Elimination Chamber on February 17, 2019, in a tag team Elimination Chamber match, featuring three teams from Raw and three teams from SmackDown, making the title non-exclusive to either brand.[11][12][13] On the February 18 Raw, it was revealed that the titles could also be defended on the NXT brand.[14]

To determine the three teams from Raw, qualification matches were held and began on the January 28 episode of Raw. The teams of Nia Jax & Tamina and The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan) qualified by defeating the teams of Alexa Bliss & Mickie James and Natalya & Dana Brooke, respectively.[15] The following week, The Boss 'n' Hug Connection (Bayley and Sasha Banks) defeated Alicia Fox & Nikki Cross to win Raw's final spot.[16] No qualification matches were held to determine the three teams from SmackDown due to its smaller roster, and instead, each team declared their participation.[17] The team of Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville announced theirs on the January 29 episode of SmackDown Live,[18] The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce) confirmed their entry via Twitter,[19] and Carmella & Naomi accepted the final spot on the February 5 episode.[20] The Boss 'n' Hug Connection would go on and win the match, lastly eliminating Rose & Deville by way of Banks submitting Deville, to become the inaugural champions.[14]

The title headlined a pay-per-view event for the first time at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2019. The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) defended the championship against Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair in the first women's tag team Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match, where The Kabuki Warriors retained.[21]

On the March 3, 2021 episode of NXT, WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler defended the championship against NXT's Dakota Kai and Raquel González, who had earned the title opportunity for winning the inaugural Women's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. The match ended in controversy, however, as the referee was taken out and WWE official Adam Pearce, who officiates on Raw and SmackDown, sent a second referee to the ring, who ruled that Kai submitted to Baszler, although Kai was not the legal woman.[22] The following week, in response to the controversy, NXT General Manager William Regal established the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship for the brand as to not deal with Raw and SmackDown's politics any longer, and awarded the championship to Kai and González. The WWE Women's Tag Team Championship effectively became no longer available to NXT.[23][24]. On September 20, 2021, Nikki A.S.H became the second women to win the Womens Tag Team tittles with a different partner (Rhea Ripley and Alexa Bliss), behind Asuka (who won with Kairi Sane and Charlotte Flair).

Belt design[edit]

The championship belts were unveiled by wrestler Alexa Bliss on the January 14, 2019, episode of Raw. The belts feature three plates on a white leather strap, which is smaller than the men's titles. The three plates are outlined in gold while the inner portion is mostly silver. The WWE logo is affixed at the top of the circular center plate, which has four protruding edges. At the center, the word "Tag Team" is prominently written in gold. Above that is a gold banner that reads "Women's" while below is a gold banner that reads "Champions". Similar to how the men's Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championships are Greek inspired, the center plate is encircled by a meander pattern. There is also margent ornamentation in the inner circle. In what has become a prominent feature with WWE's other championship belts, the two side plates feature a removable center section that can be customized with the champion's logos; the default side plates feature the WWE logo on a globe. Generally, the reigning team will have one side plate on each belt dedicated to each champion, unless the team has a name (e.g., The Kabuki Warriors).[12]

Reigns[edit]

Current champions Nikki A.S.H and Rhea Ripley

As of September 26, 2021, there have been 11 reigns between 8 teams composed of 14 individual champions. The inaugural championship team was Bayley and Sasha Banks, who at the time went by the team name of The Boss 'n' Hug Connection—during their second reign, they simply went by "Bayley and Sasha Banks" as their team name. As a team, they are tied with the teams of Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross and Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler for the most reigns at two, while individually, Nikki Cross/A.S.H. holds the record at three reigns. The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) have the longest reign at 171 or 172 days (the exact date they lost the title is unknown, but WWE recognizes their reign as lasting 180 days due to tape delay), while the team of Asuka and Charlotte Flair have the shortest reign at 42 days. As a team and individually, Jax and Baszler have the longest combined reign at 215 days (WWE recognizes that Asuka individually has the longest combined reign at 222 days due to tape delay). Tamina is the oldest champion, winning the title at 43 years old, while Rhea Ripley is the youngest, winning the title at 24.

The current champions are Rhea Ripley and Nikki A.S.H., who are in their first reign as a team. Individually this is Ripley's first reign and the record third for Nikki. They defeated Natalya and Tamina on the September 20, 2021 episode of Raw in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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.
WWE: Raw, SmackDown, and NXT
1 The Boss 'n' Hug Connection
(Bayley and Sasha Banks)
February 17, 2019 Elimination Chamber Houston, TX 1 49 49 This was a tag team Elimination Chamber match to determine the inaugural champions, also involving Nia Jax & Tamina, The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan), Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce), and Carmella & Naomi. The Boss 'n' Hug Connection lastly eliminated Rose and Deville to become the inaugural champions. [13][25]
2 The IIconics
(Billie Kay and Peyton Royce)
April 7, 2019 WrestleMania 35 East Rutherford, NJ 1 120 120 This was a fatal four-way tag team match, also involving Nia Jax & Tamina and Beth Phoenix & Natalya. [26]
3 Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross August 5, 2019 Raw Pittsburgh, PA 1 62 61 This was a fatal four-way tag team elimination match, also involving Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville and The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane). Bliss lastly pinned Sane to win the title. [27]
4 The Kabuki Warriors
(Asuka and Kairi Sane)
October 6, 2019 Hell in a Cell Sacramento, CA 1 171 or 172 180 WWE recognizes this reign as ending on April 4, 2020, when the following match aired on tape delay. [28]
5 Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross March 25 or 26, 2020 WrestleMania 36
Part 1
Orlando, FL 2 62 or 61 62 WrestleMania was filmed on March 25 and 26, but it is currently unknown which day this match was taped.[29]
WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on April 4, 2020 and ending on June 5, 2020, when the matches aired on tape delay
[30]
6 Bayley and Sasha Banks May 26, 2020 SmackDown Orlando, FL 2 96 86 Previously known as The Boss 'n' Hug Connection. WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on June 5, 2020, when the match aired on tape delay. [31][32]
7 Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler August 30, 2020 Payback Orlando, FL 1 112 112 [33]
8 Asuka (2) and Charlotte Flair December 20, 2020 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs St. Petersburg, FL 1 42 42 [34]
9 Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler January 31, 2021 Royal Rumble
Kickoff
St. Petersburg, FL 2 103 103 With the establishment of the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship on March 10, 2021, the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship became no longer available to NXT. [35]
WWE: Raw and SmackDown
10 Natalya and Tamina May 14, 2021 SmackDown Tampa, FL 1 129 129 [36]
11 Nikki A.S.H. (3) and Rhea Ripley September 20, 2021 Raw Raleigh, NC 1 6+ 6+ Nikki A.S.H. was previously known as Nikki Cross. [37]

Combined reigns[edit]

As of September 26, 2021.

The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) are the longest reigning champions at 171 or 172 days (the date they lost the title is unknown, but WWE recognizes 180 days due to tape delay, which is still the longest.)

By team[edit]

Indicates the current champions
¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest length is considered.
Rank Team No. of
reigns
Combined
days
Combined days
rec. by WWE
1 Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler 2 215
2 The Kabuki Warriors
(Asuka and Kairi Sane)
1 ¤171 180
3 The Boss 'n' Hug Connection/Bayley and Sasha Banks 2 145 134
4 Natalya and Tamina 1 129
5 Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross 2 ¤123 123
6 The IIconics
(Billie Kay and Peyton Royce)
1 120
7 Asuka and Charlotte Flair 1 42
8 Nikki A.S.H. and Rhea Ripley 1 6+

By wrestler[edit]

Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
days
Combined days
rec. by WWE
1 Nia Jax 2 215
Shayna Baszler 2 215
3 Asuka 2 ¤213 222
4 Kairi Sane 1 ¤171 180
5 Bayley 2 145 134
Sasha Banks 2 145 134
7 Natalya 1 129
Tamina 1 129
9 Nikki A.S.H./Nikki Cross 3 ¤129+ 129+
10 Alexa Bliss 2 ¤123 123
11 Billie Kay 1 120
Peyton Royce 1 120
13 Charlotte Flair 1 42
14 Rhea Ripley 1 6+

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ During their first reign, they went by the team name of The Boss 'n' Hug Connection.
  2. ^ The exact date they lost the title is unknown, but WWE recognizes 180 days due to tape delay.

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