Women's championships in WWE

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The Fabulous Moolah, WWE's inaugural and longest reigning Original WWE Women's Champion with the Original WWE Women's Championship.

WWE (formerly the WWF, WWWF, and its predecessor, Capitol Wrestling) has maintained several women's professional wrestling championships since acquiring The Fabulous Moolah's NWA World Women's Championship in 1984. Whenever brand division has been implemented, separate women's titles have been created or allocated for each brand.

Overview of titles[edit]

Singles[edit]

Name Years
WWE Women's Championship 1956 – 2010 (became WWF property in 1984)
WWE Divas Championship 2008 – 2016
NXT Women's Championship 2013 – present
WWE Raw Women's Championship 2016 – present
WWE SmackDown Women's Championship 2016 – present
NXT UK Women's Championship 2018 – 2022

Tag Team[edit]

Name Years
WWF Women's Tag Team Championship 1983 – 1989
WWE Women's Tag Team Championship 2018 – present
NXT Women's Tag Team Championship 2021 – present

Others[edit]

In addition to titles specifically designated for women, women in WWE have also won four other championships. Two of these titles have been explicitly open to all challengers, while two others were traditionally considered "men's titles".

Name Wrestler Years
WWE Intercontinental Championship Chyna 1979 – present
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Madusa and Daffney in WCW, Jacqueline in WWE 1996 – 2007
(became WWF property in 2001)
WWE Hardcore Championship
(explicitly open to all challengers)
Godfather's Ho, Mighty Molly, Trish Stratus, Terri 1998 – 2002
WWE 24/7 Championship
(explicitly open to all challengers)
Kelly Kelly, Candice Michelle, Alundra Blayze, Maria Kanellis, Carmella,
Tamina, Alicia Fox, Dana Brooke, Nikki A.S.H., Doudrop, Alexa Bliss
2019 – 2022

History[edit]

Mickie James is a six-time women's champion in WWE, having won the WWE Women's Championship five times and the WWE Divas Championship once. She is the only woman to have competed for five of the six primary women's championships to ever exist in WWE.
Charlotte Flair is a six-time and the inaugural Raw Women's Champion, a seven-time SmackDown Women's Champion, a two-time NXT Women's Champion, a one-time and the final Divas Champion, and a one-time WWE Women's Tag Team Champion; she has held the most WWE championships out of any woman in the company's history with the WWE Raw Women's Championship around her waist.
A picture of multi-time Women's Champion Alexa Bliss with the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship around her waist.

Singles Women's Championships[edit]

On September 18, 1956, The Fabulous Moolah became the third NWA World Women's Champion. Moolah had worked for the northeastern United States-based Capitol Wrestling Corporation, a member of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), since the previous year.[1] In 1963, Capitol Wrestling seceded from the NWA and established itself as the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF); it quietly rejoined the NWA in 1971. Moolah bought the rights to the championship in the 1970s, and continued to defend the championship as the NWA World Women's Champion. The WWWF, renamed the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1979, withdrew from the NWA for good in 1983. Moolah sold the championship's rights to the WWF in 1984, and she was recognized as the WWF Women's Champion.[2] Instead of beginning her reign in 1984, the WWF claimed the lineage of her reign from when she first became champion in 1956. The preceding champions and the title changes between 1956 and when Moolah lost it in 1984 are not recognized by WWE, although they are recognized by the NWA.[3] As a result, The Fabulous Moolah's first reign is considered to have lasted 28 years by the promotion.[4]

In 1990, the Women's Championship became inactive after Rockin' Robin vacated the championship following her departure from the WWF.[5][6] Then in December 1993, the title was reactivated with Alundra Blayze winning a tournament for the vacant Women's Championship.[7] However, the Women's Championship became inactive again when Blayze was released from the WWF. Blayze, as Madusa, unexpectedly signed with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1995 and threw the championship belt, which was still in her possession, in a trash can on an episode of WCW Monday Nitro.[8] The Women's Championship was reactivated again in September 1998 when Jacqueline Moore defeated Sable to win the title.[8]

After the WWF/WWE name change in 2002, the championship was subsequently referred to as the WWE Women's Championship. With the WWE brand extension in March 2002, the Women's Championship at first was still defended on both the Raw and SmackDown brands, while most titles were exclusive to one brand.[9][10] In September, the Women's Championship became exclusive to only the Raw brand, but remained the sole championship contested by women until July 4, 2008, when a counterpart to the championship, called the WWE Divas Championship, was created for the SmackDown brand.[11][12] The titles switched brands after their respective title holders were drafted to the opposite brands in the 2009 WWE draft.[13][14]

A collage of the first ever WWE Divas Champion Michelle McCool with the Divas title in the forth picture.

The Women's Championship was unified with the Divas Championship at Night of Champions in September 2010, creating the Unified WWE Divas Championship[15][16][17] and rendering the Women's Championship defunct as the unified title followed the lineage of the Divas Championship; shortly after, the title dropped the "Unified" moniker.[18][19] The Divas Championship continued as the only women's championship of the main roster until 2016 when it was retired and replaced by a new WWE Women's Championship at WrestleMania 32. This came after the term "Diva" was scrutinized by some commentators, fans, and several past and present WWE female performers who were in favor of changing the championship to the Women's Championship. The division itself was also changed from being called the Divas division to being called the Women's division. The new championship does not share its title history with the previous championships.[20][21][22]

Following the reintroduction of the brand extension in July 2016, then-champion Charlotte Flair was drafted to the Raw brand, making the championship exclusive to Raw. In response, SmackDown created the SmackDown Women's Championship on August 23, 2016.[23][24] The WWE Women's Championship was subsequently renamed Raw Women's Championship to reflect its exclusivity to that brand. In addition, WWE's former developmental territory NXT established the NXT Women's Championship in April 2013,[25][26][27] which became one of WWE's three main women's titles in September 2019 when NXT became WWE's third major brand but reverted back to a developmental brand in 2021. Another title, the NXT UK Women's Championship, debuted for NXT's sister brand NXT UK in 2018,[28][29] but was recognized as being a step below the others. It was unified into the NXT Women's Championship in September 2022. Nikki A.S.H. is the only woman to have competed for all currently active women's championships, as well as the now retired NXT UK Women's Championship and gender neutral 24/7 Championship.

A picture of the first ever WWE SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch.[30]
A picture of the first ever NXT Women's Champion Paige[31] with the original NXT Women's Championship design around her waist.
A picture of the inaugural NXT UK Women's Champion Rhea Ripley.[32][33]

Tag Team Women's Championships[edit]

In 1983, the reigning NWA Women's World Tag Team Champions of Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria joined the WWF. As the WWF had withdrawn from the NWA, which owned the championship, McIntyre and Victoria were recognized as the first WWF Women's Tag Team Champions. The championship continued until 1989 the year when the championship deactivated.[34][35]

The WWE would go without a women's tag team championship for many years afterwards. WWE even talked about reviving the 1983 women's tag team titles, the conversation began circulating all throughout the year 2012 after the Original WWE Women's title had been deactivated after being unified with the WWE Divas Championship in 2010, when a WWE.com article was posted in favor of resurrecting the titles. Female performers were also in favor of adding a women's tag team championship. Online speculation began when WWE announced their first all female event, Evolution, for October, but the titles did not appear. On the December 24 episode of Monday Night Raw, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon officially announced that a new WWE Women's Tag Team Championship would debut in 2019 (and would not carry the lineage of the original title). The Boss 'n' Hug Connection (Bayley and Sasha Banks) became the inaugural champions at Elimination Chamber in February. It was also revealed that the titles would be defended across Raw, SmackDown, and NXT.[36]

Afterwards the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship continued to also be defended on the NXT roster as well as the main rosters until March 2021. On the March 10th, 2021 episode of NXT, when NXT General Manager William Regal established the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship, naming Dakota Kai and Raquel González as the first champions, after their controversial ending of their match for the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship a week prior to them winning the first ever Women's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Afterwards the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship no longer became available to the NXT roster but the main rosters such as SmackDown and Raw only.[37]

Champions[edit]

Current champions[edit]

The following list shows the women wrestlers that are currently holding all active women's and gender-neutral championships in WWE.

Championship Champion Reign Date won Days held[38] Location Notes
WWE Raw Women's Championship Bianca Belair 1 April 2, 2022 302+ Arlington, Texas Defeated Becky Lynch at Night One of WrestleMania 38.
WWE SmackDown Women's Championship Charlotte Flair 7 December 30, 2022 30+ Tampa, FL Defeated Ronda Rousey on WWE SmackDown New Years Edition.
NXT Women's Championship Roxanne Perez 1 December 13, 2022 47+ Orlando, Florida Defeated Mandy Rose for the NXT Women's Championship on WWE NXT.
WWE Women's Tag Team Championship Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky 2 November 5, 2022 85+ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Defeated Alexa Bliss and Asuka at Crown Jewel. This was the first time a women's championship changed hands in the Middle East.
NXT Women's Tag Team Championship Katana Chance and Kayden Carter 1 August 2, 2022 180+ Orlando, Florida Defeated the team 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 for the vacant titles.

Retired championships[edit]

The following list shows retired women championships and the final female title holders before the belts were deactivated in WWE.

Championship Champion Reign Date retired Days held Notes
WWF Women's Tag Team Championship The Glamour Girls
(Judy Martin and Leilani Kai)
2 February 14, 1989 251 The championship was abandoned due to a lack of female tag teams.
WWE Women's Championship Layla 1 September 19, 2010 131 The championship was unified into the WWE Divas Championship.
WWE Divas Championship Charlotte Flair 1 April 3, 2016 196 The championship was retired and replaced by a new WWE Women's Championship (later renamed Raw Women's Championship).
NXT UK Women's Championship Meiko Satomura 1 September 4, 2022 451 The championship was unified into the NXT Women's Championship.

Superlative reigns[edit]

Ten longest[edit]

Singles championships[edit]

The following list shows the top 10 longest women's championship reigns in WWE history.

A + indicates it is the current reign.

No. Champion Title Reign Length
(days)
Notes
1 The Fabulous Moolah WWE Women's Championship 1 3,651 During this reign, the title was known as the NWA World Women's Championship and was renamed the WWF Women's Championship when the WWF bought the rights to the championship in 1984. WWE recognizes this reign as lasting 10,170 days (September 18, 1956 – July 23, 1984) as they do not recognize the title changes of the NWA World Women's Championship from 1956 to 1984.
2 Kay Lee Ray NXT UK Women's Championship 1 649 WWE recognizes this title reign as ending on June 10, 2021, when the match aired on tape delay. The actual date when the show took place is currently unknown.
3 Asuka NXT Women's Championship 1 510 WWE recognizes this reign as lasting 523 days due to tape delay.
4 Rockin' Robin WWE Women's Championship 1 502 During this reign, the title was known as the WWF Women's Championship.
5 Meiko Satomura NXT UK Women's Championship 1 451 WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on June 10, 2021, when the episode aired on tape delay. The actual date the match took place is unknown.
6 Trish Stratus WWE Women's Championship 6 448
7 Sensational Sherri WWE Women's Championship 1 441 During this reign, the title was known as the WWF Women's Championship.
8 Shayna Baszler NXT Women's Championship 2 416
9 Mandy Rose 1 413 Defeated Raquel González in a Chucky's choice Trick or Street Fight match at Halloween Havoc.
10 Bayley WWE SmackDown Women's Championship 2 380
The Fabulous Moolah WWE Women's Championship 3 During this reign, the title was known as the WWF Women's Championship. In reality, this was Moolah's 6th title reign, but because WWE does not recognize the title changes of the NWA World Women's Championship between 1956 and 1984, they recognize this as Moolah's 3rd reign. The days recognized by them are 379.

Tag team championships[edit]

The following list shows the top 10 longest women's tag team championship reigns in WWE history.

No. Champion Title Reign Length
(days)
Notes
1 The Glamour Girls
(Judy Martin and Leilani Kai)
WWF Women's Tag Team Championship 1 906
2 Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria 1 574 McIntyre and Victoria were the reigning NWA Women's World Tag Team Champions upon the WWF's withdrawal from the National Wrestling Alliance and were recognized as the first WWF Women's Tag Team Champions, which ended the lineage of the NWA title.
3 The Glamour Girls
(Judy Martin and Leilani Kai)
2 251
4 Desiree Petersen and Velvet McIntyre 1 237
5 Katana Chance and Kayden Carter NXT Women's Tag Team Championship 1 180+
6 The Kabuki Warriors
(Asuka and Kairi Sane)
WWE Women's Tag Team Championship 1 171 or 172 The event that they lost the title was taped across two days, and it is currently not known which date they lost the titles. WWE recognizes The Kabuki Warriors' reign as lasting 181 days due to tape delay.
7 Toxic Attraction
(Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne)
NXT Women's Tag Team Championship 1 158
8 The Jumping Bomb Angels
(Itsuki Yamazaki and Noriyo Tateno)
WWF Women's Tag Team Championship 1 136
9 Carmella and Queen Zelina WWE Women's Tag Team Championship 1 132
10 Natalya and Tamina 1 129

Longest per championship[edit]

The following list shows the longest reigning champion for each singles and tag team women's championship.

No. Champion Title Reign Dates held Length
(days)
Notes
1 The Fabulous Moolah WWE Women's Championship 1 September 18, 1956 – September 17, 1966 3,651 During this reign, the title was known as the NWA World Women's Championship and was renamed the WWF Women's Championship when the WWF bought the rights to the championship in 1984. WWE recognizes this reign as lasting 10,170 days (September 18, 1956 – July 23, 1984) as they do not recognize the title changes of the NWA World Women's Championship between 1956 and 1984.
2 The Glamour Girls
(Judy Martin and Leilani Kai)
WWF Women's Tag Team Championship 1 August 1, 1985 - January 24, 1988 906
3 Kay Lee Ray NXT UK Women's Championship 1 August 31, 2019 – June 10, 2021 649
4 Asuka NXT Women's Championship 1 April 1, 2016 – August 24, 2017 510 WWE recognizes this reign as lasting 523 days (April 1, 2016 – September 6, 2017) due to tape delay.
5 Becky Lynch WWE Raw Women's Championship 1 April 8, 2019 – May 10, 2020 398 WWE recognizes this reign as lasting 398 days (April 8, 2019 – May 10, 2020) due to tape delay.
6 Bayley WWE SmackDown Women's Championship 2 October 11, 2019 – October 25, 2020 380
7 Nikki Bella WWE Divas Championship 2 November 23, 2014 – September 20, 2015 301
8 The Kabuki Warriors
(Asuka and Kairi Sane)
WWE Women's Tag Team Championship 1 October 6, 2019 – March 25 or 26, 2020 172 or 171 The event that they lost the title was taped across two days, and it is currently not known which date they lost the titles. WWE recognizes The Kabuki Warriors' reign as lasting 181 days (October 6, 2019 – April 4, 2020) due to tape delay.
9 Toxic Attraction
(Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne)
NXT Women's Tag Team Championship 1 October 26, 2021–present 158

Most per championship[edit]

The following list shows the wrestlers with the most reigns for each women's championship created and/or promoted by WWE.

No. Champion Title No. of
Reigns
Notes
1 Trish Stratus WWE Women's Championship 7 Moolah first won the championship when it was called the NWA World Women's Championship and it was renamed the WWF Women's Championship when the WWF bought the rights to the championship in 1984, which was what the title was known as for her subsequent reigns. However, WWE only recognizes that Moolah held the championship four times as they do not recognize the title changes of the NWA World Women's Championship from 1956 to 1984.
2 Charlotte Flair WWE Raw Women's Championship 6 During her first reign, the title was known as the WWE Women's Championship.
3 WWE SmackDown Women's Championship 7
4 AJ Lee WWE Divas Championship 3
Eve Torres
5 Shayna Baszler NXT Women's Championship 2
Charlotte Flair
6 Nikki A.S.H./Nikki Cross WWE Women's Tag Team Championship 3 Cross held the title twice with Alexa Bliss and once with Rhea Ripley.
Sasha Banks Banks has two reigns with Bayley and one with Naomi.
Alexa Bliss Bliss held the title with Nikki Cross and once with Asuka.
Asuka Asuka has one reign with Kairi Sane, one with Charlotte Flair and one with Alexa Bliss.
7 Dakota Kai and Raquel González NXT Women's Tag Team Championship 2
Toxic Attraction
(Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne)
8 The Glamour Girls
(Judy Martin and Leilani Kai)
WWF Women's Tag Team Championship 2
9 Kay Lee Ray NXT UK Women's Championship 1 There were only four reigns between four women during the title's four-year existence.
Meiko Satomura
Rhea Ripley
Toni Storm

Most total reigns[edit]

The following list shows the wrestlers who have the most reigns in total for women's singles championships, combining all titles they have held as recognized by WWE. This list also shows the titles that they won to achieve this record (minimum of four reigns).

No. Champion Titles No. of Reigns Notes
1 Charlotte Flair 16 Flair was the last Divas Champion and the inaugural Raw Women's Champion, which at that time was known as the WWE Women's Championship.
She is also the only woman to have held as many different championships.
2 Sasha Banks 7 During her first reign with the Raw Women's Championship, the title was known as the WWE Women's Championship.
Trish Stratus During her first reign, the title was known as the WWF Women's Championship. Stratus is the woman with the most championship wins with one single title belt.
4 Mickie James 6
Becky Lynch Lynch was the inaugural SmackDown Women's Champion and she is the only superstar to have held both titles at the same time.
6 Alexa Bliss 5 Bliss was the first woman to have won both titles.
Melina 5
8 Asuka 4
Bayley
Beth Phoenix
Michelle McCool McCool was the inaugural Divas Champion and the first woman to have won both titles. She is also the first-ever double champion of 2010's decade and successfully unified both titles.
Lita
The Fabulous Moolah Moolah was WWE's first Women's Champion. The title was known as the NWA World Women's Championship (which still exists today) until May 19, 1984, when Moolah sold the rights to the championship to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) and the title was renamed WWF Women's Championship. Moolah's title reigns in total are actually 8, however, WWE recognizes Moolah's first reign as being uninterrupted for 28 years, as they do not recognize the title changes of the NWA World Women's Championship from 1956–1984.

Most combined days as champions[edit]

The following list shows the top 10 female wrestlers based on their most combined days as champions in WWE history.

Indicates this wrestler is currently holding a championship
Rank Wrestler Titles won Number of reigns Combined days as champion
1 The Fabulous Moolah WWE Women's Championship 4 10,984
2 Charlotte Flair WWE Divas Championship (1 time)
NXT Women's Championship (2 times)
Raw Women's Championship (6 times)
SmackDown Women's Championship (7 times)
16 1,223+
3 Asuka

NXT Women's Championship (1 time)
Raw Women's Championship (2 times)
SmackDown Women's Championship (1 time)

4 937
4 Trish Stratus WWE Women's Championship 7 828
5 Bayley

NXT Women's Championship (1 time)
Raw Women's Championship (1 time)
SmackDown Women's Championship (2 times)

4 819
6 Becky Lynch

Raw Women's Championship (2 times)
SmackDown Women's Championship (4 times)

6 813
7 Kay Lee Ray NXT UK Women's Championship 1 649
8 Beth Phoenix

WWE Women's Championship (3 times)
WWE Divas Championship (1 time)

4 571
9 Shayna Baszler NXT Women's Championship 2 549
10 Alundra Blayze WWE Women's Championship 3 539

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