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NXT UK Women’s Championship
NXT UK Women's Championship.png

The NXT UK Women’s Championship belt with default side plates.
Details
Promotion WWE
Brand NXT UK
Date established 18 June 2018
Current champion(s) Meiko Satomura

The NXT UK Women’s Championship is a women’s professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American promotion WWE. It is defended on their NXT UK brand division, a sister brand of NXT based in the United Kingdom. Established on 18 June 2018, the inaugural champion was Rhea Ripley. The current champion is Meiko Satomura, who is in her first reign.

WWE had originally announced plans for a United Kingdom-based brand in December 2016, however, it was not until mid-2018 when NXT UK was formally established as that brand. The NXT UK Women’s Championship was then introduced during the first night of the 2018 United Kingdom Championship Tournament.

History[edit]

Inaugural champion Rhea Ripley
Longest reigning champion Kay Lee Ray, who held the title for 649 days (as recognized by WWE)

In a press conference at The O2 Arena on 15 December 2016, the American professional wrestling promotion WWE announced plans to establish a United Kingdom-based brand on which professional wrestlers from the country would compete. A men’s title, the WWE United Kingdom Championship (later renamed to NXT United Kingdom Championship), was established that same day,[1] however, it was not until mid-2018 when NXT UK was formally established as the United Kingdom-based brand, and sister brand of the American-based NXT. On 18 June during the first night of the 2018 United Kingdom Championship Tournament, the NXT UK Women’s Championship, along with the NXT UK Tag Team Championship, was announced for the NXT UK brand.[2] Afterwards, a two-day eight-woman single-elimination tournament was scheduled to crown the inaugural champion during the first tapings of NXT UK.[3][4][5] During the 26 August tapings, Rhea Ripley defeated Toni Storm in the tournament final to become the inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion (aired 28 November).[6][7]

In January 2020, WWE briefly began referring to the women’s championship as the “NXT UK Championship” to bring it on an equal level as the men’s title,[8] though reverted to calling it the NXT UK Women’s Championship soon after; it remained as NXT UK Women’s Championship on the official title history during this time.[9]

Inaugural tournament[edit]

Quarterfinals
NXT UK
25 August 2018
(aired 14 and 21 November 2018)
Semifinals
NXT UK
26 August 2018
(aired 21 November 2018)
Final
NXT UK
26 August 2018
(aired 28 November 2018)
                 
Dakota Kai Pin
Nina Samuels
Dakota Kai
Rhea Ripley Pin
Rhea Ripley Pin
Xia Brookside
Rhea Ripley Pin
Toni Storm
Jinny Pin
Millie McKenzie
Jinny
Toni Storm Pin
Toni Storm Pin
Isla Dawn

Championship belt design[edit]

The championship’s center plate is inspired by the United Kingdom’s royal coat of arms

The championship belt was revealed during the 25 August tapings of NXT UK.[5] It is nearly identical to its male counterpart, the NXT United Kingdom Championship. Like the United Kingdom Championship, the center plate is modeled after the United Kingdom’s royal coat of arms, featuring a lion and a horse (instead of the traditional unicorn) on either side of the arms, while at the center of the plate features a shield with the NXT UK logo; atop the shield are the crown jewels.[5] Above the arms is a banner that reads “United Kingdom”, directly below the shield is a banner that reads “Women’s”, and below that is a banner that reads “Champion”. Gold divider bars separate the center plate from the belt’s two side plates. In what has become a prominent feature for WWE’s championship belts, the two side plates feature removable center sections that can be replaced with the current champion’s logo; the default side plates feature the WWE logo on a red globe. Like the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championship belts, the strap is white and smaller than the men’s.[10]

Reigns[edit]

Current champion Meiko Satomura

As of 2 April 2022, there have been four reigns between four champions. Rhea Ripley was the inaugural champion and has the shortest reign at 139 days (44 days as recognized by WWE due to tape delay). Kay Lee Ray has the longest reign, which WWE recognizes as lasting 649 days (beginning 31 August 2019 and ending 10 June 2021); the actual length of her reign is undeterminable as the real date she lost the title is unknown. Ripley is also the youngest champion when she won the title at the age of 21 while Meiko Satomura is the oldest at 41.

The current champion is Meiko Satomura, who is in her first reign. She won the title by defeating Kay Lee Ray on NXT UK, which was recorded in London, England and aired on tape delay on 10 June 2021, but the actual date the match took place is unknown.

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.
1 Rhea Ripley 26 August 2018 NXT UK Birmingham, England 1 139 44 Defeated Toni Storm in the tournament final to become the inaugural champion.
WWE recognizes Ripley’s reign as beginning on 28 November 2018, when the episode aired on tape delay.
[6]
2 Toni Storm 12 January 2019 TakeOver: Blackpool Blackpool, England 1 231 230 [11]
3 Kay Lee Ray 31 August 2019 TakeOver: Cardiff Cardiff, Wales 1 N/A 649 WWE recognizes this reign as ending on 10 June 2021, when the match aired on tape delay. The actual date she lost the title is unknown. [12]
4 Meiko Satomura 10 June 2021
(air date)
NXT UK London, England 1 N/A 296+ WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on 10 June 2021, when the episode aired on tape delay. The actual date the match took place is unknown. [13]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The actual length of the reign is undeterminable, as the actual date Kay Lee Ray lost the championship is unknown. As such, the reign length indicated here is what WWE officially recognizes for the reign.
  2. ^ WWE officially recognizes Rhea Ripley as having the shortest reign at 44 days due to tape delay.

References[edit]

  1. ^

    Keller, Wade (December 15, 2016). “WWE announces new UK-based brand, holding tournament to crown UK Champion, Nigel McGuinness on announce team”. Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved December 15, 2016.

  2. ^ Pollock, John (June 18, 2018). “WWE announces NXT UK brand with two additional championships to be introduced”. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  3. ^ “WWE NXT UK Women’s Championship tournament results, Rhea Ripley first ever Australian woman to win a WWE title”. www.foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  4. ^ “The first NXT UK Women’s Champion to be crowned at NXT UK tapings this weekend in Birmingham”. WWE. August 21, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Currier, Joseh (August 26, 2018). “WWE UNVEILS NXT UK WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE BELT”. Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  6. ^ a b “Major news from Sunday night’s NXT UK tapings (CAUTION: SPOILERS)”. WWE. August 26, 2018. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  7. ^ “The first NXT UK Women’s Champion to be crowned at NXT UK tapings this weekend in Birmingham”. WWE. August 21, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  8. ^ “Mia Yim clashes with NXT UK Champion Kay Lee Ray during Worlds Collide Pre-Show”. WWE. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  9. ^ “NXT UK Women’s Championship”. WWE. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  10. ^ Lowson, Thomas (August 26, 2018). “WWE News: NXT UK Women’s Championship Title Revealed”. Sportsskeeda. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  11. ^ Powell, Jason (January 12, 2019). “1/12 Powell’s NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool live review – Rhea Ripley vs. Toni Storm for the NXT UK Women’s Championship, Pete Dunne vs. Joe Coffey for the WWE UK Championship, Trent Seven and Tyler Bate vs. Zack Gibson and James Drake to become the first NXT UK Tag Champions”. Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  12. ^ Powell, Jason (August 31, 2019). “8/31 Powell’s NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff live review – Walter vs. Tyler Bate for the WWE UK Championship, Toni Storm vs. Kay Lee Ray for the NXT UK Women’s Championship, Zack Gibson and James Drake vs. Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster vs. Mark Coffey and Wolfgang for the NXT UK Tag Titles”. Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  13. ^ Harris, Jeffrey (June 10, 2021). “Meiko Satomura Captures NXT UK Women’s Title From Kay Lee Ray”. 411mania. Retrieved June 10, 2021.

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