WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
|WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship|
|Date established||December 24, 2018|
|Current champion(s)||Sasha Banks and Naomi|
|Date won||April 3, 2022|
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. The current champions are the team of Sasha Banks and Naomi from SmackDown, who are in their first reign as a team.
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.
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). 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. 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. 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.” 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. Just prior to the event, Stephanie said that the titles would be coming “sooner than we think”; 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.
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. 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. On the February 18 Raw, it was revealed that the titles could also be defended on the NXT brand.
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. The following week, The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (Bayley and Sasha Banks) defeated Alicia Fox & Nikki Cross to win Raw’s final spot. No qualification matches were held to determine the three teams from SmackDown due to its smaller roster, and instead, each team declared their participation. The team of Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville announced theirs on the January 29 episode of SmackDown Live, The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce) confirmed their entry via Twitter, and Carmella & Naomi accepted the final spot on the February 5 episode. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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).
As of April 4, 2022, there have been 13 reigns between 10 teams composed of 17 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 & Shayna Baszler for the most reigns at two, while individually, Nikki Cross/A.S.H. (prior to her third reign, her ring name changed to Nikki A.S.H.) and Sasha Banks share the record with three reigns. The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) have the longest reign at 171 or 172 days (181 days as recognized by WWE 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, however, 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 Sasha Banks and Naomi, who are in their first reign as a team. Individually, this is the record-tying third reign for Banks and the first for Naomi. They defeated previous champions Queen Zelina and Carmella, Rhea Ripley and Liv Morgan, and Natalya and Shayna Baszler in a fatal four-way tag team match on April 3, 2022 at WrestleMania 38 Night 2 in Arlington, Texas.
|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.|
|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.|||
(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.|||
|3||Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross||August 5, 2019||Raw||Pittsburgh, PA||1||62||62||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.|||
|4||The Kabuki Warriors
(Asuka and Kairi Sane)
|October 6, 2019||Hell in a Cell||Sacramento, CA||1||171 or 172||181||WWE recognizes this reign as ending on April 4, 2020, when the following match aired on tape delay.|||
|5||Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross||March 25 or 26, 2020||WrestleMania 36||Orlando, FL||2||62 or 61||62||WrestleMania was taped on March 25 and 26, but it is currently unknown which day this match was taped. WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on April 4, 2020 and ending on June 5, 2020, when the matches aired on tape delay.|||
|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.|||
|7||Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler||August 30, 2020||Payback||Orlando, FL||1||112||112|||
|8||Asuka (2) and Charlotte Flair||December 20, 2020||TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs||St. Petersburg, FL||1||42||42|||
|9||Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler||January 31, 2021||Royal Rumble
|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.|||
|WWE: Raw and SmackDown|
|10||Natalya and Tamina||May 14, 2021||SmackDown||Tampa, FL||1||129||129|||
|11||Nikki A.S.H. (3) and Rhea Ripley||September 20, 2021||Raw||Raleigh, NC||1||63||63||Nikki A.S.H. was previously known as Nikki Cross.|||
|12||Carmella and Queen Zelina||November 22, 2021||Raw||Brooklyn, NY||1||132||132|||
|13||Sasha Banks (3) and Naomi||April 3, 2022||WrestleMania 38
|Arlington, TX||1||1+||1+||This was a fatal four-way tag team match, also involving Rhea Ripley and Liv Morgan, and Natalya and Shayna Baszler.|||
As of April 4, 2022.
|†||Indicates the current champion|
|¤||The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain; the combined length may not be correct.|
rec. by WWE
|1||Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler||2||215|
|2||The Kabuki Warriors
(Asuka and Kairi Sane)
|3||The Boss n’ Hug Connection/Bayley and Sasha Banks||2||145||135|
|4||Carmella and Queen Zelina||1||132|
|5||Natalya and Tamina||1||129|
|6||Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross||2||¤123||124|
(Billie Kay and Peyton Royce)
|8||Nikki A.S.H. and Rhea Ripley||1||63|
|9||Asuka and Charlotte Flair||1||42|
|10||Sasha Banks and Naomi †||1||1+|
rec. by WWE
|4||Nikki A.S.H./Nikki Cross||3||¤186||187|
|6||Sasha Banks †||3||146+||136+|
- During their first reign, they went by the team name of The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection.
- The exact date they lost the title is unknown, but WWE recognizes 180 days due to tape delay.
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