List of WWE Divas Champions

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Two-time and current WWE Divas Champion: Nikki Bella.

The WWE Divas Championship is a professional wrestling women's championship owned by the WWE promotion. The word "Divas" in the championship's name refers to the pseudonym WWE Diva, which WWE uses to refer its female wrestlers. The championship is generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition.

The creation of the championship was announced on June 6, 2008, by then SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero as a counterpart to the Raw brand's WWE Women's Championship. The inaugural champion was Michelle McCool, who defeated Natalya on July 20, 2008, at The Great American Bash.[1] On April 13, 2009, the title was moved from SmackDown to Raw as a result of then Divas Champion Maryse being drafted to Raw in the 2009 WWE draft.[2] On September 19, 2010, at the Night of Champions pay-per-view event, Michelle McCool (defending the Women's Championship on behalf of tag team partner and official champion, Layla) defeated Divas Champion Melina, retiring the Women's Championship and unifying it with the Divas Championship.[3]

Eve Torres and AJ Lee hold the record for most reigns as Divas Champion with three. AJ also has the longest title reign at 295 days, while Jillian Hall has the shortest reign at five minutes. Paige is the youngest Divas Champion in history, at 21 years of age, and is also the only woman to win the title in her debut along with Gail Kim and hold the NXT Women's championship at the same time. The title became vacant only once in history in 49 days. The current champion is Nikki Bella, who is in her second reign. Overall, there have been 25 reigns shared between 16 women.

Title history[edit]

Names[edit]

Name[4] Years[4]
WWE Divas Championship 2008–present
Unified WWE Divas Championship 2010

Reigns[edit]

As of September 4, 2015.

Reign The reign number for the specific champion listed
Location The city in which the title was won
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title was won
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Michelle McCool 1 July 20, 2008 155 Uniondale, NY The Great American Bash McCool defeated Natalya to become the inaugural champion.
2 Maryse 1 December 22, 2008 216 Toronto, ON SmackDown This episode aired on tape delay on December 26, 2008. Maria served as the special guest referee. The championship became exclusive to the Raw brand on April 13, 2009 when Maryse was drafted from SmackDown. [5][6][7]
3 Mickie James 1 July 26, 2009 78 Philadelphia, PA Night of Champions
4 Jillian Hall 1 October 12, 2009 0 Indianapolis, IN Raw
5 Melina 1 84 [8]
Vacated January 4, 2010 49 Dayton, OH Raw WWE vacated the title after Melina sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which sidelined her from in-ring competition. [9]
6 Maryse 2 February 22, 2010 49 Indianapolis, IN Raw Defeated Gail Kim in a tournament final to win the vacant title.
7 Eve Torres 1 April 12, 2010 69 London, England Raw
8 Alicia Fox 1 June 20, 2010 56 Uniondale, NY Fatal 4-Way This was a fatal four-way match also involving Gail Kim and Maryse. Fox pinned Maryse to win the championship.
9 Melina 2 August 15, 2010 35 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam
10 Michelle McCool 2 September 19, 2010 63 Rosemont, IL Night of Champions This was a lumberjill match where the Women's Championship was unified with the Divas Championship. The title subsequently became accessible on both the Raw and SmackDown brands and was briefly referred to as the Unified Divas Championship, keeping the lineage of the Divas Championship whilst the Women's Championship was retired. Layla was unofficially the co-champion during this reign; she defended the championship in McCool's place on some occasions. [10]
11 Natalya 1 November 21, 2010 70 Miami, FL Survivor Series This was a handicap match also involving Layla as Michelle McCool's tag team partner. [11]
12 Eve Torres 2 January 30, 2011 71 Boston, MA Royal Rumble This was a fatal four-way match also involving Layla and Michelle McCool. Eve pinned Layla to win the championship. [12]
13 Brie Bella 1 April 11, 2011 70 Bridgeport, CT Raw [13]
14 Kelly Kelly 1 June 20, 2011 104 Baltimore, MD Raw This was a "Power to the People" special episode of Raw, where Brie Bella's opponent was determined by a fan-voted poll. Kelly Kelly received the highest number of votes over Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres. [14]
15 Beth Phoenix 1 October 2, 2011 204 New Orleans, LA Hell in a Cell [15]
16 Nikki Bella 1 April 23, 2012 6 Detroit, MI Raw This was a lumberjill match. [16]
17 Layla 1 April 29, 2012 140 Rosemont, IL Extreme Rules Layla pinned Brie Bella to win the title from Nikki after the twins switched places during the match while the referee was distracted. [17]
18 Eve Torres 3 September 16, 2012 120 Boston, MA Night of Champions [18]
19 Kaitlyn 1 January 14, 2013 153 Houston, TX Raw 20th Anniversary Special If Eve had been counted out or disqualified, she would have lost the title. [19][20]
20 AJ Lee 1 June 16, 2013 295 Rosemont, IL Payback [21]
21 Paige 1 April 7, 2014 84 New Orleans, LA Raw [22]
22 AJ Lee 2 June 30, 2014 48 Hartford, CT Raw [23]
23 Paige 2 August 17, 2014 35 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam [24]
24 AJ Lee 3 September 21, 2014 63 Nashville, TN Night of Champions This was a triple threat match also involving Nikki Bella. [25]
25 Nikki Bella 2 November 23, 2014 285+ St. Louis, MO Survivor Series [26]

Combined reigns[edit]

Record three and longest-reigning WWE Divas Champion: AJ Lee
Record-tying three-time WWE Divas Champion: Eve Torres
Inaugural and two-time WWE Divas Champion: Michelle McCool

As of September 4, 2015.

+ Indicates the current champion
Rank Champion No. of reigns Combined days
1 AJ Lee 3 406
2 Nikki Bella 2 291+
3 Maryse 2 265
4 Eve Torres 3 260
5 Michelle McCool 2 218
6 Beth Phoenix 1 204
7 Kaitlyn 1 153
8 Layla 1 140
9 Melina 2 119
Paige 2 119
11 Kelly Kelly 1 104
12 Mickie James 1 78
13 Brie Bella 1 70
Natalya 1 70
15 Alicia Fox 1 56
16 Jillian Hall 1 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
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  2. ^ Martin, Adam (April 14, 2009). "Raw results – 4/13/09". WrestleView.com. Retrieved September 28, 2009. 
  3. ^ Tylwalk, Nick (September 19, 2010). "Few gimmicks, more title changes at Night of Champions". SLAM! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "WWE Women's Championship". Wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved July 1, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Maryse's first reign". WWE. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  6. ^ Beauvais, Mike (December 23, 2008). "WWE News: Complete WWE Smackdown 12/22 tapings report – Spoilers on title change, Jeff Hardy in main event". PW Torch. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ Sitterson, Aubrey (April 13, 2009). "Results: Rough draft". WWE. Retrieved January 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Melina's first reign". WWE. Retrieved October 13, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Divas Champion Melina injured". WWE. Retrieved January 4, 2010. 
  10. ^ Adkins, Greg (September 20, 2010). "Results: CU in Hell!". WWE. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Natalya's first reign". WWE. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Eve's second reign". WWE. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Brie Bella's first reign". WWE. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Kelly Kelly's first reign". WWE. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Beth Phoenix's first reign". WWE. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Nikki Bella's first reign". WWE. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Layla's first reign". WWE. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Eve's third reign". WWE. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Kaitlyn's first reign". WWE. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Kaitlyn def. Eve to win the Divas Championship". WWE. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  21. ^ "AJ Lee's first reign". WWE. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Paige's first reign". WWE. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  23. ^ "AJ Lee's second reign". WWE. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Paige's second reign". WWE. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  25. ^ "AJ Lee's third reign". WWE. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Nikki Bella's second reign". WWE. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 

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