List of WWE Women's Champions

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Layla was the final WWE Women's Champion

The WWE Women's Championship was a women's professional wrestling championship in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) promotion.[1] The championship was generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition. There have been a total of 30 recognized champions who have had a combined 59 official reigns. The title became vacant only twice in history for a total of 65 days and deactivated twice for a combined 1398 days. The following is a chronological list of wrestlers that have been WWE Women's Champion by ring name.

As recognized by the WWE, the inaugural champion was The Fabulous Moolah, who won the title on September 18, 1956, which at that time was the NWA World Women's Championship (which still exists today). While she was still champion, it became the WWF Women's Championship in 1984. In May 2002, after the WWF was renamed to WWE, the championship became the WWE Women's Championship. At the start of the brand extension that began in March 2002, the Women's Championship was defended on any brand until it became exclusive to Raw in September that year. It was the only women's championship in the WWE until SmackDown created the WWE Divas Championship as a counterpart title in July 2008. The titles switched brands in April 2009. On September 19, 2010, at Night of Champions, the Women's Championship was unified with the WWE Divas Championship, retiring the Women's Championship.

The Fabulous Moolah's first reign is the longest reign, and is officially recognized to be 10,170 days, due to WWE not recognizing title changes between 1956 and 1984 (her first reign's real number is 3,651 days, which is still the longest reign). Moolah technically also has the most reigns at 8, but since the WWE does not recognize the title changes between 1956 and 1984, Moolah only has 4 reigns and Trish Stratus has the most reigns with 7. Mickie James has the shortest reign with 1 hour. Wendi Richter is the youngest champion at the age of 22 years and 10 months, and Moolah is the oldest at the age of 76 years and 106 days. Bertha Faye is the heaviest champion and The Kat is the lightest champion. Chyna is the only undefeated champion. The final champion was Layla, in her first and only reign.

Title history[edit]

Names[edit]

Name[1] Years[1]
NWA World Women's Championship 1956–1984
WWF Women's Championship 1984–2002
WWE Women's Championship 2002–2010

Reigns[edit]

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
N/A Unknown information
Championship change is unrecognized by the promotion
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Days recog.
1 The Fabulous Moolah September 18, 1956 Live event Baltimore, MD 1 3,651 10,170 WWE recognizes Moolah's reign as being uninterrupted until 1984. The title was known as the NWA World Women's Championship (which still exists today) until May 19, 1984, when it was renamed to WWF Women's Championship [2]
Bette Boucher September 17, 1966 Live event Seattle, WA 1 13 [1]
The Fabulous Moolah October 1966 Live event N/A 2 N/A [1]
Yukiko Tomoe March 10, 1968 Live event Osaka, Japan 1 23 [1]
The Fabulous Moolah April 2, 1968 Live event Hamamatsu, Japan 3 2,862 [1]
Sue Green May 29, 1975 N/A Houston, TX 1 N/A [3]
The Fabulous Moolah May 31, 1975 N/A Dallas, TX 4 N/A [3]
Evelyn Stevens October 8, 1978 Live event Dallas, TX 1 2 [1]
The Fabulous Moolah October 10, 1978 Live event Fort Worth, TX 5 2,113 [1]
2 Wendi Richter July 23, 1984 The Brawl to End It All New York, NY 1 210 210 [4]
3 Leilani Kai February 18, 1985 The War to Settle the Score New York, NY 1 41 41 Aired March 5, 1985 on Prime Time Wrestling [5]
4 Wendi Richter March 31, 1985 WrestleMania I New York, NY 2 239 239 [6]
5 The Spider Lady
(The Fabulous Moolah)
November 25, 1985 Live event New York, NY 2 (6) 220 220 This was the original screwjob [7]
6 Velvet McIntyre July 3, 1986 Live event Brisbane, Australia 1 6 6 [8][9]
7 The Fabulous Moolah July 9, 1986 Live event Sydney, Australia 3 (7) 380 380 [10]
8 Sensational Sherri July 24, 1987 Live event Houston, TX 1 441 441 [11]
9 Rockin' Robin October 7, 1988 Prime Time Wrestling Paris, France 1 502 502 Aired November 8, 1988 [12]
Deactivated February 21, 1990 [12]
10 Alundra Blayze December 13, 1993 All American Wrestling Poughkeepsie, NY 1 342 342 Aired December 26, 1993. Defeated Heidi Lee Morgan in a tournament final[13] [14]
11 Bull Nakano November 20, 1994 Big Egg Wrestling Universe Tokyo, Japan 1 134 134 [15]
12 Alundra Blayze April 3, 1995 Raw Poughkeepsie, NY 2 146 146 [16]
13 Bertha Faye August 27, 1995 SummerSlam Pittsburgh, PA 1 57 57 [17]
14 Alundra Blayze October 23, 1995 Raw Brandon, MB 3 51 51 [18]
Deactivated December 13, 1995 Title deactivated when Blayze left the WWF. Blayze then joined World Championship Wrestling and, during Nitro in Augusta, GA on December 18, 1995, dropped the title belt in a trash can[19] [18]
15 Jacqueline September 15, 1998[20] Raw is War Sacramento, CA 1 61 61 Aired September 21, 1998. Defeated Sable [21]
16 Sable November 15, 1998 Survivor Series St. Louis, MO 1 176 176 Shane McMahon was the special guest referee [22]
17 Debra May 10, 1999 Raw is War Orlando, FL 1 29 29 This was an evening gown match. Sable had defeated Debra in the match but Commissioner Shawn Michaels stated that Debra was the winner because she had lost her dress and awarded the championship to her [23]
18 Ivory June 8, 1999[24] Raw is War Worcester, MA 1 131 131 Aired June 14, 1999 [25]
19 The Fabulous Moolah October 17, 1999 No Mercy Cleveland, OH 4 (8) 8 8 [26]
20 Ivory October 25, 1999 Raw is War Providence, RI 2 48 48 [17]
21 The Kat December 12, 1999 Armageddon Sunrise, FL 1 50 50 This was a fatal four-way evening gown pool match, also involving Jacqueline and B.B., with The Fabulous Moolah and Mae Young as special guest referees [27]
22 Hervina January 31, 2000 Raw is War Pittsburgh, PA 1 1 1 This was a lumberjill snowbunny match. Hervina was Harvey Wippleman disguised as a woman and was recognised as the first man to win the women's championship. [28]
23 Jacqueline February 1, 2000[29] SmackDown! Detroit, MI 2 56 56 Aired February 3, 2000
24 Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley March 28, 2000[29] SmackDown! San Antonio, TX 1 146 146 Aired March 30, 2000 [30]
25 Lita August 21, 2000 Raw is War Lafayette, LA 1 71 71 The Rock was the special guest referee [31]
26 Ivory October 31, 2000[29] SmackDown! Rochester, NY 3 152 152 Aired November 2, 2000. This was a fatal four-way match, also involving Jacqueline and Trish Stratus [32]
27 Chyna April 1, 2001 WrestleMania X-Seven Houston, TX 1 214 214 [33]
Vacated November 1, 2001 Title vacated when Chyna retired and left the WWF in a contract dispute [33]
28 Trish Stratus November 18, 2001 Survivor Series Greensboro, NC 1 78 78 This was a six-pack challenge match, also involving Ivory, Jacqueline, Jazz, Lita, and Molly Holly [34]
29 Jazz February 4, 2002 Raw Las Vegas, NV 1 98 98 Title was renamed WWE Women's Championship on May 6, 2002 [35]
30 Trish Stratus May 13, 2002 Raw Toronto, ON 2 41 41 This was a hardcore mixed tag team match with Stratus and Bubba Ray Dudley defeating Jazz and Steven Richards, with Richards' WWE Hardcore Championship also on the line [36]
31 Molly Holly June 23, 2002 King of the Ring Columbus, OH 1 91 91 [37]
32 Trish Stratus September 22, 2002 Unforgiven Los Angeles, CA 3 56 56 On the September 26, 2002 edition of SmackDown!, General Manager Stephanie McMahon reveals that the women's title has been made exclusive to Raw [38]
33 Victoria November 17, 2002 Survivor Series New York, NY 1 133 133 This was a hardcore match [39]
34 Trish Stratus March 30, 2003 WrestleMania XIX Seattle, WA 4 28 28 This was a triple threat match also involving Jazz [40]
35 Jazz April 27, 2003 Backlash Worcester, MA 2 64 64 [41]
36 Gail Kim June 30, 2003 Raw Buffalo, NY 1 28 28 Kim won a seven-woman battle royal, also involving Ivory, Jacqueline, Molly Holly, Trish Stratus, and Victoria [42]
37 Molly Holly July 28, 2003 Raw Colorado Springs, CO 2 210 210 [43]
38 Victoria February 23, 2004 Raw Omaha, NE 2 111 111 This was a fatal four-way elimination match, also involving Jazz and Lita. Victoria pinned Lita to win the championship [44]
39 Trish Stratus June 13, 2004 Bad Blood Columbus, OH 5 176 176 This was a fatal four-way match also involving Lita and Gail Kim. Stratus pinned Lita to win the championship [45]
40 Lita December 6, 2004 Raw Charlotte, NC 2 34 34 [46]
41 Trish Stratus January 9, 2005 New Year's Revolution San Juan, Puerto Rico 6 448 448 [47]
42 Mickie James April 2, 2006 WrestleMania 22 Rosemont, IL 1 134 134 [48]
43 Lita August 14, 2006 Raw Charlottesville, VA 3 34 34 [49]
44 Trish Stratus September 17, 2006 Unforgiven Toronto, ON 7 1 1 [50]
Vacated September 18, 2006 Raw Montreal, QC Title vacated due to Stratus' retirement [51]
45 Lita November 5, 2006 Cyber Sunday Cincinnati, OH 4 21 21 This was a lumberjill match. Lita defeated Mickie James in a tournament final [51]
46 Mickie James November 26, 2006 Survivor Series Philadelphia, PA 2 85 85 [52]
47 Melina February 19, 2007 Raw Bakersfield, CA 1 64 64 [53]
48 Mickie James April 24, 2007 Live event Paris, France 3 <1 <1 This was a triple threat match also involving Victoria [54]
49 Melina April 24, 2007 Live event Paris, France 2 61 61 Melina was awarded an immediate rematch because Mickie pinned Victoria who was not the champion [55]
50 Candice Michelle June 24, 2007 Vengeance: Night of Champions Houston, TX 1 105 105 [56]
51 Beth Phoenix October 7, 2007 No Mercy Rosemont, IL 1 190 190 [57]
52 Mickie James April 14, 2008 Raw London, England 4 125 125 [58]
53 Beth Phoenix August 17, 2008 SummerSlam Indianapolis, IN 2 161 161 This was a Winner Takes All Intergender tag team match where Phoenix teamed with Santino Marella and James with Kofi Kingston, whose WWE Intercontinental Championship was also on the line [59]
54 Melina January 25, 2009 Royal Rumble Detroit, MI 3 154 154 The title became exclusive to SmackDown during the 2009 WWE draft. [60]
55 Michelle McCool June 28, 2009 The Bash Sacramento, CA 1 217 217 [61]
56 Mickie James January 31, 2010 Royal Rumble Atlanta, GA 5 23 23 [62]
57 Michelle McCool February 23, 2010 SmackDown Milwaukee, WI 2 61 61 Vickie Guerrero served as the special guest referee. Aired on February 26, 2010 [63]
58 Beth Phoenix April 25, 2010 Extreme Rules Baltimore, MD 3 16 16 This was contested in an Extreme Makeover match [64]
59 Layla May 11, 2010 SmackDown Buffalo, NY 1 131 131 Aired on broadcast delay on May 14, 2010. LayCool (Michelle McCool and Layla) defeated Phoenix in a Texas Tornado Handicap match when Layla pinned Phoenix. Michelle McCool was unofficially the co-champion during this reign; she defended the championship in Layla's place on some occasions, but was not officially recognized as the title holder [65]
Unified September 19, 2010 Night of Champions Rosemont, IL Retired after Michelle McCool, who had been unofficially co-reigning with Layla, defeated Melina to unify the Women's and WWE Divas Championship [66][67]

Combined reigns[edit]

The Fabulous Moolah was the inaugural, four-time, oldest champion, with most combined days and longest reign in the title history
Trish Stratus after winning her seventh title, the most of any Women's Champion under the WWE banner
Rank Champion No. of reigns Combined days
1 The Fabulous Moolah 4 10,778
2 Trish Stratus 7 828
3 Alundra Blayze 3 539
4 Rockin' Robin 1 502
5 Wendi Richter 2 449
6 Sensational Sherri 1 441
7 Mickie James 5 367
Beth Phoenix 3 367
9 Ivory 3 331
10 Molly Holly 2 301
11 Melina 3 279
12 Michelle McCool 2 278
13 Victoria 2 244
14 Chyna 1 214
15 Sable 1 176
16 Jazz 2 162
17 Lita 4 160
18 Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley 1 146
19 Bull Nakano 1 134
20 Layla 1 131
21 Jacqueline 2 117
22 Candice Michelle 1 105
23 Bertha Faye 1 57
24 The Kat 1 50
25 Leilani Kai 1 41
26 Debra 1 29
27 Gail Kim 1 28
28 Velvet McIntyre 1 6
29 Hervina/Harvey Wippleman 1 1

See also[edit]

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