WWE Divas Championship

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WWE Divas Championship
2014 WWE Divas Championship Design.jpg
The current WWE Divas Championship belt
Current champion(s) Nikki Bella
Date won November 23, 2014
Date established July 20, 2008
Promotion WWE
Other name(s)
  • Unified WWE Divas Championship (2010)

The WWE Divas Championship is a professional wrestling championship in WWE. The championship was created by WWE in 2008, and was introduced in storyline by then SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero as an alternative to Raw's Women's Championship.[1] Michelle McCool became the inaugural champion on July 20, 2008 when she defeated Natalya at The Great American Bash. After former Divas Champion Maryse was drafted to Raw as part of the 2009 WWE draft, she took the title with her. McCool won a match against Melina to unify the WWE Divas and Women's titles at the Night of Champions pay-per-view on September 19, 2010, creating the Unified Divas Championship.


Inaugural champion Michelle McCool.

With the first WWE brand extension, a storyline division in which WWE assigned its employees to different television programs and touring companies, in 2002, the WWE Women's Championship was originally to be defended on both brands. At some point that year, however, it became exclusive to the Raw brand. Thereafter, only Divas on the Raw brand were able to compete for the title, while the Divas on the SmackDown brand were unable to compete for a women's-exclusive championship.[2] However, on a few occasions the regulation was bypassed with Melina, Ashley, Torrie Wilson, and Nidia challenging for the title while on the SmackDown brand, but none were successful.[3][4]

As a result, WWE created the WWE Divas Championship and introduced it on the June 6, 2008 episode of SmackDown when then SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero announced the creation of the title.[5] The championship belt was officially unveiled on the July 4, 2008 episode of SmackDown. After winning respective matches to earn the opportunity to wrestle for the new championship, Michelle McCool defeated Natalya at The Great American Bash to become the inaugural champion.[6][7] When Maryse won the title from McCool in December 2008, she dislocated her kneecap at a live event later that month. Similar to how Trish Stratus kept the Women's Championship when she was sidelined with a herniated disc in 2005,[8] Maryse was able to keep the Divas title upon her return in late January 2009. As part of the 2009 WWE draft, then Divas Champion Maryse was one of the people drafted to the Raw brand, in the process making the championship exclusive to Raw.[9]

It was announced on the August 30, 2010 episode of Raw that the Divas Championship would be unified with the WWE Women's Championship at a match at Night of Champions. And with that, the title (known briefly as the WWE Unified Divas Championship) became accessible to both WWE brands and the champion could appear on both shows, a situation made permanent by the ending of the brand extension in 2011.


Two-time and current champion Nikki Bella.

There have been 25 total reigns and 1 vacancy. The inaugural champion was Michelle McCool, who defeated Natalya to win the title at The Great American Bash on July 20, 2008.

Eve Torres and AJ Lee hold the record for most reigns as Divas Champion with three each. AJ also has the longest title reign at 295 days, while Jillian Hall has the shortest reign at four 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. Layla is the oldest champion, having won at the age of 34.

The current champion is Nikki Bella, who is in her second reign. She defeated AJ Lee on November 23, 2014, at Survivor Series in St. Louis, Missouri.


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  2. ^ "WWE Entertainment To Make RAW and SMACKDOWN Distinct Television Brands". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2002-03-27. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  3. ^ Hoffman, Brett (2007-04-01). "Playboy Covered". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  4. ^ "Women's Champion Trish Stratus def. Melina". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2005-11-28. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  5. ^ Passero, Mitch (2008-06-06). "Golden Dreams". WWE. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  6. ^ Burdick, Michael (2008-07-20). "A Diva of destiny". WWE. Archived from the original on 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  7. ^ "History Of The Divas Championship - Michelle McCool (1)". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2008-07-20. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  8. ^ "Trish Stratus Bio". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  9. ^ Plummer, Dale (2009-04-14). "RAW: Drafting a fresh start for the WWE". SLAM! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 

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