WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship

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WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
WWE SmackDown Tag Titles.jpeg
The SmackDown Tag Team Championship belt
Details
Promotion WWE
Brand SmackDown
Date established August 23, 2016
Current champion(s) The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan)
Date won April 8, 2018

The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship[1] is a professional wrestling world tag team championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the SmackDown brand. It is the eighth overall male tag team championship to have existed in the WWE. The title is one of two tag team championships for WWE's main roster, along with the Raw Tag Team Championship on the Raw brand. The current champions are The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan), who are in their first reign as a team, and individually, a second reign for Harper.

Unveiled on the August 23, 2016 episode of SmackDown Live, it was created to be the counterpart title to the then-WWE Tag Team Championship, which became exclusive to Raw as a result of the 2016 WWE draft.[2] That title was subsequently renamed after the crowning of the inaugural SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Heath Slater and Rhyno.

History[edit]

The inaugural SmackDown Tag Team Champions Rhyno (left) and Heath Slater (right)

Following the reintroduction of the WWE brand extension and subsequent draft on July 19, 2016, then-WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day were drafted to Raw, leaving SmackDown without a tag team championship. Over the course of the following month, SmackDown general manager Daniel Bryan stated that he wanted to build up the tag team division before introducing a championship. Immediately following SummerSlam on the August 23, 2016 episode of SmackDown Live, Bryan and SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon introduced the SmackDown Tag Team Championship (Raw's title was subsequently renamed). An eight-team tournament was then scheduled to determine the inaugural champions, culminating in a final match at Backlash on September 11, 2016.[3][4][5] The team of Heath Slater and Rhyno defeated The Usos in the tournament final to become the inaugural champions.[6]

When unveiled, the championship belt design was nearly identical to the Raw Tag Team Championship, with the differences being that the leather straps were blue as opposed to the former's original black with a different stitching pattern, and the plates were silver as opposed to the former's original bronze. The Raw Tag Team Championship belt design was updated on December 19, 2016, with silver plates on red straps to bring both sets of titles more in line with each other.

Inaugural tournament[edit]

Quarterfinals
SmackDown (8/23, 8/30)[3][4]
Semifinals
SmackDown (9/6)[5]
Final
Backlash (9/11)
         
American Alpha
(Chad Gable and Jason Jordan)
Pin
Breezango
(Fandango and Tyler Breeze)
10:13
American AlphaPin
The Usos 0:28
The Usos
(Jey and Jimmy Uso)
Pin
The Ascension
(Konnor and Viktor)
3:49
The Usos 10:02
Heath Slater and Rhyno Pin
The Hype Bros
(Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder)
Pin
The Vaudevillains
(Aiden English and Simon Gotch)
2:50
The Hype Bros 7:03
Heath Slater and Rhyno Pin
The Headbangers
(Mosh and Thrasher)
2:54
Heath Slater and Rhyno Pin

† After Chad Gable suffered a storyline injury after defeating The Usos, American Alpha were removed from the final. The Usos then defeated The Hype Bros at Backlash in a second chance tag team match to replace American Alpha in the final.

Reigns[edit]

Reigning champions The Bludgeon Brothers after winning the championship at WrestleMania 34

As of August 15, 2018, overall there have been 9 reigns between 6 teams. The team of Heath Slater and Rhyno were the inaugural champions. The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) hold multiple records with the championship: they have the most reigns at three and are the longest-reigning champions at 182 days (183 as recognized by WWE) for their third reign; they have the longest combined reign at 329 days (331 days as recognized by WWE), and they are tied with The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Randy Orton) for having the shortest reign at 23 days (24 days as recognized by WWE for both teams). The oldest champion is Rhyno, winning the title at 40 years old, while the youngest is Jason Jordan when he won it at 28.

The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan) are the current champions in their first reign as a team and Harper's second reign individually. They defeated The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) and The New Day's Big E and Kofi Kingston on April 8, 2018, in a triple-threat tag team match at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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 title change is not recognized by WWE
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
No. Wrestler(s) Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Heath Slater and Rhyno 1 September 11, 2016 84 Richmond, VA Backlash Defeated The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) in the tournament final to become the inaugural champions. [6]
2 The Wyatt Family
(Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Randy Orton)
1 December 4, 2016 23 Dallas, TX TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs Wyatt and Orton won the match, but Harper was also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule.
WWE recognizes their reign as lasting 24 days.
[7][8]
3 American Alpha
(Chad Gable and Jason Jordan)
1 December 27, 2016 84 Rosemont, IL SmackDown Live This was a fatal four-way tag team elimination match, also involving Heath Slater and Rhyno, and The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso).
Luke Harper and Randy Orton represented The Wyatt Family and were last to be pinned.
[9]
4 The Usos
(Jey and Jimmy Uso)
1 March 21, 2017 124 Uncasville, CT SmackDown Live [10]
5 The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
1 July 23, 2017 28 Philadelphia, PA Battleground Kingston and Woods won the match, but Big E was also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule. [11]
6 The Usos
(Jey and Jimmy Uso)
2 August 20, 2017 23 Brooklyn, NY SummerSlam Match aired live on WWE Network and YouTube as part of the SummerSlam Kickoff show.
Big E and Xavier Woods represented The New Day.
WWE recognizes their reign as lasting 24 days.
[12]
7 The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
2 September 12, 2017 26 Las Vegas, NV Sin City SmackDown Live This was a Sin City Street Fight.
Big E and Kingston won the match, but Woods was also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule.
[13]
8 The Usos
(Jey and Jimmy Uso)
3 October 8, 2017 182 Detroit, MI Hell in a Cell This was a Hell in a Cell match.
Big E and Xavier Woods represented The New Day.
WWE recognizes their reign as lasting 183 days.
[14]
9 The Bludgeon Brothers
(Harper (2) and Rowan)
1 April 8, 2018 129+ New Orleans, LA WrestleMania 34 This was a triple threat tag team match also involving The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston).
Harper was previously known as Luke Harper.
[15]

Combined reigns[edit]

Two-time SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day: Xavier Woods (left), Big E (center), and Kofi Kingston (right) defended the titles under the Freebird Rule

As of August 15, 2018.

By team[edit]

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days Combined days
recognized by WWE
1 The Usos
(Jey and Jimmy Uso)
3 329 331
2 The Bludgeon Brothers
(Harper and Rowan)
1 129+
3 American Alpha
(Chad Gable and Jason Jordan)
1 84
Heath Slater and Rhyno 1 84
5 The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
2 54
6 The Wyatt Family
(Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Randy Orton)
1 23 24

By wrestler[edit]

Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days Combined days
recognized by WWE
1 Jey Uso 3 329 331
Jimmy Uso 3 329 331
3 (Luke) Harper 2 152+ 153+
4 Rowan 1 129+
5 Chad Gable 1 84
Heath Slater 1 84
Jason Jordan 1 84
Rhyno 1 84
9 Big E 2 54
Kofi Kingston 2 54
Xavier Woods 2 54
12 Bray Wyatt 1 23 24
Randy Orton 1 23 24

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 183 days as recognized by WWE.
  2. ^ WWE officially recognizes both teams' reigns as 24 days.

References[edit]

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