WWE SmackDown Women's Championship

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WWE SmackDown Women's Championship
WWE SmackDown Women's Championship belt.png
The SmackDown Women's Championship belt with default side plates
Details
Promotion WWE
Brand SmackDown
Date established August 23, 2016
Current champion(s) Carmella
Date won April 10, 2018

The WWE SmackDown Women's Championship[1] is a women's professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the SmackDown brand. It is one of two women's championships for WWE's main roster, along with the Raw Women's Championship on the Raw brand. The current champion is Carmella, who is in her first reign.

Unveiled on the August 23, 2016, episode of SmackDown Live, it was created to be the counterpart title to the then-WWE Women's 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 Women's Champion, Becky Lynch.

History[edit]

The inaugural SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch

Following the reintroduction of the WWE brand extension and subsequent draft on July 19, 2016, then-WWE Women's Champion Charlotte was drafted to Raw, leaving SmackDown without a women's championship. Immediately following SummerSlam on the August 23, 2016, episode of SmackDown Live, SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon and general manager Daniel Bryan unveiled the SmackDown Women's Championship (Raw's title was subsequently renamed). A six-pack elimination challenge was then scheduled for Backlash on September 11, 2016, to determine the inaugural champion. The six women who competed at SummerSlam in the six-woman tag team match were chosen for the six-pack challenge: Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Naomi, Natalya, and Nikki Bella.[3] Lynch became the inaugural champion when she last eliminated Carmella.[4]

The championship belt design is nearly identical to the Raw Women's Championship with the difference being that the background of the center plate and the default side plates' globes are blue (as opposed to red for both) to symbolize its exclusivity to SmackDown. As with the Raw's Women's Championship, the side plates can be customized with the champion's logo. During Naomi's second reign on the July 4, 2017, episode of SmackDown Live, strips of multi interchanging colored LED lights were placed around the outline of the WWE logo and the outline of the belt to go with her "glow" gimmick.[5]

Inaugural championship match[edit]

Eliminated Wrestler Eliminated by Method of elimination Time
1 Alexa Bliss Naomi Pinned after a powerbomb/neckbreaker combination with Natalya 9:38
2 Naomi Natalya Submitted to the Sharpshooter 10:52
3 Natalya Nikki Bella Pinned after a Rack Attack 2.0 12:00
4 Nikki Bella Carmella Pinned with a roll-up 12:08
5 Carmella Becky Lynch Submitted to the Dis-arm-her 14:40
Winner Becky Lynch

Reigns[edit]

The current SmackDown Women's Champion Carmella

As of July 15, 2018, overall there have been 9 reigns between 7 champions and 1 vacancy. Becky Lynch was the inaugural champion. Charlotte Flair holds the record for the longest reign at 147 days, while Naomi has the shortest reign at 9 days and the longest combined reign at 149 days. Naomi is also tied with Alexa Bliss with the most reigns at two. Natalya is the oldest champion, having won the title at 35, while Bliss is the youngest when she won it at 25.

Carmella is the current champion in her first reign. She defeated Charlotte Flair on SmackDown Live in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 10, 2018, after cashing in her Money in the Bank briefcase.

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
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
No. Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Becky Lynch 1 September 11, 2016 84 Richmond, VA Backlash Defeated Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Naomi, Natalya, and Nikki Bella in a six-pack elimination challenge to become the inaugural champion.
WWE recognizes Lynch's reign as lasting 85 days.
[4]
2 Alexa Bliss 1 December 4, 2016 70 Dallas, TX TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs This was a tables match. [6]
3 Naomi 1 February 12, 2017 9 Phoenix, AZ Elimination Chamber [7]
Vacated February 21, 2017 Ontario, CA SmackDown Live The championship was vacated due to Naomi suffering a knee injury, and not being able to defend the title within 30 days. [8]
4 Alexa Bliss 2 February 21, 2017 40 Ontario, CA SmackDown Live Defeated Becky Lynch to win the vacant title.
WWE recognizes Bliss' reign as lasting 41 days.
[8]
5 Naomi 2 April 2, 2017 140 Orlando, FL WrestleMania 33 This was a six-pack challenge, also involving Becky Lynch, Carmella, Mickie James, and Natalya. [9]
6 Natalya 1 August 20, 2017 86 Brooklyn, NY SummerSlam WWE recognizes Natalya's reign as lasting 87 days. [10]
7 Charlotte Flair 1 November 14, 2017 147 Charlotte, NC SmackDown Live [11]
8 Carmella 1 April 10, 2018 96+ New Orleans, LA SmackDown Live Cashed in her Money in the Bank contract. [12]

Combined reigns[edit]

There have only been two women who have held the SmackDown Women's Championship twice:
Top: Alexa Bliss, who is also the first woman to have held both the SmackDown and Raw Women's Championship.
Bottom: Naomi who is the second woman to have held the SmackDown Women's Championship twice.

As of July 15, 2018.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days Combined days
recognized by WWE
1 Naomi 2 149
2 Charlotte Flair 1 147
3 Alexa Bliss 2 110 111
4 Carmella 1 96+
5 Natalya 1 86 87
6 Becky Lynch 1 84 85

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Martin, Adam. "Daniel Bryan to reveal two new championships exclusive to Smackdown Live tonight from Connecticut". wrestleview.com. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ Parks, Greg. "8/23 WWE Smackdown LIVE – Parks's Complete, Real-Time Report". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Caldwell, James. "9/11 WWE Backlash Results – CALDWELL'S Complete PPV Report". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved September 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ Young, Renee; Bryan, Daniel; Naomi (July 4, 2017). "How Naomi made the SmackDown Women's Title glow: WWE Talking Smack, July 4, 2017 (WWE Network)". WWE (YouTube). Retrieved January 13, 2018. 
  6. ^ Powell, Jason. "Powell's WWE TLC 2016 live review: AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose in a TLC match for the WWE Championship, The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler in a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  7. ^ Powell, Jason. "2/12 Powell's WWE Elimination Chamber 2017 live review: John Cena vs. AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz vs. Baron Corbin vs. Bray Wyatt in an Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Keller, Wade. "KELLER'S WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT 2/21: Results of Battle Royal to determine a new no. 1 contender for WWE Championship at WrestleMania". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  9. ^ Powell, Jason. "Powell's WrestleMania 33 live review: Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns, Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship, AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon, Seth Rollins vs. Triple H in an unsanctioned match". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  10. ^ Powell, Jason. "Powell's WWE SummerSlam 2017 live review: Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman vs. Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship, Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Championship, Sheamus and Cesaro vs. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins for the Raw Tag Titles". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  11. ^ Barnett, Jake (November 14, 2017). "11/14 Barnett's WWE Smackdown Live TV Review: Natalya vs. Charlotte for the Smackdown Women's Championship, Baron Corbin vs. Sin Cara for the U.S. Title, New Day vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, final hype for Survivor Series". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved November 15, 2017. 
  12. ^ Powell, Jason. "4/10 Powell's WWE Smackdown Live TV Review: AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan, Paige named new general manager, New Day vs. The Usos for a Smackdown Tag Title shot at the Greatest Royal Rumble". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved April 9, 2018. 

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