WWE SmackDown Women's Championship
|WWE SmackDown Women's Championship|
The SmackDown Women's Championship belt with default side plates
|Date established||August 23, 2016|
|Date won||December 16, 2018|
The WWE SmackDown Women's Championship is a women's professional wrestling world 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 Asuka, 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. That title was subsequently renamed after the crowning of the inaugural SmackDown Women's Champion, Becky Lynch. It has been featured in the headlining match of a pay-per-view event, at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs in 2018.
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. Lynch became the inaugural champion when she last eliminated Carmella.
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.
At TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs on December 16, 2018, Asuka defeated Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair to win the SmackDown Women's Championship. The match was notable for a couple of firsts. It was the first women's triple threat Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match, and it was the first time that the title was featured in the headlining match of a pay-per-view event.
Inaugural championship match
|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 Dissarm-her||14:40|
As of March 15, 2019, overall there have been 11 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 (WWE recognizes 146 days and 8 days, respectively). Flair and Lynch are tied for the longest combined reign at 175 days (although WWE recognizes 173 days for Flair). Alexa Bliss, Naomi, Flair, and Lynch are tied with the most reigns at two. Asuka is the oldest champion, having won the title at 37, while Bliss is the youngest, having won it at 25.
Asuka is the current champion in her first reign. She defeated former champion Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair in a Triple Threat Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs in San Jose, California on December 16, 2018.
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