WWE Tag Team Championship

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WWE Tag Team Championship
WWE Tag Team Championship belt 2014.jpg
The current WWE Tag Team Championship belt.
Details
Current champion(s) The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
Date won August 23, 2015
Date established October 20, 2002
Promotion WWE
Brand Raw
Other name(s)
  • WWE Tag Team Championship (2002-present)
  • Unified WWE Tag Team Championship
    (2009-2010)

The WWE Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling world tag team championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the Raw brand. It was originally established for the SmackDown brand in 2002 as a second title for tag teams in WWE to complement the original World Tag Team Championship, which became exclusive to Raw. Both titles were unified in 2009 and were collectively referred to as the "Unified WWE Tag Team Championship" while officially remaining independently active until the World Tag Team Championship was formally decommissioned in 2010. In 2016, the championship became exclusive to Raw, and SmackDown created the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship as a counterpart title. The current champions are The New Day, who are in their second reign and are the longest reigning champions.

History[edit]

After the company's initial brand extension in the spring of 2002, the original World Tag Team Championship was reassigned that following summer to appear and be defended exclusively on the Raw brand, leaving the SmackDown! brand without a tag team title. As a result, SmackDown General Manager Stephanie McMahon introduced the new WWE Tag Team Championship and commissioned it to be the tag team title for the SmackDown! brand. She stated that the inaugural champions would be determined from an eight-team tournament. On October 20, 2002, the team of Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit defeated Rey Mysterio and Edge at No Mercy 2002 in the tournament final to become the inaugural WWE Tag Team Champions.

On October 17, 2007, SmackDown! and ECW announced a talent sharing agreement that enabled talent from either brand's roster to compete on both brands. As a result, the title became eligible to be contended and defended on both brands. In late 2008 through early 2009, then WWE Tag Team Champions The Colóns (Carlito and Primo) engaged in rivalry with then World Tag Team Champions John Morrison and The Miz, which resulted in the announcement on the March 17 edition of ECW that at WrestleMania XXV, both teams would defend their titles against each other and the winning team would hold both titles.[1] The Colons defeated Morrison and Miz, and thus unified the titles into what became known as the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship, the umbrella term for what officially remained two active championships that were now collectively defended.[2] The championships would be defended as the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship on both Raw and SmackDown until August 2010. That month, the Anonymous Raw General Manager announced that the World Tag Team Championship would be decommissioned and combined into the WWE Tag Team Championship, with a new, single set of belts. Following the reintroduction of the brand extension in July 2016, champions The New Day were drafted to the Raw brand, making the championship exclusive to Raw. In response, SmackDown created the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship on August 23, 2016.

Brand designation[edit]

Following the events of the WWE Brand Extension, an annual WWE Draft was established, in which select members of the WWE roster are reassigned to a different brand.[3] After the WWE Tag Team Championship was unified with the World Tag Team Championship as the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship, the champions could appear and defend the titles on any WWE brand.[4] The titles were combined as the WWE Tag Team Championship in August 2010 with a single set of belts, and continued to be defended on any brand.[5] The following is a list of dates indicating the transitions of the WWE Tag Team Championship between the Raw, SmackDown, and ECW brands. The brand extension was discontinued on August 29, 2011 but revived on July 19, 2016.

Colors

Championship moved to the Raw brand.

Championship moved to the SmackDown brand.

Championship moved to the ECW brand.
Date of transition Notes
October 20, 2002 Championship established for SmackDown.
November 13, 2007 John Morrison and The Miz were a part of the ECW brand, and as a result, the titles moved to the ECW brand. However, as part of the talent exchange between SmackDown and ECW, teams of either brand could challenge for the titles.
July 20, 2008 The titles return to SmackDown following Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder's title win.
The championship remained exclusive to SmackDown until the unification with the World Tag Team Championship in April 2009.
August 29, 2011 End of first brand extension.
July 19, 2016 Reintroduction of brand extension.
WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day were drafted to Raw in the 2016 WWE Draft.
The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship was created for SmackDown in August 2016.

Reigns[edit]

Two-time, current, and longest reigning champions The New Day. All three are recognized as champions under the Freebird Rule.

The inaugural champions were Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit. John Cena and The Miz's 10-minute reign is the shortest in the title's history, while The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) are the longest reigning champions at 369 days as of 26 August 2016.

The current champions are The New Day who are in their second reign as a team. Individually, this is the second reign each for Big E and Woods, and the record tying fourth for Kingston. Big E and Kingston won the titles on August 23, 2015 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York at SummerSlam in a Fatal-Four Way match over Los Matadores (Fernando & Diego), The Lucha Dragons (Sin Cara & Kalisto), and previous champions The Prime Time Players (Titus O'Neil and Darren Young). Woods is also recognized as champion along with Big E and Kingston under the Freebird Rule.

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References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Medalis, Kara (2009-03-17). "Extremely lucky night". WWE. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  2. ^ "WWE Tag Team Champions def. World Tag Team Champions (New Unified Tag Team Champions)". WWE. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Dee, Louie (2007-06-07). "Draft History". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  4. ^ Sitterson, Aubrey (2009-04-27). "Judgment is coming". WWE. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  5. ^ "History of the World Tag Team Championship: Carlito & Primo". WWE. Archived from the original on April 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 

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