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List of WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions

Record five-time and current champions The New Day: (left to right) Xavier Woods, Big E, and Kofi Kingston; all three members are generally recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule, but for this current reign, only Big E and Kingston are recognized as Woods is out with an injury

The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling world tag team championship contested in WWE on the SmackDown brand. 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 and was renamed to Raw Tag Team Championship.[1]

The championship is generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition. The inaugural champions were Heath Slater and Rhyno, who won the title in a tournament final at Backlash on September 11, 2016. The current champions are The New Day (represented by Big E and Kofi Kingston), who are in their record fifth reign, both as a team and individually. They defeated The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson) on Friday Night SmackDown in Manchester, England on November 8, 2019.

As of November 17, 2019, overall there have been 18 reigns between 11 teams, and 22 individual champions, with one vacancy. The team of Heath Slater and Rhyno were the inaugural champions. The New Day's Big E and Kofi Kingston have the most reigns as a team and individually at five. The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) are the longest-reigning champions at 182 days for their third reign, and they have the longest combined reign at 381 days (380 days as recognized by WWE). The team of The Miz and Shane McMahon and The Hardy Boyz (Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy) are tied with the shortest reign at 21 days (although WWE recognizes 20 days for The Hardy Boyz). The oldest champion is Shane McMahon, winning the title at 49 years old, while the youngest is Jason Jordan when he won it at 28.

ReignsEdit

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Days recog. Number of days held recognized by the promotion
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Days recog.
1 Heath Slater and Rhyno September 11, 2016 Backlash Richmond, VA 1 84 83 As a result of the 2016 WWE draft, the WWE Tag Team Championship became exclusive to Raw. In response, SmackDown established the SmackDown Tag Team Championship; Raw's title was subsequently renamed.
Slater & Rhyno defeated The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) in the tournament final to become the inaugural champions.
[2]
2 The Wyatt Family
(Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Randy Orton)
December 4, 2016 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs Dallas, TX 1 23 23 Wyatt & Orton won the match, but Harper was also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule. [3][4]
3 American Alpha
(Chad Gable and Jason Jordan)
December 27, 2016 SmackDown Rosemont, IL 1 84 83 This was a fatal four-way tag team elimination match, also involving Heath Slater & Rhyno and The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso).
Luke Harper & Randy Orton represented The Wyatt Family and were last to be pinned.
[5]
4 The Usos
(Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso)
March 21, 2017 SmackDown Uncasville, CT 1 124 123 [6]
5 The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
July 23, 2017 Battleground Philadelphia, PA 1 28 27 Kingston & Woods won the match, but Big E was also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule. [7]
6 The Usos
(Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso)
August 20, 2017 SummerSlam
Pre-show
Brooklyn, NY 2 23 23 Big E & Xavier Woods represented The New Day. [8]
7 The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
September 12, 2017 SmackDown Las Vegas, NV 2 26 25 This was a Sin City Street Fight.
Big E & Kingston won the match, but Woods was also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule.
[9]
8 The Usos
(Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso)
October 8, 2017 Hell in a Cell Detroit, MI 3 182 182 This was a Hell in a Cell match.
Big E & Xavier Woods represented The New Day.
[10]
9 The Bludgeon Brothers
(Harper (2) and Rowan)
April 8, 2018 WrestleMania 34 New Orleans, LA 1 135 135 This was a triple threat tag team match, also involving The New Day (represented by Big E and Kofi Kingston).
Harper was previously known as Luke Harper.
[11]
10 The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
August 21, 2018 SmackDown Brooklyn, NY 3 56 55 This was a No Disqualification match.
Kingston & Woods won the match, but Big E was also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule.
[12]
11 The Bar
(Cesaro and Sheamus)
October 16, 2018 SmackDown 1000 Washington, D.C. 1 103 102 Big E & Xavier Woods represented The New Day. [13]
12 Shane McMahon and The Miz January 27, 2019 Royal Rumble Phoenix, AZ 1 21 21 [14]
13 The Usos
(Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso)
February 17, 2019 Elimination Chamber Houston, TX 4 51 51 [15]
14 The Hardy Boyz
(Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy)
April 9, 2019 SmackDown Brooklyn, NY 1 21 20 [16]
Vacated April 30, 2019 SmackDown Columbus, OH The Hardy Boyz (Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy) vacated the title due to Jeff suffering a knee injury that required surgery. [17]
15 Daniel Bryan and Rowan (2) May 7, 2019 SmackDown Louisville, KY 1 68 68 Defeated The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) to win the vacant title. [18]
16 The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
July 14, 2019 Extreme Rules Philadelphia, PA 4 63 62 This was a triple threat tag team match, also involving Heavy Machinery (Otis and Tucker).
Big E & Woods won the match, but Kingston was also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule.
[19][20][21]
17 The Revival
(Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson)
September 15, 2019 Clash of Champions Charlotte, NC 1 54 54 Big E & Xavier Woods represented The New Day. [22]
18 The New Day
(Big E and Kofi Kingston)
November 8, 2019 SmackDown Manchester, England 5 9+ 9+ [23]

Combined reignsEdit

As of November 17, 2019.

By teamEdit

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days Combined days
recognized by WWE
1 The Usos
(Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso)
4 380 379
2 The New Day
(Reigns 1–4: Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
(5th reign: Big E and Kingston)
5 182+ 178+
3 The Bludgeon Brothers
(Harper and Rowan)
1 135
4 The Bar
(Cesaro and Sheamus)
1 103 102
5 American Alpha
(Chad Gable and Jason Jordan)
1 84 83
Heath Slater and Rhyno 1 84 83
7 Daniel Bryan and Rowan 1 68
8 The Revival
(Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson)
1 54
9 The Wyatt Family
(Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Randy Orton)
1 23
10 The Hardy Boyz
(Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy)
1 21 20
Shane McMahon and The Miz 1 21

By wrestlerEdit

Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days Combined days
recognized by WWE
1 Jey Uso 4 380 379
Jimmy Uso 4 380 379
3 Rowan 2 203
4 Big E 5 182+ 178+
Kofi Kingston 5 182+ 178+
6 Xavier Woods 4 173 169
7 Harper/Luke Harper 2 158
8 Cesaro 1 103 102
Sheamus 1 103 102
10 Chad Gable 1 84 83
Heath Slater 1 84 83
Jason Jordan 1 84 83
Rhyno 1 84 83
14 Daniel Bryan 1 68
15 Dash Wilder 1 54
Scott Dawson 1 54
17 Bray Wyatt 1 23
Randy Orton 1 23
19 Jeff Hardy 1 21 20
Matt Hardy 1 21 20
Shane McMahon 1 21
The Miz 1 21

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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