World Women's Tag Team Championship

The World Women's Tag Team Championship was a women's professional wrestling tag team championship defended in member promotions of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) from the early 1950s through 1983. It was the first women's world tag team professional wrestling championship and was sometimes referred to as simply the NWA Women's World Tag Team Championship, briefly adopting the NWA prefix.[1] The championship was later acquired by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in 1983 when the WWF, once a member of the NWA, bought the rights to the championship from The Fabulous Moolah[2] and continued to use the belts. This ended the lineage of the NWA title and began a new one for the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship.[3]

World Women's Tag Team Championship
WWF Women's Tag belt.jpg
Details
PromotionNational Wrestling Alliance
Date establishedPrior to October 4, 1952
Date retiredMay 13, 1983
Other name(s)
NWA Women's World Tag Team Championship

Title historyEdit

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Ella Waldek and Mae Young N/A N/A N/A 1 [Note 1] Records are unclear as to whom Waldek and Young had defeated to win the championship. [4]
2 June Byers and Millie Stafford October 4, 1952 Live event Mexico City, Mexico 1 111 [4]
3 June Byers (2) and Mary Jane Mull before January 23, 1953 Live event Nebraska 1 [Note 2] Millie Stafford had taken time off due to personal reasons.
Mull had previously won a tournament to replace her.
[4][5]
4 Daisy Mae and Golden Venus March 1953 Live event West Virginia 1 [Note 3] [4]
Vacated August 20, 1954 The championship was vacated after June Byers had won the NWA World Women's title. [4]
5 June Byers (3) and Millie Stafford December 7, 1954 N/A N/A 2 [Note 4] Stafford returned after July 15, 1953. Byers and Stafford recognized as champions as of January 26, 1955. [4]
6 Daisy Mae and Golden Venus March 1956 Live event West Virginia 2 [Note 5] [4]
7 June Byers (4) and Mars Bennett before August 1956 Live event N/A 1 [Note 6] [4]
8 Bonnie Watson and Penny Banner August 15, 1956 Live event Albuquerque, New Mexico 1 [Note 7] [4]
9 Betty Jo Hawkins and Penny Banner (2) February 1957 N/A N/A 1 [Note 8] Hawkins replaced Bonnie Watson. [4]
10 Barbara Baker and June Byers (5) February 13, 1957 Live event Vancouver, BC 1 [Note 1] [4]
11 Lorraine Johnson and Millie Stafford (3) February 1958 Live event Missouri 1 [Note 1] [4]
12 Lorraine Johnson (2) and Penny Banner (3) June 16, 1958 Live event Ohio 1 [Note 1] Records are unclear as to whom Banner and Johnson had defeated. It is possible that Banner replaced Millie Stafford. [4]
13 Lorraine Johnson (3) and Kathy Starr before December 1958 N/A N/A 1 [Note 1] Starr replaced Penny Banner. [4]
14 Kay Noble and Lolita Martinez December 4, 1958 Live event Amarillo, TX 1 1,085 As of February 24, 1959, Penny Banner is listed as a co-holder of the title, since she wasn't involved in losing it. [4]
15 Adrienne Ames and Pat Lyda November 23, 1961 Live event Harvey, LA 1 [Note 1] Ames and Lyda were billed as "NWA titlists" when they defeated Chris Clark and Ann Regan (holders of the Southern Women's Tag Team Championship) to become "undisputed women's tag team champions". [4][6]
16 The Fabulous Moolah and Toni Rose May 1970 (nlt)[Note 9] Live event California 1 [Note 1] Records are unclear as to whom Moolah and Rose had defeated. It is possible that they defeated Adrienne Ames and Pat Lyda. [4][7]
17 Donna Christanello and Kathy O'Day May 15, 1970 Live event Los Angeles, CA 1 21 [4]
18 The Fabulous Moolah and Toni Rose June 5, 1970 Live event Bakersfield, CA 2 [Note 1] [4]
19 Donna Christanello (2) and Toni Rose (3) November 1970 (nlt)[Note 9] N/A N/A 1 [Note 1] Records are unclear as to whom Christanello and Rose had defeated, if anyone. It is possible that Christantello replaced The Fabulous Moolah. [4]
20 Joyce Grable and Vicki Williams October 15, 1973 Live event New York City, New York 1 [Note 1] [4][8]
21 Donna Christanello (3) and Toni Rose (4) October 1975 (nlt)[Note 9] Live event Boston, MA 2 [Note 1] [4]
22 Joyce Grable and Vicki Williams August 25, 1979 Live event St. Petersburg, FL 2 [Note 1] Grable and Williams defeated The Glamour Girls (Judy Martin and Leilani Kai) to win the championship. [4]
23 Joyce Grable (3) and Wendi Richter N/A N/A N/A 1 [Note 1] Records are unclear as to whom they defeated, if anyone. It is possible that Richter replaced Vicki Williams. [4]
24 Princess Victoria and Sabrina April 29, 1982 Live event Kansas City, MO 1 7 [4]
25 Joyce Grable (4) and Wendi Richter (2) May 6, 1982 Live event Kansas City, MO 2 372 [4][9]
26 Princess Victoria (2) and Velvet McIntyre May 13, 1983 Live event Calgary, Alberta 1 327[Note 10] [4][10][11]
Deactivated April 4, 1984 The championship was sold to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) who established the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship, using the same belts and recognizing Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria as the inaugural champions. April 4, 1984 is the date of the first known title defense under the WWF. [4][10]

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m The length of the reign is too uncertain to calculate.
  2. ^ The date the championship was lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 37n and 67 days.
  3. ^ The date the championship was lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 616 and 646 days.
  4. ^ The exact date that the championship was lost is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 450 and 480 days.
  5. ^ The exact date the championship was won and lost is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 123 and 182 days.
  6. ^ The exact date the championship was won is uncertain, which means the championship reign lasted between 1 and 14 days.
  7. ^ The exact date the championship was list is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 170 and 181 days.
  8. ^ The exact date the championship was won is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 12 days.
  9. ^ a b c Indicates that a title change took place "no later than" the date listed. Documentation of the specific date of a title change is not found but documentation of the champion holding the title on that date/in that period.
  10. ^ The days recognize the end of the reign as April 4, 1984, the time the first title defense was recorded, in WWF.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "World Women's Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "NWA Women's World Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles.com.
  3. ^ Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab "World Women's Tag Team Title". wrestling-titles.com.
  5. ^ January 23, 1953 The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska Page 16:
    CHALLENGER Joan Weidmon (above) and Ida May get a crack at the World's Tag Team title held by June Byers and Mary Jane Mull at the Fairgrounds next week, Girls Tag Team Crown At Stake
  6. ^ "New Orleans Wrestling Results - 1961". www.legacyofwrestling.com.
  7. ^ "Fabulous Moolah - OWW".
  8. ^ "Toni Rose: Profile & Match Listing - Internet Wrestling Database (IWD)". www.profightdb.com.
  9. ^ F4W Staff (May 6, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (May 6): Verne Gagne Vs. Danny Hodge, 1st Annual Von Erich Parade of Champions show". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Nevada, Vance (June 30, 2005). "Results for Velvet McIntyre". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
  11. ^ Hoops, Brian (May 13, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (May 13): Rick Martel wins AWA gold, Kurt Angle wins TNA title, Nash and Hall beat one man to win tag titles". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017.