WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship

The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling world tag team championship created and promoted by the American promotion WWE, defended on their SmackDown brand. It is one of three male tag team championships among WWE's three main brands, along with the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship on Raw and the NXT Tag Team Championship on NXT. The current champions are The New Day's Big E and Kofi Kingston, who are in their fourth reign as a team. This also marks the record fifth reign for The New Day as a stable (as Big E, Kingston, and Xavier Woods have all previously been recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule), while individually, it is the fourth reign for Kingston and record fifth for Big E.

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
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The SmackDown Tag Team Championship belt
Details
PromotionWWE
BrandSmackDown
Date establishedAugust 23, 2016
Current champion(s)The New Day
(Big E and Kofi Kingston)
Date wonNovember 8, 2019

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. That title was subsequently renamed after the crowning of the inaugural SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Heath Slater and Rhyno. In 2019, NXT's Tag Team Championship became the third main title for WWE's male tag team division.

HistoryEdit

 
The inaugural SmackDown Tag Team Champions Rhyno (left) and Heath Slater (right)

Following the reintroduction of the WWE brand extension and subsequent draft on July 19, 2016, then-WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day were drafted to Raw, leaving SmackDown without a tag team championship. Over the course of the following month, SmackDown general manager Daniel Bryan stated that he wanted to build up the tag team division before introducing a championship. Immediately following SummerSlam on the August 23, 2016 episode of SmackDown Live, Bryan and SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon introduced the SmackDown Tag Team Championship (Raw's title was subsequently renamed).[1] An eight-team tournament was then scheduled to determine the inaugural champions, culminating in a final match at Backlash on September 11, 2016.[2][3][4] The team of Heath Slater and Rhyno defeated The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) in the tournament final to become the inaugural champions.[5] In 2019, WWE's former developmental territory NXT became the promotion's third major brand when it was moved to the USA Network in September, thus making the NXT Tag Team Championship the third major tag team title for men in the WWE.[6]

When the belts were introduced, they featured the same physical design as the Raw Tag Team Championship, with the differences being that the leather straps were blue as opposed to the former's original black and the plates were silver as opposed to the former's original bronze. The Raw Tag Team Championship belt design was updated on December 19, 2016, with silver plates on red straps to bring both sets of titles more in line with each other. While most of WWE's other championships have been updated to feature customizable side plates for the champion's logos, the Raw and SmackDown tag titles have yet received this update and also lack a nameplate, which is only featured on the United States Championship belt.

Inaugural tournamentEdit

Quarterfinals
SmackDown (8/23, 8/30)[2][3]
Semifinals
SmackDown (9/6)[4]
Final
Backlash (9/11)
         
American Alpha
(Chad Gable and Jason Jordan)
Pin
Breezango
(Fandango and Tyler Breeze)
10:13
American AlphaPin
The Usos 0:28
The Usos
(Jey and Jimmy Uso)
Pin
The Ascension
(Konnor and Viktor)
3:49
The Usos 10:02
Heath Slater and Rhyno Pin
The Hype Bros
(Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder)
Pin
The Vaudevillains
(Aiden English and Simon Gotch)
2:50
The Hype Bros 7:03
Heath Slater and Rhyno Pin
The Headbangers
(Mosh and Thrasher)
2:54
Heath Slater and Rhyno Pin

† When Chad Gable suffered a storyline injury after defeating The Usos, American Alpha were removed from the final. The Usos then defeated The Hype Bros at Backlash in a second chance tag team match to replace American Alpha in the final.

ReignsEdit

As of January 23, 2020, overall there have been 18 reigns between 11 teams composed of 22 individual champions, and one vacancy. The team of Heath Slater and Rhyno were the inaugural champions. The New Day as a stable have the most reigns at five, while individually, stable member Big E has the most reigns, also at five. As a team and individually, The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) have the longest singular reign 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.

The New Day's Big E and Kofi Kingston are the current champions in their fourth reign as a team and record fifth reign as a stable. Individually, this is the fourth reign for Kingston and record fifth reign for Big E. They defeated The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) on November 8, 2019 in Manchester, England on Friday Night SmackDown.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ WWE recognizes The Hardy Boyz's reign as lasting 20 days.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Martin, Adam. "Daniel Bryan to reveal two new championships exclusive to Smackdown tonight from Connecticut". wrestleview.com. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Parks, Greg. "8/23 WWE Smackdown LIVE – Parks's Complete, Real-Time Report". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Caldwell, James. "8/30 WWE Smackdown Live Results – CALDWELL'S Complete Live TV Report & Talking Smack-cap". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Caldwell, James. "9/6 WWE Smackdown LIVE – Parks's Ongoing, Real-Time Report". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  5. ^ Caldwell, James. "9/11 WWE Backlash Results – CALDWELL'S Complete PPV Report". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  6. ^ "Triple H Discusses NXT as a Third Brand, Putting Talent in a Position to Succeed, More – 411MANIA". www.411mania.com.

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