Women's championships in WWE
WWE (formerly the WWF, WWWF, and its predecessor, Capitol Wrestling) has maintained several women's professional wrestling championships since acquiring The Fabulous Moolah's NWA World Women's Championship in 1984. Whenever brand division has been implemented, separate women's titles have been created or allocated for each brand.
Overview of titlesEdit
|1||WWE Women's Championship||1956 – 2010 (became WWF property in 1984)|
|2||WWE Divas Championship||2008 – 2016|
|3||NXT Women's Championship||2013 – present|
|4||WWE Raw Women's Championship||2016 – present|
|5||WWE SmackDown Women's Championship||2016 – present|
|6||NXT UK Women's Championship||2018 – present|
On September 18, 1956, The Fabulous Moolah became the third NWA World Women's Champion. Moolah had worked for the northeastern United States-based Capitol Wrestling Corporation, a member of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), since the previous year. In 1963, Capitol Wrestling seceded from the NWA and established itself as the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF); it quietly rejoined the NWA in 1971. Moolah bought the rights to the championship in the 1970s, and continued to defend the championship as the NWA World Women's Champion. The WWWF, renamed to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1979, withdrew from the NWA for good in 1983. Moolah sold the championship's rights to the WWF in 1984, and she was recognized as the WWF Women's Champion. Instead of beginning her reign in 1984, the WWF claimed the lineage of her reign from when she first became champion in 1956. The preceding champions and the title changes between 1956 and when Moolah lost it in 1984 are not recognized by WWE (although they are recognized by the NWA). As a result, The Fabulous Moolah's first reign is considered to have lasted 28 years by the promotion.
In 1990, the Women's Championship became inactive after Rockin' Robin vacated the championship following her departure from the WWF. Then in December 1993, the title was reactivated with Alundra Blayze winning a tournament for the vacant Women's Championship. However, the Women's Championship became inactive again when Blayze was released from the WWF. Blayze, as Madusa, unexpectedly signed with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1995 and threw the championship belt, which was still in her possession, in a trash can on an episode of WCW Monday Nitro. The Women's Championship was reactivated again in September 1998 when Jacqueline Moore defeated Sable to win the title.
After the WWF/WWE name change in 2002, the championship was subsequently referred to as the WWE Women's Championship. With the WWE brand extension in March 2002, the Women's Championship at first was still defended on both the Raw and SmackDown brands, while most titles were exclusive to one brand. In September, the Women's Championship became exclusive to only the Raw brand, but remained the sole championship contested by women until July 4, 2008, when a counterpart to the championship, called the WWE Divas Championship, was created for the SmackDown brand. The titles switched brands after their respective title holders were drafted to the opposite brands in the 2009 WWE draft.
The Women's Championship was unified with the Divas Championship at Night of Champions in September 2010, creating the Unified WWE Divas Championship and rendering the Women's Championship defunct as the unified title followed the lineage of the Divas Championship; shortly after, the title dropped the "Unified" moniker. The Divas Championship continued as the only women's championship of the main roster until 2016 when it was retired and replaced by a new WWE Women's Championship at WrestleMania 32. This came after the term "Diva" was scrutinized by some commentators, fans, and several past and present WWE female performers who were in favor of changing the championship to the Women's Championship. The division itself was also changed from being called the Divas division to being called the Women's division. The new championship does not share its title history with the previous championships.
Following the reintroduction of the brand extension in July 2016, then-champion Charlotte Flair was drafted to the Raw brand, making the championship exclusive to Raw. In response, SmackDown created the SmackDown Women's Championship on August 23, 2016. The WWE Women's Championship was subsequently renamed to Raw Women's Championship to reflect its exclusivity to Raw. In addition, WWE's developmental brand NXT established its own Women's Championship in April 2013. Another women's championship, the NXT UK Women's Championship, debuted for WWE's new NXT UK brand in 2018. The Raw, SmackDown, NXT, and NXT UK women's titles are WWE's four currently active women's championships. The WWE also consider the Raw and SmackDown titles to be world championships for their women's division.
Longest championship reignsEdit
Top 10 women's championship reignsEdit
The following list shows the top 10 women's championship reigns in WWE history.
|1||The Fabulous Moolah||WWE Women's Championship||1||3,651||During this reign, the title was known as the NWA World Women's Championship and was renamed to WWF Women's Championship when the WWF bought the rights to the championship in 1984.|
WWE recognizes Moolah's reign as lasting 10,170 days as they do not recognize the title changes of the NWA World Women's Championship from 1956 to 1984.
|2||Asuka||NXT Women's Championship||1||510||WWE recognizes Asuka's reign as lasting 523 days due to tape delay.|
|3||Rockin' Robin||WWE Women's Championship||1||502||During this reign, the title was known as the WWF Women's Championship.|
|4||Trish Stratus||WWE Women's Championship||6||448|
|5||Sensational Sherri||WWE Women's Championship||1||441||During this reign, the title was known as the WWF Women's Championship.|
|6||The Fabulous Moolah||WWE Women's Championship||3||380||During this reign, the title was known as the WWF Women's Championship.|
In reality, this was Moolah's 7th reign, but because WWE does not recognize the title changes of the NWA World Women's Championship between 1956 and 1984, they recognize this as Moolah's 3rd reign.
|7||Alundra Blayze||WWE Women's Championship||1||342||During this reign, the title was known as the WWF Women's Championship.|
|8||Paige||NXT Women's Championship||1||308||WWE recognizes Paige's reign as lasting 274 days due to tape delay.|
|9||Nikki Bella||WWE Divas Championship||2||301|
|10||AJ Lee||WWE Divas Championship||1||295||WWE recognizes AJ Lee's reign as lasting 296 days.|
Longest reign per championshipEdit
The following list shows the longest reigning champion for each women's championship.
|1||The Fabulous Moolah||WWE Women's Championship||1||September 18, 1956 – September 17, 1966||3,651||During this reign, the title was known as the NWA World Women's Championship and was renamed to WWF Women's Championship when the WWF bought the rights to the championship in 1984.|
WWE recognizes this reign as lasting 10,170 days (September 18, 1956 – July 23, 1984) as they do not recognize the title changes of the NWA World Women's Championship from 1956 to 1984.
|2||Asuka||NXT Women's Championship||1||April 1, 2016 – August 24, 2017||510||WWE recognizes this reign as lasting 523 days (April 1, 2016 – September 6, 2017) due to tape delay.|
|3||Nikki Bella||WWE Divas Championship||2||November 23, 2014 – September 20, 2015||301|
|4||Ronda Rousey||WWE Raw Women's Championship||1||August 19, 2018 – April 8, 2019||232|
|5||Toni Storm||NXT UK Women's Championship||1||January 12, 2019 – August 31, 2019||231|
|6||Charlotte Flair||WWE SmackDown Women's Championship||1||November 14, 2017 – April 10, 2018||147||WWE recognizes this reign as lasting 146 days.|
Most championship reignsEdit
The following list shows the wrestlers with the most reigns for each women's championship created and/or promoted by WWE. The WWE recognizes Charlotte Flair for having the most women's championship reigns at 9, having held the Divas Championship once, and the Raw and SmackDown Women's Championships four times each. She has also held the NXT Women's Championship, bringing her total to 10, however, it is not counted due to NXT's status of not being a main roster brand.
|#||Champion||Title||# of Reigns||Notes|
|1||The Fabulous Moolah||WWE Women's Championship||8||During her first reign, the title was known as the NWA World Women's Championship and was renamed to WWF Women's Championship when the WWF bought the rights to the championship in 1984, which was what the title was known as for her subsequent reigns.|
WWE recognizes that Moolah only held the title four times as they do not recognize the title changes of the NWA World Women's Championship from 1956 to 1984. Because of this, they recognize that Trish Stratus has the most reigns at seven.
|2||Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks||WWE Raw Women's Championship||4|
|3||Charlotte Flair||WWE SmackDown Women's Championship||4|
|4||AJ Lee and Eve Torres||WWE Divas Championship||3|
|5||Shayna Baszler||NXT Women's Championship||2|
|6||Kay Lee Ray, Rhea Ripley, and Toni Storm||NXT UK Women's Championship||1|
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