WWE Women's Tag Team Championship
The WWE Women's Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling women's tag team championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE for the Raw, SmackDown, and NXT brands. The current champions are Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross from Raw, who are in their first reign.
|WWE Women's Tag Team Championship|
The Women's Tag Team Championship belt with default side plates.
|Date established||December 24, 2018|
|Current champion(s)||Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross|
|Date won||August 5, 2019|
The championship was established on the December 24, 2018, episode of Monday Night Raw. The Boss 'n' Hug Connection (Bayley and Sasha Banks) were the inaugural champions who were part of the Raw brand during their reign. The title is distinct from the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship, as it does not carry the lineage of the former title, which was contested from 1983–1989.
In 1989, the then-World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) abandoned the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship due to the lack of women's tag teams in the division. This remained true up through the 2000s. In the early 2010s, the women's division began growing, and in 2012, WWE.com ran an article supporting the resurrection of the Women's Tag Team Championship. Then in 2014, the Bella Twins discussed a desire to establish a Divas Tag Team Championship—during this time until 2016, female performers were referred to as Divas and their top championship was the WWE Divas Championship. The idea for a women's tag team championship was seemingly forgotten about until mid-2018; in an interview with Sky Sports, Stephanie McMahon stated that in regards to the titles debuting, "Not quite yet, but that's absolutely something we've heard loud and clear from our fan base and it's something we're keen on implementing as soon as we are able to." Prior to the WWE's first all-female pay-per-view Evolution in October, speculations—including comments from current female wrestlers—arose that the promotion would debut the titles at the event. Just prior to the event, Stephanie said that the titles would be coming "sooner than we think"; the titles, however, were not debuted at Evolution. Speculation died down after the event, however, on the December 3, 2018, episode of Monday Night Raw, when questioned by a fan about what they wanted to bring to the women's division in 2019, Bayley and Sasha Banks stated that they wanted to become the inaugural WWE Women's Tag Team Champions.
During the December 24, 2018 Raw, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon officially announced that a new Women's Tag Team Championship would be introduced in 2019. On the January 14, 2019, episode of Raw, the championship belts were unveiled by Alexa Bliss on her segment, "A Moment of Bliss". After the unveiling, Bliss announced that the inaugural champions would be decided at Elimination Chamber on February 17, 2019, in a tag team Elimination Chamber match, featuring three teams from Raw and three teams from SmackDown, making the titles non-exclusive to either brand. On the February 18 Raw, it was announced that the titles would also be defended on the NXT brand.
To determine the three teams from Raw, qualification matches were held and began on the January 28 episode of Raw. The teams of Nia Jax and Tamina and The Riott Squad (represented by Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan) qualified by defeating the teams of Alexa Bliss and Mickie James, and Natalya and Dana Brooke, respectively. The following week, The Boss 'n' Hug Connection (Bayley and Sasha Banks) defeated Alicia Fox and Nikki Cross to win Raw's final spot. No qualification matches were held to determine the three teams from SmackDown due to its smaller roster, and instead, each team declared their participation. The team of Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose announced theirs on the January 29 episode of SmackDown Live, The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce) confirmed their entry via Twitter, and Naomi and Carmella accepted the final spot on the February 5 episode. The Boss 'n' Hug Connection would go on and win the match, lastly eliminating Rose and Deville, to become the inaugural champions.
As of August 23, 2019, overall there have been 3 reigns between 3 teams, and 6 individual champions. The inaugural championship team was the Raw brand's The Boss 'n' Hug Connection (Bayley and Sasha Banks). The IIconics have the longest reign at 120 days, while The Boss 'n' Hug Connection have the shortest reign at 49 days. Nikki Cross is the oldest champion, winning the title at 30 years old, while the youngest is Peyton Royce, winning the title at 26.
The current champions are Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross, who are in their first reign both as a team and individually. They won the titles by defeating former champions The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce), Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, and The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) in a fatal four-way elimination tag team match on August 5, 2019, episode of Raw in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
|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.|
|1||The Boss 'n' Hug Connection
(Bayley and Sasha Banks)
|February 17, 2019||Elimination Chamber||Houston, TX||1||49||49||This was a tag team Elimination Chamber match to determine the inaugural champions, also involving Nia Jax and Tamina, The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan), Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce), and Carmella and Naomi. Banks lastly submitted Deville to win the championship. The Boss 'n' Hug Connection were from Raw.|||
(Billie Kay and Peyton Royce)
|April 7, 2019||WrestleMania 35||East Rutherford, NJ||1||120||120||This was a fatal four-way tag team match, also involving Nia Jax and Tamina, and Beth Phoenix and Natalya. Kay pinned Bayley to win the championship. The IIconics were from SmackDown.|||
|3||Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross||August 5, 2019||Raw||Pittsburgh, PA||1||18+||18+||This was a fatal four-way tag team elimination match, also involving Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, and The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane). Bliss lastly pinned Sane to win the championship. Bliss and Cross are from Raw.|||
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