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The WWF Women's Tag Team Championship was a women's professional wrestling tag team title in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE). The belief its holders were considered world champions was expressed by Jesse Ventura, an announcer for some of its defenses.[1] Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria were recognized as the inaugural champions when they came to the promotion in 1983 as the NWA Women's World Tag Team Champions. The final champions were The Glamour Girls (Leilani Kai and Judy Martin) when the titles were abandoned in 1989.

WWF Women's Tag Team Championship
WWF Women's Tag belt.jpg
The WWF Women's Tag Team Championship, reading: "NWA Worlds Lady Wrestlers Tag Team Champions"
Details
PromotionWorld Wrestling Federation
Date establishedMay 13, 1983
Date retiredFebruary 14, 1989

Title historyEdit

In 1983, the team of Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) as the reigning NWA Women's World Tag Team Champions. However, the WWF had since withdrawn from the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), and the rights to the championship were owned by The Fabulous Moolah. The WWF in turn bought the rights to the championship from Moolah, and recognized McIntyre and Victoria as the first WWF Women's Tag Team Champions. This ended the lineage of the NWA Women's World Tag Team Championship, though the WWF continued to use the championship belts of the former title to represent their new title.[2][3] After six years, the championship was abandoned in 1989, with The Glamour Girls (Leilani Kai and Judy Martin) as the final champions. This happened largely due to the lack of tag teams in the women's division, and a lack of female performers in general.[4]

During the December 24, 2018, episode of Monday Night Raw, WWE Chairman/CEO Vince McMahon announced that a new Women's Tag Team Championship would be introduced in 2019, however, it does not carry the lineage of the original.[5]

ReignsEdit

Over the course of the championship's six-year history, there were 5 reigns between 4 championship teams, and 7 individual champions. The inaugural championship team was Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria. The Glamour Girls (Leilani Kai and Judy Martin) had the most reigns as a team at two, while individually, Kai, Martin, and McIntyre had the most reigns, also at two. The Glamour Girls' first reign was the longest reign at 909 days, and they had the longest combined reign at 1,157 days. The Jumping Bomb Angels (Noriyo Tateno and Itzuki Yamazaki) had the shortest reign at 136 days. McIntyre was the youngest champion when she was awarded the inaugural championship at 20 years old, while the oldest was Martin when she won the championship at 32 for her second reign.

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 Princess Victoria and Velvet McIntyre May 13, 1983 House show Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1 574 Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria were the reigning NWA Women's World Tag Team Champions upon the WWF's withdrawal from the National Wrestling Alliance and were recognized as the first WWF Women's Tag Team Champions. The team's first match in the WWF took place on April 4, 1984, in Rochester, New York. [3]
2 Desiree Petersen and Velvet McIntyre (2) December 7, 1984 House show Pittsburgh, PA[6] 1 237[6] Princess Victoria suffered a career-ending neck injury on September 1, 1984, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Petersen took her place as McIntyre's partner. This was considered a second reign for McIntyre. [7] [3]
3 The Glamour Girls
(Judy Martin and Leilani Kai)
August 1, 1985 House show Cairo, Egypt 1 906 [3]
4 The Jumping Bomb Angels
(Itzuki Yamazaki and Noriyo Tateno)
January 24, 1988 Royal Rumble Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 1 136 This was a two out of three falls match.
5 The Glamour Girls
(Judy Martin and Leilani Kai)
June 8, 1988 House show Ōmiya-ku, Saitama, Japan 2 251 The Glamour Girls Won the championship by countout.
Deactivated February 14, 1989 The championship was abandoned.

Combined reignsEdit

By teamEdit

Rank Team No. of reigns Combined days
1 The Glamour Girls
(Judy Martin and Leilani Kai)
2 1,157
2 Princess Victoria and Velvet McIntyre 1 574
3 Desiree Petersen and Velvet McIntyre 1 237
4 The Jumping Bomb Angels
(Itzuki Yamazaki and Noriyo Tateno)
1 136

By wrestlerEdit

Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined days
1 Leilani Kai 2 1,157
Judy Martin 2 1,157
3 Velvet McIntyre 2 811
4 Princess Victoria 1 574
5 Desiree Petersen 1 237
6 Itzuki Yamazaki 1 136
Noriyo Tateno 1 136

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Jumping Bomb Angels vs. The Glamour Girls: Prime Time Wrestling, Aug. 8, 1987 Ventura: "Judy Martin continues to interrupt the 3-count, I believe the Japanese girls would've been world champions."
  2. ^ Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  3. ^ a b c d Nevada, Vance (June 30, 2005). "Results for Velvet McIntyre". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
  4. ^ "Bring It Back!: Women's Tag Titles". World Wrestling Entertainment. January 5, 2012.
  5. ^ "Vince McMahon announces WWE women's tag team titles, John Cena's return at Raw Christmas show". CBS Sports. December 25, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Cawthon, Graham. "1984 WWF Ring Results". The History of WWE. Retrieved August 11, 2011.
  7. ^ Oliver, Greg (July 29, 2011). "Princess Victoria: A career cut short". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved August 11, 2011.

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