Women's World Championship (WWE)

championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE

The Women's World Championship wrestling championship in WWE competed by women of the Raw brand. It was created after the return of the brand extension. First known as the SmackDown Women's Championship, it was revealed on the August 23, 2016, episode of SmackDown as the counterpart to the WWE Women's Championship, which became exclusive to Raw as a result of the 2016 WWE Draft. The first champion was Becky Lynch. As a result of the 2023 WWE Draft, the Raw and SmackDown women's championships switched brands, with the SmackDown Women's Championship renamed as the Women's World Championship, while the Raw Women's Championship changed to its original name of WWE Women's Championship.

Women's World Championship
Rhea Ripley with the current design of the belt (2023–present)
Details
PromotionWWE
BrandRaw
Date establishedAugust 23, 2016
Current champion(s)Liv Morgan
Date wonMay 26, 2024
Other name(s)
  • WWE SmackDown Women's Championship
    (2016–2023)
  • Women's World Championship
    (2023–present)

The title has been in the main event of three WWE premium live events: at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs in 2018, together with the Raw Women's Championship at the time, at WWE's flagship event WrestleMania 35 in 2019, and by itself on Night 1 of WrestleMania 37 in 2021. It was also the first women's wrestling championship to be defended in Saudi Arabia, at Super ShowDown in 2020.

History

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Two-time champion Alexa Bliss with the first design of the belt (2016–2023)

With the return of the WWE Brand Extension in the middle of 2016,[1][2] a draft took place on July 19. The WWE Women's Champion Charlotte was drafted to Raw. As a result, SmackDown Live was left without a women's title.[3] On the August 23, 2016 episode of SmackDown Live, Shane McMahon introduced the SmackDown Women's Championship.[4] The first champion was crowned at Backlash on September 11, 2016, where Becky Lynch beat Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Naomi, Natalya and Nikki Bella in a six-pack elimination challenge to win the title.[5]

Following the 2023 WWE Draft, the Raw and SmackDown Women's Championships switched brands and there were no title changes for either championship before drafted wrestlers went to their brands on May 8. The problem was solved on the June 12, 2023, episode of Raw. WWE official Adam Pearce gave a new championship belt to reigning champion Rhea Ripley, with the title renamed as the Women's World Championship. This came shortly after the Raw Women's Championship became the WWE Women's Championship again on June 9.[6]

On the April 15, 2024 episode of Raw, the title was vacated for the first time, after Ripley injured her right arm. This ties Ripley and Bayley for the longest single reign at 380 days.[a][7] The following week on Raw, Becky Lynch won a Battle royal to win her fifth Women's World Championship.

Match to crown first champion

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Eliminated Wrestler Eliminated by Method of elimination Times[5]
1 Alexa Bliss Naomi Pinfall 9:38
2 Naomi Natalya Submission 10:52
3 Natalya Nikki Bella Pinfall 12:50
4 Nikki Bella Carmella 12:58
5 Carmella Becky Lynch Submission 14:40
Winner Becky Lynch

Title history

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As of June 14, 2024, there have been 27 reigns between 12 champions. The first champion was Becky Lynch, who won the title on SmackDown. The champions with the single longest reign are Bayley and Rhea Ripley with a reign of 380 days,[a] while the record for longest combined reign is also held by Bayley at 520 days. Charlotte Flair has the most reigns at seven. Only two women in history have held the championship for a continuous reign of one year (365 days) or more: Bayley and Rhea Ripley.

Name Years
WWE SmackDown Women's Championship August 23, 2016 – June 12, 2023
Women's World Championship June 12, 2023 – present

Reigns

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Key
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.
Date Event Location Reign Days Days recog.
1 Becky Lynch September 11, 2016 Backlash Richmond, VA 1 84 84 As a result of the 2016 WWE draft, the WWE Women's Championship became exclusive to Raw, so SmackDown created the SmackDown Women's Championship. Lynch defeated Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Naomi, Natalya, and Nikki Bella in a six-pack elimination challenge to become the inaugural champion. [5]
2 Alexa Bliss December 4, 2016 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs Dallas, TX 1 70 69 This was a tables match. [8]
3 Naomi February 12, 2017 Elimination Chamber Phoenix, AZ 1 9 8 [9]
Vacated February 21, 2017 SmackDown Ontario, CA The championship was vacated when Naomi injured her knee and was unable to defend the title within 30 days. [10]
4 Alexa Bliss February 21, 2017 SmackDown Ontario, CA 2 40 40 Defeated Becky Lynch to win the vacant title. [10]
5 Naomi April 2, 2017 WrestleMania 33 Orlando, FL 2 140 139 This was a six-pack challenge, also involving Becky Lynch, Carmella, Mickie James, and Natalya. [11]
6 Natalya August 20, 2017 SummerSlam Brooklyn, NY 1 86 86 [12]
7 Charlotte Flair November 14, 2017 SmackDown Charlotte, NC 1 147 146 [13]
8 Carmella April 10, 2018 SmackDown New Orleans, LA 1 131 130 This was Carmella's Money in the Bank cash-in match.
This was the first time a women's title changed hands after a Money in the Bank contract cash-in.
[14]
9 Charlotte Flair August 19, 2018 SummerSlam Brooklyn, NY 2 28 27 This was a triple threat match, also involving Becky Lynch, who Flair pinned. [15]
10 Becky Lynch September 16, 2018 Hell in a Cell San Antonio, TX 2 91 91 [16]
11 Asuka December 16, 2018 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs San Jose, CA 1 100 99 This was a triple threat Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match, also involving Charlotte Flair. [17]
12 Charlotte Flair March 26, 2019 SmackDown Uncasville, CT 3 13 12 [18]
13 Becky Lynch April 8, 2019 WrestleMania 35 East Rutherford, NJ 3 41 41 This was a winner takes all triple threat match for both the Raw and SmackDown Women's Championship, also involving Ronda Rousey, who defended the Raw Women's Championship. Lynch pinned Rousey to win both titles. [19]
14 Charlotte Flair May 19, 2019 Money in the Bank Hartford, CT 4 <1 <1 [20]
15 Bayley May 19, 2019 Money in the Bank Hartford, CT 1 140 140 This was Bayley's Money in the Bank cash-in match. [20]
16 Charlotte Flair October 6, 2019 Hell in a Cell Sacramento, CA 5 5 4 [21]
17 Bayley October 11, 2019 SmackDown Paradise, NV 2 380 379 [22]
18 Sasha Banks October 25, 2020 Hell in a Cell Orlando, FL 1 167 167 This was a Hell in a Cell match. [23]
19 Bianca Belair April 10, 2021 WrestleMania 37
Night 1
Tampa, FL 1 133 132 [24]
20 Becky Lynch August 21, 2021 SummerSlam Paradise, NV 4 62 62 Bianca Belair was originally announces to defend the title against Sasha Banks, but before the match began, it was said that Banks was unable to wrestle for unknown reasons. Carmella was then announced as her new opponent, but Lynch made a surprise return, took out Carmella, and challenged Belair to an match that Belair accepted. [25]
21 Charlotte Flair October 22, 2021 SmackDown Wichita, KS 6 198 197 As a result of the 2021 WWE Draft, then Raw Women's Champion Charlotte Flair was drafted to SmackDown while Becky Lynch was drafted to Raw. To keep the titles to their brands, WWE official Sonya Deville made the two women switch championships. [26]
22 Ronda Rousey May 8, 2022 WrestleMania Backlash Providence, RI 1 55 55 This was an "I Quit" match. [27]
23 Liv Morgan July 2, 2022 Money in the Bank Paradise, NV 1 98 97 This was Morgan's Money in the Bank cash-in match. Morgan was a member of the Raw roster before the cash-in. She was drafted to SmackDown after winning the championship. [28]
24 Ronda Rousey October 8, 2022 Extreme Rules Philadelphia, PA 2 83 83 This was an Extreme Rules match. [29]
25 Charlotte Flair December 30, 2022 SmackDown Tampa, FL 7 92 92 [30]
26 Rhea Ripley April 1, 2023 WrestleMania 39
Night 1
Inglewood, CA 1 440 440 Ripley won the championship as a member of the Raw brand, but the title did not officially switch to Raw until the 2023 WWE Draft. It was renamed as the Women's World Championship on the June 12, 2023, episode of Raw. [31]
Vacated April 15, 2024 Raw Montreal, QC, Canada Rhea Ripley vacated the title due to an arm injury. [7]
27 Becky Lynch April 22, 2024 Raw Columbus, OH 5 33 33 This was a 15-woman Battle Royal for the vacant title in which Lynch last eliminated Liv Morgan to win. [32]
28 Liv Morgan May 25, 2024 King and Queen of the Ring Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 2 20+ 20+ [33]

Combined reigns

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As of June 14, 2024.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
days
Combined days
rec. by WWE
1 Bayley 2 520 519
2 Charlotte Flair 7 483 479
3 Rhea Ripley 1 380 379
4 Becky Lynch 5 311 310
5 Sasha Banks 1 167
6 Naomi 2 149 147
7 Ronda Rousey 2 138
8 Bianca Belair 1 133 132
9 Carmella 1 131 130
10 Alexa Bliss 2 110 109
11 Liv Morgan 2 118+ 117+
12 Asuka 1 100 99
13 Natalya 1 86

Footnotes

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 WWE lists Bayley's second reign as lasting 379 days, and therefore only Ripley's first reign as the longest single reign.

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