WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship

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WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
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The Wyatt Family as the SmackDown Tag Team Champions in December 2016.
Details
Promotion WWE
Brand SmackDown
Date established August 23, 2016
Current champion(s) American Alpha
(Jason Jordan and Chad Gable)
Date won December 27, 2016

The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship is a wrestling title owned by WWE. It was created for the SmackDown Live brand after the return of the brand extension. The WWE Tag Team Championship became exclusive of Raw. The first champions were Heath Slater and Rhyno and current champions are American Alpha.

History[change | change source]

With the return of the WWE Brand Extension in the middle of 2016,[1][2] a draft took place in July 19. The WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) was drafted to Raw. As a result, SmackDown Live was left without a tag team title.[3] On the August 23, 2016 episode of SmackDown Live, Shane McMahon introduced the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.[4] A tournament was created for determined the first champions.[4] The final match occurred at Backlash on September 11, 2016, and Heath Slater and Rhyno beat The Usos to won the title.[5]

Tournament bracket[change | change source]

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

† Chad Gable had a injury after beating The Usos and the American Alpha were removed from the final. The Usos then beat The Hype Bros at Backlash to replace American Alpha in the final.

Reigns[change | change source]

Reign The reign number for the specific champion listed
Location The city in which the title was won
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title was won
Indicates the title change is not recognized by WWE
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
No. Wrestler(s) Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Heath Slater and Rhyno 1 02016-09-11 September 11 2016 &&&&&&&&&&&&&084.&&&&&084 Richmond, VA Backlash Beat The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) in the final of a tournament to become the first champions. [5]
2 The Wyatt Family
(Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Randy Orton)
1 02016-12-04 December 04 2016 &&&&&&&&&&&&&023.&&&&&023 Dallas, TX TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs Wyatt and Orton won the title, but Harper was also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule. [8][9]
3 American Alpha
(Chad Gable and Jason Jordan)
1 02016-12-27 December 27 2016 &&&&&&&&&&&&0328.&&&&&0328+ Rosemont, IL SmackDown Live This was a fatal four-way tag team elimination match, also involving Heath Slater and Rhyno and The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso). [10]

Combined reigns[change | change source]

As of November 20, 2017.

By team[change | change source]

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Heath Slater and Rhyno 1 84
2 American Alpha
(Chad Gable and Jason Jordan)
1 &&&&&&&&&&&&0328.&&&&&0328+
3 The Wyatt Family
(Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Randy Orton)
1 23

By wrestler[change | change source]

Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Heath Slater 1 84
Rhyno 1 84
3 Chad Gable 1 &&&&&&&&&&&&0328.&&&&&0328+
Jason Jordan 1 &&&&&&&&&&&&0328.&&&&&0328+
5 Bray Wyatt 1 23
Luke Harper 1 23
Randy Orton 1 23

Notes[change | change source]

  1. WWE officially recognizes it as 24 days.

References[change | change source]

  1. Steinberg, Brian (May 25, 2016). "WWE's 'Smackdown' Will Move To Live Broadcast On USA (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved May 25, 2016. 
  2. "WWE's destiny to be determined during SmackDown's Live premiere". WWE. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  3. "2016 WWE Draft results: WWE officially ushers in New Era". WWE. Retrieved July 19, 2016. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Parks, Greg. "8/23 WWE Smackdown LIVE – Parks's Complete, Real-Time Report". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Caldwell, James. "9/11 WWE Backlash Results – CALDWELL'S Complete PPV Report". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved September 11, 2016. 
  6. Caldwell, James. "8/30 WWE Smackdown Live Results – CALDWELL'S Complete Live TV Report & Talking Smack-cap". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved August 30, 2016. 
  7. Caldwell, James. "9/6 WWE Smackdown LIVE – Parks's Ongoing, Real-Time Report". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  8. WWE.com Staff (December 7, 2016). "The Wyatt Family to defend SmackDown Tag Team Titles under the Freebird Rule". WWE. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  9. Powell, Jason. "Powell's WWE TLC 2016 live review: AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose in a TLC match for the WWE Championship, The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler in a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship". Pro Wreslting Dot Net. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  10. Parks, Greg. "12/27 WWE Smackdown LIVE – Parks's Ongoing, Real-Time Report, including three title matches, John Cena's return". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 

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