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
PromotionWWE
BrandSmackDown
Date establishedAugust 23, 2016
Current champion(s)The Usos
(Jey and Jimmy Uso)
Date wonDecember 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 The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) are the current champions and in their fourth reign which is a record.

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]

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 Heath Slater and Rhyno September 11, 2016 Backlash Richmond, VA 1 84 83 As a result of the 2016 WWE draft, the WWE Tag Team Championship became exclusive to Raw. In response, SmackDown established the SmackDown Tag Team Championship; Raw's title was subsequently renamed.
Slater and Rhyno defeated The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) in the tournament final to become the inaugural champions.
[5]
2 The Wyatt Family
(Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Randy Orton)
December 4, 2016 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs Dallas, TX 1 23 23 Wyatt and Orton won the match, but Harper was also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule. [8][9]
3 American Alpha
(Chad Gable and Jason Jordan)
December 27, 2016 SmackDown Rosemont, IL 1 84 83 This was a fatal four-way tag team elimination match, also involving Heath Slater and Rhyno, and The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso).
Luke Harper and Randy Orton represented The Wyatt Family and were last to be pinned.
[10]
4 The Usos
(Jey and Jimmy Uso)
March 21, 2017 SmackDown Uncasville, CT 1 124 123 [11]
5 The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
July 23, 2017 Battleground Philadelphia, PA 1 28 27 Kingston and Woods won the match, but Big E was also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule. [12]
6 The Usos
(Jey and Jimmy Uso)
August 20, 2017 SummerSlam Brooklyn, NY 2 23 23 Match aired live on WWE Network and YouTube as part of the SummerSlam Kickoff show.
Big E and Xavier Woods represented The New Day.
[13]
7 The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
September 12, 2017 SmackDown Las Vegas, NV 2 26 25 This was a Sin City Street Fight.
Big E and Kingston won the match, but Woods was also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule.
[14]
8 The Usos
(Jey and Jimmy Uso)
October 8, 2017 Hell in a Cell Detroit, MI 3 182 182 This was a Hell in a Cell match.
Big E and Xavier Woods represented The New Day.
[15]
9 The Bludgeon Brothers
(Harper (2) and Rowan)
April 8, 2018 WrestleMania 34 New Orleans, LA 1 135 135 This was a triple threat tag team match, also involving The New Day (represented by Big E and Kofi Kingston).
Harper was previously known as Luke Harper.
[16]
10 The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
August 21, 2018 SmackDown Brooklyn, NY 3 56 55 This was a No Disqualification match.
Kingston and Woods won the match, but Big E was also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule.
[17]
11 The Bar
(Cesaro and Sheamus)
October 16, 2018 SmackDown 1000 Washington, D.C. 1 103 102 Big E and Xavier Woods represented The New Day. [18]
12 The Miz and Shane McMahon January 27, 2019 Royal Rumble Phoenix, AZ 1 21 21 [19]
13 The Usos
(Jey and Jimmy Uso)
February 17, 2019 Elimination Chamber Houston, TX 4 212+ 212+ [20]

Combined reigns[change | change source]

As of September 17, 2019.

By team[change | change source]

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days Combined days
recognized by WWE
1 The Usos
(Jey and Jimmy Uso)
4 541+ 540+
2 The Bludgeon Brothers
(Harper and Rowan)
1 135
3 The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
3 110 107
4 The Bar
(Cesaro and Sheamus)
1 103 102
5 American Alpha
(Chad Gable and Jason Jordan)
1 84 83
Heath Slater and Rhyno 1 84 83
7 The Wyatt Family
(Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Randy Orton)
1 23
8 Shane McMahon and The Miz 1 21

By wrestler[change | change source]

Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days Combined days
recognized by WWE
1 Jey Uso 4 541+ 540+
Jimmy Uso 4 541+ 540+
3 (Luke) Harper 2 158
4 Rowan 1 135
5 Big E 3 110 107
Kofi Kingston 3 110 107
Xavier Woods 3 110 107
8 Cesaro 1 103 102
Sheamus 1 103 102
10 Chad Gable 1 84 83
Heath Slater 1 84 83
Jason Jordan 1 84 83
Rhyno 1 84 83
14 Bray Wyatt 1 23
Randy Orton 1 23
16 Shane McMahon 1 21
The Miz 1 21

Notes[change | change source]

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