List of WWE Divas Champions

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Record-tying three-time and longest combined reigning Divas Champion AJ Lee
Two-time and longest individual reigning Divas Champion Nikki Bella

The WWE Divas Championship was a women's professional wrestling championship in the WWE promotion. The championship was generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants executed scripted finishes rather than contending in direct competition. The word "Divas" in the championship's name refers to the pseudonym WWE Diva, which WWE used to refer its female wrestlers.

The creation of the championship was announced on June 6, 2008, by then SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero as a counterpart to the Raw brand's WWE Women's Championship. The inaugural champion was Michelle McCool, who defeated Natalya on July 20, 2008, at The Great American Bash.[1] On April 13, 2009, the title was moved from SmackDown to Raw as a result of then Divas Champion Maryse being drafted to Raw in the 2009 WWE draft.[2] On September 19, 2010, at the Night of Champions pay-per-view event, Michelle McCool (defending the Women's Championship on behalf of tag team partner and official champion, Layla) defeated Divas Champion Melina, retiring the Women's Championship and unifying it with the Divas Championship.[3]

The title was retired on April 3, 2016, at WrestleMania 32, after WWE Hall of Famer Lita revealed the new WWE Women's Championship would replace the Divas Championship. Reigning champion Charlotte defeated Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks in a triple threat match at the event to become the new Women's Champion and therefore the final Divas Champion.

Overall, there were 17 different champions. Eve Torres and AJ Lee held the record for most reigns as Divas Champion with three. AJ Lee also had the longest combined reign as Divas Champion at 406 days. Nikki Bella had the longest individual title reign at 301 days, while Jillian Hall had the shortest reign at 2 minutes.

Title history

Names

Name[4] Years[4]
WWE Divas Championship July 20, 2008 – April 3, 2016
Unified WWE Divas Championship September 19, 2010

Reigns

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
No. Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Michelle McCool 1 July 20, 2008 155 Uniondale, NY The Great American Bash McCool defeated Natalya to become the inaugural champion.
WWE recognizes McCool's reign as lasting 159 days, ending on December 26, 2008, when the episode aired on tape delay.
2 Maryse 1 December 22, 2008 216 Toronto, ON SmackDown Maria served as the special guest referee.
The championship became exclusive to the Raw brand on April 13, 2009, when Maryse was drafted from SmackDown.
WWE recognizes Maryse's reign as lasting 212 days, beginning on December 26, 2008, when the episode aired on tape delay.
[5][6][7]
3 Mickie James 1 July 26, 2009 78 Philadelphia, PA Night of Champions WWE recognizes James' reign as lasting 79 days.
4 Jillian Hall 1 October 12, 2009 <1 Indianapolis, IN Raw
5 Melina 1 84 [8]
Vacated January 4, 2010 Dayton, OH Raw WWE vacated the title after Melina sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which sidelined her from in-ring competition. [9]
6 Maryse 2 February 22, 2010 49 Indianapolis, IN Raw Defeated Gail Kim in a tournament final to win the vacant title.
7 Eve Torres 1 April 12, 2010 69 London, England Raw
8 Alicia Fox 1 June 20, 2010 56 Uniondale, NY Fatal 4-Way This was a fatal four-way match also involving Gail Kim and Maryse. Fox pinned Maryse to win the championship.
9 Melina 2 August 15, 2010 35 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam
10 Michelle McCool 2 September 19, 2010 63 Rosemont, IL Night of Champions This was a lumberjill match where the Women's Championship was unified with the Divas Championship. The title subsequently became accessible on both the Raw and SmackDown brands and was briefly referred to as the Unified Divas Championship, keeping the lineage of the Divas Championship whilst the Women's Championship was retired. Layla was unofficially the co-champion during this reign; she defended the championship in McCool's place on some occasions. [10]
11 Natalya 1 November 21, 2010 70 Miami, FL Survivor Series This was a handicap match also involving Layla as Michelle McCool's tag team partner. [11]
12 Eve Torres 2 January 30, 2011 71 Boston, MA Royal Rumble This was a fatal four-way match also involving Layla and Michelle McCool. Eve pinned Layla to win the championship. [12]
13 Brie Bella 1 April 11, 2011 70 Bridgeport, CT Raw [13]
14 Kelly Kelly 1 June 20, 2011 104 Baltimore, MD Raw: Power to the People This was a "Power to the People" special episode of Raw, where Brie Bella's opponent was determined by a fan-voted poll. Kelly Kelly received the highest number of votes over Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres. [14]
15 Beth Phoenix 1 October 2, 2011 204 New Orleans, LA Hell in a Cell [15]
16 Nikki Bella 1 April 23, 2012 6 Detroit, MI Raw This was a lumberjill match. [16]
17 Layla 1 April 29, 2012 140 Rosemont, IL Extreme Rules Layla pinned Brie Bella to win the title from Nikki after the twins switched places during the match while the referee was distracted. [17]
18 Eve Torres 3 September 16, 2012 120 Boston, MA Night of Champions WWE recognizes Eve's reign as lasting 121 days. [18]
19 Kaitlyn 1 January 14, 2013 153 Houston, TX Raw 20th Anniversary Special [19][20]
20 AJ Lee 1 June 16, 2013 295 Rosemont, IL Payback WWE recognizes Lee's reign as lasting 296 days. [21]
21 Paige 1 April 7, 2014 84 New Orleans, LA Raw WWE recognizes Paige's reign as lasting 85 days. [22]
22 AJ Lee 2 June 30, 2014 48 Hartford, CT Raw [23]
23 Paige 2 August 17, 2014 35 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam WWE recognizes Paige's reign as lasting 36 days. [24]
24 AJ Lee 3 September 21, 2014 63 Nashville, TN Night of Champions This was a triple threat match also involving Nikki Bella.
WWE recognizes Lee's reign as lasting 64 days.
[25]
25 Nikki Bella 2 November 23, 2014 301 St. Louis, MO Survivor Series
26 Charlotte 1 September 20, 2015 196 Houston, TX Night of Champions
Retired April 3, 2016 Arlington, TX WrestleMania 32 WWE Hall of Famer Lita announced that the winner of the triple threat match between Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Sasha Banks would be crowned the new WWE Women's Champion, subsequently retiring the WWE Divas Championship.

Combined reigns

Paige was the youngest Divas Champion. She won the title on her debut at the age of 21.
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
days held
Combined days held
recognized by WWE
1 AJ Lee 3 406 408
2 Nikki Bella 2 307
3 Maryse 2 265 261
4 Eve Torres 3 260 261
5 Michelle McCool 2 218 222
6 Beth Phoenix 1 204
7 Charlotte 1 196
8 Kaitlyn 1 153
9 Layla 1 140
10 Paige 2 119 121
Melina 2 119
12 Kelly Kelly 1 104
13 Mickie James 1 78 79
14 Brie Bella 1 70
Natalya 1 70
16 Alicia Fox 1 56
17 Jillian Hall 1 <1

See also

References

General
  • Oliver, Earl. "WWE Divas Championship Title History". Solie.org. Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
  • "History of the Divas Championship". WWE. Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
Specific
  1. ^ Hillhouse, Dave (July 24, 2008). "The Great American Soap Opera". SLAM! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
  2. ^ Martin, Adam (April 14, 2009). "Raw results – 4/13/09". WrestleView.com. Retrieved September 28, 2009. 
  3. ^ Tylwalk, Nick (September 19, 2010). "Few gimmicks, more title changes at Night of Champions". SLAM! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "WWE Divas Title". Wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved July 1, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Maryse's first reign". WWE. Retrieved January 26, 2009. 
  6. ^ Beauvais, Mike (December 23, 2008). "WWE News: Complete WWE Smackdown 12/22 tapings report – Spoilers on title change, Jeff Hardy in main event". PW Torch. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ Sitterson, Aubrey (April 13, 2009). "Results: Rough draft". WWE. Retrieved January 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Melina's first reign". WWE. Retrieved October 13, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Divas Champion Melina injured". WWE. Retrieved January 4, 2010. 
  10. ^ Adkins, Greg (September 20, 2010). "Results: CU in Hell!". WWE. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Natalya's first reign". WWE. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Eve's second reign". WWE. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Brie Bella's first reign". WWE. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Kelly Kelly's first reign". WWE. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Beth Phoenix's first reign". WWE. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Nikki Bella's first reign". WWE. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Layla's first reign". WWE. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Eve's third reign". WWE. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Kaitlyn's first reign". WWE. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Kaitlyn def. Eve to win the Divas Championship". WWE. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  21. ^ "AJ Lee's first reign". WWE. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Paige's first reign". WWE. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  23. ^ "AJ Lee's second reign". WWE. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Paige's second reign". WWE. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  25. ^ "AJ Lee's third reign". WWE. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 

External links

  • WWE.com Divas Championship Title History
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