List of WWE Women's Champions

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This article is about a list of wrestlers who have held the original now-retired Women's Championship. For the other championships, see WWE Women's Championship.
The final WWE Women's Champion Layla

The WWE Women's Championship was a women's professional wrestling championship in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) promotion.[1] The championship was generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition. There have been a total of 29 recognized champions who have had a combined 59 official reigns. The title became vacant only twice in history for a total of 65 days and deactivated twice for a combined 1398 days. The following is a chronological list of wrestlers that have been WWE Women's Champion by ring name.

As recognized by the WWE, the inaugural champion was The Fabulous Moolah, who won the title on September 18, 1956, which at that time was the NWA World Women's Championship (which still exists today). While she was still champion, it became the WWF Women's Championship in 1984. In May 2002, after the WWF was renamed to WWE, the championship became the WWE Women's Championship. At the start of the brand extension that began in March 2002, the Women's Championship was defended on any brand until it became exclusive to Raw in September that year. It was the only women's championship in the WWE until SmackDown created the WWE Divas Championship as a counterpart title in July 2008. The titles switched brands in April 2009. On September 19, 2010, at Night of Champions, the Women's Championship was unified with the WWE Divas Championship, retiring the Women's Championship.

The Fabulous Moolah's first reign is the longest reign, and is officially recognized to be 10,170 days, due to WWE not recognizing title changes between 1956 and 1984 (her first reign's real number is 3,651 days, which is still the longest reign). Moolah technically also has the most reigns at 8, but since the WWE does not recognize the title changes between 1956 and 1984, Moolah only has 4 reigns and Trish Stratus has the most reigns with 7. Mickie James has the shortest reign with 1 hour. Wendi Richter is the youngest champion at the age of 22 years and 10 months, and Moolah is the oldest at the age of 76 years and 106 days. Bertha Faye is the heaviest champion and The Kat is the lightest champion. Chyna is the only undefeated champion. The final champion was Layla, in her first and only reign.

Title history

Names

Name[1] Years[1]
NWA World Women's Championship 1956—1984
WWF Women's Championship 1984—2002
WWE Women's Championship 2002—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
Indicates the title changes not recognized by the WWE
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 The Fabulous Moolah 1 September 18, 1956 10,170
(3,651)[a]
Baltimore, MD Live event Moolah's reign is the only reign recognized by WWE until 1984 with it listed as 10,170 days held. The title was known as the NWA World Women's Championship (which still exists today) until 1984 when it was renamed to WWF Women's Championship. [2]
Bette Boucher 1 September 17, 1966 13 Seattle, WA Live event [1]
The Fabulous Moolah 2 October 1966 497 Live event [1]
Yukiko Tomoe 1 March 10, 1968 23 Osaka, Japan Live event [1]
The Fabulous Moolah 3 April 2, 1968 2,862 Hamamatsu, Japan Live event [1]
Sue Green 1 1975 0 Dallas, TX This win is not recognized by the NWA. [3]
The Fabulous Moolah 4 1975 0 Texas The previous Green win is not recognized by the NWA. Moolah's reign from 1968 through 1978 is considered uninterrupted. [3]
Evelyn Stevens 1 October 8, 1978 2 Dallas, TX Live event [1]
The Fabulous Moolah 5 October 10, 1978 2,113 Fort Worth, TX Live event [1]
2 Wendi Richter 1 July 23, 1984 210 New York, NY The Brawl to End It All [4]
3 Leilani Kai 1 February 18, 1985 41 New York, NY The War to Settle the Score Aired March 5, 1985 on Prime Time Wrestling. [5]
4 Wendi Richter 2 March 31, 1985 239 New York, NY WrestleMania I [6]
5 The Spider (Fabulous Moolah) 2(6) November 25, 1985 220 New York, NY Live event This was the original screwjob [7]
6 Velvet McIntyre 1 July 3, 1986 6 Brisbane, Australia Live event [8][9]
7 The Fabulous Moolah 3(7) July 9, 1986 380 Sydney, Australia Live event [10]
8 Sensational Sherri 1 July 24, 1987 441 Houston, TX Live event [11]
9 Rockin' Robin 1 October 7, 1988 502 Paris, France Prime Time Wrestling Aired November 8, 1988. [12]
Deactivated February 21, 1990 Title deactivated. [12]
10 Alundra Blayze 1 December 13, 1993 342 Poughkeepsie, NY All American Wrestling Aired December 26, 1993. Defeated Heidi Lee Morgan in a tournament final.[13] [14]
11 Bull Nakano 1 November 20, 1994 134 Tokyo, Japan Big Egg Wrestling Universe [15]
12 Alundra Blayze 2 April 3, 1995 146 Poughkeepsie, NY Raw [16]
13 Bertha Faye 1 August 27, 1995 57 Pittsburgh, PA SummerSlam [17]
14 Alundra Blayze 3 October 23, 1995 51 Brandon, MB Raw [18]
Deactivated December 13, 1995 Title deactivated when Blayze left the WWF. Blayze then joined World Championship Wrestling and, during Nitro in Augusta, GA on December 18, 1995, dropped the title belt in a trash can.[19] [18]
15 Jacqueline 1 September 15, 1998[20] 61 Sacramento, CA Raw is War Aired September 21, 1998. Defeated Sable. [21]
16 Sable 1 November 15, 1998 176 St. Louis, MO Survivor Series Shane McMahon was the special guest referee. [22]
17 Debra 1 May 10, 1999 29 Orlando, FL Raw is War This was an evening gown match. Sable had defeated Debra in the match but Commissioner Shawn Michaels stated that Debra was the winner because she had lost her dress and awarded the championship to her. [23]
18 Ivory 1 June 8, 1999[24] 131 Worcester, MA Raw is War Aired June 14, 1999. [25]
19 The Fabulous Moolah 4(8) October 17, 1999 8 Cleveland, OH No Mercy [26]
20 Ivory 2 October 25, 1999 48 Providence, RI Raw is War [17]
21 The Kat 1 December 12, 1999 50 Sunrise, FL Armageddon This was a fatal four-way evening gown pool match, also involving Jacqueline and B.B., with The Fabulous Moolah and Mae Young as special guest referees. [27]
22 Hervina 1 January 31, 2000 3 Pittsburgh, PA Raw is War This was a lumberjill snowbunny match. Hervina was Harvey Wippleman disguised as a woman & was recognised as the first male to win the women's championship. [28]
23 Jacqueline 2 February 3, 2000[29] 56 Detroit, MI SmackDown!    
24 Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley 1 March 30, 2000[29] 146 San Antonio, TX SmackDown!   [30]
25 Lita 1 August 21, 2000 71 Lafayette, LA Raw is War The Rock was the special guest referee. [31]
26 Ivory 3 October 31, 2000[29] 152 Rochester, NY SmackDown! Aired November 2, 2000. This was a fatal four-way match, also involving Jacqueline and Trish Stratus. [32]
27 Chyna 1 April 1, 2001 214 Houston, TX WrestleMania X-Seven [33]
Vacated November 1, 2001 Title vacated when Chyna retired and left the WWF in a contract dispute. [33]
28 Trish Stratus 1 November 18, 2001 78 Greensboro, NC Survivor Series This was a six-pack challenge match, also involving Ivory, Jacqueline, Jazz, Lita, and Molly Holly. [34]
29 Jazz 1 February 4, 2002 98 Las Vegas, NV Raw Title was renamed WWE Women's Championship on May 6, 2002. [35]
30 Trish Stratus 2 May 13, 2002 41 Toronto, ON Raw This was a hardcore mixed tag team match with Stratus and Bubba Ray Dudley defeating Jazz and Steven Richards, with Richards' WWE Hardcore Championship also on the line. [36]
31 Molly Holly 1 June 23, 2002 91 Columbus, OH King of the Ring [37]
32 Trish Stratus 3 September 22, 2002 56 Los Angeles, CA Unforgiven On the September 26, 2002 edition of SmackDown!, General Manager Stephanie McMahon reveals that the women's title has been made exclusive to Raw. [38]
33 Victoria 1 November 17, 2002 133 New York, NY Survivor Series This was a hardcore match. [39]
34 Trish Stratus 4 March 30, 2003 28 Seattle, WA WrestleMania XIX This was a triple threat match also involving Jazz. [40]
35 Jazz 2 April 27, 2003 64 Worcester, MA Backlash [41]
36 Gail Kim 1 June 30, 2003 28 Buffalo, NY Raw Kim won a seven-woman battle royal, also involving Ivory, Jacqueline, Molly Holly, Trish Stratus, and Victoria. [42]
37 Molly Holly 2 July 28, 2003 210 Colorado Springs, CO Raw [43]
38 Victoria 2 February 23, 2004 111 Omaha, NE Raw This was a fatal four-way elimination match, also involving Jazz and Lita. Victoria pinned Lita to win the championship. [44]
39 Trish Stratus 5 June 13, 2004 176 Columbus, OH Bad Blood This was a fatal four-way match also involving Lita and Gail Kim. Stratus pinned Lita to win the championship. [45]
40 Lita 2 December 6, 2004 34 Charlotte, NC Raw Main event Raw women's title match [46]
41 Trish Stratus 6 January 9, 2005 448 San Juan, Puerto Rico New Year's Revolution [47]
42 Mickie James 1 April 2, 2006 134 Rosemont, IL WrestleMania 22 [48]
43 Lita 3 August 14, 2006 34 Charlottesville, VA Raw [49]
44 Trish Stratus 7 September 17, 2006 1 Toronto, ON Unforgiven Trish Stratus's retirement match [50]
Vacated September 18, 2006 Montreal, QC Raw Title vacated due to Stratus' legitimate retirement. [51]
45 Lita 4 November 5, 2006 21 Cincinnati, OH Cyber Sunday This was a lumberjill match. Lita defeated Mickie James in a tournament final. [51]
46 Mickie James 2 November 26, 2006 85 Philadelphia, PA Survivor Series Lita's retirement match [52]
47 Melina 1 February 19, 2007 64 Bakersfield, CA Raw First Tough Enough contestant who won women's title. [53]
48 Mickie James 3 April 24, 2007 <1 Paris, France Live event This was a triple threat match also involving Victoria. [54]
49 Melina 2 61 Melina was awarded an immediate rematch because Mickie pinned Victoria who was not the champion. [55]
50 Candice Michelle 1 June 24, 2007 105 Houston, TX Vengeance: Night of Champions First Diva Search contestant won Women's title. [56]
51 Beth Phoenix 1 October 7, 2007 190 Rosemont, IL No Mercy [57]
52 Mickie James 4 April 14, 2008 125 London, England Raw [58]
53 Beth Phoenix 2 August 17, 2008 161 Indianapolis, IN SummerSlam This was a Winner Takes All Intergender tag team match where Phoenix teamed with Santino Marella and James with Kofi Kingston, whose WWE Intercontinental Championship was also on the line. [59]
54 Melina 3 January 25, 2009 154 Detroit, MI Royal Rumble The title became exclusive to SmackDown when Melina was drafted to the SmackDown brand on April 13, 2009. [60]
55 Michelle McCool 1 June 28, 2009 217 Sacramento, CA The Bash First women to have held both women's title and Diva's title [61]
56 Mickie James 5 January 31, 2010 23 Atlanta, GA Royal Rumble [62]
57 Michelle McCool 2 February 23, 2010 61 Milwaukee, WI SmackDown Vickie Guerrero served as the special guest referee. Aired on February 26, 2010. [63]
58 Beth Phoenix 3 April 25, 2010 16 Baltimore, MD Extreme Rules This was contested in an Extreme Makeover match. [64]
59 Layla 1 May 11, 2010 131 Buffalo, NY SmackDown Aired on broadcast delay on May 14, 2010. LayCool (Michelle McCool and Layla) defeated Phoenix in a Texas Tornado Handicap match when Layla pinned Phoenix. Michelle McCool was unofficially the co-champion during this reign; she defended the championship in Layla's place on some occasions, but was not officially recognized as the title holder. [65]
Unified September 19, 2010 Rosemont, IL Night of Champions Retired after Michelle McCool, who had been unofficially co-reigning with Layla, defeated Melina to unify the Women's and WWE Divas Championship. [66][67]

Combined reigns

The inaugural, four-time, oldest, most combined days and longest reign in the WWF/E Women's Championship history The Fabulous Moolah
Trish Stratus after winning her seventh title, the most of any WWE Women's Champion under the WWE banner
Rank Champion No. of reigns Combined days
1 The Fabulous Moolah 4 10,778
2 Trish Stratus 7 828
3 Alundra Blayze 3 539
4 Rockin' Robin 1 502
5 Wendi Richter 2 449
6 Sensational Sherri 1 441
7 Beth Phoenix 3 367
Mickie James 5 367
9 Ivory 3 331
10 Molly Holly 2 301
11 Melina 3 279
12 Michelle McCool 2 278
13 Victoria 2 244
14 Chyna 1 214
15 Sable 1 176
16 Jazz 2 162
17 Lita 4 160
18 Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley 1 146
19 Bull Nakano 1 134
20 Layla 1 131
21 Jacqueline 2 117
22 Candice Michelle 1 105
23 Bertha Faye 1 57
24 The Kat 1 50
25 Leilani Kai 1 41
26 Debra 1 29
27 Gail Kim 1 28
28 Velvet Mcintyre 1 6
29 Hervina 1 3

See also

References

Notes
  1. ^ The Fabulous Moolah's real number of days as champion, but WWE does not recognize title changes until 1984.
Footnotes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "WWE Women's Championship". Wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  2. ^ "The Fabulous Moolah's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  3. ^ a b http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html
  4. ^ "Wendi Richter's first reign". Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  5. ^ "Leilani Kai's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  6. ^ "Wendi Richter's second reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  7. ^ "The Fabulous Moolah's sixth reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  8. ^ "Velvet McIntyre's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  9. ^ Hoops, Brian (July 3, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (July 3): Velvet McIntyre beats Moolah for WWF Women's title, Bret Hart Vs. Nick Bockwinkle in 1981". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  10. ^ "1986 results". Graham Cawthon. Retrieved 2017-01-30. 
  11. ^ "Sensational Sherri's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  12. ^ a b "Rockin' Robin's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  13. ^ Cawthon, Graham. "1993 WWF event results". Archived from the original on 2007-06-16. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  14. ^ "Alundra Blayze's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  15. ^ "Bull Nakano's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  16. ^ "Alundra Blayze's second reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  17. ^ a b "Bertha Faye's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  18. ^ a b "Alundra Blayze's third reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  19. ^ Cawthon, Graham. "1995 WCW event results". Archived from the original on 2007-11-01. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  20. ^ Cawthon, Graham. "1998 WWF event results". Archived from the original on 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  21. ^ "Jacqueline's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  22. ^ "Sable's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  23. ^ "Debra's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  24. ^ Cawthon, Graham. "1999 WWF event results". Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  25. ^ "Ivory's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  26. ^ "The Fabulous Moolah's eighth reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  27. ^ "Miss Kitty's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  28. ^ "Hervina's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  29. ^ a b c Cawthon, Graham. "2000 WWF event results". Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  30. ^ "Stephanie McMahon's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  31. ^ "Lita's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  32. ^ "Ivory's third reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  33. ^ a b "Chyna's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  34. ^ "Trish Stratus' first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  35. ^ "Jazz's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  36. ^ "Trish Stratus' second reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  37. ^ "Molly Holly's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  38. ^ "Trish Stratus' third reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  39. ^ "Victoria's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  40. ^ "Trish Stratus' fourth reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  41. ^ "Jazz's second reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  42. ^ "Gail Kim's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  43. ^ "Molly Holly's second reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  44. ^ "Victoria's second reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  45. ^ "Trish Stratus' second reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  46. ^ "Lita's second reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  47. ^ "Trish Stratus' sixth reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  48. ^ "Mickie James' first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  49. ^ "Lita's third reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  50. ^ "Trish Stratus' seventh reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  51. ^ a b "Lita's fourth reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  52. ^ "Mickie James' second reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  53. ^ "Melina's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  54. ^ "Mickie James' third reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  55. ^ "Melina's second reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  56. ^ "Candice Michelle's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  57. ^ "Beth Phoenix' first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  58. ^ "Mickie James' fourth reign". WWE. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  59. ^ "Beth Phoenix's second reign". WWE. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  60. ^ "Melina's third reign". WWE. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  61. ^ "Michelle McCool's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  62. ^ "Mickie James' fifth reign". WWE. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  63. ^ "Michelle McCool's second reign". WWE. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  64. ^ "Beth Phoenix's third reign". WWE. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  65. ^ "Layla's first reign". WWE. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  66. ^ Raymond-Santo, Katie A. (2010-09-24). "Flawless mark on history". WWE. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  67. ^ "Hall of Women's Champions". WWE. Retrieved 2010-09-26. Layla is the last-ever Women's Champion. 

External links

  • Official WWE Women's Championship Title History
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