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This article is about the championship that is currently defended on the Raw brand of WWE. For SmackDown's female championship, see WWE Women's Championship.
WWE Divas Championship

The WWE Divas Championship belt
Details
Current champion(s) Maryse
Date won February 22, 2010
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment
Brand Raw
Date established July 20, 2008

The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Divas Championship is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. It is competed for by WWE Divas only on the Raw brand. The championship was created by WWE in 2008, and was introduced in storyline by then-SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero as an alternative to Raw's Women's Championship. Michelle McCool became the inaugural champion on July 20, 2008 when she defeated Natalya at The Great American Bash. After former Divas Champion Maryse was drafted to Raw as part of the 2009 WWE Draft, she took the title with her. WWE Divas Championship reigns are determined by professional wrestling matches, in which competitors are involved in scripted rivalries. These narratives create feuds between the various competitors, which cast them as villains and heroes.

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History

With the first WWE Brand Extension, a storyline division in which WWE assigns its employees to a different program, the others being Raw and ECW, in 2002, the WWE Women's Championship was to be defended on both brands. At some point that year, however, it became exclusive to the Raw brand. Thereafter, only Divas on the Raw brand were able to compete for the WWE Women's Championship, while the Divas on the SmackDown brand were unable to compete for a women's-exclusive championship.[1] However, on a few occasions the regulation was bypassed with Melina, Ashley, Torrie Wilson and Nidia challenging for the title while on the SmackDown! brand, but none were successful.[2][3]

As a result, WWE created the WWE Divas Championship and introduced it in a storyline on the June 6, 2008 episode of Friday Night SmackDown when then SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero announced the creation of the title.[4] The championship belt was officially unveiled on the July 4, 2008 episode of SmackDown. After winning respective matches to earn the opportunity to wrestle for the new championship, Michelle McCool defeated Natalya at The Great American Bash to become the inaugural champion.[5][6] When Maryse won the title from McCool in December 2008, she dislocated her kneecap at a live event later that month. Similar to how Trish Stratus kept the Women's Championship when she was sidelined with a herniated disc in 2005,[7] Maryse was able to keep the Divas Title upon her return in late January 2009. As part of the 2009 WWE Draft, then-Divas Champion Maryse was one of the people drafted to the Raw brand, in the process making the championship exclusive to Raw.[8]

Reigns

The inaugural champion was Michelle McCool, who defeated Natalya at The Great American Bash on July 20, 2008 in Uniondale, New York.[6] Maryse is currently the longest reigning WWE Divas Champion in history, holding the belt for 216 days, while Jillian is the shortest reigning champion, with her reign lasting four minutes and thirty seconds. Maryse is also the record holder for the most Divas Championship reigns with two reigns. The title had been vacant since January 4, 2010, after the previous champion Melina suffered an injury. An eight-woman tournament to crown a new champion started on the January 4, 2010 edition of Raw.[9]. It was announced on the February 8, 2010 edition of Raw that the final of the tournament would take place at the WWE Elimination Chamber event on February 21, 2010 in the form of a singles match between Gail Kim and Maryse; however, it was rescheduled for a later date. During WWE Raw on February 22, 2010, Maryse defeated Gail Kim by way of pin fall to become the new WWE Divas Champion.

References

  1. ^ "WWE Entertainment To Make RAW and SMACKDOWN Distinct Television Brands". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2002-03-27. http://corporate.wwe.com/news/2002/2002_03_27.jsp. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  2. ^ Hoffman, Brett (2007-04-01). "Playboy Covered". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/history/wrestlemania23/matches/39161842111/results/. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  3. ^ "Women's Champion Trish Stratus def. Melina". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2005-11-28. http://www.wwe.com/shows/survivorseries/history/2005/matches/13464582/results/. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  4. ^ Passero, Mitch (2008-06-06). "Golden Dreams". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/06062008/. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  5. ^ Burdick, Michael (2008-07-20). "A Diva of destiny". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/thegreatamericanbash/matches/7616144/results/. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  6. ^ a b "History Of The Divas Championship - Michelle McCool (1)". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2008-07-20. http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/divas/7683094. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  7. ^ "Trish Stratus Bio". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/superstars/wwealumni/trishstratus/bio/. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  8. ^ Plummer, Dale (2009-04-14). "RAW: Drafting a fresh start for the WWE". SLAM! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2009/04/14/9103546.html. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  9. ^ "Divas Champion Melina injured". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/melinainjury. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 

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WWE Divas Championship
File:WWE Divas
The belt.
Details
Current
champion(s)
Melina
Date won August 15, 2010
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment
Brand Raw
Date created July 20, 2008

The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Divas Championship is a championship in World Wrestling Entertainment competed for by divas. The title is only competed for on the Raw brand. It is the newest championship in the WWE having been first won at The Great American Bash on July 20, 2008.

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History

As a result of the WWE Brand Extension in 2002, the WWE Women's Championship was made exclusive to the Raw brand. Thereafter, only Divas on the Raw brand were able to compete for the WWE Women's Championship, while the Divas on the SmackDown brand were unable to compete for a women's-exclusive championship. The ruling was, however, ignored on rare occasions as Melina and Ashley have been the only divas who were on the SmackDown brand to challenge for the title. This led to the creation of the WWE Divas Championship, which was announced on June 6, 2008 during an episode of SmackDown by SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero.[1] In order to determine the competitors for the new title, two 'Golden Dreams matches', the object of which was to retrieve a star that was hanging on a pole above one corner of the ring, were held.[1] The first Golden Dreams match was won by Natalya, and the second by Michelle McCool.[1][2] The championship belt was officially unveiled on the July 4, 2008 episode of SmackDown prior to the second Golden Dreams match. Natalya and McCool competed against each other at The Great American Bash, which McCool won and became the inaugural champion.[3][4]

Current Holder

The current holder of the championship is Alicia Fox who won a Fatal Four Way match against Eve Torres, Gail Kim and Maryse at WWE Fatal 4-Way.

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