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World Tag Team Championship

The World Tag Team Championship belt
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Current champion(s) The Miz and The Big Show
Date won February 8, 2010
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment
Date established 1971
Other name(s)
  • WWWF World Tag Team Championship
  • WWF World Tag Team Championship
  • WWF Tag Team Championship
  • WWE Tag Team Championship
  • Unified WWE Tag Team Championship

The World Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling world tag team championship contested for in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The title is currently unified with the WWE Tag Team Championship, which is referred to by WWE as the "Unified WWE Tag Team Championship". Because of this distinction, the title is accessible to all brands of WWE. World Tag Team 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

The World Tag Team Championship was originally known as the "World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) World Tag Team Championship". Following the title's introduction in 1971, Luke Graham and Tarzan Tyler became the inaugural champions on June 3. In 1979, the title became known as the "World Wrestling Federation (WWF) World Tag Team Championship" when the promotion was renamed the World Wrestling Federation. It began to be referred to as the "WWF Tag Team Championship" for short in the mid 1990s.[1]

In March 2001, the World Wrestling Federation purchased World Championship Wrestling. Soon after, "The Invasion" took place in which the WCW/ECW Alliance was ultimately dismantled. At the 2001 Survivor Series pay-per-view, the title was unified with WCW Tag Team Championship in a Steel cage match. The WCW Tag Team Champions, the Dudley Boyz, defeated the WWF Tag Team Champions, the Hardy Boyz, and were named the last WCW Tag Team Champions while becoming the new WWF Tag Team Champions.

After the WWF/WWE name change in 2002, the championship was subsequently referred to as the "World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Tag Team Championship". Then, during a period of open free agency after the Brand Extension, the Tag Team Champions were signed to appear and defend the title on the Raw brand only, leaving the SmackDown! brand without a tag team title. As a result, SmackDown! General Manager, Stephanie McMahon, commissioned a new WWE Tag Team Championship to be the exclusive tag team title for the SmackDown! brand. With the introduction of the World Heavyweight Championship on the Raw brand after the WWE Championship was moved to the SmackDown! brand, the Tag Team Championship on Raw was now being referred to as the "World Tag Team Championship". This was done so that the names of both tag team titles would mirror the names of the top championships on their respective brands. When the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship switched brands during the 2005 WWE Draft Lottery, however, neither of the tag team titles were renamed. The two top championships have since switched back, so the tag team titles' names once again mirror that of their respective brands' world title.

On April 5, 2009 at WrestleMania XXV, WWE Tag Team Champions The Colóns defeated World Tag Team Champions John Morrison and The Miz to unify both titles into what WWE refers as the "Unified WWE Tag Team Championship".[2] However, neither title has been retired.[3]

Reigns

The current champions are The Miz and The Big Show, who are in their first reign as a tag team. Individually, The Miz is in his second reign while this is the fifth for The Big Show. They won the titles from D-Generation X on the February 8, 2010 edition of Raw in a Triple Threat match that also included Luke Gallows and CM Punk.[4]

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Simple English

For the other title that makes up the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship, see WWE Tag Team Championship.

World Tag Team Championship
Details
Date won April 26, 2010
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment
Date created 1971
Date retired August 16, 2010
Other name(s)
  • WWWF World Tag Team Championship
  • WWF World Tag Team Championship
  • WWF Tag Team Championship
  • WWE World Tag Team Championship
  • Unified WWE Tag Team Championship

The World Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. It is the original world tag team title of WWE. Currently, it is exclusive to the Raw brand and is unified with the WWE Tag Team Championship to make up the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship.

History

The championship was first introduced into the then World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) in 1971. Following its introduction into the WWF Luke Graham and Tarzan Tyler became the first WWWF Tag Team Champions on June 3. In 1979 the title became known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) Tag Team Championship when the promotion renamed itself World Wrestling Federation

In 2001 at the Survivor Series Pay-per-view during the Invasion Storyline The Hardy Boyz, Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy who were the current World Tag Team Champions and were competing for the World Wrestling Federation took on The Dudley Boys, Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley who were the current WCW World Tag Team Champions and were competing for The Alliance in a title unification match inside a Steel Cage, The Dudley Boys defeated The Hardy Boyz and were named the last WCW Tag Team Champions while also becoming the WWF Tag Team Champions

After the WWF/WWE name change in 2002, the championship was referred to as the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Tag Team Championship. After a period where the championship was to be freely defended on either WWE Monday Night Raw or WWE Thursday Night Smackdown the championship became exclusive to the Raw Brand. The current General Manager at this time Stephanie McMahon created new WWE Tag Team Titles which were to be exclusive to the Smackdown Brand.

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