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The WWE Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling World Tag Team Championship contested for in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on its Raw brand. The WWE Tag Team Championship was WWE's third World Tag Team Title, and seventh tag team title overall introduced in 2002. After WWE bought the bankrupt promotions of Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and disbanded the WCW World Tag Team Championship, it split its roster into two brands of wrestling, Raw and SmackDown, in a mock scripted sports draft extension. As a result of this, WWE's original World Tag Team Championship was scripted exclusive to the Raw brand, leaving SmackDown without a Tag Team Championship. Soon afterward, then-General Manager Stephanie McMahon, a portrayed match maker and rule enforcer, introduced the WWE Tag Team Championship onto the SmackDown brand. In 2007, after the initiation of the ECW brand, WWE announced that the title would be shared between both brands, thus inter-brand matches could take place for the title. In 2009, the title was unified with the World Tag Team Championship, which WWE refers to as the "Unified WWE Tag Team Championship".

WWE Tag Team Championship reigns are determined by professional wrestling matches, in which competitors are involved in scripted rivalries. These narratives create feud between the various competitors, which cast them as villains and heroes. Some reigns were held by champions using a ring name, while others used their real name. From 2002-2005, SmackDown! aired on a two day tape delay, thus reigns that were won during this time aired on television two days later. Since 2006, Friday Night SmackDown airs on a three day tape delay, and those reigns that were won aired three days later. All other reigns were either won on live television or at live events. The championship has been won in three countries, United Statesmarker, Italymarker, Canadamarker; 2 Canadian provinces and in 15 U.S. states; each reign was won in an indoor arena. The inaugural champions were Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle, who won the titles in a tournament final in October 2002, while as of July 2009, the champions are Chris Jericho and The Big Show. Overall, there have been 28 reigns with the tag team of MNM (Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury) holding the most reigns at 3, in addition, Nitro, Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero hold the most reigns individually at four.

Title history

As of , .
# Team Reigns Date Days held: Location Event Notes Ref.
Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit Little Rock, ARmarker No Mercy
Edge and Rey Mysterio Manchester, NHmarker SmackDown!
Los Guerreros

New York, NYmarker Survivor Series
Team Angle

Philadelphia, PAmarker SmackDown!
Eddie Guerrero and Tajiri Charlotte, NCmarker Judgment Day
The World's Greatest Tag Team

Rochester, NYmarker SmackDown!
Los Guerreros

Raleigh, NCmarker SmackDown!
The Basham Brothers

Albany, NYmarker SmackDown!
Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty Cleveland, OHmarker SmackDown!
Charlie Haas and Rico Kelowna, BCmarker SmackDown!
The Dudley Boyz

Chicago, ILmarker SmackDown!
Billy Kidman and Paul London Winnipeg, MBmarker SmackDown!
René Duprée and Kenzo Suzuki Tulsa, OKmarker SmackDown!
Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam Greenville, SCmarker SmackDown!
The Basham Brothers Tampa, FLmarker SmackDown!
Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio Pittsburgh, PAmarker No Way Out

New York, NY SmackDown!
The Legion of Doom

Buffalo, NYmarker The Great American Bash
MNM San Francisco, CAmarker Friday Night SmackDown!
Batista and Rey Mysterio Springfield, MAmarker Friday Night SmackDown!
MNM Uncasville, CTmarker Friday Night SmackDown!
Paul London and Brian Kendrick Phoenix, AZmarker Judgment Day
Deuce 'n Domino Milan, Italymarker Friday Night SmackDown!
Matt Hardy and Montel Vontavious Porter Albany, NY Friday Night SmackDown!
John Morrison and The Miz

Wichita, KSmarker Friday Night SmackDown!
Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder Uniondale, NYmarker The Great American Bash

Columbus, OHmarker Friday Night SmackDown!
Edge and Chris Jericho Sacramento, CAmarker The Bash
Chris Jericho and The Big Show + Philadelphia, PA Night of Champions

List of top combined reigns

As of , .

By team

Rank Team # of
1. Paul London and Brian Kendrick 1 331
2. MNM (Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro) 3 291
3. The Colóns (Carlito and Primo) 1 280
4. John Morrison and The Miz 1 250
5. The World's Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas) 2 180
6. The Basham Brothers (Doug and Danny) 2 145
7. Deuce 'n Domino 1 133
8. Chris Jericho and The Big Show 1 +
9. Los Guerreros (Eddie and Chavo) 2 114
10. The Legion of Doom (Road Warrior Animal and Heidenreich) 1 93
11. René Duprée and Kenzo Suzuki 1 91
12. Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi 1 77
12. Matt Hardy and Montel Vontavious Porter 1 77
14. Billy Kidman and Paul London 1 63
14. Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder 1 63
16. Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio 1 57
17. Charlie Haas and Rico 1 56

By wrestler

Rank Wrestler # of
1. Johnny Nitro/John Morrison 4 541
2. Paul London 2 394
3. Brian Kendrick 1 331
4. Joey Mercury 3 291
5. Carlito 1 280
5. Primo 1 280
7. The Miz 1 250
8. Charlie Haas 3 236
9. Eddie Guerrero 4 215
10. Shelton Benjamin 2 180
11. Chris Jericho 1 +
12. Doug Basham 2 145
12. Danny Basham 2 145
14. Deuce 1 133
14. Domino 1 133
16. The Big Show 1 +
17. Rey Mysterio 4 118
18. Chavo Guerrero 2 114



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