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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 three 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 feud between the various competitors, which cast them as villains and heroes.

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.

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". However, neither title has been retired.

Reigns

The current champions are The Big Show and Chris Jericho, who are in their first reign as a team. Individually, it is each man's fourth reign. Originally, Jericho and Edge had defeated then-champions The Colóns (Carlito and Primo) and fellow challengers The Legacy (Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase) in a Triple Threat tag team match at The Bash on June 28, 2009 in Sacramento, Californiamarker to win both sets of titles. On July 3, 2009, Edge suffered a torn Achilles tendon, which required surgery; as a result, Jericho was allowed to choose a new partner to hold both titles with at Night of Champions.

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