The WWE Raw Women's Championship is a women's professional wrestling championship created and promoted by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on the Raw brand. It was introduced on April 3, 2016 at WrestleMania 32 as the WWE Women's Championship. It replaced the WWE Divas Championship, which had been introduced in 2008 as part of the WWE brand extension to complement the original WWE Women's Championship, before those two titles were unified under the Divas Championship name in 2010. The new Women's Championship has a unique title history, separate from the original. In mid-2016, the championship became exclusive to Raw, and SmackDown created the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship as a counterpart title.
On April 3, 2016, WWE Hall of Famer Lita appeared during the WrestleMania 32 pre-show and, after recapping the history of women's professional wrestling in WWE, unveiled the brand-new championship belt and declared that WWE's women would no longer be referred to as WWE Divas, but as "WWE Superstars" just as their male counterparts are. This came after the term "Diva" was scrutinized by some commentators, fans, and several past and present WWE female performers, including then-Divas Champion Charlotte, who were in favor of changing the championship to the Women's Championship. It was also changed because some WWE female wrestlers felt it diminished their athletic abilities and relegated them to "eye candy". Lita then announced that the winner of the Divas Championship triple threat match between Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Sasha Banks later that night would become the first-ever WWE Women's Champion, subsequently retiring the Divas Championship. Charlotte, the final Divas Champion, became the inaugural WWE Women's Champion when she defeated Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch.
Following the reintroduction of the brand extension, then champion Charlotte was drafted to the Raw brand on the July 19, 2016 premiere episode of SmackDown Live, making the championship exclusive to Raw. In response, SmackDown created the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship on August 23, 2016. The WWE Women's Championship was subsequently renamed to reflect its exclusivity to Raw.
When the title was introduced, it shared its name with the original Women's Championship. However, the new title does not share the same title history as the original, which was unified with the Divas Championship in 2010, with the combined title inheriting the latter's lineage and history. WWE acknowledges the original championship as its predecessor, and notes that the lineage of female champions dates back to The Fabulous Moolah's reign in 1956.
Brand designation history
|Championship moved to the Raw brand.|
|Date of transition||Notes|
|July 19, 2016||WWE Women's Champion Charlotte was drafted to Raw during the 2016 WWE draft.|
After the introduction of the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship, the title was renamed to the WWE Raw Women's Championship.
The Raw Women's Championship belt is similar in appearance to the WWE World Championship belt, with a few notable differences. The strap is smaller to fit the champion, and white, as opposed to black. The die-cut WWE logo in the center plate sits on a red background, as opposed to a black one. The very small print below the logo reads "Women's Champion". Like the WWE World Championship belt, the Raw Women's Championship belt features two side plates, both separated by gold divider bars, with the WWE logo on the globe as default plates, which are customized with the current champion's logos as a similarity of the name plate feature of other belts.
|WWE Women's Championship||April 3, 2016 – September 4, 2016|
|WWE Raw Women's Championship||September 5, 2016 – present|
Charlotte Flair, then known simply as Charlotte, was the inaugural champion. Sasha Banks has the most reigns at five. Becky Lynch's sole reign is the longest at 373 days (398 days as recognized by WWE due to tape delay) while Banks' fourth reign is the shortest at 8 days. Asuka is the oldest champion, winning the championship at the age of 38, while Sasha Banks is the youngest as she was 24 years, 181 days old when she won the title for the first time.
- World Wrestling Entertainment
- Champion history - History of the wrestlers who have held the belt.
- Title matches - Matches in which the title was defended.
- Champion gallery - A gallery of all champions.