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The Women's World Championship is a Women's professional wrestling championship in the American professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on the Raw brand. It is one of two women's championships for WWE's main roster, along with the WWE Women's Championship on the SmackDown brand.

Unveiled on the August 23, 2016 episode of SmackDown Live, it was created to be the counterpart title to the then-WWE Women's Championship, which became exclusive to Raw as a result of the 2016 WWE draft. That title was subsequently renamed after the crowning of the inaugural SmackDown Women's Champion, Becky Lynch.


Following the reintroduction of the WWE brand extension and subsequent draft on July 19, 2016, WWE Women's Champion Charlotte was drafted to Raw, leaving SmackDown without a women's championship. Immediately following SummerSlam on the August 23, 2016 episode of SmackDown Live, SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon and general manager Daniel Bryan unveiled the SmackDown Women's Championship (Raw's title was subsequently renamed). A six-pack elimination challenge was then scheduled for Backlash on September 11, 2016 to determine the inaugural champion. The six women who competed at SummerSlam in the six-woman tag team match were chosen for the six-pack challenge: Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Naomi, Natalya, and Nikki Bella. Lynch became the inaugural champion when she last eliminated Carmella.

The championship belt design is nearly identical to the Raw Women's Championship with the difference being that the background of the center plate and the default side plates' globes are blue (as opposed to red for both) to symbolize its exclusivity to SmackDown. As with Raw's Women's Championship, the side plates can be customized with the champion's logo.

In 2023, on the June 12th episode of Raw then SmackDown Women's champion Rhea Ripley was presented with a new championship belt and the SmackDown Women's championship was rebranded as the Women's World Championship.

Inaugural championship match[]

Eliminated Wrestler Eliminated by Method of elimination Time

Alexa Bliss Naomi Pinned after a powerbomb/neckbreaker combination with Natalya 9:38

Naomi Natalya Submitted to the Sharpshooter 10:52

Natalya Nikki Bella Pinned after a fireman's carry cutter 12:00

Nikki Bella Carmella Pinned with a roll-up 12:08

Carmella Becky Lynch Submitted to the Dis-arm-her 14:40

Becky Lynch


Becky Lynch was the inaugural champion, who defeated Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Naomi, Natalya, and Nikki Bella in a six-pack elimination challenge on September 11, 2016 at Backlash in Richmond, Virginia. Asuka is the oldest champion, having won the title 81 days after turning 37, while Bliss is the youngest at 25.

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Current WWE Championships
WWE Championship
Universal Championship
World Heavyweight Championship
Intercontinental Championship
United States Championship
World Tag Team Championship
WWE Tag Team Championship
WWE Women's Championship
Women's World Championship
Women's Tag Team Championship
Speed Championship
NXT Championship
NXT North American Championship
NXT Tag Team Championship
NXT Women's Championship
NXT Women's North American Championship
NXT Heritage Cup Championship