The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship a professional wrestling world tag team championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE. It is the eighth overall male tag team championship to have existed in the WWE. The title is one of two tag team championships for WWE's main roster, along with the Tag Team Championship.
Unveiled on the August 23, 2016 episode of SmackDown Live, it was created to be the counterpart title to the then-WWE Tag Team 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 Tag Team Champions, Heath Slater and Rhyno.
Following the reintroduction of the WWE brand extension and subsequent draft on July 19, 2016, WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day were drafted to Raw, leaving SmackDown without a tag team championship. Over the course of the following month, SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan stated that he wanted to build up the tag team division before introducing a championship. Immediately following SummerSlam on the August 23, 2016 episode of SmackDown Live, Bryan and SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon unveiled the SmackDown Tag Team Championship and announced a tournament, which will culminate in a tag team match at Backlash to determine the inaugural champions. The design of the championship is identical to Raw, except the plates are silver instead of bronze, with a blue strap.
It was announced on the August 23, 2016 edition of SmackDown in Uncasville, Connecticut that a tag team tournament will take place to determine the new champions.
|9/6||American Alpha †||0:28|
|Smackdown||Heath Slater & Rhyno||Pin|
|Backlash||The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)||Pin|
|9/11||Heath Slater & Rhyno||10:02|
|9/6||Heath Slater & Rhyno||7:03|
|8/30||The Hype Bros||2:50|