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WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Current champion(s):The Usos
Promotion:WWE
Other name(s):WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
First champion(s)Heath Slater and Rhyno
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The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling world tag team championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the SmackDown brand. It is one of two tag team championships for WWE's main roster, along with the Raw Tag Team Championship on the Raw brand.

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.

History

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.

2016 Tournament

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.

Bracket

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                           
  SmackDown  The Ascension Pin  
8/23  The Usos 3:49  
  SmackDown  The Usos Pin  
  9/6  American Alpha 0:28  
Smackdown  Heath Slater & Rhyno Pin
  8/30  The Headbangers 2:54  
    Backlash  The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) Pin
  9/11  Heath Slater & Rhyno 10:02
  SmackDown  Breezango Pin  
8/23  American Alpha 10:13  
  Smackdown  American Alpha Pin
  9/6  Heath Slater & Rhyno 7:03  
SmackDown  The Vaudevillains Pin
  8/30  The Hype Bros 2:50  

† After Chad Gable suffered a storyline injury after defeating The Usos, American Alpha were removed from the final. The Usos then defeated The Hype Bros at Backlash in a second chance tag team match to replace American Alpha in the final.

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