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WWE Raw Tag-Team Championship
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
Statistics
Current champion(s):Sheamus and Cesaro
Promotion:WWE
Other name(s):WWE Tag Team Championship
(2002-2009, 2010-2016)
Unified WWE Tag Team Championship
(2009–2010)
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
(2016–present)
Past design(s)
WWE Tag Team Championship
First champion(s)Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit
Most reignsAs tag team: MNM (Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro), Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel (3 times)
As individual: Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, John Morrison, The Miz, and Kofi Kingston (4 times)
Longest reignThe New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods) (483 days)
Shortest reignJohn Cena and The Miz (9 minutes)
Oldest championBilly Gunn (50 years, 112 days)
Youngest championRené Duprée (20 years, 267 days)
Heaviest championBig Show and Kane (820 lbs combined) (Big Show 500 pounds and Kane 320 pounds)
Lightest championPaul London and Brian Kendrick (365 lbs combined)
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The WWE Raw Tag-Team Championship is a professional wrestling world tag team championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the Raw brand. It is one of two tag team championships for WWE's main roster, along with the SmackDown Tag Team Championship on the SmackDown brand

The championship was originally established as the WWE Tag Team Championship on October 20, 2002, and the team of Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit were the inaugural champions. It was introduced for the SmackDown brand as a second title for tag teams in the promotion to complement WWE's original World Tag Team Championship, which became exclusive to Raw. Both titles were unified in 2009 and were collectively referred to as the "Unified WWE Tag Team Championship" while officially remaining independently active until the World Tag Team Championship was formally decommissioned in 2010. As a result of the 2016 draft, the championship became exclusive to Raw with a subsequent rename, and SmackDown created the SmackDown Tag Team Championship as a counterpart title.

History

After the company's initial brand extension in the spring of 2002, the original World Tag Team Championship was reassigned that following summer to appear and be defended exclusively on the Raw brand, leaving the SmackDown brand without a tag team title. As a result, SmackDown General Manager Stephanie McMahon introduced the WWE Tag Team Championship and commissioned it to be the tag team title for the SmackDown brand. She stated that the inaugural champions would be determined from an eight-team tournament. On October 20, 2002, the team of Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit defeated Rey Mysterio and Edge at No Mercy in the tournament final to become the inaugural WWE Tag Team Champions.

On October 17, 2007, SmackDown and ECW announced a talent sharing agreement that enabled talent from either brand's roster to compete on both brands. As a result, the title became eligible to be contended and defended on both brands. In late 2008 through early 2009, then-WWE Tag Team Champions The Colóns (Carlito and Primo) engaged in rivalry with then-World Tag Team Champions John Morrison and The Miz, which resulted in the announcement on the March 17 episode of ECW that at WrestleMania XXV, both teams would defend their titles against each other and the winning team would hold both titles. The Colóns defeated Morrison and Miz, and thus unified the titles into what became known as the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship, the umbrella term for what officially remained two active championships that were now collectively defended. The championships would be defended as the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship on any brand until August 2010. That month, the Anonymous Raw General Manager announced that the World Tag Team Championship would be decommissioned and combined into the WWE Tag Team Championship, which received a new, single set of championship belts, which were presented to then-champions The Hart Dynasty by Bret Hart. The WWE Tag Team Championship became the sole tag team championship in WWE and was defended on any brand. The first brand extension ended in August 2011.

Following the reintroduction of the brand extension in July 2016, then-champions The New Day were drafted to the Raw brand, making the championship exclusive to Raw. In response, SmackDown created the SmackDown Tag Team Championship on August 23, 2016. The WWE Tag Team Championship was subsequently renamed to reflect its exclusivity to Raw. The championship's belt design was given a slight update on December 19, 2016, featuring silver plates on red leather straps, counterpart to the blue straps on the SmackDown Tag Team Championship belts.

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