The 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. General Manager Daniel Bryan announced the belts via Twitter and officially unveiled them on the the August 23, 2016 edition of SmackDown Live. It is a counterpart title to the WWE Tag Team Championship on Raw.


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 was culminate in a tag team match at Backlash to determine the inaugural champions. The design of the championship is identical to Raw' s, 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 would take place to determine the new champions.


  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
  Smackdown  The Ascension Pin  
8/23  The Usos 3:49  
  Smackdown  The Usos Pin  
  9/6  American Alpha 0:28  
Smackdown  Breezango Pin
  8/23  American Alpha 10:13  
    Backlash  The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) Pin
  9/11  Heath Slater & Rhyno 10:02
  Smackdown  Heath Slater & Rhyno Pin  
8/30  The Headbangers 2:54  
  Smackdown  The Hype Bros 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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Current WWE Championships
WWE Championship
Universal Championship
Intercontinental Championship
United States Championship
Raw Tag Team Championship
SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Raw Women's Championship
SmackDown Women's Championship
Cruiserweight Championship
NXT Championship
NXT North American Championship
NXT Tag Team Championship
NXT Women's Championship

United Kingdom Championship
United Kingdom Women's Championship
United Kingdom Tag Team Championship