Current and five-time champions The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso); they are also the longest reigning champions at 182 days for their third reign and they have the longest combined reign at 395+ days
Current and five-time champions The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso); they are also the longest reigning champions at 182 days for their third reign and they have the longest combined reign at 395+ days

The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling world tag team championship contested in WWE 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 Tag Team Championship, which became exclusive to Raw as a result of the 2016 WWE draft and was subsequently renamed to Raw Tag Team Championship.[1]

The championship is generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition. The inaugural champions were Heath Slater and Rhyno, who won the title in a tournament final at Backlash on September 11, 2016. The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) are the current champions in their fifth reign, both as a team and individually. They defeated Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio on July 18, 2021 during the Money in the Bank Kickoff pre-show.

As of August 2, 2021, overall there have been 26 reigns between 16 teams composed of 30 individual champions, and one vacancy. The team of Heath Slater and Rhyno were the inaugural champions. The New Day's Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods have the most reigns at seven, both as a team and individually, and their seventh is the shortest reign for the title at 3 days (2 days as recognized by WWE); during their first six reigns, Big E was also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule. The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) have the longest singular reign at 182 days for their third reign, and they have the longest combined reign at 395+ days. The oldest champion is Shane McMahon, winning the title at 49 years old, while the youngest is Dominik Mysterio when he won it at 24.

Reigns

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Days recog. Number of days held recognized by the promotion
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Days recog.
WWE: SmackDown
1 Heath Slater and Rhyno September 11, 2016 Backlash Richmond, VA 1 84 83 As a result of the 2016 WWE draft, the WWE Tag Team Championship became exclusive to Raw. In response, SmackDown established the SmackDown Tag Team Championship; Raw's title was subsequently renamed.
Slater and Rhyno defeated The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) in the finals of an eight-team tournament to become the inaugural champions.
[2]
2 The Wyatt Family
(Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Randy Orton)
December 4, 2016 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs Dallas, TX 1 23 23 Wyatt and Orton won the match, but Harper was also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule. [3][4]
3 American Alpha
(Chad Gable and Jason Jordan)
December 27, 2016 SmackDown Rosemont, IL 1 84 83 This was a fatal four-way tag team elimination match, also involving Heath Slater & Rhyno and The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso).
Luke Harper and Randy Orton represented The Wyatt Family and were last to be pinned.
[5]
4 The Usos
(Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso)
March 21, 2017 SmackDown Uncasville, CT 1 124 123 [6]
5 The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
July 23, 2017 Battleground Philadelphia, PA 1 28 27 Kingston and Woods won the match, but Big E was also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule. [7]
6 The Usos
(Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso)
August 20, 2017 SummerSlam
Kickoff
Brooklyn, NY 2 23 23 Big E and Xavier Woods represented The New Day. [8]
7 The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
September 12, 2017 SmackDown Las Vegas, NV 2 26 25 This was a Sin City Street Fight.
Big E and Kingston won the match, but Woods was also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule.
[9]
8 The Usos
(Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso)
October 8, 2017 Hell in a Cell Detroit, MI 3 182 182 This was a Hell in a Cell match.
Big E and Xavier Woods represented The New Day.
[10]
9 The Bludgeon Brothers
(Harper (2) and Rowan)
April 8, 2018 WrestleMania 34 New Orleans, LA 1 135 135 This was a triple threat tag team match, also involving The New Day's Big E and Kofi Kingston.
Harper was previously known as Luke Harper.
[11]
10 The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
August 21, 2018 SmackDown Brooklyn, NY 3 56 55 This was a No Disqualification match.
Kingston and Woods won the match, but Big E was also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule.
[12]
11 The Bar
(Cesaro and Sheamus)
October 16, 2018 SmackDown 1000 Washington, D.C. 1 103 102 Big E and Xavier Woods represented The New Day. [13]
12 The Miz and Shane McMahon January 27, 2019 Royal Rumble Phoenix, AZ 1 21 21 [14]
13 The Usos
(Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso)
February 17, 2019 Elimination Chamber Houston, TX 4 51 51 [15]
14 The Hardy Boyz
(Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy)
April 9, 2019 SmackDown Brooklyn, NY 1 21 20 [16]
Vacated April 30, 2019 SmackDown Columbus, OH The Hardy Boyz (Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy) vacated the title due to Jeff suffering a knee injury that required surgery. [17]
15 Daniel Bryan and Rowan (2) May 7, 2019 SmackDown Louisville, KY 1 68 68 Defeated The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) to win the vacant title. [18]
16 The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
July 14, 2019 Extreme Rules Philadelphia, PA 4 63 62 This was a triple threat tag team match, also involving Heavy Machinery (Otis and Tucker).
Big E and Woods won the match. At the time, Kingston was the reigning WWE Champion and he was not recognized as tag team champion with Big E and Woods, but after The New Day won their sixth title on April 17, 2020, Kingston was retroactively credited for this reign under the Freebird Rule.
[19][20][21][22]
17 The Revival
(Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson)
September 15, 2019 Clash of Champions Charlotte, NC 1 54 54 Big E and Xavier Woods represented The New Day. [23]
18 The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
November 8, 2019 SmackDown Manchester, England 5 111 110 Big E and Kingston won the match. At the time, Woods was inactive due to injury and he was not recognized as champion with Big E and Kingston, but after The New Day won their sixth title on April 17, 2020, Woods was retroactively credited for this reign under the Freebird Rule. [24][22]
19 The Miz (2) and John Morrison February 27, 2020 Super ShowDown Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 1 50 50 Big E and Kofi Kingston represented The New Day. [25]
20 The New Day
(Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
April 17, 2020 SmackDown Orlando, FL 6 93 92 This was a triple threat match between Big E representing The New Day, Jey Uso representing The Usos, and The Miz representing himself and John Morrison. Big E pinned The Miz to win the titles. During this reign, Woods was inactive due to injury, but was credited for this reign under the Freebird Rule. [26][22]
21 The Artist Collective
(Cesaro (2) and Shinsuke Nakamura)
July 19, 2020 The Horror Show at Extreme Rules Orlando, FL 1 82 82 This was a tables match.
Big E and Kofi Kingston represented The New Day.
[27]
22 The New Day
(Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods)
October 9, 2020 SmackDown Orlando, FL 7 3 2 Kingston and Woods won the titles as part of The New Day with Big E; however, the two were drafted to the Raw brand as part of the 2020 WWE Draft immediately after their win, splitting them from Big E and marking their first reign without him. [28]
23 The Street Profits
(Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford)
October 12, 2020 Raw Orlando, FL 1 88 88 As a result of the 2020 WWE Draft, The New Day were drafted to Raw while then-Raw Tag Team Champions The Street Profits were drafted to SmackDown. To keep the branded championships on their respective brands, WWE official Adam Pearce had the two teams exchange championships. [29]
24 The Dirty Dawgs
(Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode)
January 8, 2021 SmackDown St. Petersburg, FL 1 128 127 [30]
25 The Mysterios
(Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio)
May 16, 2021 WrestleMania Backlash Tampa, FL 1 63 62 [31]
26 The Usos
(Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso)
July 18, 2021 Money in the Bank
Kickoff
Fort Worth, TX 5 15+ 15+ [32]

Combined reigns

As of August 2, 2021.

Record seven-time SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day: Xavier Woods (left) and Kofi Kingston (right) are recognized for all seven reigns, while Big E (center) is only recognized for the first six reigns where he reigned alongside Kingston and Woods under the Freebird Rule but was split from the team as a result of the 2020 WWE Draft
Record seven-time SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day: Xavier Woods (left) and Kofi Kingston (right) are recognized for all seven reigns, while Big E (center) is only recognized for the first six reigns where he reigned alongside Kingston and Woods under the Freebird Rule but was split from the team as a result of the 2020 WWE Draft

By team

Indicates the current champions
Rank Team No. of
reigns
Combined
days
Combined days
rec. by WWE
1 The Usos
(Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso)
5 395+ 394+
2 The New Day
(Reigns 1–6: Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods)
(7th reign: Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods)
7 380 373
3 The Bludgeon Brothers
(Harper and Rowan)
1 135
4 The Dirty Dawgs
(Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode)
1 128 127
5 The Bar
(Cesaro and Sheamus)
1 103 102
6 The Street Profits
(Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford)
1 88
7 American Alpha
(Chad Gable and Jason Jordan)
1 84 83
Heath Slater and Rhyno
9 The Artist Collective
(Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura)
1 82
10 Daniel Bryan and Rowan 1 68
11 The Mysterios
(Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio)
1 63 62
12 The Revival
(Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson)
1 54
13 The Miz and John Morrison 1 50
14 The Wyatt Family
(Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Randy Orton)
1 23
15 The Hardy Boyz
(Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy)
1 21 20
Shane McMahon and The Miz 1 21

By wrestler

Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
days
Combined days
rec. by WWE
1 Jey Uso 5 395+ 394+
Jimmy Uso
3 Kofi Kingston 7 380 373
Xavier Woods
5 Big E 6 377 371
6 Rowan 2 203
7 Cesaro 2 185 184
8 Harper/Luke Harper 2 158
9 Dolph Ziggler 1 128 127
Robert Roode
11 Sheamus 1 103 102
12 Angelo Dawkins 1 88
Montez Ford
14 Chad Gable 1 84 83
Heath Slater
Jason Jordan
Rhyno
18 Shinsuke Nakamura 1 82
19 The Miz 2 71
20 Daniel Bryan 1 68
21 Dominik Mysterio 1 63 62
Rey Mysterio
23 Dash Wilder 1 54
Scott Dawson
25 John Morrison 1 50
26 Bray Wyatt 1 23
Randy Orton
28 Jeff Hardy 1 21 20
Matt Hardy
Shane McMahon 1 21

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