ROH World Tag Team Championship
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The ROH World Tag Team Championship design used from years 2005 to 2010 and years 2022 to 2023.
Details
PromotionRing of Honor (ROH)
All Elite Wrestling (AEW)
Date establishedSeptember 21, 2002
Current champion(s) The Undisputed Kingdom
(Mike Bennett and Matt Taven)
Date wonDecember 27, 2023
Other name(s)
  • ROH Tag Team Championship
    (2002–2006)
  • ROH World Tag Team Championship
    (2006–present)
Statistics
First champion(s)The Prophecy
(Christopher Daniels and Donovan Morgan)
Most reignsThe Briscoe Brothers
(Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe)
(13 reigns)
Longest reignKings of Wrestling
(Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli)
(363 days)
Shortest reignLess than one day:
Oldest championPCO
(51 years, 75 days)
Youngest championMark Briscoe
(18 years, 287 days)
Heaviest championWar Machine
(Hanson and Ray Rowe)
(550 lb (250 kg))
Lightest championSpecial K
(Izzy and Dixie)
(340 lb (150 kg))

The ROH World Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling world tag team championship contested for in the American professional wrestling promotion Ring of Honor. The current champions are The Undisputed Kingdom (Mike Bennett and Matt Taven), who are in their third reign as a team and individually. They originally won the titles as The Devil's Masked Men at Dynamite: New Year's Smash by defeating MJF in a 2-on-1 Handicap match, and would later reveal their identities at AEW Worlds End.

History

The ROH Tag Team Championship was introduced at Unscripted on September 21, 2002, where ROH held a tournament to crown the first champions. At the time, ROH did not have title belts, and instead presented Christopher Daniels and Donovan Morgan, the winners of the tournament, with a trophy.[1]

The title became the ROH World Tag Team Championship after then champions Austin Aries and Roderick Strong defeated Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino on July 9, 2006, while on a tour in Japan with Dragon Gate and Pro Wrestling Noah.[2] Since then, the title has also been defended in the United Kingdom.

Since originating in 2002, the title belts were introduced in 2003 and redesigned in 2005, 2010, 2012, 2018, and 2023. On March 31, 2023, the sixth belt design debuted at Supercard of Honor.[3]

Inaugural championship tournament (2002)

Teams

Tournament bracket

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
The Prophecy
The S.A.T. Pin
The Prophecy
Togo & Hidaka Pin
The F.B.I. Pin
Togo & Hidaka
The Prophecy
Dragon & Modest Pin
Divine Storm Pin
Dragon & Modest
Dragon & Modest Bye
 
Da Hit Squad 1 DNP
Natural Born Sinners 1 DNP

1 ^ Neither team was able to compete after being attacked by The Carnage Crew before the start of their scheduled match.

Source: [4]

Belt designs

ROH World Tag Team Championship belts (left to right): third design (2005–2010, 2022–2023), fourth design (2010–2012).

The sixth design of the ROH World Tag Team Championship from years 2018 to 2022 is sort of like a circle like repetitive round crown on all five plates of the belt that is gold with red and silver diamonds all around the center and side plates (two side plates per side equaling to four side plates total) with also gold wording in the middle with black outlining on them and on the side of the belts plates that say ROH Tag Team but in the main middle center plate separating it from the sides has the extra words World and champions in the middle.[5]

Reigns

Main article: List of ROH World Tag Team Champions

Current champions Mike Bennett (left) and Matt Taven

Overall, there have been 68 reigns among 71 different wrestlers and 41 different teams. The inaugural champions were The Prophecy (Christopher Daniels and Donovan Morgan), who defeated American Dragon and Michael Modest on September 21, 2002, to become the champions. The team of Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham have the longest reign as champions with their first reign lasting 441 days. The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) hold the record for the most reigns with 13 (both as a team and individually).

The current champions are The Undisputed Kingdom (Mike Bennett and Matt Taven), who are in their third reign as a team and individually. They originally won the titles as The Devil's Masked Men on December 27, 2023 at Dynamite: New Year's Smash in Orlando, Florida by defeating co-champion MJF in a 2-on-1 Handicap match, and would later reveal their identities at Worlds End.

References

  1. ^ J.D. Dunn (2006-03-31). "Dark Pegasus Video Review: Ring of Honor – Unscripted". 411Mania.com. Retrieved 2009-04-15. Dragon and Modest destroy the tag team title trophy, but the Prophecy now holds all of the Ring of Honor titles
  2. ^ "Ring of Honor World Tag Team Championship". Ring of Honor. Retrieved April 30, 2012. Aries & Strong defeated Masato Yoshino & Naruki Doi in Japan on 7/9/06 to make the ROH Tag Titles into World Tag Team Titles
  3. ^ Tessier, Colin (March 31, 2023). "New ROH World Tag Team Champions Crowned At ROH Supercard Of Honor". Wrestle Zone. Retrieved April 2, 2023.
  4. ^ "ROH Tag Team Championship Tournament (2002) results".
  5. ^ Belts, Wick. "ROH World Tag Team Championship Replica Review". YouTube. Retrieved April 18, 2023.