The World Tag Team Championship is the name given to a number of unrelated professional wrestlingtag team (multi-wrestler team) titles.
Despite the name, the territorial nature of early professional wrestling meant that few promotions could actually claim the "World" part of the title, in the sense that the title could potentially be defended against any challenger anywhere in the world. Thus, few belts are considered to be "world championship" belts.
The presence of a title considered to be a World Tag Team Championship is one of the factors that makes its promotion one of the major promotions in professional wrestling. However, it is to be noted that numerous major promotions have top championships that are not considered world championships, and the presence of a world championship in a promotion's shows does not instantly make a promotion a major one, as a World Tag Team Championship may be shared between several promotions.
Due to the variations of team wrestling other World Tag Team Championships may remove the "Tag Team" and replace it with a more suitable term (as in "Trios" or "Six-Man Tag" to reflect a three-wrestler tag team). The name of the promotion is often prepended to the phrase "World Tag Team Championship" as the championship's complete name (as in the WCW World Tag Team, or ECW World Tag Team Championships) - however some are correctly known simply as the "World Tag Team Championship" without qualification, possibly because they are competed for in promotions where another Tag Team Championship is present (as is the case of World Wrestling Entertainment today).
List of World Tag Team Championships
Numerous promotions have claimed their top tag team title belts as "World Tag Team Championships" but are not considered to be world titles. Just like the Heavyweight versions, there is no official universally accepted method of determining what constitutes a world title, there is no way to determine who truly has world title status.
Meanwhile, other belts have recognition as a "world championship" despite not being a "World Heavyweight/Tag Team Championship". These other world titles often include various other classifications, including other weight classes (e.g., World Cruiserweight Championship) or stipulations (e.g., World Television Championship).
Often, subordinate tag team belts to world tag team titles are designated as national, international, regional or stipulation specific titles. Examples of this include:
Active World Tag Team Championships
Tag team titles that have gained World Status by either being defended world wide, or being awarded the status in another fashion.
Active but disputed World Tag Team Titles
Other titles claiming the name:
- AJPW Unified World Tag Team Championship - created in 1988 by the unification of the NWA International Tag Team Championship, and the PWF Tag Team Championship (which until that time was the top tag team championship in All Japan Pro Wrestling). However, this title was only given the World title name due to the unification; leaving some fans, who do not recognize the title as a world title, to call it the Double Cup after the two cup-shaped trophies given to the winners in title matches.
- CMLL World Tag Team Championship - established in 1993, the title is called "World" yet has never been defended outside of Mexico.
- CMLL World Trios Championship - established in 1993, the 3 person team title is called "World" yet has never been defended outside of Mexico.
- CZW World Tag Team Championship – Combat Zone Wrestling's tag team title. Claims its World Status as it was defended in several countries as well as America. The championship also changed hands in Japan twice.
- 1PW World Tag Team Championship - established in 2006, the title is called "World" yet has never been defended outside of the United Kingdom.
- PWG World Tag Team Championship - The tag team championship in the Southern California promotion Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. Claims its status as a World Heavyweight title after it was defended on a European Vacation tour of 2006.
- TNA World Tag Team Championship - The tag team championships in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, created when the NWA stripped the championships from the TNA wrestlers on May 13, 2007. Since the NWA World Tag Team Championship was re-awarded World Championship status due to TNA's success, it is yet to be seen if the TNA World Tag Team Championship will gain world title status, and if the NWA World Tag Team Title will lose it's world title status.
Defunct/Discontinued World Tag Team Titles
- AWA World Tag Team Championship - the top tag team championship of what many consider to be the leading promotion of the 1960s. Leading wrestling magazine Pro Wrestling Illustrated awarded the title World Title Status until 1991. After being defunct from 1991-1996, the title was revived for AWA Superstars of Wrestling however never regained its World Title status.
- WCW World Tag Team Championship - the belt was unified with the WWF World Tag Team Championship in 2001.
- ECW World Tag Team Championship - the title was contested under this name of a World Title, though it was not officially recognized as such until it was defended and changed hands in Japan, then was granted world title status by PWI in July 1999 due to ECW landing a national TV contract with TNN. It was abandoned when ECW declared bankruptcy in April 2001.
- NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship - the Six-Man Tag Title was first defended in the Tennessee Mid-America territory from 1974 to 1981. However, it wasn't until Jim Crockett Promotions revived the title in 1984 that it became a sanctioned World Title. The title was abandoned for the last time just before the year 2000.
- WAR World Six-Man Tag Team Championship - A six man tag title created in the mid 1990s, but never defended outside of Japan. Abandoned when the promotion ended in June 2006.
- WWWA World Tag Team Championship - the World Women's Wrestling Association's top doubles championship in All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling (AJW) from 1970 until it closed in 2005.
- XPW World Tag Team Championship - established in 2002, the title was never officially made a world title and was abandoned one year later.
Two huge WrestleMania 34 matches were confirmed and a championship title changed hands in a wild night at WWE Fastlane.
AJ Styles successfully defended the WWE Championship against five other men to set up a dream match with Shinsuke Nakamura on April 8 .
And women's Royal Rumble winner Asuka emerged to challenge SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair after she bested Ruby Riott.
Meanwhile Randy Orton made history by winning his first United States Championship to become the 18th Grand Slam Champion in WWE.
The opening bout saw men's Royal Rumble winner Nakamura narrowly conquer the popular Rusev in a very physical and competitive encounter.
No one expected the Bulgarian Brute to win but the underdog nearly earned a shock victory with a thunderous Machka kick in the closing stages.
However, Nakamura escaped an Accolade submission and put him away with a Kinshasa to the back of the head and another for good measure.
Afterwards he interrupted a Styles interview backstage, in which the champion declared his intention to face and beat him at WrestleMania.
The Phenomenal One made good on that promise in a wild main event, which just saw him edge out 16-time world champion John Cena.
Big Match John started the bout by nailing each of Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn with Attitude Adjustments.
He later fell to a Styles Clash, before Corbin went on a rampage and chased Ziggler through the crowd before hurling him through a glass panel.
Styles' title reign looked in jeopardy when Cena gave him a colossal AA through an announce table, which AJ sold with trademark aplomb.
The attention then turned to 'best friends' Owens and Zayn, with Sami tricking KO by lying down to let him pin him, then rolling him up instead.
They went to war and in the chaos Kevin accidentally kicked his nemesis, SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon, who was watching at ringside.
The power-mad boss got his revenge by preventing them both from winning the title by dragging first a referee and then Sami out of the ring.
Baron smashed everyone in sight with steel steps, but then landed on them thanks to a Cena AA, ahead of a thrilling end to the contest.
Cena hit Ziggler with an AA, Owens nailed him with a Pop-Up Powerbomb, but Styles then blindsided Owens and won with a Phenomenal Forearm.
Ruby Riott produced a breakout performance in a very impressive outing against Charlotte, let down only by the crowd perhaps not believing she could win.
The NXT graduate worked her socks off and so did Flair as they brawled in and out of the ring, Riott busting out a unique senton and deadly Riott Kicks.
The Riott Squad, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan, were met by Naomi and Becky Lynch, but still managed to ambush Charlotte, before all four were sent to the back.
Charlotte finally dispatched her challenger by whipping her into a turnbuckle, nailing a huge spear and making her dazed opponent submit to the Figure Eight.
Asuka then strolled out to the ring, stared down the champion and confirmed a match between the two most dominant women in WWE in New Orleans.
As expected, the best feud of 2017 resumed in enthralling fashion, as The New Day challenged The Usos for their SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
A fresh twist saw Jimmy and Jey steal Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston's signature spots, including a Boom Drop and Midnight Hour, before they did the same.
Woods superkicked Jey and Kingston hit a frog splash for a two count, then they set up for double frog splashes, but were thwarted and wiped out at ringside.
Much to the disappointment of the crowd, the match was cut short by the Bludgeon Brothers, who destroyed the four competitors and Big E in a prolonged beatdown.
It was however very well done and utterly brutal, as they tried to decapitate one Uso with a hammer, and powerbombed Woods onto steel steps in a savage attack.
It all points to a triple threat tag team match at Mania, which also looks to be the direction the United States Championship is heading in, thanks to Jinder Mahal.
Randy Orton overcame the champion Bobby Roode in a hard-hitting, methodical match, which provided a slice of 'old school' WWE storytelling-based wrestling.
Their styles meshed very well and lad to a back and forth battle which could have gone either way until Roode leapt off the top rope and ate a perfect RKO.
Orton has now held world, Intercontinental, tag team and US gold. But he was attacked by Mahal, only for the frustrated Roode to give Glorious DDTs to both men.
Natalya and Carmella defeated Becky Lynch and Naomi in a decent tag team match, which saw Miss Money in the Bank Carmella pin her recent antagonist Lynch.
And the Kickoff pre-show featured Breezango and Tye Dillinger defeating Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin, plus Mojo Rawley, in a fairly solid six-man tag.
1. Breezango (Fandango and Tyler Breeze) and Tye Dillinger defeated Chad Gable, Shelton Benjamin and Mojo Rawley in a six-man tag team match
2. Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Rusev (with Aiden English) in a singles match
3. Randy Orton defeated Bobby Roode (c) in a singles match for the WWE United States Championship
4. Natalya and Carmella defeated Becky Lynch and Naomi in a tag team match
5. The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) (c) vs. The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) (with Big E) ended in a no contest in a tag team match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
6. Charlotte Flair (c) defeated Ruby Riott by submission in a singles match for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship
7. AJ Styles (c) defeated Kevin Owens, John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, and Sami Zayn in a Six-Pack challenge for the WWE Championship
Relive all of the action as it happened in the Mirror Sport WWE Fastlane Live Blog .
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