The WHEI SmackDown Women's Championship is a women's professional wrestling championship created and promoted by War Hawks Entertainment Inc. on the SmackDown brand. It is one of three women's singles championships for WHEI's roster. Alongside the WHEI Raw Women's Championship on the Raw brand and the LWL Leading Lady Championship on the LWL brand. The current champion is Becky Lynch in her third reign.
The title was introduced in Season 2 as a replacement for the WHEI Diva's Championship that SmackDown had been using previously as its women's championship. the title had been retired in April of 2016 and this title introduced following the reintroduction of the brand split. While its Raw counterpart follows the original's lineage this one follows the history of the Diva's championship that it replaced. Where as with the real life Raw title followed both as the two had been unified in real life.
Unlike its Raw counterpart the title has main evented SmackDown Live once. Which was a Last Woman Standing Match between then Champion Nightingale and Kenz (formerly of WatchGirlsPlay) which was won by the latter.
When the brand split was reintroduced in real life toward the end of season one and this title was introduced shortly thereafter it was decided to follow real life. That meant that the WHEI Diva's Championship which had been used as the women's championship on the SmackDown brand had to be retired. Along with all of the other previous championships save the WWE and United States titles. Ironman prefered these titles more as they looked better in his opinion and therefore looked more like the championships they were supposed to be.
The title, as the name suggests, has been the primary women's title for the SmackDown brand throughout seasons two and three. Although toward the end of season two and the first week of season three all titles appeared on all 3 brands. This was to help toward the build to SummerSlam, in both cases.
Championship belt design Edit
The championship, like its Raw counterpart, is designed very similarly to the men's world championships, with a few notable differences. The strap is white, and smaller to fit the champion. The centerplate is still a large cutout of the WWE logo (encrusted with diamonds) inside a large irregular heptagonal plate. However the background is blue rather than red to indicate its exclusivity to the SmackDown Brand. With "Women's Champion" in small font along the bottom edges of the plate.
The side plates are also the same as the male championships, with a square plate encrusted with diamonds and rubies. With a smaller circular indentation for the removable plate, the globe for the plate is also blue instead of red. Also like the other women's and world championships the side plates can be removed and replaced with the champion's logo for customization in lieu of a nameplate.
|1||Nightingale||2||May 26, 2017||61||Season Two Draft||Awarded the title as the final Diva's Champion after she was drafted to SmackDown during the draft.|
|2||Kenz||1||July 26, 2017||200+||SmackDown Live||Defeated Nightingale in Last Woman Standing Match for the Championship.
This was the first time SmackDown was main evented by the title.
|3||Nikki Cross||1||April 10, 2018||124||Season Three Draft||Awarded the title to be the default champion of Season Three|
|4||Bayley||1||September 1, 2018||33||WHEI SmackDown Live||Defeated Cross in a Fatal 4 Way also involving Becky Lynch and AJ Lee|
|5||Carmella||2||November 4, 2018||7||Halloween Havoc||Defeated Bayley via submission to win the title|
|6||Paige||1||November 11, 2018||87||Evolution||Defeated Carmella to win the title.|
|7||Mandy Rose||1||February 6, 2019||18||Royal Rumble||Defeated Paige at the Royal Rumble to win the championship.|
|8||Kaitlyn||1||February 24, 2019||35||Elimination Chamber||Won an Elimination Chamber match to win the championship|
|9||Becky Lynch||3||March 31, 2019||<1||WrestleMania||Defeated an exhausted Kaitlyn to win the championship after she had already defended it against AJ Lee.|