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WCW World Tag Team Championship belt
The World Championship Wrestling Tag Team Championship (ex - NWA World Tag Team Championship) was a world tag team championship in World Championship Wrestling. It was the original world tag team title of WCW and remained active until it was unified with the WWF Tag Team Championship.

The WCW Tag Team Championship was originally known as the National Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Championship (Mid Atlantic Version) of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling run by Jim Crockett Promotions. Following the title's introduction in 1975, the Minnesota Wrecking Crew became the inaugural champions on January 29. The title was renamed the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) World Tag Team Championship in 1991 when Ted Turner bought Jim Crockett Promotions and became World Championship Wrestling. Despite the title's name in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, the National Wrestling Alliance did not recognize its own NWA World Tag Team Championship until 1982 when the NWA held a tournament to crown the first team recognized by all the NWA territories.Terry Gordy and Steve Williams won a tournament for the titles in 1992. As a result of Gordy and Williams being the WCW World Tag Team Champions when they became the official NWA World Tag Team Champions, both titles were defended together until WCW left the NWA in September 1993. On January 17, 2008, the NWA withdrew its recognition of every WCW World Tag Team Champion linked to the NWA World Tag Team Championship, officially stating that their titles were formed in 1995.

In March 2001, the World Wrestling Federation purchased WCW. Soon after, "The Invasion" took place in which the WCW/ECW Alliance was ultimately dismantled. During this time, the title was referred to as the WCW Tag Team Championship, with WWF wrestlers winning WCW titles, and WCW wrestlers winning WWF titles. At SummerSlam 2001, the title was unified with WWF World Tag Team Championship in a Steel cage match when the present WCW Tag Team Champions at that time, Kane and The Undertaker, defeated Chris Kanyon and DDP for the WWF Tag Team titles. The titles were only unified temporarily, as Kane and The Undertaker first lost the WWF Tag Team Titles on the September 17, 2001 edition of Monday Night Raw to the Dudley Boyz, followed by the loss of the WCW Tag Team Titles on the September 25th edition of WWE SmackDown to Booker T & Test. At Survivor Series 2001, the then-current WCW Tag Team Champions, the Dudley Boyz, defeated the then-current WWF Tag Team Champions, the Hardy Boyz, to unify the WCW and WWF Tag Team Championships. The former was then retired and WWE (the former WWF) officially recognizes the Dudley Boyz as the final WCW Tag Team Champions.

Championship LineageEdit

  • The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) - January 29, 1975 - Live Event
  • Paul Jones and Wahoo McDaniel - May 15, 1975 - Live Event
  • The Minnesota Wrecking Crew 2 - June 11, 1975 - Live Event
  • Rufus R. Jones and Wahoo McDaniel - January 27, 1976 - Live Event
  • The Minnesota Wrecking Crew 3 - February 3, 1976 - Live Event
  • Dino Bravo and Mr. Wrestling - May 5, 1976 - Live Event
  • The Minnesota Wrecking Crew 4 - June 28, 1976 - Live Event
  • Ric Flair and Greg Valentine - December 26, 1976 - Live Event
  • The Minnesota Wrecking Crew 5 - May 8, 1977 - Live Event
  • Dusty Rhodes and Dick Slater - September 23, 1977 - Live Event
  • The Minnesota Wrecking Crew 6 - October 14, 1977 - Live Event
  • Ric Flair and Greg Valentine 2 - October 30, 1977 - Live Event

Vacated - April 1978

Vacated - December 1981

Vacated - September 1982

  • Don Kernodle and Sgt. Slaughter - September 1982 - Live Event
  • Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood 3 - March 12, 1983 - Live Event
  • Jack Brisco and Jerry Brisco - June 18, 1983 - Live Event
  • Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood - October 3, 1983 - Live Event
  • Jack Brisco and Jerry Brisco 2 - October 21, 1983 - Live Event
  • Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood 5 - November 24, 1983 - Starrcade 1983

Vacated - December 25, 1983

Vacated - May 7, 1989

Vacated - July 20, 1991

Vacated - June 4, 1998

Vacated - January 4, 1999

Vacated - October 24, 1999

Vacated - December 27, 1999

The Mamalukes (Johnny the Bull and Big Vito) - January 18, 2000 - WCW Thunder

  • The Harris Brothers (formerly Creative Control) 2 - February 12, 2000 - Live Event
  • The Mamalukes 2 - February 13, 2000 - Live Event
  • The Harris Brothers 3- March 19, 2000 - WCW Uncensored 2000

Vacated - April 10, 2000

Vacated - September 18, 2000

Misfits in Action (Lieutenant Loco and Corporal Cajun) - October 9, 2000 - [WCW Thunder]]

Unified - November 18, 2001 - WWE Survivor Series 2001 with the WWF Tag Team Championship when the Dudley Boyz beat the Hardy Boyz .

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WCW, National Wrestling Alliance, Jim Crockett Promotions, WWE Championships, WCW Championships

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