In 1998, the company revived the WWE Women’s Championship and introduced the design that most fans remember.
On the Sept. 21 episode of Raw, Jacqueline defeated Sable for the vacant title to become the first black woman to hold the title. The WWE Hall of Famer’s 61-day reign was historic but it was fairly uneventful.
Her second reign in 2000 wasn’t much better. Jacqueline made quick work of Hervina on the Feb. 3 episode of SmackDown. Then she unceremoniously dropped the title to Stephanie McMahon less than two months later.
It’s a shame that Jacqueline never enjoyed a meaningful storyline as champion but she made history nonetheless.
17. Rockin’ Robin
Rockin’ Robin holds the second-longest consecutive reign with WWE Women’s Championship, but her 502-day run is a little misleading.
Robin defeated Sensational Sherri on July 10, 1988 to effectively become the last champion of the Golden Era before WWE deactivated the title. For the next year and a half, she mostly defended the title against Sherri and Judy Martin at house shows. She only competed in ten televised matches during this reign.
Her most high-profile title defense during this time was her match with Martin at Royal Rumble 1989. It’s hard to gauge her run as WWE Women’s Champion because there wasn’t much competition for her to face.
16. Sensational Sherri
Although many fans know of her as a manager, Sensational Sherri held the WWE Women’s Championship for 15 months in the late 80s. Her 441-day reign is the fourth-longest consecutive tenure with title, but it suffered for some of the same reasons Rockin’ Robin’s did.
Sherri mostly defended the title against the likes of Robin, Desiree Peterson, Velvet McIntyre, and The Fabulous Moolah at house shows. The WWE Hall of Famer notably led a team in the first-ever women’s Survivor Series elimination match against Team Moolah in 1987.
Sensational Sherri is often acknowledged as one of the most colorful characters in women’s wrestling. Her time as champion didn’t always reflect that but it was a highlight in her celebrated career nonetheless.
Following her run with ECW, Jazz joined WWE as one of the best heels in the women’s division during the Attitude Era. She brought an edge and legitimacy to women’s wrestling that was sorely missing at the time.
Her rivalry with Trish Stratus helped to reinvent the division in 2001. After a few unsuccessful attempts, Jazz beat Stratus on the Feb. 4, 2002 episode of Raw to secure her first WWE Women’s Championship win.
In her most well-known reign, Jazz held the title for 98 days and successfully defended it against Lita and Stratus at WrestleMania X8. Unfortunately, she was forced to drop the title in May of 2002 after she tore her ACL.
Incidentally, Jazz was the last WWF Women’s Champion as the company changed its name to WWE earlier that month.
She won the title for a second time at Backlash 2003. This time she held the title for 64 days, giving her a cumulative reign of 162 days.