WWE Championships

WWE Championship

WWE Championship
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WWE Championship

The WWE Championship is one of the world titles in WWE, complementing the Universal Championship. It is the first world title established in WWE, having been introduced in 1963 as the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) World Heavyweight Championship. After ending its affiliation with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) the promotion was renamed World Wrestling Federation (WWF) with the title also renamed to reflect the acronym.

In 2001, it was unified with the World Championship (formerly the WCW Championship) following the WWF’s buyout of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and became the Undisputed Championship. In 2002, the WWF was renamed World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and split its roster into two franchises, Raw and SmackDown, in a brand extension. The title was then designated to the SmackDown brand, while WWE established an alternate world title known as the World Heavyweight Championship for the Raw brand. The WWE Undisputed Championship has been known as the WWE (World Heavyweight) Championship since.

The first champion was Buddy Rogers, who won the championship in 1963. The champion with the single longest reign is Bruno Sammartino with a reign of 2803 days. Only seven men in history have held the championship for a continuous reign of one year (365 days) or more. They are Bruno Sammartino, Bob BacklundHulk HoganPedro MoralesRandy SavageJohn Cena and CM Punk.

Source: Wikipedia

History

No.  Wrestler  Reign  Date  Days held  Location  Event 
133  AJ Styles  2  November 7, 2017  33+  Manchester, England  SmackDown Live 
132  Jinder Mahal  1  May 21, 2017  170  Rosemont, IL  Backlash 
131  Randy Orton  9  April 2, 2017  49  Orlando, FL  WrestleMania 33 
130  Bray Wyatt  1  February 12, 2017  49  Phoenix, AZ  Elimination Chamber 
129  John Cena  13  January 29, 2017  14  San Antonio, TX  Royal Rumble 
128  AJ Styles  1  September 11, 2016  140  Richmond, VA  Backlash 
126  Seth Rollins  2  June 19, 2016  <1  Las Vegas, NV  Money in the Bank 
127  Dean Ambrose  1  June 19, 2016  84  Las Vegas, NV  Money in the Bank 
125  Roman Reigns  3  April 3, 2016  77  Arlington, TX  WrestleMania 32 
124  Triple H  9  January 24, 2016  70  Orlando, FL  Royal Rumble 
123  Roman Reigns  2  December 14, 2015  41  Philadelphia, PA  Raw 
121  Roman Reigns  1  November 22, 2015  <1  Atlanta, GA  Survivor Series 
122  Sheamus  3  November 22, 2015  22  Atlanta, GA  Survivor Series 
  Vacated    November 4, 2015       
120  Seth Rollins  1  March 29, 2015  220  Santa Clara, CA  WrestleMania 31 
119  Brock Lesnar  4  August 17, 2014  224  Los Angeles, CA  SummerSlam 
118  John Cena  12  June 29, 2014  49  Boston, MA  Money in the Bank 
  Vacated    June 9, 2014    Minneapolis, MN  Raw 
117  Daniel Bryan  3  April 6, 2014  64  New Orleans, LA  WrestleMania XXX 
116  Randy Orton  8  October 27, 2013  161  Miami, FL  Hell in a Cell 
  Vacated    September 16, 2013    Cleveland, OH  Raw 
115  Daniel Bryan  2  September 15, 2013  1  Detroit, MI  Night of Champions 
113  Daniel Bryan  1  August 18, 2013  <1  Los Angeles, CA  SummerSlam 
114  Randy Orton  7  August 18, 2013  28  Los Angeles, CA  SummerSlam 
112  John Cena  11  April 7, 2013  133  East Rutherford, NJ  WrestleMania 29 
111  The Rock  8  January 27, 2013  70  Phoenix, AZ  Royal Rumble 
110  CM Punk  2  November 20, 2011  434  New York City, NY  Survivor Series 
109  Alberto Del Rio  2  October 2, 2011  49  New Orleans, LA  Hell in a Cell 
108  John Cena  10  September 18, 2011  14  Buffalo, NY  Night of Champions 
  CM Punk  1  August 14, 2011    Los Angeles, CA  SummerSlam 
107  Alberto Del Rio  1  August 14, 2011  35  Los Angeles, CA  SummerSlam 
105  Rey Mysterio
(and CM Punk) 
1
(1) 
July 25, 2011  <1  Hampton, VA  Raw 
106  John Cena
(and CM Punk) 
9
(1) 
July 25, 2011  20  Hampton, VA  Raw 
104  CM Punk  1  July 17, 2011  28  Rosemont, IL  Money in the Bank 
103  John Cena  8  May 1, 2011  77  Tampa, FL  Extreme Rules 
102  The Miz  1  November 22, 2010  160  Orlando, FL  Raw 
101  Randy Orton  6  September 19, 2010  64  Rosemont, IL  Night of Champions 
100  Sheamus  2  June 20, 2010  91  Uniondale, NY  Fatal 4-Way 
99  John Cena  7  March 28, 2010  84  Glendale, AZ  WrestleMania XXVI 
97  John Cena  6  February 21, 2010  <1  St. Louis, MO  Elimination Chamber 
98  Batista  2  February 21, 2010  35  St. Louis, MO  Elimination Chamber 
96  Sheamus  1  December 13, 2009  70  San Antonio, TX  TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 
95  John Cena  5  October 25, 2009  49  Pittsburgh, PA  Bragging Rights 
94  Randy Orton  5  October 4, 2009  21  Newark, NJ  Hell in a Cell 
93  John Cena  4  September 13, 2009  21  Montreal, QC  Breaking Point 
92  Randy Orton  4  June 15, 2009  90  Charlotte, NC  Raw 
  Vacated    June 9, 2009       
91  Batista  1  June 7, 2009  2  New Orleans, LA  Extreme Rules 
90  Randy Orton  3  April 26, 2009  42  Providence, RI  Backlash 
89  Triple H  8  February 15, 2009  70  Seattle, WA  No Way Out 
88  Edge  4  January 25, 2009  21  Detroit, MI  Royal Rumble 
87  Jeff Hardy  1  December 14, 2008  42  Buffalo, NY  Armageddon 
86  Edge  3  November 23, 2008  21  Boston, MA  Survivor Series 
85  Triple H  7  April 27, 2008  210  Baltimore, MD  Backlash 
82  Randy Orton  1  October 7, 2007  <1  Rosemont, IL  No Mercy 
83  Triple H  6  October 7, 2007  <1  Rosemont, IL  No Mercy 
84  Randy Orton  2  October 7, 2007  203  Rosemont, IL  No Mercy 
  Vacated    October 2, 2007    Dayton, OH  ECW 
81  John Cena  3  September 17, 2006  380  Toronto, ON  Unforgiven 
80  Edge  2  July 3, 2006  76  Philadelphia, PA  Raw 
79  Rob Van Dam  1  June 11, 2006  22  New York City, NY  ECW One Night Stand 
78  John Cena  2  January 29, 2006  133  Miami, FL  Royal Rumble 
77  Edge  1  January 8, 2006  21  Albany, NY  New Year’s Revolution 
76  John Cena  1  April 3, 2005  280  Los Angeles, CA  WrestleMania 21 
75  John “Bradshaw” Layfield  1  June 27, 2004  280  Norfolk, VA  The Great American Bash 
74  Eddie Guerrero  1  February 15, 2004  133  Daly City, CA  No Way Out 
73  Brock Lesnar  3  September 16, 2003  152  Raleigh, NC  SmackDown! 
72  Kurt Angle  4  July 27, 2003  51  Denver, CO  Vengeance 
71  Brock Lesnar  2  March 30, 2003  119  Seattle, WA  WrestleMania XIX 
70  Kurt Angle  3  December 15, 2002  105  Sunrise, FL  Armageddon 
69  Big Show  2  November 17, 2002  28  New York, NY  Survivor Series 
68  Brock Lesnar  1  August 25, 2002  84  Uniondale, NY  SummerSlam 
67  The Rock  7  July 21, 2002  35  Detroit, MI  Vengeance 
66  The Undertaker  4  May 19, 2002  63  Nashville, TN  Judgment Day 
65  Hollywood Hulk Hogan  6  April 21, 2002  28  Kansas City, MO  Backlash 
64  Triple H  5  March 17, 2002  35  Toronto, ON  WrestleMania X8 
63  Chris Jericho  1  December 9, 2001  98  San Diego, CA  Vengeance 
62  Stone Cold Steve Austin  6  October 8, 2001  62  Indianapolis, IN  Raw 
61  Kurt Angle  2  September 23, 2001  15  Pittsburgh, PA  Unforgiven 
60  Stone Cold Steve Austin  5  April 1, 2001  175  Houston, TX  WrestleMania X-Seven 
59  The Rock  6  February 25, 2001  35  Las Vegas, NV  No Way Out 
58  Kurt Angle  1  October 22, 2000  126  Albany, NY  No Mercy 
57  The Rock  5  June 25, 2000  119  Boston, MA  King of the Ring 
56  Triple H  4  May 21, 2000  35  Louisville, KY  Judgment Day 
55  The Rock  4  April 30, 2000  21  Washington, D.C.  Backlash 
54  Triple H  3  January 3, 2000  118  Miami, FL  Raw Is War 
53  Big Show  1  November 14, 1999  50  Detroit, MI  Survivor Series 
52  Triple H  2  September 26, 1999  49  Charlotte, NC  Unforgiven 
  Vacated    September 20, 1999    Houston, TX  Raw Is War 
51  Vince McMahon  1  September 14, 1999  6  Las Vegas, NV  SmackDown! 
50  Triple H  1  August 23, 1999  22  Ames, IA  Raw Is War 
49  Mankind  3  August 22, 1999  1  Minneapolis, MN  SummerSlam 
48  Stone Cold Steve Austin  4  June 28, 1999  55  Charlotte, NC  Raw Is War 
47  The Undertaker  3  May 23, 1999  36  Kansas City, MO  Over the Edge 
46  Stone Cold Steve Austin  3  March 28, 1999  56  Philadelphia, PA  WrestleMania XV 
45  The Rock  3  February 15, 1999  41  Birmingham, AL  Raw Is War 
44  Mankind  2  January 26, 1999  20  Tucson, AZ  Halftime Heat 
43  The Rock  2  January 24, 1999  2  Anaheim, CA  Royal Rumble 
42  Mankind  1  December 29, 1998  26  Worcester, MA  Raw Is War 
41  The Rock  1  November 15, 1998  44  St. Louis, MO  Survivor Series 
  Vacated    September 27, 1998    Hamilton, ON  Breakdown: In Your House 
40  Stone Cold Steve Austin  2  June 29, 1998  90  Cleveland, OH  Raw Is War 
39  Kane  1  June 28, 1998  1  Pittsburgh, PA  King of the Ring 
38  Stone Cold Steve Austin  1  March 29, 1998  91  Boston, MA  WrestleMania XIV 
37  Shawn Michaels  3  November 9, 1997  140  Montreal, QC  Survivor Series 
36  Bret Hart  5  August 3, 1997  98  East Rutherford, NJ  SummerSlam 
35  The Undertaker  2  March 23, 1997  133  Rosemont, IL  WrestleMania 13 
34  Sycho Sid  2  February 17, 1997  34  Nashville, TN  Raw 
33  Bret Hart  4  February 16, 1997  1  Chattanooga, TN  In Your House 13: Final Four 
  Vacated    February 13, 1997    Lowell, MA  Raw 
32  Shawn Michaels  2  January 19, 1997  25  San Antonio, TX  Royal Rumble 
31  Sycho Sid  1  November 17, 1996  63  New York City, NY  Survivor Series 
30  Shawn Michaels  1  March 31, 1996  231  Anaheim, CA  WrestleMania XII 
29  Bret Hart  3  November 19, 1995  133  Landover, MD  Survivor Series 
28  Diesel  1  November 26, 1994  358  New York City, NY  House show 
27  Bob Backlund  2(3)  November 23, 1994  3  San Antonio, TX  Survivor Series 
26  Bret Hart  2  March 20, 1994  248  New York City, NY  WrestleMania X 
25  Yokozuna  2  June 13, 1993  280  Dayton, OH  King of the Ring 
23  Yokozuna  1  April 4, 1993  <1  Las Vegas, NV  WrestleMania IX 
24  Hulk Hogan  5  April 4, 1993  70  Las Vegas, NV  WrestleMania IX 
22  Bret Hart  1  October 12, 1992  174  Saskatoon, SK  House show 
21  Ric Flair  2  September 1, 1992  41  Hershey, PA  Prime Time Wrestling 
20  Randy Savage  2  April 5, 1992  149  Indianapolis, IN  WrestleMania VIII 
19  Ric Flair  1  January 19, 1992  77  Albany, NY  Royal Rumble 
  Vacated    December 4, 1991    New Haven, CT  Superstars of Wrestling 
18  Hulk Hogan  4  December 3, 1991  1  San Antonio, TX  This Tuesday in Texas 
17  The Undertaker  1  November 27, 1991  6  Detroit, MI  Survivor Series 
16  Hulk Hogan  3  March 24, 1991  248  Los Angeles, CA  WrestleMania VII 
15  Sgt. Slaughter  1  January 19, 1991  64  Miami, FL  Royal Rumble 
14  The Ultimate Warrior  1  April 1, 1990  293  Toronto, ON  WrestleMania VI 
13  Hulk Hogan  2  April 2, 1989  364  Atlantic City, NJ  WrestleMania V 
12  Randy Savage  1  March 27, 1988  371  Atlantic City, NJ  WrestleMania IV 
11  André the Giant  1  February 5, 1988  <1  Indianapolis, IN  The Main Event I 
  Vacated    February 5, 1988    Indianapolis, IN  The Main Event I 
10  Hulk Hogan  1  January 23, 1984  1,474  New York City, NY  House show 
9  The Iron Sheik  1  December 26, 1983  28  New York City, NY  House show 
  Bob Backlund  2  December 17, 1979  1,470  New York City, NY  House show 
  Vacated    December 6, 1979    Tokyo, Japan  House show 
  Antonio Inoki  1  November 30, 1979  6  Tokushima, Japan  House show 
8  Bob Backlund  1  February 20, 1978  2,135
(648)
New York, NY  House show 
7  Superstar Billy Graham  1  April 30, 1977  296  Baltimore, MD  House show 
6  Bruno Sammartino  2  December 10, 1973  1,237  New York, NY  House show 
5  Stan Stasiak  1  December 1, 1973  9  Philadelphia, PA  House show 
4  Pedro Morales  1  February 8, 1971  1,027  New York, NY  House show 
3  Ivan Koloff  1  January 18, 1971  21  New York, NY  House show 
2  Bruno Sammartino  1  May 17, 1963  2,803  New York, NY  House show 
1  Buddy Rogers  1  April 25, 1963  22  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   

Longest reign: Bruno Sammartino (2803 days)
Shortest reign: Seth Rollins (2 minutes)

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