WWE Championships

WWE Universal Championship

WWE Universal Championship
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WWE Universal Championship

With the reintroduction of the WWE brand extension, a draft took place on the SmackDown Live premiere episode on July 19, 2016 and then-WWE Champion Dean Ambrose was drafted to the SmackDown brand. At Battleground on July 24, Ambrose successfully defended the title in a triple threat match against Raw draftees Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.

When Ambrose retained the title, Raw was left without a world championship. On the following episode of Raw, Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and then-Raw General Manager Mick Foley created the WWE Universal Championship to serve as the brand’s top accolade. According to Foley, the title was named in honor of the WWE Universe, the name WWE uses to refer to its fan base.

In response, the WWE Championship was subsequently renamed to WWE World Championship before reverting to the former name in December 2016.

Source: Wikipedia

No. Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event
4 Brock Lesnar 1 April 2, 2017 253+ Orlando, FL WrestleMania 33
3 Goldberg 1 March 5, 2017 28 Milwaukee, WI Fastlane
2 Kevin Owens 1 August 29, 2016 188 Houston, TX Raw
Vacated August 22, 2016 Brooklyn, NY Raw
1 Finn Bálor 1 August 21, 2016 1 Brooklyn, NY SummerSlam

Longest reign: Brock Lesnar (254+ days)
Shortest reign: Finn Balor (22 hours)


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