List of ROH World Champions

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Current champion Cody posing with the Championship on his shoulder.

The ROH World Championship is a professional wrestling world championship owned by the Ring of Honor (ROH) promotion. The championship was created and debuted on July 27, 2002 at ROH's Crowning a Champion event. Originally called the ROH Championship, the title was renamed to the ROH World Championship in May 2003 after the title was defended outside the United States for the first time—earlier that month, then-champion Samoa Joe had defeated The Zebra Kid in London, England at the Frontiers of Honor event co-promoted with the FWA.[1] On August 12, 2006, the ROH World Heavyweight Championship was unified with the ROH Pure Championship after then-champion Bryan Danielson defeated ROH Pure Champion Nigel McGuinness in Liverpool, England.[1] The Pure Championship was deactivated after this match.

ROH World Championship reigns are determined by professional wrestling matches, in which competitors are involved in scripted rivalries. These narratives create feuds between the various competitors, which cast them as villains and heroes. Some reigns were held by champions using a ring name, while others used their real name. Reigns that were won on pay-per-view events aired on tape delay up to weeks or months apart. Reigns that were won at live events were released on DVD. The inaugural champion was Low Ki, whom ROH recognized to have become the champion after defeating Christopher Daniels, Spanky, and Doug Williams in a Four Way 60-minute Iron Man match on July 27, 2002 at ROH's Crowning a Champion event. As of October 2017, Adam Cole holds the record for most reigns, with three.[1] As of October 2017, Bryan Danielson and Nigel McGuinness have the most defenses, with 38; Kyle O'Reilly has the least, with 0. At 645 days, Samoa Joe's reign is the longest in the title's history; Kyle O'Reilly's reign is the shortest at 33 days. Overall, there have been 27 reigns among 23 wrestlers with one vacancy.[1] The current champion is Cody, who is in his first reign.[1]

Title history

Names

Name Years
ROH Championship July 2002 – May 2003
ROH World Championship May 2003 – present

Reigns

No. Wrestlers Reign Date Days held Location Successful defenses Event Notes
1 Low Ki 1 July 27, 2002 56 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1 Crowning a Champion [1] Defeated Christopher Daniels, Spanky and Doug Williams in a four-way 60-minute Iron Man match to become the inaugural champion.
2 Xavier 1 September 21, 2002 182 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4 Unscripted [2]
3 Joe, SamoaSamoa Joe 1 March 22, 2003 645 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 29 Night of Champions [3] After Joe defeated The Zebra Kid on May 17, 2003 in London, England, the ROH Championship was renamed the ROH World Championship.[2]
4 Aries, AustinAustin Aries 1 December 26, 2004 174 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 16 Final Battle 2004 [4]
5 Punk, CMCM Punk 1 June 18, 2005 55 Morristown, New Jersey 4 Death Before Dishonor III [5]
6 James Gibson 1 August 12, 2005 36 Dayton, Ohio 4 Redemption [6] This was a four-way elimination match also involving Christopher Daniels and Samoa Joe.
7 Bryan Danielson 1 September 17, 2005 462 Lake Grove, New York 38 Glory by Honor IV [7] Danielson unified the title with the ROH Pure Championship on August 12, 2006 by defeating Nigel McGuinness in Liverpool, England.[3][4]
8 Homicide 1 December 23, 2006 56 New York, New York 3 Final Battle 2006 [8] [5]
9 Morishima, TakeshiTakeshi Morishima 1 February 17, 2007 231 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 20 Fifth Year Festival: Philly [9] [6]
10 McGuinness, NigelNigel McGuinness 1 October 6, 2007 545 Edison, New Jersey 38 Undeniable [10] [7]
11 Lynn, JerryJerry Lynn 1 April 3, 2009 71 Houston, Texas 6 Supercard of Honor IV [11] [8]
12 Aries, AustinAustin Aries 2 June 13, 2009 245 New York, New York 13 Manhattan Mayhem III [12] This was a three-way elimination match also involving Tyler Black.[9]
13 Black, TylerTyler Black 1 February 13, 2010 210 New York, New York 7 8th Anniversary Show [13] [10]
14 Strong, RoderickRoderick Strong 1 September 11, 2010 189 New York, New York 5 Glory By Honor IX [14] This was a no disqualification match with Terry Funk as the ringside enforcer.[11][12]
15 Eddie Edwards 1 March 19, 2011 99 New York, New York 3 Manhattan Mayhem IV[15] Became the first ROH Triple Crown Champion.[13]
16 Richards, DaveyDavey Richards 1 June 26, 2011 321 New York, New York 10 Best in the World 2011[16] [14]
17 Steen, KevinKevin Steen 1 May 12, 2012 328 Toronto, Ontario 18 Border Wars[17] [15]
18 Jay Briscoe 1 April 5, 2013 89 New York, New York 6 Supercard of Honor VII [16]
Vacated July 3, 2013 N/A N/A The title was vacated by ROH Match Maker Nigel McGuinness after Briscoe suffered a storyline injury at the June 23 television tapings and would not be able to compete for the foreseeable future.[17][18]
19 Cole, AdamAdam Cole 1 September 20, 2013 275 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 13 Death Before Dishonor XI Defeated Michael Elgin in a tournament final.[19][20]
20 Elgin, MichaelMichael Elgin 1 June 22, 2014 76 Nashville, Tennessee 7 Best in the World 2014
21 Jay Briscoe 2 September 6, 2014 286 Toronto, Ontario 12 All Star Extravaganza 6 [21]
22 Jay Lethal 1 June 19, 2015 427 New York, New York 28[22][23] Best in the World 2015 This was a Winner Takes All match, also for Lethal's ROH World Television Championship.
23 Cole, AdamAdam Cole 2 August 19, 2016 105 Las Vegas, Nevada 6 Death Before Dishonor XIV
24 O'Reilly, KyleKyle O'Reilly 1 December 2, 2016 33 New York, New York 0 Final Battle 2016 This was a no disqualification match.
25 Cole, AdamAdam Cole 3 January 4, 2017 65 Tokyo, Japan 3 New Japan Pro-Wrestling's Wrestle Kingdom 11
26 Daniels, ChristopherChristopher Daniels 1 March 10, 2017 105 Las Vegas, Nevada 8 15th Anniversary Show [24]
27 Cody 1 June 23, 2017 118+ Lowell, Massachusetts 11 Best in the World [25][26]

List of combined reigns

Adam Cole, record three-time ROH World Champion

As of October 19, 2017.

Indicates the current champion
Rank [18] Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined days
1 Samoa Joe 1 29 645
2 McGuinness, NigelNigel McGuinness 1 38 545
3 Danielson, BryanBryan Danielson 1 38 462
4 Cole, AdamAdam Cole 3 22 445
5 Lethal, JayJay Lethal 1 28 427
6 Aries, AustinAustin Aries 2 29 419
7 Briscoe, JayJay Briscoe 2 18 375
8 Steen, KevinKevin Steen 1 20 328
9 Richards, DaveyDavey Richards 1 10 321
10 Morishima, TakeshiTakeshi Morishima 1 20 231
11 Black, TylerTyler Black 1 7 210
12 Strong, RoderickRoderick Strong 1 5 189
13 Xavier 1 4 182
14 Cody 1 11 118+
15 Daniels, ChristopherChristopher Daniels 1 8 105
16 Edwards, EddieEddie Edwards 1 3 99
17 Elgin, MichaelMichael Elgin 1 7 76
18 Lynn, JerryJerry Lynn 1 6 71
19 Homicide 1 3 56
Low Ki 1 1 56
21 CM Punk 1 4 55
22 Gibson, JamesJames Gibson 1 4 36
23 O'Reilly, KyleKyle O'Reilly 1 0 33

Notes

1.^ – This event was a live event that was later released on DVD.
2.^ – This event was a pay-per-view that later aired on tape delay.
3.^ – Each reign is ranked highest to lowest; reigns with the exact number mean they are tied for that certain rank.

References

General
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  • "Past Ring of Honor results". Ring of Honor. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
Specific
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  17. ^ "Nigel McGuinness Makes a Huge Announcement!". Ring of Honor. 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  18. ^ Johnson, Mike (2013-07-03). "More on ROH Championship". PWInsider. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  19. ^ Johnson, Mike (2013-09-20). "New ROH Champion crowned: complete ROH Death Before Dishonor XI coverage from Philadelphia, PA". PWInsider. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  20. ^ Hoops, Brian (September 20, 2015). "On this date in pro wrestling history (9/20): Flair defeats McDaniel, Gagne beats Von Raschke". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  21. ^ Caldwell, James (2014-09-06). "ROH IPPV news: New ROH World champion, former WWE star & Hardy returning, more from Saturday's event". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  22. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=121&page=5&reign=22
  23. ^ http://superluchas.com/2016/08/02/video-jay-lethal-retiene-el-campeonato-de-roh-y-se-corona-campeon-de-cwa-en-puerto-rico-imagenes-exclusivas-del-encuentro/
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External links

  • ROH Wrestling.com
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