List of WWE United States Champions

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Two-time and current champion AJ Styles

The WWE United States Championship is a professional wrestling championship contested in the American promotion WWE on the SmackDown brand. It was originally known as the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship and began as a regional championship created by and defended in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, run by Jim Crockett, Jr. Harley Race became the inaugural champion on the title's introduction on January 1, 1975. Turner Broadcasting bought the company in November 1988 and renamed it World Championship Wrestling (WCW) after its primary television program.

In March 2001, the then-WWF bought selected assets of WCW.[1] This resulted in the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship becoming a championship for the WWF, who referred to it as the WCW United States Championship. At Survivor Series in November 2001, the WCW United States and WWF Intercontinental Championships were unified, resulting in the United States Championship being deactivated. In July 2003, the title was reactivated as the WWE United States Championship. As a result of the 2017 WWE Superstar Shake-up, it is exclusively contested on the SmackDown brand.

The championship is contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition. Some reigns were held by champions using a ring name, while others used their real name. As of August 22, 2017, the current champion is AJ Styles, who is in his second reign.

Overall, there have been 83 different champions. Ric Flair holds the record for having the most reigns at six,[2] while John Cena holds the record for most reigns under the WWE banner at five. Lex Luger holds the record for longest reign, with his third reign lasting a total of 523 days, while Dean Ambrose holds the longest reign under the WWE banner, at 351 days (overall the third longest in the title's history).[3] Only two men, Lex Luger and Rick Rude, have held the championship for a continuous reign of one year (365 days) or more.

Title history

Names

Name[4][5] Years[4][5]
NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) January 1, 1975 – January 27, 1981
NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Undisputed version) January 27, 1981 – 1991
WCW United States (Heavyweight) Championship 1991 – 2001
WWE United States Championship 2003 – present

Reigns

As of August 22, 2017.

Reign The reign number for the specific champion listed
Location The city in which the title was won
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title was won
Indicates the title changes not recognized by the WWE
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
No. Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Harley Race 1 January 1, 1975 183 Tallahassee, FL House show Defeated Johnny Weaver in a tournament final to become the inaugural NWA United States Heavyweight Champion for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling.
WWE recognizes Race's reign as lasting 184 days.
[6][4][7]
2 Johnny Valentine 1 July 3, 1975 93 Greensboro, NC House show [6][7]
Vacated October 4, 1975 Vacated when Johnny Valentine suffered a career-ending injury in a plane crash. [4][8][7]
3 Terry Funk 1 November 9, 1975 18 Greensboro, NC House show Defeated Paul Jones in a tournament final for the vacant title.
WWE recognizes Funk's reign as lasting 19 days.
[4][7]
4 Paul Jones 1 November 27, 1975 107 Greensboro, NC House show [6][7]
5 Blackjack Mulligan 1 March 13, 1976 217 Greensboro, NC House show WWE recognizes Mulligan's reign as lasting 218 days. [6][7]
6 Paul Jones 2 October 16, 1976 43 Greensboro, NC House show WWE recognizes Jones' reign as ending on November 28, 1976. [6][7]
Blackjack Mulligan 2 November 28, 1976 11 Charlotte, NC House show [4][7]
Paul Jones 3 December 9, 1976 6 Winston-Salem, NC House show [4][7]
7 Blackjack Mulligan 2(3) December 15, 1976 204 Raleigh, NC House show [6][7]
8 Bobo Brazil 1 July 7, 1977 22 Norfolk, VA House show [6][7]
9 Ric Flair 1 July 29, 1977 84 Richmond, VA House show [6][7][9]
10 Ricky Steamboat 1 October 21, 1977 72 Charleston, SC House show WWE recognizes Steamboat's reign as lasting 73 days. [6][7]
11 Blackjack Mulligan 3(4) January 1, 1978 77 Greensboro, NC House show WWE recognizes Mulligan's reign as lasting 78 days. [4][6][7]
12 Mr. Wrestling 1 March 19, 1978 21 Greensboro, NC House show WWE recognizes Mr. Wrestling's reign as lasting 22 days. [6][7]
13 Ric Flair 2 April 9, 1978 253 Charlotte, NC House show WWE recognizes Flair's reign as lasting 252 days, ending on December 17, 1978 [6][7]
14 Ricky Steamboat 2 December 18, 1978 104 Greensboro, NC House show WWE recognizes Steamboat's reign as lasting 105 days. [6][7]
15 Ric Flair 3 April 1, 1979 133 Greensboro, NC House show WWE recognizes Flair's reign as lasting 134 days. [6][7]
Vacated August 12, 1979 Vacated when Ric Flair won the NWA World Tag Team Championship four days prior. [4][7]
16 Jimmy Snuka 1 September 1, 1979 231 Charlotte, NC House show Defeated Ricky Steamboat in a tournament final for the vacant title.
WWE recognizes Snuka's reign as lasting 233 days, ending on April 20, 1980, although in reality, the end date was April 19, 1980.
[4][10][7]
17 Ric Flair 4 April 19, 1980 98 Greensboro, NC House show WWE recognizes Flair's reign as beginning on April 20, 1980 and ending on July 26, 1980, although in reality, he won the title on April 19, 1980. [6][10][7]
Greg Valentine 1 July 26, 1980 121 Charlotte, NC House show [4][7]
Ric Flair 5 November 24, 1980 64 Greenville, SC House show Although this reign is not recognized, a WWE.com article recognized Flair as a six-time champion. [6][11][7]
18 Roddy Piper 1 January 27, 1981 193 Raleigh, NC House show The title became the undisputed NWA United States Heavyweight Championship in January 1981 after the NWA San Francisco office, the last other promotion to recognize its own United States Heavyweight Champion, closed.
WWE recognizes Piper's reign as lasting 194 days.
[6][7]
19 Wahoo McDaniel 1 August 8, 1981 31 Greensboro, NC House show WWE recognizes McDaniel's reign as lasting 32 days. [6][7]
Vacated September 8, 1981 Vacated when Wahoo McDaniel was injured by Abdullah the Butcher. [12][7]
20 Sgt. Slaughter 1 October 4, 1981 229 Charlotte, NC House show Defeated Ricky Steamboat in a tournament final for the vacant title. [12][7]
21 Wahoo McDaniel 2 May 21, 1982 17 Richmond, VA House show WWE recognizes McDaniel's reign as lasting 18 days. [6][7]
22 Sgt. Slaughter 2 June 7, 1982 76 Greenville, SC House show Awarded the title due to Wahoo McDaniel being injured by Don Muraco and Roddy Piper before the match. [13][7]
23 Wahoo McDaniel 3 August 22, 1982 74 Charlotte, NC House show WWE recognizes McDaniel's reign as lasting 75 days. [6][7]
24 Greg Valentine 1(2) November 4, 1982 163 Norfolk, VA House show [6][7]
25 Roddy Piper 2 April 16, 1983 14 Greensboro, NC House show WWE recognizes Piper's reign as lasting 15 days. [6][7]
26 Greg Valentine 2(3) April 30, 1983 228 Greensboro, NC House show Valentine won when Roddy Piper suffered a large cut over his left ear and the referee stopped the match.
WWE recognizes Valentine's reign as lasting 229 days.
[6][14][7]
27 Dick Slater 1 December 14, 1983 129 Shelby, NC House show [6]
28 Ricky Steamboat 3 April 21, 1984 64 Greensboro, NC House show [6]
29 Wahoo McDaniel 4 June 24, 1984 7 Greensboro, NC House show [6]
Vacated July 1, 1984 Wahoo McDaniel was stripped of the title due to Tully Blanchard interfering in McDaniel's title defense. [4]
30 Wahoo McDaniel 5 October 7, 1984 167 Charlotte, NC House show Defeated Manny Fernandez in a tournament final for the vacant title.
WWE recognizes McDaniel's reign as lasting 168 days.
[4]
31 Magnum T.A. 1 March 23, 1985 120 Charlotte, NC House show [15]
32 Tully Blanchard 1 July 21, 1985 130 Charlotte, NC House show [16]
33 Magnum T.A. 2 November 28, 1985 182 Greensboro, NC Starrcade This was an "I Quit" steel cage match.
WWE recognizes Magnum T.A.'s reign as lasting 154 days, with Magnum T.A. being stripped of the title on May 1, 1986.
[17][18]
Vacated May 29, 1986 Magnum T.A. was stripped of the title for attacking NWA president Bob Geigel. [17]
34 Nikita Koloff 1 August 17, 1986 328 Charlotte, NC House show Defeated Magnum T.A. in a best of seven series for the vacant title,[4][19] though WWE officially says it was a tournament final.[20]
Koloff defeated Wahoo McDaniel on September 28, 1986 to unify the NWA National Heavyweight Championship into the U.S. title.[21]
[20]
35 Lex Luger 1 July 11, 1987 138 Greensboro, NC House show This was a steel cage match.[22] [23]
36 Dusty Rhodes 1 November 26, 1987 141 Chicago, IL Starrcade This was a steel cage match.[24] [25]
Vacated April 15, 1988 Dusty Rhodes was stripped of the title for attacking NWA President Jim Crockett. [4]
37 Barry Windham 1 May 13, 1988 283 Houston, TX House show Defeated Nikita Koloff in a tournament final for the vacant title. [26][27]
38 Lex Luger 2 February 20, 1989 76 Chicago, IL Chi-Town Rumble [28]
39 Michael Hayes 1 May 7, 1989 15 Nashville, TN WrestleWar [29][30]
40 Lex Luger 3 May 22, 1989 523 Bluefield, WV House show
41 Stan Hansen 1 October 27, 1990 50 Chicago, IL Halloween Havoc [31]
42 Lex Luger 4 December 16, 1990 210 St. Louis, MO Starrcade This was a Texas Bullrope match.
During Luger's reign in 1991, World Championship Wrestling (WCW) split from the NWA and the title was renamed as the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship.
[32]
Vacated July 14, 1991 Baltimore, MD The Great American Bash Vacated when Lex Luger won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. [32]
43 Sting 1 August 25, 1991 86 Atlanta, GA House show Defeated Steve Austin in a tournament final for the vacant title. [33]
44 Rick Rude 1 November 19, 1991 378 Savannah, GA Clash of the Champions XVII [34]
Vacated December 1, 1992 Vacated due to Rick Rude suffering an injury. [34]
45 Dustin Rhodes 1 January 11, 1993 110 Atlanta, GA Saturday Night Defeated Ricky Steamboat in a match that was originally made to determine the No. 1 contender, but upon Rick Rude's vacation of the title, it was instead made to decide the new champion.
Aired on tape delay on January 16, 1993.
[35]
Vacated May 1, 1993 WorldWide Vacated following a title defense against Rick Rude that ended in a double pinfall.
Aired on tape delay on May 15, 1993.
[35]
46 Dustin Rhodes 2 August 30, 1993 119 Atlanta, GA Saturday Night Defeated Rick Rude in a rematch for the vacant title.
Aired on tape delay on September 11, 1993.
[36]
47 Steve Austin 1 December 27, 1993 240 Charlotte, NC Starrcade '93: 10th Anniversary This was a two out of three falls match.[37] [38]
48 Ricky Steamboat 4 August 24, 1994 25 Cedar Rapids, IA Clash of the Champions XXVIII [39]
49 Steve Austin 2 September 18, 1994 <1 Roanoke, VA Fall Brawl 1994: War Games Awarded the title due to Ricky Steamboat being injured. [40]
50 Jim Duggan 1 100 [41]
51 Vader 1 December 27, 1994 88 Nashville, TN Starrcade [42]
Vacated March 25, 1995 Atlanta, GA Saturday Night Vader was stripped of the title by WCW commissioner Nick Bockwinkel for hospitalizing Dave Sullivan one week prior. [4]
52 Sting 2 June 18, 1995 148 Dayton, OH The Great American Bash Defeated Meng in a tournament final for the vacant title. [43]
53 Kensuke Sasaki 1 November 13, 1995 44 Tokyo, Japan WCW World in Japan Won the title at a New Japan Pro Wrestling event. [44]
54 One Man Gang 1 December 27, 1995 33 Nashville, TN Starrcade: World Cup of Wrestling Won in a post-PPV dark match. Although the match was restarted and Kensuke Sasaki subsequently retained the title, it was never acknowledged by WCW, nor is it acknowledged by WWE. [45]
55 Konnan 1 January 29, 1996 160 Canton, OH Main Event [46]
56 Ric Flair 5(6) July 7, 1996 141 Daytona Beach, FL Bash at the Beach [47]
Vacated November 25, 1996 Vacated due to Ric Flair suffering a shoulder injury. [47]
57 Eddie Guerrero 1 December 29, 1996 77 Nashville, TN Starrcade Defeated Diamond Dallas Page in a tournament final for the vacant title. [48]
58 Dean Malenko 1 March 16, 1997 85 North Charleston, SC Uncensored [49]
59 Jeff Jarrett 1 June 9, 1997 73 Boston, MA Monday Nitro [49]
60 Steve McMichael 1 August 21, 1997 25 Nashville, TN Clash of the Champions XXXV [50]
61 Curt Hennig 1 September 15, 1997 104 Charlotte, NC Monday Nitro [51]
62 Diamond Dallas Page 1 December 28, 1997 112 Washington, D.C. Starrcade [52]
63 Raven 1 April 19, 1998 1 Denver, CO Spring Stampede This was a "Raven's Rules" match. [53]
64 Goldberg 1 April 20, 1998 77 Colorado Springs, CO Monday Nitro This was a "Raven's Rules" match.
WWE.com mistakenly lists Goldberg's reign as lasting 91 days, ending on July 20, 1998.
[54]
Vacated July 6, 1998 Atlanta, GA Monday Nitro Vacated when Goldberg won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. [4]
65 Bret Hart 1 July 20, 1998 21 Salt Lake City, UT Monday Nitro Defeated Diamond Dallas Page for the vacant title. [55][56]
66 Lex Luger 5 August 10, 1998 1 Rapid City, SD Monday Nitro WWE recognizes Luger's reign as lasting 3 days, ending on August 13, 1998, when the following episode aired on tape delay. [57]
67 Bret Hart 2 August 11, 1998 76 Fargo, ND Thunder WWE recognizes Hart's reign as lasting 74 days, beginning on August 13, 1998, when the episode aired on tape delay. [58]
68 Diamond Dallas Page 2 October 26, 1998 35 Phoenix, AZ Monday Nitro [59]
69 Bret Hart 3 November 30, 1998 70 Chattanooga, TN Monday Nitro This was a no disqualification match. [60]
70 Roddy Piper 3 February 8, 1999 13 Buffalo, NY Monday Nitro [61]
71 Scott Hall 1 February 21, 1999 25 Oakland, CA SuperBrawl IX [62]
Vacated March 18, 1999 Lexington, KY Thunder Scott Hall was stripped of the title by WCW President Ric Flair. [62]
72 Scott Steiner 1 April 11, 1999 85 Tacoma, WA Spring Stampede Defeated Booker T in a tournament final for the vacant title. [63]
Vacated July 5, 1999 Atlanta, GA Monday Nitro Scott Steiner was stripped of the title by WCW President Ric Flair. [63]
73 David Flair 1 July 5, 1999 35 Atlanta, GA Monday Nitro Awarded the title by his father and WCW President Ric Flair. [64]
74 Chris Benoit 1 August 9, 1999 34 Boise, ID Monday Nitro [64]
75 Sid Vicious 1 September 12, 1999 42 Winston-Salem, NC Fall Brawl [65]
76 Goldberg 2 October 24, 1999 1 Paradise, NV Halloween Havoc Won the title when Sid Vicious suffered excessive bleeding and the referee stopped the match. [65][66]
77 Bret Hart 4 October 25, 1999 14 Phoenix, AZ Monday Nitro [67]
78 Scott Hall 2 November 8, 1999 41 Indianapolis, IN Monday Nitro This was a four-way ladder match, also involving Sid Vicious and Goldberg. [68]
79 Chris Benoit 2 December 19, 1999 1 Washington, D.C. Starrcade Awarded the title when Scott Hall suffered a knee injury during the match. [68]
80 Jeff Jarrett 2 December 20, 1999 27 Baltimore, MD Monday Nitro This was a ladder match. [69]
Vacated January 16, 2000 Cincinnati, OH Souled Out Vacated due to Jeff Jarrett suffering an injury. [69]
81 Jeff Jarrett 3 January 17, 2000 84 Columbus, OH Monday Nitro Awarded by WCW Commissioner Kevin Nash. [70]
Vacated April 10, 2000 Denver, CO Monday Nitro All WCW titles were declared vacant by Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff after WCW was rebooted. [71]
82 Scott Steiner 2 April 16, 2000 84 Chicago, IL Spring Stampede Defeated Sting in a tournament final for the vacant title.[72] [71]
Vacated July 9, 2000 Daytona Beach, FL Bash at the Beach Scott Steiner was stripped of the title when he used the banned Steiner Recliner submission hold on Mike Awesome.[73] [71]
83 Lance Storm 1 July 18, 2000 66 Auburn Hills, MI Monday Nitro Defeated Mike Awesome in a tournament final for the vacant title. Storm unofficially renamed the title the WCW Canadian Heavyweight Championship. [74]
84 Terry Funk 2 September 22, 2000 1 Amarillo, TX House show Title change was not recognized by WCW, but is recognized by WWE. [75]
85 Lance Storm 2 September 23, 2000 36 Lubbock, TX House show Title change was not recognized by WCW, but is recognized by WWE. [76]
86 Gen. Rection 1 October 29, 2000 15 Paradise, NV Halloween Havoc Defeated Lance Storm and Jim Duggan in a handicap match. [77]
87 Lance Storm 3 November 13, 2000 13 London, England Monday Nitro [78]
88 Gen. Rection 2 November 26, 2000 49 Milwaukee, WI Mayhem [79]
89 Shane Douglas 1 January 14, 2001 22 Indianapolis, IN Sin This was a First Blood Chain match. [80]
90 Rick Steiner 1 February 5, 2001 41 Tupelo, MS Monday Nitro [81]
91 Booker T 1 March 18, 2001 128 Jacksonville, FL Greed Title and other selected assets of WCW were purchased by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Title was subsequently referred to as the WCW United States Championship and was defended on WWF programming. [82]
92 Chris Kanyon 1 July 24, 2001 48 Pittsburgh, PA SmackDown! Given the title by Booker T as he was also the WCW Champion.
WWE recognizes Kanyon's reign as lasting 46 days, beginning on July 26, 2001, when the episode aired on tape delay.
[83]
93 Tajiri 1 September 10, 2001 13 San Antonio, TX Raw Is War [84]
94 Rhyno 1 September 23, 2001 29 Pittsburgh, PA Unforgiven [85]
95 Kurt Angle 1 October 22, 2001 21 Kansas City, MO Raw [86]
96 Edge 1 November 12, 2001 6 Boston, MA Raw [87]
Unified November 18, 2001 Greensboro, NC Survivor Series Edge defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion Test to unify the two titles. Edge became the Intercontinental Champion while the United States title was deactivated. In May 2002, the WWF became the WWE. [87]
97 Eddie Guerrero 2 July 27, 2003 84 Denver, CO Vengeance Title was reactivated as the WWE United States Championship as an exclusive title of the SmackDown brand. Guerrero defeated Chris Benoit in a tournament final for the revived title. [88]
98 Big Show 1 October 19, 2003 147 Baltimore, MD No Mercy [89]
99 John Cena 1 March 14, 2004 114 New York, NY WrestleMania XX WWE mistakenly lists Cena's reign as lasting 137 days, ending on July 29, 2004. The match description for Booker T's title win states that Cena was stripped of the title "a few weeks prior" to the July 29, 2004 tape delay episode of SmackDown! [90]
Vacated July 6, 2004 Winnipeg, MB SmackDown! John Cena was stripped of the title after attacking SmackDown! General Manager Kurt Angle.
Aired on tape delay on July 8, 2004.
[91]
100 Booker T 2 July 27, 2004 68 Cincinnati, OH SmackDown! This was an eight-way elimination match, also involving John Cena, René Duprée, Kenzo Suzuki, Rob Van Dam, Billy Gunn, Charlie Haas, and Luther Reigns.
WWE recognizes Booker T's reign as lasting 66 days, beginning on July 29, 2004, when the episode aired on tape delay.
[91]
101 John Cena 2 October 3, 2004 2 East Rutherford, NJ No Mercy This was the fifth match of a Best of Five series.
WWE recognizes Cena's reign as lasting 4 days, ending on October 7, 2004, when the following episode aired on tape delay.
[92]
102 Carlito Caribbean Cool 1 October 5, 2004 42 Boston, MA SmackDown! WWE recognizes Carlito's reign as beginning on October 7, 2004 and ending on November 18, 2004, both episodes of which aired on tape delay. [93][94]
103 John Cena 3 November 16, 2004 105 Dayton, OH SmackDown! WWE recognizes Cena's reign as beginning on November 18, 2004 and ending on March 3, 2005, both episodes of which aired on tape delay. [95]
104 Orlando Jordan 1 March 1, 2005 173 Albany, NY SmackDown! WWE recognizes Jordan's reign as lasting 171 days, beginning on March 3, 2005, when the episode aired on tape delay. [96]
105 Chris Benoit 3 August 21, 2005 58 Washington, D.C. SummerSlam WWE recognizes Benoit's reign as lasting 61 days, ending on October 21, 2005, when the following episode aired on tape delay. [97]
106 Booker T 3 October 18, 2005 35 Reno, NV SmackDown! WWE recognizes Booker T's reign as beginning on October 21, 2005 and ending on November 25, 2005, both episodes of which aired on tape delay. [98]
Vacated November 22, 2005 Sheffield, England SmackDown! Vacated when Booker T's title defense against Chris Benoit ended in a double pinfall.[5]
Aired on tape delay on November 25, 2005.
[98]
107 Booker T 4 January 10, 2006 40 Philadelphia, PA SmackDown! Booker T faced Chris Benoit in a Best of Seven series, winning the first three matches; Randy Orton substituted for Booker T after that due to injury, losing the next three matches, but winning the final for the vacant title.
WWE recognizes Booker T's reign as lasting 37 days, beginning on January 13, 2006, when the episode aired on tape delay.
[99]
108 Chris Benoit 4 February 19, 2006 42 Baltimore, MD No Way Out [100]
109 John Bradshaw Layfield 1 April 2, 2006 51 Rosemont, IL WrestleMania 22 WWE recognizes JBL's reign as lasting 54 days, ending on May 26, 2006, when the following episode aired on tape delay. [101]
110 Bobby Lashley 1 May 23, 2006 49 Bakersfield, CA SmackDown! WWE recognizes Lashley's reign as beginning on May 26, 2006 and ending on July 14, 2006, both episodes of which aired on tape delay. [102]
111 Finlay 1 July 11, 2006 49 Minneapolis, MN SmackDown! WWE recognizes Finlay's reign as beginning on July 14, 2006 and ending on September 1, 2006, both episodes of which aired on tape delay. [103]
112 Mr. Kennedy 1 August 29, 2006 42 Reading, PA SmackDown! This was a triple threat match, also involving Bobby Lashley.
WWE recognizes Kennedy's reign as beginning on September 1, 2006 and ending on October 13, 2006, both episodes of which aired on tape delay.
[104][105]
113 Chris Benoit 5 October 10, 2006 222 Jacksonville, FL SmackDown! WWE recognizes Benoit's reign as lasting 219 days, beginning on October 13, 2006, when the episode aired on tape delay. [106][107]
114 Montel Vontavious Porter 1 May 20, 2007 343 St. Louis, MO Judgment Day This was a two out of three falls match. [108][109]
115 Matt Hardy 1 April 27, 2008 84 Baltimore, MD Backlash The title became exclusive to the ECW brand following the 2008 WWE draft. [110][111]
116 Shelton Benjamin 1 July 20, 2008 240 Uniondale, NY The Great American Bash The title was returned to SmackDown due to Benjamin's status as a SmackDown wrestler.
WWE recognizes Benjamin's reign as lasting 243 days, ending on March 20, 2009, when the following episode aired on tape delay.
[112][113]
117 Montel Vontavious Porter 2 March 17, 2009 76 Corpus Christi, TX SmackDown The title became exclusive to the Raw brand following the 2009 WWE draft.
WWE recognizes Porter's reign as lasting 73 days, beginning on March 20, 2009, when the episode aired on tape delay.
[114][115]
118 Kofi Kingston 1 June 1, 2009 126 Birmingham, AL Raw [116][117]
119 The Miz 1 October 5, 2009 224 Wilkes-Barre, PA Raw [118][119]
120 Bret Hart 5 May 17, 2010 7 Toronto, ON Raw This was a no disqualification, no countout match. [120][121]
Vacated May 24, 2010 Toledo, OH Raw Vacated when Bret Hart became the Raw General Manager. [120][122]
121 R-Truth 1 May 24, 2010 21 Toledo, OH Raw Defeated The Miz to win the vacant title. [122][123]
122 The Miz 2 June 14, 2010 97 Charlotte, NC Raw This was a fatal four-way match, also involving John Morrison and Zack Ryder. [124][125]
123 Daniel Bryan 1 September 19, 2010 176 Rosemont, IL Night of Champions WWE recognizes Bryan's reign as lasting 177 days. [126]
124 Sheamus 1 March 14, 2011 48 St. Louis, MO Raw If Sheamus lost, he would have quit the WWE.
Title became exclusive to the SmackDown brand following the 2011 WWE draft.
[127]
125 Kofi Kingston 2 May 1, 2011 49 Tampa, FL Extreme Rules This was a tables match. The title became exclusive to Raw due to Kingston's status as a Raw wrestler. [128]
126 Dolph Ziggler 1 June 19, 2011 182 Washington, D.C. Capitol Punishment On August 29, 2011, the brand extension ended, allowing the United States Champion to appear on both Raw and SmackDown. [129]
127 Zack Ryder 1 December 18, 2011 29 Baltimore, MD TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs [130]
128 Jack Swagger 1 January 16, 2012 49 Anaheim, CA Raw WWE recognizes Swagger's reign as lasting 50 days. [131]
129 Santino Marella 1 March 5, 2012 167 Boston, MA Raw [132]
130 Antonio Cesaro 1 August 19, 2012 239 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam Match aired live on YouTube and WWE.com as part of the SummerSlam pre-show.
WWE recognizes Cesaro's reign as lasting 240 days.
[133]
131 Kofi Kingston 3 April 15, 2013 34 Greenville, SC Raw [134]
132 Dean Ambrose 1 May 19, 2013 351 St. Louis, MO Extreme Rules [3][135]
133 Sheamus 2 May 5, 2014 182 Albany, NY Raw This was a 20-man battle royal. Sheamus lastly eliminated Dean Ambrose to win the match and the title.
WWE recognizes Sheamus' reign as lasting 183 days.
[136]
134 Rusev 1 November 3, 2014 146 Buffalo, NY Raw Backstage Pass [137]
135 John Cena 4 March 29, 2015 147 Santa Clara, CA WrestleMania 31 [138]
136 Seth Rollins 1 August 23, 2015 28 Brooklyn, NY SummerSlam This was a title for title match, where Rollins also defended the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
WWE recognizes Rollins' reign as lasting 29 days.
[139]
137 John Cena 5 September 20, 2015 35 Houston, TX Night of Champions [140]
138 Alberto Del Rio 1 October 25, 2015 78 Los Angeles, CA Hell in a Cell This was an open challenge.
WWE recognizes Del Rio's reign as lasting 79 days.
[141]
139 Kalisto 1 January 11, 2016 1 New Orleans, LA Raw WWE recognizes Kalisto's reign as lasting 3 days, ending on January 14, 2016, when the following episode aired on tape delay. [142]
140 Alberto Del Rio 2 January 14, 2016 12 Lafayette, LA SmackDown WWE recognizes Del Rio's reign as lasting 10 days, beginning on January 14, 2016, when the episode aired on tape delay. [143]
141 Kalisto 2 January 24, 2016 119 Orlando, FL Royal Rumble [144]
142 Rusev 2 May 22, 2016 126 Newark, NJ Extreme Rules The brand extension returned and the title became exclusive to the Raw brand following the 2016 WWE draft.
WWE recognizes Rusev's reign as lasting 127 days.
[145]
143 Roman Reigns 1 September 25, 2016 106 Indianapolis, IN Clash of Champions WWE recognizes Reigns' reign as lasting 107 days. [146]
144 Chris Jericho 1 January 9, 2017 83 New Orleans, LA Raw This was a 2-on-1 handicap match, also involving Kevin Owens, who teamed with Jericho. Jericho pinned Roman Reigns to win the title. [147]
145 Kevin Owens 1 April 2, 2017 28 Orlando, FL WrestleMania 33 The title became exclusive to the SmackDown brand following the 2017 WWE Superstar Shake-up.
WWE recognizes Owens' reign as lasting 29 days.
[148]
146 Chris Jericho 2 April 30, 2017 2 San Jose, CA Payback Since Jericho won, he was transferred to the SmackDown brand.
WWE recognizes Jericho's reign as lasting 3 days.
[149]
147 Kevin Owens 2 May 2, 2017 66 Fresno, CA SmackDown Live [150]
148 AJ Styles 1 July 7, 2017 16 New York, NY House show WWE recognizes Styles' reign as lasting 17 days. [151]
149 Kevin Owens 3 July 23, 2017 2 Philadelphia, PA Battleground WWE recognizes Owens reign as lasting 3 days. [152]
150 AJ Styles 2 July 25, 2017 28+ Richmond, VA SmackDown Live This was a triple threat match also involving Chris Jericho. [153]

Combined reigns

Inaugural champion and WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race
Record six-time champion Ric Flair
Lex Luger is the longest reigning champion in history, with a record of 523 days
Dean Ambrose is the longest reigning champion under the WWE banner, with a record of 351 days

As of August 22, 2017.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days Combined days
recognized by WWE
1 Luger, LexLex Luger 5 948 950
2 Flair, RicRic Flair 6[a] 773 709
3 Valentine, GregGreg Valentine 3[b] 512 392
4 Mulligan, BlackjackBlackjack Mulligan 4[c] 509 500
5 Porter, Montel VontaviousMontel Vontavious Porter 2 419 416
6 Cena, JohnJohn Cena 5 403 405
7 Rude, RickRick Rude 1 378
8 Benoit, ChrisChris Benoit 5 357
9 Ambrose, DeanDean Ambrose 1 351
10 Koloff, NikitaNikita Koloff 1 328
11 The Miz 2 321
12 Sgt. Slaughter 2 305
13 Magnum T.A. 2 302 274
14 McDaniel, WahooWahoo McDaniel 5 296 300
15 Windham, BarryBarry Windham 1 283
16 Rusev 2 272 273
17 Booker T 4 271 266
18 Steamboat, RickyRicky Steamboat 4 265 267
19 Austin, SteveSteve Austin 2 240
Benjamin, SheltonShelton Benjamin 1 240 243
21 Cesaro, AntonioAntonio Cesaro 1 239 240
22 Sting 2 234
23 Snuka, JimmyJimmy Snuka 1 231 233
24 Sheamus 2 230 231
25 Rhodes, DustinDustin Rhodes 2 229
26 Piper, RoddyRoddy Piper 3 220 222
27 Kingston, KofiKofi Kingston 3 209
28 Hart, BretBret Hart 5 188 186
29 Jarrett, JeffJeff Jarrett 3 184
30 Race, HarleyHarley Race 1 183 184
31 Ziggler, DolphDolph Ziggler 1 182
32 Bryan, DanielDaniel Bryan 1 176 177
33 Jordan, OrlandoOrlando Jordan 1 173 171
34 Steiner, ScottScott Steiner 2 169
35 Marella, SantinoSantino Marella 1 167
36 Guerrero, EddieEddie Guerrero 2 161
37 Konnan 1 160
38 Jones, PaulPaul Jones 3[d] 156 150
39 Page, Diamond DallasDiamond Dallas Page 2 147
Big Show 1 147
41 Rhodes, DustyDusty Rhodes 1 141
42 Blanchard, TullyTully Blanchard 1 130
43 Slater, DickDick Slater 1 129
44 Kalisto 2 120 122
45 Storm, LanceLance Storm 3 115
46 Reigns, RomanRoman Reigns 1 106 107
47 Hennig, CurtCurt Hennig 1 104
48 Duggan, JimJim Duggan 1 100
49 Owens, KevinKevin Owens 3 96 98
50 Valentine, JohnnyJohnny Valentine 1 93
51 Del Rio, AlbertoAlberto Del Rio 2 90 89
52 Vader, Big VanBig Van Vader 1 88
53 Jericho, ChrisChris Jericho 2 85 86
Malenko, DeanDean Malenko 1 85
55 Hardy, MattMatt Hardy 1 84
56 Goldberg 2 78
57 Hall, ScottScott Hall 2 66
58 Gen. Rection 2 64
59 Layfield, John BradshawJohn Bradshaw Layfield 1 51 54
60 Hansen, StanStan Hansen 1 50
61 Lashley, BobbyBobby Lashley 1 49
Finlay 1 49
Swagger, JackJack Swagger 1 49 50
64 Chris Kanyon 1 48 46
65 AJ Styles 2 44+ 45+
66 Sasaki, KensukeKensuke Sasaki 1 44
67 Carlito Caribbean Cool 1 42
Kennedy, Mr.Mr. Kennedy 1 42
Sid Vicious 1 42
70 Steiner, RickRick Steiner 1 41
71 Flair, DavidDavid Flair 1 35
72 One Man Gang 1 33
73 Rhyno 1 29
Ryder, ZackZack Ryder 1 29
75 Rollins, SethSeth Rollins 1 28 29
76 McMichael, SteveSteve McMichael 1 25
77 Bobo Brazil 1 22
Douglas, ShaneShane Douglas 1 22
79 Angle, KurtKurt Angle 1 21
Wrestling, Mr.Mr. Wrestling 1 21 22
R-Truth 1 21
82 Funk, TerryTerry Funk 2 19 20
83 Hayes, MichaelMichael Hayes 1 15
84 Tajiri 1 13
85 Edge 1 6
86 Raven 1 1

Notes

  1. ^ Ric Flair's fifth reign is not recognized by WWE, but a WWE.com article recognized him as a 6-time champion
  2. ^ WWE recognizes Greg Valentine as a 2-time champion. His first reign is not recognized by WWE.
  3. ^ WWE recognizes Blackjack Mulligan as a 3-time champion. His second reign is not recognized by WWE.
  4. ^ WWE recognizes Paul Jones as a 2-time champion. His third reign is not recognized by WWE.

See also

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