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Current champion Jinder Mahal

The WWE Championship is a professional wrestling championship in WWE, currently on the SmackDown brand. It is the first world title established in WWE, having been introduced in 1963 as the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) World Heavyweight Championship. The promotion was renamed World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1979 and ended its affiliation with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) in 1983, with the title also renamed to reflect the changes. In 2001, it was unified with the World Championship (formerly the WCW World Heavyweight Championship) following the WWF's buyout of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and became the Undisputed WWF Championship.[1][2] In 2002, the WWF was renamed World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and split its roster into two brands, Raw and SmackDown.[3][4] The title, now renamed WWE Championship, was then designated to the SmackDown brand, while WWE established an alternate world title known as the World Heavyweight Championship for the Raw brand. A third alternate world title, the ECW World Heavyweight Championship, was reactivated for the ECW brand in 2006. It was vacated and decommissioned when the ECW brand disbanded in 2010.[5]

When WWE Champion Randy Orton defeated World Heavyweight Champion John Cena at the TLC pay-per-view on December 15, 2013, the World Heavyweight Championship was unified with the WWE Championship, resulting in the retiring of the former,[6] and the renaming of the latter to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. On June 27, 2016, the name was shortened back to the WWE Championship,[7] before assuming the WWE World Championship name on July 26, 2016, when the brand extension returned. It became designated to the SmackDown brand, and WWE again established an alternate world title known as the WWE Universal Championship for the Raw brand. In December 2016, WWE again shortened the title's name back to WWE Championship.[8]

The championship is generally 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 use their real name. 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 2,803 days, while the record for longest combined reign is also held by Sammartino at 4,040. The current champion is Jinder Mahal, who is in his first reign. He won the championship by defeating Randy Orton at Backlash in Rosemont, Illinois on May 21, 2017.

Overall, there have been 50 different official champions, with John Cena having the most reigns at thirteen. Seven men in history have held the championship for a continuous reign of one year (365 days) or more. They are Bruno Sammartino, Pedro Morales, Bob Backlund, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, John Cena, and CM Punk.[9]

Title history

Names

Name Years
WWWF World Heavyweight Championship April 25, 1963 – February 8, 1971
WWWF Heavyweight Championship February 8, 1971 – March 1, 1979
WWF Heavyweight Championship March 1, 1979 – December 26, 1983
WWF World Heavyweight Championship December 26, 1983 – June 29, 1998
WWF Championship June 29, 1998 – December 9, 2001
Undisputed WWF Championship December 9, 2001[2] – May 6, 2002[3]
Undisputed WWE Championship May 6, 2002[3] – May 19, 2002[10]
WWE Undisputed Championship May 19, 2002[3] – September 2, 2002[11]
WWE Championship September 2, 2002[11] – December 15, 2013
WWE World Heavyweight Championship December 15, 2013 – June 27, 2016
WWE Championship June 27, 2016[12][13] – July 25, 2016
WWE World Championship July 26, 2016[14] – December 9, 2016
WWE Championship December 10, 2016[8] – present

Reigns

As of July 23, 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 change is not recognized by WWE
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
No. Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Buddy Rogers 1 April 25, 1963 22 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Won a fictional tournament in Rio de Janeiro after the WWWF left the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), of which Rogers had been the 7th NWA World Heavyweight Champion since defeating Pat O'Connor on June 30, 1961.[15] After Rogers' one fall loss to Lou Thesz for the title on January 24, 1963, which Northeast promoters (led by Vince McMahon Sr. and Toots Mondt) did not recognize, they withdrew their membership from the NWA to form the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF).[16] The WWWF billed Rogers as their world champion since January 25,[17] but did not recognize him as the first ever WWWF World Heavyweight Champion until April 11, 1963.[18] However, WWE.com lists Rogers' reign and the establishment of the title beginning on April 25, 1963.[19] [20]
2 Bruno Sammartino 1 May 17, 1963 2,803 New York, NY House show [21]
3 Ivan Koloff 1 January 18, 1971 21 New York, NY House show [22]
4 Pedro Morales 1 February 8, 1971 1,027 New York, NY House show The title was renamed the WWWF Heavyweight Championship when WWWF rejoined the NWA in 1971. [23]
5 Stan Stasiak 1 December 1, 1973 9 Philadelphia, PA House show [24]
6 Bruno Sammartino 2 December 10, 1973 1,237 New York, NY House show [25]
7 Superstar Billy Graham 1 April 30, 1977 296 Baltimore, MD House show [26]
8 Bob Backlund 1 February 20, 1978 2,135
(648)
New York, NY House show The title was renamed the WWF Heavyweight Championship when the World Wide Wrestling Federation became the World Wrestling Federation in March 1979. [27][28]
Antonio Inoki 1 November 30, 1979 6 Tokushima, Japan House show [29][30]
Vacated December 6, 1979 Tokyo, Japan House show Antonio Inoki immediately vacated the title after a rematch with Bob Backlund ended in a no contest due to the interference of Tiger Jeet Singh. [29]
Bob Backlund 2 December 17, 1979 1,470 New York City, NY House show Backlund defeated Bobby Duncum in a Texas Death match to fill the vacancy.
WWE recognizes Backlund's first and second reigns as being uninterrupted, and considers this a continuation of the first.
[29]
9 The Iron Sheik 1 December 26, 1983 28 New York City, NY House show The Iron Sheik won by submission when Bob Backlund's manager Arnold Skaaland threw in the towel when Backlund was put into Sheik's Camel Clutch to prevent any major injury.
The title was renamed the WWF World Heavyweight Championship when the WWF conclusively ended its affiliation with the NWA.
WWE recognizes Sheik's reign as lasting 29 days.
[31]
10 Hulk Hogan 1 January 23, 1984 1,474 New York City, NY House show [32]
11 André the Giant 1 February 5, 1988 <1 Indianapolis, IN The Main Event I André defeated Hulk Hogan when referee Earl Hebner, who was bribed by Ted DiBiase, scored the three-count, despite Hogan raising his shoulder past the two-count. [33]
Vacated February 5, 1988 Indianapolis, IN The Main Event I Immediately after winning the title from Hulk Hogan, André handed the championship belt to Ted DiBiase; President Jack Tunney ruled this as vacating the title. [33]
12 Randy Savage 1 March 27, 1988 371 Atlantic City, NJ WrestleMania IV Defeated Ted DiBiase in a tournament final to win the vacant title. [34]
13 Hulk Hogan 2 April 2, 1989 364 Atlantic City, NJ WrestleMania V [35]
14 The Ultimate Warrior 1 April 1, 1990 293 Toronto, ON WrestleMania VI This was a title for title match, where Warrior also defended the Intercontinental Championship. [36]
15 Sgt. Slaughter 1 January 19, 1991 64 Miami, FL Royal Rumble [37]
16 Hulk Hogan 3 March 24, 1991 248 Los Angeles, CA WrestleMania VII [38]
17 The Undertaker 1 November 27, 1991 6 Detroit, MI Survivor Series [39]
18 Hulk Hogan 4 December 3, 1991 1 San Antonio, TX This Tuesday in Texas [40]
Vacated December 4, 1991 New Haven, CT Superstars of Wrestling Hulk Hogan was stripped of the title by WWF President Jack Tunney due to the controversy surrounding both of the previous title changes. Aired on tape delay on December 7, 1991. [40]
19 Ric Flair 1 January 19, 1992 77 Albany, NY Royal Rumble This was the Royal Rumble match, in which Flair last eliminated Sid Justice to win the vacant title. [41]
20 Randy Savage 2 April 5, 1992 149 Indianapolis, IN WrestleMania VIII [42]
21 Ric Flair 2 September 1, 1992 41 Hershey, PA Prime Time Wrestling Aired on tape delay on September 14, 1992. [43]
22 Bret Hart 1 October 12, 1992 174 Saskatoon, SK House show WWE recognizes Hart's reign as lasting 175 days. [44]
23 Yokozuna 1 April 4, 1993 <1 Las Vegas, NV WrestleMania IX [45]
24 Hulk Hogan 5 70 [46]
25 Yokozuna 2 June 13, 1993 280 Dayton, OH King of the Ring [47]
26 Bret Hart 2 March 20, 1994 248 New York City, NY WrestleMania X Roddy Piper was the guest referee. [48]
27 Bob Backlund 2(3) November 23, 1994 3 San Antonio, TX Survivor Series This was a "Throw in the Towel" submission match. [49]
28 Diesel 1 November 26, 1994 358 New York City, NY House show [50]
29 Bret Hart 3 November 19, 1995 133 Landover, MD Survivor Series This was a no disqualification match. [51]
30 Shawn Michaels 1 March 31, 1996 231 Anaheim, CA WrestleMania XII This was a 60-minute Iron Man match, in which Michaels won 1–0 in overtime. [52]
31 Sycho Sid 1 November 17, 1996 63 New York City, NY Survivor Series [53]
32 Shawn Michaels 2 January 19, 1997 25 San Antonio, TX Royal Rumble [54]
Vacated February 13, 1997 Lowell, MA Raw Shawn Michaels forfeited the title due to a knee injury. [54]
33 Bret Hart 4 February 16, 1997 1 Chattanooga, TN In Your House 13: Final Four This was a four-way elimination match for the vacant title, also involving Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, and Vader. [55]
34 Sycho Sid 2 February 17, 1997 34 Nashville, TN Raw [56]
35 The Undertaker 2 March 23, 1997 133 Rosemont, IL WrestleMania 13 This was a no disqualification match. [57]
36 Bret Hart 5 August 3, 1997 98 East Rutherford, NJ SummerSlam Shawn Michaels was the guest referee. [58]
37 Shawn Michaels 3 November 9, 1997 140 Montreal, QC Survivor Series This was the Montreal Screwjob. [59]
38 Stone Cold Steve Austin 1 March 29, 1998 91 Boston, MA WrestleMania XIV Mike Tyson was the special outside enforcer. [60]
39 Kane 1 June 28, 1998 1 Pittsburgh, PA King of the Ring This was a First Blood match. [61]
40 Stone Cold Steve Austin 2 June 29, 1998 90 Cleveland, OH Raw Is War The title was renamed the WWF Championship. [62]
Vacated September 27, 1998 Hamilton, ON Breakdown: In Your House Vacated after Kane and The Undertaker simultaneously pinned Stone Cold Steve Austin in a triple threat match.
A subsequent match for the vacant title at Judgment Day: In Your House between Kane and The Undertaker ended in a no contest.[63]
[62]
41 The Rock 1 November 15, 1998 44 St. Louis, MO Survivor Series Defeated Mankind in the finals of a tournament for the vacant title.
WWE recognizes The Rock's reign as lasting 50 days, ending on January 4, 1999, when the following episode aired on tape delay.
[64]
42 Mankind 1 December 29, 1998 26 Worcester, MA Raw Is War This was a no disqualification match.
WWE recognizes Mankind's reign as lasting 20 days, beginning on January 4, 1999, when the episode aired on tape delay.
[65]
43 The Rock 2 January 24, 1999 2 Anaheim, CA Royal Rumble This was an "I Quit" match, which The Rock won by knocking Mankind unconscious while someone backstage played an audio recording of Mankind saying "I quit" while The Rock placed the microphone against his face.
WWE recognizes The Rock's regin as lasting 7 days, ending on January 31, 1999, when the following match aired on tape delay.
[66]
44 Mankind 2 January 26, 1999 20 Tucson, AZ Halftime Heat This was an Empty Arena match that aired on tape delay as a special during halftime of Super Bowl XXXIII on January 31, 1999.
WWE recognizes Mankind's reign as lasting 15 days, beginning on January 31.
[67]
45 The Rock 3 February 15, 1999 41 Birmingham, AL Raw Is War This was a ladder match. [68]
46 Stone Cold Steve Austin 3 March 28, 1999 56 Philadelphia, PA WrestleMania XV This was a no disqualification match with Mankind as the special guest referee. [69]
47 The Undertaker 3 May 23, 1999 36 Kansas City, MO Over the Edge Both Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon were special guest referees. [70]
48 Stone Cold Steve Austin 4 June 28, 1999 55 Charlotte, NC Raw Is War [71]
49 Mankind 3 August 22, 1999 1 Minneapolis, MN SummerSlam This was a triple threat match, also involving Triple H, with Jesse Ventura as guest referee. [72]
50 Triple H 1 August 23, 1999 22 Ames, IA Raw Is War Shane McMahon was the guest referee.
WWE recognizes Triple H's reign as lasting 24 days, ending on September 16, 1999, when the following episode aired on tape delay.
[73]
51 Vince McMahon 1 September 14, 1999 6 Las Vegas, NV SmackDown Shane McMahon was the guest referee.
WWE recognizes Vince's reign as lasting 4 days, beginning on September 16, 1999, when the episode aired on tape delay.
[74]
Vacated September 20, 1999 Houston, TX Raw Is War Vince McMahon vacated the title. [74]
52 Triple H 2 September 26, 1999 49 Charlotte, NC Unforgiven This was a Six-Pack Challenge match, also involving The Rock, Mankind, Big Show, The British Bulldog, and Kane. Stone Cold Steve Austin was the special outside enforcer. [75]
53 Big Show 1 November 14, 1999 50 Detroit, MI Survivor Series This was a triple threat match, also involving The Rock. [76]
54 Triple H 3 January 3, 2000 118 Miami, FL Raw Is War On April 17, 2000, Chris Jericho defeated Triple H for the WWF Championship after Earl Hebner's fast-count. Later that night, Triple H forced Hebner to reverse the decision, nullifying Jericho's reign and continuing Triple H's. [77]
55 The Rock 4 April 30, 2000 21 Washington, D.C. Backlash Shane McMahon was the guest referee. [78]
56 Triple H 4 May 21, 2000 35 Louisville, KY Judgment Day This was a 60-minute Iron Man match, which Triple H won 6–5 with Shawn Michaels as the guest referee. [79]
57 The Rock 5 June 25, 2000 119 Boston, MA King of the Ring This was a six-man tag team match with The Rock, The Undertaker, and Kane vs. Triple H, Vince McMahon, and Shane McMahon. The Rock pinned Vince to win Triple H's title. [80]
58 Kurt Angle 1 October 22, 2000 126 Albany, NY No Mercy This was a no disqualification match. [81]
59 The Rock 6 February 25, 2001 35 Las Vegas, NV No Way Out After the WWF purchased World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in March 2001, the WCW Championship became a second concurrently active world championship in the WWF. [82]
60 Stone Cold Steve Austin 5 April 1, 2001 175 Houston, TX WrestleMania X-Seven This was a no disqualification match.
WWE recognizes Austin's reign as lasting 176 days.
[83]
61 Kurt Angle 2 September 23, 2001 15 Pittsburgh, PA Unforgiven [84]
62 Stone Cold Steve Austin 6 October 8, 2001 62 Indianapolis, IN Raw [85]
63 Chris Jericho 1 December 9, 2001 98 San Diego, CA Vengeance Earlier the same night, Jericho defeated (WCW) World Champion The Rock for that title. By defeating Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWF Championship, Jericho unified both titles as the Undisputed WWF Championship. [86]
64 Triple H 5 March 17, 2002 35 Toronto, ON WrestleMania X8 In late March 2002, due to the WWF's roster having doubled in size, the brand extension began, splitting the roster between the Raw and SmackDown brands, represented by the TV shows of the same name. Championships were assigned to be exclusive to a specific brand. The Undisputed Championship and the Women's Championship were non-exclusive at this time, and were defended on both brands. [87]
65 Hollywood Hulk Hogan 6 April 21, 2002 28 Kansas City, MO Backlash On May 6, 2002, after the World Wrestling Federation was renamed "World Wrestling Entertainment" due to a lawsuit by the World Wide Fund for Nature, the title was also renamed: Undisputed WWE Championship and then WWE Undisputed Championship. [88]
66 The Undertaker 4 May 19, 2002 63 Nashville, TN Judgment Day On May 20, 2002, Rob Van Dam pinned The Undertaker for the title. Raw owner Ric Flair immediately restarted the match due to The Undertaker's foot being on the ropes and The Undertaker subsequently pinned Van Dam, nullifying Van Dam's reign and continuing Undertaker's. [89]
67 The Rock 7 July 21, 2002 35 Detroit, MI Vengeance This was a triple threat match, also involving Kurt Angle. [90]
68 Brock Lesnar 1 August 25, 2002 84 Uniondale, NY SummerSlam The following night, Lesnar signed a deal to appear exclusively on the SmackDown brand, also making the championship exclusive to the brand.
The World Heavyweight Championship was then created for the Raw brand.
On September 2, 2002, the Undisputed Championship became the WWE Championship as it was no longer "undisputed".
[91]
69 Big Show 2 November 17, 2002 28 New York, NY Survivor Series [92]
70 Kurt Angle 3 December 15, 2002 105 Sunrise, FL Armageddon [93]
71 Brock Lesnar 2 March 30, 2003 119 Seattle, WA WrestleMania XIX [94]
72 Kurt Angle 4 July 27, 2003 51 Denver, CO Vengeance This was a triple threat match, also involving Big Show.
WWE recognizes Angle's reign as lasting 53 days, ending on September 18, 2003, when the following episode aired on tape delay.
[95]
73 Brock Lesnar 3 September 16, 2003 152 Raleigh, NC SmackDown This was a 60-minute Iron Man match.
WWE recognizes Lesnar's reign as lasting 150 days, beginning on September 18, 2003, when the episode aired on tape delay. They incorrectly list his reign as ending on February 13, 2004, and lasting 148 days.
[96]
74 Eddie Guerrero 1 February 15, 2004 133 Daly City, CA No Way Out [97][98]
75 John "Bradshaw" Layfield 1 June 27, 2004 280 Norfolk, VA The Great American Bash This was a Texas Bullrope match. [99][100]
76 John Cena 1 April 3, 2005 280 Los Angeles, CA WrestleMania 21 The title became exclusive to the Raw brand following the 2005 WWE draft lottery. [101][102]
77 Edge 1 January 8, 2006 21 Albany, NY New Year's Revolution Edge cashed in his Money in the Bank contract from WrestleMania 21 immediately after John Cena won an Elimination Chamber match. [103][104]
78 John Cena 2 January 29, 2006 133 Miami, FL Royal Rumble [105][106]
79 Rob Van Dam 1 June 11, 2006 22 New York City, NY ECW One Night Stand Van Dam cashed in his Money in the Bank contract from WrestleMania 22. This was an Extreme Rules match.
The title became property of the new ECW brand due to Van Dam's status as an ECW wrestler.
The ECW World Heavyweight Championship was subsequently reactivated for the brand and awarded to Van Dam. Van Dam became the first person to simultaneously hold the WWE and ECW championships.
[107][108]
80 Edge 2 July 3, 2006 76 Philadelphia, PA Raw This was a triple threat match, also involving John Cena.
The title became exclusive to the Raw brand due to Edge's status as a Raw superstar.
[109][110]
81 John Cena 3 September 17, 2006 380 Toronto, ON Unforgiven This was a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match.
WWE recognizes Cena's reign as lasting 381 days.
[111]
Vacated October 2, 2007 Dayton, OH ECW Vacated when John Cena suffered a torn right pectoral tendon. [112]
82 Randy Orton 1 October 7, 2007 <1 Rosemont, IL No Mercy Orton was originally scheduled to have a Last Man Standing match against John Cena for the title, but due to Cena vacating the title, Vince McMahon awarded Orton the title. [113][114]
83 Triple H 6 <1 Defeated Randy Orton in the opening match after Vince McMahon accepted Triple H's open challenge on Orton's behalf. [114][115]
84 Randy Orton 2 203 Due to promising the match type, Vince McMahon made Triple H defend the title against Orton in a Last Man Standing match. [114][116]
85 Triple H 7 April 27, 2008 210 Baltimore, MD Backlash This was a fatal four-way elimination match, also involving John Cena and John Bradshaw Layfield.
The title became exclusive to the SmackDown brand following the 2008 WWE draft.
[117][118]
86 Edge 3 November 23, 2008 21 Boston, MA Survivor Series This was a triple threat match, also involving Vladimir Kozlov. Jeff Hardy had originally been scheduled to take part in the match, but did not participate after being (in storyline) attacked prior to the event. Triple H and Kozlov started the match before Edge was revealed as Hardy's surprise replacement. [119][120]
87 Jeff Hardy 1 December 14, 2008 42 Buffalo, NY Armageddon This was a triple threat match, also involving Triple H. [121][122]
88 Edge 4 January 25, 2009 21 Detroit, MI Royal Rumble This was a no-disqualification match. [123][124]
89 Triple H 8 February 15, 2009 70 Seattle, WA No Way Out This was an Elimination Chamber match, also involving Jeff Hardy, Vladimir Kozlov, The Undertaker, and Big Show.
The title became exclusive to the Raw brand following the 2009 WWE draft.
WWE recognizes Triple H's reign as lasting 69 days.
[125][126]
90 Randy Orton 3 April 26, 2009 42 Providence, RI Backlash This was a six-man tag team match with Orton, Ted DiBiase, and Cody Rhodes against Triple H, Shane McMahon, and Batista. Orton won the championship due to his team winning. [127][128]
91 Batista 1 June 7, 2009 2 New Orleans, LA Extreme Rules This was a steel cage match. [129][130]
Vacated June 9, 2009 Vacated when Batista suffered a torn left biceps. [131]
92 Randy Orton 4 June 15, 2009 90 Charlotte, NC Raw This was a fatal four-way match for the vacant title, also involving Triple H, John Cena, and Big Show. [132][133]
93 John Cena 4 September 13, 2009 21 Montreal, QC Breaking Point This was an "I Quit" match. If anyone interfered on Randy Orton's behalf, he would have forfeited the title. [134][135]
94 Randy Orton 5 October 4, 2009 21 Newark, NJ Hell in a Cell This was a Hell in a Cell match. [136][137]
95 John Cena 5 October 25, 2009 49 Pittsburgh, PA Bragging Rights This was a 60-minute Anything Goes Iron Man match in which Cena won 6-5. If Cena lost, he would have had to leave the Raw brand. [138][139]
96 Sheamus 1 December 13, 2009 70 San Antonio, TX TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs This was a Tables match.
On February 16, 2010, the ECW brand was disbanded and the ECW Championship was deactivated.
[140][141]
97 John Cena 6 February 21, 2010 <1 St. Louis, MO Elimination Chamber This was an Elimination Chamber match, also involving Triple H, Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase, and Kofi Kingston. [142]
98 Batista 2 35 Mr. McMahon granted SmackDown superstar Batista a championship match with John Cena after Cena won the Elimination Chamber match. Batista then transferred to the Raw roster after winning the title.
WWE recognizes Batista's reign as lasting 36 days.
[143]
99 John Cena 7 March 28, 2010 84 Glendale, AZ WrestleMania XXVI [144]
100 Sheamus 2 June 20, 2010 91 Uniondale, NY Fatal 4-Way This was a fatal four-way match, also involving Edge and Randy Orton. [145]
101 Randy Orton 6 September 19, 2010 64 Rosemont, IL Night of Champions This was a Six-Pack Elimination Challenge match, also involving Edge, John Cena, Chris Jericho, and Wade Barrett. [146]
102 The Miz 1 November 22, 2010 160 Orlando, FL Raw The Miz cashed in his Money in the Bank contract after Randy Orton had successfully defended the WWE Championship against Wade Barrett.
WWE recognizes Miz's reign as lasting 159 days.
[147]
103 John Cena 8 May 1, 2011 77 Tampa, FL Extreme Rules This was a triple threat steel cage match, also involving John Morrison. [148]
104 CM Punk 1 July 17, 2011 28 Rosemont, IL Money in the Bank Punk was scripted to leave WWE the day after with the championship. He returned on the July 25, 2011 episode of Raw; his reign was deemed to continue through this period. [149]
105 Rey Mysterio
(and CM Punk)
1
(1)
July 25, 2011 <1 Hampton, VA Raw Defeated The Miz in a tournament final to crown a new champion.
CM Punk was also recognized as WWE Champion.
[150]
106 John Cena
(and CM Punk)
9
(1)
20 Cena immediately challenged Rey Mysterio for the championship.
CM Punk was also recognized as WWE Champion.
[151]
CM Punk 1 August 14, 2011 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam Defeated John Cena in a match to determine the undisputed champion. This is considered a continuation of Punk's first reign, lasting a total of 28 days.
Triple H was the special guest referee.
[152]
107 Alberto Del Rio 1 35 Cashed in his Money in the Bank contract after CM Punk was attacked by Kevin Nash.
On August 29, 2011, the first brand extension ended, allowing the WWE Champion to appear on both Raw and SmackDown.
[153]
108 John Cena 10 September 18, 2011 14 Buffalo, NY Night of Champions [154]
109 Alberto Del Rio 2 October 2, 2011 49 New Orleans, LA Hell in a Cell This was a triple threat Hell in a Cell match, also involving CM Punk. [155]
110 CM Punk 2 November 20, 2011 434 New York City, NY Survivor Series WWE recognizes Punk's reign as lasting 435 days. [156]
111 The Rock 8 January 27, 2013 70 Phoenix, AZ Royal Rumble CM Punk had initially won, but the match was then restarted by Mr. McMahon due to interference by The Shield. [157]
112 John Cena 11 April 7, 2013 133 East Rutherford, NJ WrestleMania 29 [158]
113 Daniel Bryan 1 August 18, 2013 <1 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam Triple H was the special guest referee. [159]
114 Randy Orton 7 28 Cashed in his Money in the Bank contract. Triple H was the special guest referee.
WWE recognizes Orton's reign as lasting 29 days.
[160]
115 Daniel Bryan 2 September 15, 2013 1 Detroit, MI Night of Champions [161]
Vacated September 16, 2013 Cleveland, OH Raw Vacated after a controversial finish when Daniel Bryan defeated Randy Orton to win the title. A subsequent match for the vacant title at Battleground between Bryan and Orton ended in a no contest. [162]
116 Randy Orton 8 October 27, 2013 161 Miami, FL Hell in a Cell Defeated Daniel Bryan in a Hell in a Cell match for the vacant title with Shawn Michaels serving as the special guest referee.
On December 15, 2013 at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Orton defeated John Cena to unify the World Heavyweight Championship with the WWE Championship. The World Heavyweight Championship was retired and the WWE Championship became known as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
[163]
117 Daniel Bryan 3 April 6, 2014 64 New Orleans, LA WrestleMania XXX This was a triple threat match, also involving Batista. [164]
Vacated June 9, 2014 Minneapolis, MN Raw Daniel Bryan was stripped of the title due to a neck injury. [165]
118 John Cena 12 June 29, 2014 49 Boston, MA Money in the Bank This was a ladder match for the vacant title, also involving Alberto Del Rio, Bray Wyatt, Cesaro, Kane, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, and Sheamus.
WWE recognizes Cena's reign as lasting 50 days.
[166]
119 Brock Lesnar 4 August 17, 2014 224 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam [167]
120 Seth Rollins 1 March 29, 2015 220 Santa Clara, CA WrestleMania 31 Cashed in his Money in the Bank contract during a singles match between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, thus making it a triple threat match. [168]
Vacated November 4, 2015 Vacated after Seth Rollins suffered a torn ACL, MCL, and a damaged meniscus at a live show in Dublin, Ireland. [169]
121 Roman Reigns 1 November 22, 2015 <1 Atlanta, GA Survivor Series Defeated Dean Ambrose in a tournament final to win the vacant title. [170]
122 Sheamus 3 22 Cashed in his Money in the Bank contract.
WWE recognizes Sheamus' reign as lasting 23 days.
[171]
123 Roman Reigns 2 December 14, 2015 41 Philadelphia, PA Raw This was a title vs. career match. [172]
124 Triple H 9 January 24, 2016 70 Orlando, FL Royal Rumble This was the Royal Rumble match, in which Roman Reigns defended the title. Reigns was eliminated by Triple H, who lastly eliminated Dean Ambrose. [173]
125 Roman Reigns 3 April 3, 2016 77 Arlington, TX WrestleMania 32 [174]
126 Seth Rollins 2 June 19, 2016 <1 Las Vegas, NV Money in the Bank [175]
127 Dean Ambrose 1 84 Cashed in his Money in the Bank contract; the title was briefly reverted to being called the WWE Championship.
The brand extension returned and the title became exclusive to the SmackDown brand following the 2016 WWE draft. It was subsequently renamed to WWE World Championship.
The WWE Universal Championship was created for the Raw brand.
[175]
[176]
[177]
128 AJ Styles 1 September 11, 2016 140 Richmond, VA Backlash In December 2016, the title's name was shortened back to WWE Championship.[8] [178]
129 John Cena 13 January 29, 2017 14 San Antonio, TX Royal Rumble WWE recognizes Cena's reign as lasting 15 days. [179]
130 Bray Wyatt 1 February 12, 2017 49 Phoenix, AZ Elimination Chamber This was an Elimination Chamber match, also involving AJ Styles, Baron Corbin, Dean Ambrose, and The Miz. [180]
131 Randy Orton 9 April 2, 2017 49 Orlando, FL WrestleMania 33 WWE recognizes Orton's reign as lasting 50 days. [181]
132 Jinder Mahal 1 May 21, 2017 63+ Rosemont, IL Backlash [182]

Combined reigns

Record 13-time champion John Cena, shown here with the "Spinner Belt" which represented the championship from 2005–2013
Bruno Sammartino, who reigned for a combined 4,040 days as champion

As of July 23, 2017.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days Combined days
recognized by WWE
1 Sammartino, BrunoBruno Sammartino 2 4,040
2 Hogan, HulkHulk Hogan 6 2,185
3 Backlund, BobBob Backlund 2 2,138
4 Cena, JohnJohn Cena 13 1,254 1,257
5 Morales, PedroPedro Morales 1 1,027
6 Orton, RandyRandy Orton 9 658 660
7 Hart, BretBret Hart 5 654 655
8 Triple H 9 609 610
9 Lesnar, BrockBrock Lesnar 4 579 577
10 Austin, Stone Cold SteveStone Cold Steve Austin 6 529 530
11 Savage, RandyRandy Savage 2 520
12 CM Punk 2 462 463
13 Michaels, ShawnShawn Michaels 3 396
14 The Rock 8 367 378
15 Diesel 1 358
16 Angle, KurtKurt Angle 4 297 299
17 Graham, Superstar BillySuperstar Billy Graham 1 296
18 The Ultimate Warrior 1 293
19 Yokozuna 2 280
John Bradshaw Layfield 1 280
21 The Undertaker 4 238
22 Rollins, SethSeth Rollins 2 220
23 Sheamus 3 183 184
24 The Miz 1 160 159
25 AJ Styles 1 140
26 Edge 4 139
27 Guerrero, EddieEddie Guerrero 1 133
28 Reigns, RomanRoman Reigns 3 118
Flair, RicRic Flair 2 118
30 Jericho, ChrisChris Jericho 1 98
31 Sycho Sid 2 97
32 Del Rio, AlbertoAlberto Del Rio 2 84
Ambrose, DeanDean Ambrose 1 84
34 Big Show 2 78
35 Bryan, DanielDaniel Bryan 3 65
36 Sgt. Slaughter 1 64
37 Jinder Mahal 1 63+
38 Wyatt, BrayBray Wyatt 1 49
39 Mankind 3 47 36
40 Hardy, JeffJeff Hardy 1 42
41 Batista 2 37 38
42 The Iron Sheik 1 28 29
43 Rogers, BuddyBuddy Rogers 1 22
Van Dam, RobRob Van Dam 1 22
45 Koloff, IvanIvan Koloff 1 21
46 Stasiak, StanStan Stasiak 1 9
47 Vince McMahon 1 6 4
Antonio Inoki 1 6
48 Kane 1 1
49 Mysterio, ReyRey Mysterio 1 <1
André the Giant 1 <1

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External links

  • Official WWE Championship Title History
  • WWE Championship history at Wrestling Titles.com
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