Daily Archives: August 15, 2008

WWE Intercontinental Title History

Champion Won From Date City/Event
Pat Patterson 9/1/1979 Rio de Janeiro[1]
Ken Patera Pat Patterson 4/21/1980 New York, NY
Pedro Morales Ken Patera 12/8/1980 New York, NY
Don Muraco Pedro Morales 6/20/1981 Philadelphia, PA
Pedro Morales (2) Don Muraco 11/23/1981 New York, NY
Don Muraco (2) Pedro Morales 1/22/1983 New York, NY
Tito Santana Don Muraco 2/11/1984 Boston, MA
Greg Valentine Tito Santana 9/24/1984 London, Ontario
Tito Santana (2) Greg Valentine 7/6/1985 Baltimore, MD
Randy Savage Tito Santana 2/8/1986 Boston, MA
Ricky Steamboat Randy Savage 3/29/1987 WrestleMania III
Honky Tonk Man Ricky Steamboat 6/2/1987 Superstars
Ultimate Warrior Honky Tonk Man 8/29/1988 SummerSlam
Rick Rude Ultimate Warrior 4/2/1989 WrestleMania V
Ultimate Warrior (2) Rick Rude 8/28/1989 SummerSlam[2]
Mr. Perfect Tito Santana 4/23/1990 Superstars[3]
Kerry Von Erich Mr. Perfect 8/27/1990 SummerSlam
Mr. Perfect (2) Kerry Von Erich 11/19/1990 Superstars
Bret Hart Mr. Perfect 8/26/1991 SummerSlam
The Mountie Bret Hart 1/17/1992 Springfield, MA
Roddy Piper The Mountie 1/19/1992 Royal Rumble
Bret Hart (2) Roddy Piper 4/5/1992 WrestleMania VIII
British Bulldog Bret Hart 8/29/1992 SummerSlam
Shawn Michaels British Bulldog 10/27/1992 SNME #31
Marty Jannetty Shawn Michaels 5/17/1993 Monday Night Raw
Shawn Michaels (2) Marty Jannetty 6/6/1993 Albany, NY[4]
Razor Ramon Rick Martel 10/11/1993 Monday Night Raw[5]
Diesel Razor Ramon 4/13/1994 Superstars
Razor Ramon (2) Diesel 8/29/1994 SummerSlam
Jeff Jarrett Razor Ramon 1/22/1995 Royal Rumble
Jeff Jarrett (2) Bob Holly 4/26/1995 Action Zone[6]
Razor Ramon (3) Jeff Jarrett 5/19/1995 Montreal, Quebec
Jeff Jarrett (3) Razor Ramon 5/22/1995 Trois-Riveres, Quebec
Shawn Michaels (3) Jeff Jarrett 7/23/1995 IYH 2
Dean Douglas 10/22/1995 IYH 4[7]
Razor Ramon (4) Dean Douglas 10/22/1995 IYH 4
Goldust Razor Ramon 1/21/1996 Royal Rumble
Goldust (2) Savio Vega 4/1/1996 Monday Night Raw[8]
Ahmed Johnson Goldust 6/23/1996 King of the Ring[9]
Marc Mero Faarooq 9/23/1996 Monday Night Raw[10]
Hunter Hearst Helmsley Marc Mero 10/21/1996 Monday Night Raw
Rocky Maivia Hunter Hearst Helmsley 2/13/1997 Thursday Raw Thursday
Owen Hart Rocky Maivia 4/28/1997 Monday Night Raw
Steve Austin Owen Hart 8/3/1997 SummerSlam[11]
Owen Hart (2) Faarooq 10/5/1997 IYH: Badd Blood[12]
Steve Austin (2) Owen Hart 11/9/1997 Survivor Series
The Rock (2) Steve Austin 12/8/1997 Raw is War[13]
Triple H (2) The Rock 8/30/1998 SummerSlam[14]
Ken Shamrock X-Pac 10/12/1998 Raw is War[15]
Val Venis Ken Shamrock 2/14/1999 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre[16]
Road Dogg Val Venis 3/15/1999 Raw is War
Goldust (3) Road Dogg 3/29/1999 Raw is War[17]
The Godfather Goldust 4/12/1999 Raw is War
Jeff Jarrett (4) The Godfather 5/31/1999 Raw is War
Edge Jeff Jarrett 7/24/1999 Toronto, Ontario
Jeff Jarrett (5) Edge 7/25/1999 Fully Loaded
D’Lo Brown Jeff Jarrett 7/26/1999 Raw is War
Jeff Jarrett (6) D’Lo Brown 8/22/1999 SummerSlam
Chyna Jeff Jarrett 10/17/1999 No Mercy
Chris Jericho Chyna 12/12/1999 Armageddon
Chris Jericho (2) Chyna 1/23/2000 Royal Rumble[18]
Kurt Angle Chris Jericho 2/27/2000 No Way Out
Chris Benoit Kurt Angle 4/2/2000 WrestleMania 2000[19]
Chris Jericho (3) Chris Benoit 5/4/2000 Raw is War
Chris Benoit (2) Chris Jericho 5/8/2000 Smackdown!
Rikishi Chris Benoit 6/22/2000 Smackdown!
Val Venis (2) Rikishi 7/6/2000 Smackdown!
Chyna (2) Val Venis 8/27/2000 SummerSlam[20]
Eddie Guerrero Chyna 9/3/2000 Raw is War[21]
Billy Gunn Eddie Guerrero 11/23/2000 Smackdown!
Chris Benoit (3) Billy Gunn 12/10/2000 Armageddon
Chris Jericho (4) Chris Benoit 1/21/2001 Royal Rumble
Triple H (3) Chris Jericho 4/5/2001 Smackdown!
Jeff Hardy Triple H 4/12/2001 Smackdown!
Triple H (4) Jeff Hardy 4/16/2001 Raw is War
Kane Triple H 5/20/2001 Judgment Day
Albert Kane 6/28/2001 Smackdown!
Lance Storm Albert 7/23/2001 Raw is War
Edge (2) Lance Storm 8/19/2001 SummerSlam
Christian Edge 9/23/2001 Unforgiven
Edge (3) Christian 10/21/2001 No Mercy
Test Edge 11/5/2001 Raw
Edge (4) Test 11/18/2001 Survivor Series[22]
William Regal Edge 1/20/2002 Atlanta, GA
Rob Van Dam William Regal 3/17/2002 WrestleMania X8
Eddie Guerrero (2) Rob Van Dam 4/21/2002 Backlash
Rob Van Dam (2) Eddie Guerrero 5/27/2002 Raw
Chris Benoit (4) Rob Van Dam 7/29/2002 Raw
Rob Van Dam (3) Chris Benoit 8/25/2002 SummerSlam
Chris Jericho (5) Rob Van Dam 9/16/2002 Raw
Kane (2) Chris Jericho 9/30/2002 Raw
Triple H (5) Kane 10/20/2002 No Mercy[23]
Christian (2) 5/18/2003 Judgment Day[24]
Booker T Christian 7/7/2003 Raw
Christian (3) Booker T 8/10/2003 Des Moines, IA
Rob Van Dam (4) Christian 9/29/2003 Raw
Chris Jericho (6) Rob Van Dam 10/27/2003 Raw
Rob Van Dam (5) Chris Jericho 10/27/2003 Raw
Randy Orton Rob Van Dam 12/14/2003 Armageddon[25]
Edge (5) Randy Orton 7/11/2004 Vengeance[26]
Chris Jericho (7) Christian 9/12/2004 Unforgiven[27]
Shelton Benjamin Chris Jericho 10/19/2004 Taboo Tuesday
Carlito Shelton Benjamin 6/21/2005 Raw
Ric Flair Carlito 9/19/2005 Unforgiven
Shelton Benjamin (2) Ric Flair 2/20/2006 Raw
Rob Van Dam (6) Shelton Benjamin 4/30/2006 Backlash
Shelton Benjamin (3) Rob Van Dam 5/15/2006 Raw[28]
Johnny Nitro Shelton Benjamin 6/25/2006 Vengeance[29]
Jeff Hardy (2) Johnny Nitro 10/2/2006 Raw
Johnny Nitro (2) Jeff Hardy 11/6/2006 Raw
Jeff Hardy (3) Johnny Nitro 11/13/2006 Raw
Umaga Jeff Hardy 2/19/2007 Raw
Santino Marella Umaga 4/16/2007 Raw
Umaga (2) Santino Marella 7/2/2007 Raw
Jeff Hardy (4) Umaga 9/3/2007 Raw
Chris Jericho (8) Jeff Hardy 3/10/2008 Raw
Kofi Kingston Chris Jericho 6/29/2008 Night of Champions
Santino Marella (2) Kofi Kingston 8/17/2008 SummerSlam[30]
William Regal (2) Santino Marella 11/10/2008 Raw
CM Punk William Regal 1/19/2009 Raw
JBL CM Punk 3/9/2009 Raw
Rey Mysterio JBL 4/5/2009 WrestleMania XXV
Chris Jericho (9) Rey Mysterio 6/7/2009 Extreme Rules
Rey Mysterio (2) Chris Jericho 6/28/2009 The Bash
John Morrison (3) Rey Mysterio 9/4/2009 Smackdown!
Drew McIntyre John Morrison 12/13/2009 TLC
Kofi Kingston (2) Drew McIntyre 5/23/2010 Over the Limit
Dolph Ziggler Kofi Kingston 8/6/2010 Smackdown!
Kofi Kingston (3) Dolph Ziggler 1/7/2011 Smackdown!
Wade Barrett Kofi Kingston 3/25/2011 Smackdown!
Ezekiel Jackson Wade Barrett 6/19/2011 Capitol Punishment

Footnotes:
[1]: Pat Patterson wins a fictitious tournament to be crowned the first-ever WWF Intercontinental Champion. People say he beat Ted DiBiase, but who really knows.
[2]: When the Ultimate Warrior won the WWF title at WrestleMania 6 on April 1, 1990, the Intercontinental title became vacant.
[3]: This was a tournament final to fill the vacancy.
[4]: Shawn Michaels was stripped of the title for not defending the belt within the last 30 days. The real reason though was that he tested positive for steroids and was suspended.
[5]: Ramon and Martel were the last two remaining in a 20-man battle royal. Therefore, they squared off in a match one week later to determine the new Intercontinental champion.
[6]: The belt was held up after a controversial finish. The rematch aired a week later on Action Zone.
[7]: After being attacked outside a Syracuse nightclub on October 14, 1995, Shawn Michaels had to lose the Intercontinental title by forfeit.
[8]: The title was held up after a previous match between these two ended in a no-contest. This was the rematch to determine a champion.
[9]: Ahmed Johnson was forced to vacate the title due to an injury.
[10]: This was a tournament final.
[11]: Austin had to vacate the title after taking the Owen Driver that broke his neck at SummerSlam on September 8, 1997.
[12]: This was a tournament final.
[13]: Austin forfeited the belt to Rock after refusing to defend the Intercontinental title at Mr. McMahon’s request.
[14]: Triple H had to vacate the belt after a leg injury.
[15]: This was a tournament final.
[16]: Billy Gunn was the special guest referee.
[17]: This was a triple-threat match which also included Chyna.
[18]: Due to a controversial double-pin situation, Chris Jericho and Chyna were considered co-champions for three weeks leading into the Royal Rumble where Jericho would secure the title by coming out the winner of a triple-threat match which also included Hardcore Holly.
[19]: This was a triple-threat match which also included Chris Jericho.
[20]: Chyna competed in a inter-gender tag match alongwith Eddie Guerrero to take on Intercontinental champion Val Venis and Trish Stratus. Chyna pinned Trish to win the belt.
[21]: This was a triple-threat match which also included Kurt Angle.
[22]: WCW U.S. champion Edge defeated the Intercontinental champion Test to unify the belts.
[23]: World champion Triple H beat the Intercontinental champion Kane to unify the belts.
[24]: Christian won a nine-man battle royal to win the newly revived Intercontinental title.
[25]: Mick Foley was the special guest referee.
[26]: On September 6, 2004, Edge had to relinguish the title due to injury.
[27]: This was a ladder match to determine a new champion.
[28]: This was a 3-on-2 Handicap Texas Tornado match on Raw featuring Benjamin, Chris Masters and Triple H against WWE Champion John Cena and Rob Van Dam, in which anyone to beat Cena or Van Dam would win their respective title; Benjamin pinned Van Dam.
[29]: This was a triple-threat match which also included Carlito.
[30]: Santino teamed up with Beth Phoenix to take on Intercontinental champion Kofi Kingston and Womens champion Mickie James in a “Winner Takes All” match.

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WWE Championship Title History

Champion Won From Date City/Event
Buddy Rogers Antonino Rocca 4/29/1963 Rio de Janeiro[1]
Bruno Sammartino Buddy Rogers 5/17/1963 New York, NY[2]
Ivan Koloff Bruno Sammartino 1/18/1971 New York, NY
Pedro Morales Ivan Koloff 2/8/1971 New York, NY
Stan Stasiak Pedro Morales 12/1/1973 Philadelphia, PA
Bruno Sammartino (2) Stan Stasiak 12/10/1973 New York, NY
Superstar Billy Graham Bruno Sammartino 4/30/1977 Baltimore, MD
Bob Backlund Superstar Billy Graham 2/20/1978 New York, NY
The Iron Sheik Bob Backlund 12/26/1983 New York, NY
Hulk Hogan The Iron Sheik 1/23/1984 New York, NY
Andre the Giant Hulk Hogan 2/5/1988 The Main Event[3]
Randy Savage Ted DiBiase 3/27/1988 WrestleMania IV[4]
Hulk Hogan (2) Randy Savage 4/2/1989 WrestleMania V
Ultimate Warrior Hulk Hogan 4/1/1990 WrestleMania VI
Sgt. Slaughter Ultimate Warrior 1/19/1991 Royal Rumble
Hulk Hogan (3) Sgt. Slaughter 3/24/1991 WrestleMania VII
The Undertaker Hulk Hogan 11/27/1991 Survivor Series
Hulk Hogan (4) The Undertaker 12/3/1991 This TuesdayIn Texas[5]
Ric Flair 1/19/1992 Royal Rumble[6]
RandySavage (2) Ric Flair 4/5/1992 WrestleMania VIII
Ric Flair (2) Randy Savage 9/14/1992 Prime Time Wrestling
Bret Hart Ric Flair 10/12/1992 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Yokozuna Bret Hart 4/4/1993 WrestleMania IX
Hulk Hogan (5) Yokozuna 4/4/1993 WrestleMania IX
Yokozuna (2) Hulk Hogan 6/13/1993 King of the Ring
Bret Hart (2) Yokozuna 3/20/1994 WrestleMania X
Bob Backlund (2) Bret Hart 11/23/1994 Survivor Series
Diesel Bob Backlund 11/26/1994 New York, NY
Bret Hart (3) Diesel 11/19/1995 Survivor Series
Shawn Michaels Bret Hart 3/31/1996 WrestleMania XII
Psycho Sid Shawn Michaels 11/17/1996 Survivor Series
Shawn Michaels (2) Psycho Sid 1/19/1997 Royal Rumble[7]
Bret Hart (4) The Undertaker 2/16/1997 IYH: Final Four[8]
Psycho Sid (2) Bret Hart 2/17/1997 Monday Night Raw
The Undertaker (2) Psycho Sid 3/23/1997 WrestleMania 13
Bret Hart (5) The Undertaker 8/3/1997 SummerSlam[9]
Shawn Michaels (3) Bret Hart 11/9/1997 Survivor Series[10]
Steve Austin Shawn Michaels 3/29/1998 WrestleMania XIV
Kane Steve Austin 6/28/1998 King of the Ring
Steve Austin (2) Kane 6/29/1998 Raw is War[11]
The Rock Mankind 11/15/1998 Survivor Series[12]
Mankind The Rock 1/4/1999 Raw is War
The Rock (2) Mankind 1/24/1999 Royal Rumble
Mankind (2) The Rock 1/31/1999 Halftime HeAt
The Rock (3) Mankind 2/15/1999 Raw is War
Steve Austin (3) The Rock 3/28/1999 WrestleMania XV
The Undertaker (3) Steve Austin 5/23/1999 Over the Edge[13]
Steve Austin (4) The Undertaker 6/28/1999 Raw is War
Mankind (3) Steve Austin 8/22/1999 SummerSlam[14]
Triple H Mankind 8/23/1999 Raw is War
Vince McMahon Triple H 9/16/1999 Smackdown![15]
Triple H (2) 9/26/1999 Unforgiven[16]
Big Show Triple H 11/14/1999 Survivor Series[17]
Triple H (3) Big Show 1/3/2000 Raw is War
The Rock (4) Triple H 4/30/2000 Backlash
Triple H (4) The Rock 5/21/2000 Judgment Day[18]
The Rock (5) Vince McMahon 6/25/2000 King of the Ring[19]
Kurt Angle The Rock 10/22/2000 No Mercy
The Rock (6) Kurt Angle 2/25/2001 No Way Out
Steve Austin (5) The Rock 4/1/2001 WrestleMania X-7
Kurt Angle (2) Steve Austin 9/23/2001 Unforgiven
Steve Austin (6) Kurt Angle 10/8/2001 Raw is War
Chris Jericho Steve Austin 12/9/2001 Vengeance[20]
Triple H (5) Chris Jericho 3/17/2002 WrestleMania X8
Hulk Hogan (6) Triple H 4/21/2002 Backlash
The Undertaker (4) Hulk Hogan 5/19/2002 Judgment Day
The Rock (7) The Undertaker 7/21/2002 Vengeance[21]
Brock Lesnar The Rock 8/25/2002 SummerSlam[22]
Big Show (2) Brock Lesnar 11/17/2002 Survivor Series
Kurt Angle (3) Big Show 12/15/2002 Armageddon
Brock Lesnar (2) Kurt Angle 3/30/2003 WrestleMania XIX
Kurt Angle (4) Brock Lesnar 7/27/2003 Vengeance[23]
Brock Lesnar (3) Kurt Angle 9/18/2003 Smackdown!
Eddie Guerrero Brock Lesnar 2/15/2004 No Way Out
JBL Eddie Guerrero 6/27/2004 Great American Bash
John Cena JBL 4/3/2005 WrestleMania 21[24]
Edge John Cena 1/8/2006 New Year’sRevolution[25]
John Cena (2) Edge 1/29/2006 Royal Rumble
Rob Van Dam John Cena 6/11/2006 One Night Stand[26]
Edge (2) Rob Van Dam 7/3/2006 Raw
John Cena (3) Edge 9/17/2006 Unforgiven[27]
Randy Orton 10/7/2007 No Mercy[28]
Triple H (6) Randy Orton 10/7/2007 No Mercy
Randy Orton (2) Triple H 10/7/2007 No Mercy
Triple H (7) Randy Orton 4/27/2008 Backlash[29]
Edge (3) Triple H 11/23/2008 Survivor Series[30]
Jeff Hardy Edge 12/14/2008 Armageddon[31]
Edge (4) Jeff Hardy 1/25/2009 Royal Rumble
Triple H (8) Undertaker 2/15/2009 No Way Out[32]
Randy Orton (3) Triple H 4/26/2009 Backlash[33]
Batista Randy Orton 6/7/2009 Extreme Rules[34]
Randy Orton (4) Big Show 6/15/2009 Raw[35]
John Cena (4) Randy Orton 9/13/2009 Breaking Point
Randy Orton (5) John Cena 10/4/2009 Hell in a Cell
John Cena (5) Randy Orton 10/25/2009 Bragging Rights
Sheamus John Cena 12/13/2009 TLC
John Cena (6) Triple H 2/21/2010 Elimination Chamber[36]
Batista (2) John Cena 2/21/2010 Elimination Chamber
John Cena (7) Batista 3/28/2010 WrestleMania XXVI
Sheamus (2) John Cena 6/20/2010 Fatal 4-Way[37]
Randy Orton (6) Sheamus 9/19/2010 Night of Champions[38]
The Miz Randy Orton 11/22/2010 Raw[39]
John Cena (8) The Miz 5/1/2011 Extreme Rules[40]
CM Punk John Cena 7/17/2011 Money in the Bank[41]
Rey Mysterio The Miz 7/25/2011 Raw[42]
John Cena (9) Rey Mysterio 7/25/2011 Raw

Footnotes:

[1]: Rogers defeated Rocca in the finals of a fictitious tournament to be crowned the first-ever WWWF World Heavyweight Champion.

[2]: Bruno’s eight-year long title reign is a record that still stands today as the longest title reign ever.

[3]: Immediately after Andre won the title from Hogan thanks to some refereeing hijinks, Andre gave up the belt and handed it over to Ted DiBiase. This of course did not stand as an actual title change and due to the controversy over Andre’s title win, the belt became and a title tournament was scheduled for WrestleMania IV.

[4]: This was a tournament final.

[5]: Because of all the shenanigans that had caused the WWF title to change hands over the past week, WWF President Jack Tunney declared the title vacant and that the winner of the Royal Rumble would be crowned the new champion.

[6]: Ric Flair won the Royal Rumble by last eliminating Sid Justice to win the vacant WWF title.

[7]: On February 13, 1997 edition of Monday Night Raw when WWF champion Shawn Michaels announced that he had “Lost His Smile”, he decided to vacate the championship. The real reason being though was he had suffered a knee injury.

[8]: This match also included Steve Austin and Vader for a four-man battle royal.

[9]: Shawn Michaels was the special guest referee.

[10]: This was the night of the infamous “Montreal Screwjob” incident/angle. You know, whichever side you’re on.

[11]: On the night after the Undertaker and Kane simultaneously pinned Austin at the In Your House: Breakdown PPV, WWF Chairman Vince McMahon declared the title vacated.

[12]: This was a tournament final.

[13]: Shane McMahon was the special guest referee.

[14]: This was a triple-threat match, which also included Triple H. Jesse Ventura served as the special guest referee.

[15]: Shane McMahon was the special guest referee.

[16]: This was a six-pack challenge match, which also included The Rock, Kane, Mankind, Big Show and the British Bulldog. Steve Austin also was included the special enforcer.

[17]: This was a triple-threat match which also included The Rock.

[18]: This was a 60-minute ironman match with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee.

[19]: This was a six-man tag team match with the Rock, Undertaker and Kane on one side taking on Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon and the WWF Champion Triple H. Rock pinned Vince McMahon to win the title.

[20]: In one night, Chris Jericho managed to defeat the World Champion The Rock and WWF Champion Steve Austin to become the first-ever (in the WWF) Undisputed World Champion.

[21]: This was a triple-threat match which also included Kurt Angle.

[22]: Because of Raw and Smackdown becoming seperate “brands” or TV shows and due to the re-creation of the World Championship title awarded to Triple H which was exclusive to Raw, it was during Brock’s first title reign title when this belt was no longer considered an undisputed championship and became simply known as the WWE title which became exclusive to Smackdown.

[23]: This was a triple-threat match which also included Big Show.

[24]: With the WWE champion John Cena being drafted to Raw on June 6, 2005, the WWE title switched brands and now became exclusive to Raw.

[25]: After waiting for nine months, Edge wisely cashes in his “Money in the Bank” briefcase which guarantees himself a title shot for any title at any moment that he wants to use it that he won at WrestleMania 21 on John Cena right after he regained his WWE title in an elimination chamber match.

[26]: Since Rob Van Dam wrestled on the ECW TV show, the WWE title becomes a part of ECW.

[27]: Cena was stripped of the title on the October 1, 2007 edition of Raw due to a torn pectoral tendon injury.

[28]: Since Randy Orton was scheduled to face John Cena for the WWE title anyway, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon awards Orton the WWE title since Cena could not compete.

[29]: This was a four-man elimination match which also included John Cena and JBL. The title would finally return to Smackdown when WWE Champion Triple H was drafted to Smackdown on the June 23, 2008 edition of Raw.

[30]: This was a triple-threat match which also included Vladimir Kozlov. Jeff Hardy was originally scheduled to compete, but was unable to compete. Edge returned as Hardy’s surprise replacement halfway into the match and won the WWE title for the third time.

[31]: This was a triple-threat match which also included Triple H.

[32]: This was an elimination chamber match including WWE champion Edge, Vladimir Kozlov, Big Show and Jeff Hardy. It came down to Triple H pinning The Undertaker with the Pedigree to win his eighth WWE title.

[33]: Randy Orton regained the WWE title in a six-man tag match after pinning Triple H. Orton’s team consisted of Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr. against the former WWE champion Triple H, Batista, and Shane McMahon.

[34]: Oddly enough, this is the first time the WWE title has ever changed hands in a cage match.

[35]: The night after Extreme Rules, Batista forfeited the title because of a legit bicep tendon tear that happened PRIOR TO THE TITLE CHANGE. Not sure why they even went through with the title switch in the first place, but they did. The title was put up for grabs a week later in a fatal four way match where Orton pinned Big Show. The match also included Triple H and John Cena. Aaaaand we return to square one. Also just for reference, this would be the seventh time the belt has changed hands in seven months. The most in a seven month period since November 1998 into June 1999! WHAT THE F!

[36]: This was an elimination chamber match which also included the former champ Sheamus, Triple H, Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase Jr., and Kofi Kingston.

[37]: This was a fatal four-way match which also included the former champ John Cena, Edge, and Randy Orton.

[38]: This was a six-pack challenge which also included the former champ Sheamus, Edge, Wade Barrett, Chris Jericho, and John Cena.

[39]: The Miz cashed in his “Money in the Bank” briefcase for a WWE title shot right after the Nexus severely beat down Randy Orton.

[40]: This was a cage match which also included John Morrison.

[41]: With only a little over an hour left on his WWE contract, CM Punk pinned John Cena clean in the middle of the ring to win the WWE title. Once it became twelve midnight on July 18, CM Punk was no longer the WWE champion, had no status as WWE champion, and the title that he took with him (whether in storyline terms or legitimately) became meaningless. Therefore on July 18, a new WWE champion had to be crowned and an eight-man tournament was started. However, the Rey Mysterio/Miz tournament finals were then postponed until July 25.

[42]: This was the tournament final to crown a new WWE champion.

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