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.

Credit goes to: PWI Almanac, wrestling-titles.com, and ProWrestlingHistory.com

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