World Heavyweight Title History (WWE)

Champion Won From Date City/Event
Triple H 9/2/2002 Raw[1]
Shawn Michaels Triple H 11/17/2002 Survivor Series[2]
Triple H (2) Shawn Michaels 12/15/2002 Armageddon
Goldberg Triple H 9/21/2003 Unforgiven
Triple H (3) Goldberg 12/14/2003 Armageddon[3]
Chris Benoit Triple H 3/14/2004 WrestleMania XX[4]
Randy Orton Chris Benoit 8/15/2004 SummerSlam
Triple H (4) Randy Orton 9/12/2004 Unforgiven[5]
Triple H (5) 1/9/2005 New Year’s Revolution[6]
Batista Triple H 4/3/2005 WrestleMania 21[7]
Kurt Angle 1/10/2006 Smackdown![8]
Rey Mysterio Kurt Angle 4/2/2006 WrestleMania 22[9]
King Booker Rey Mysterio 7/23/2006 Great American Bash
Batista (2) King Booker 11/26/2006 Survivor Series
The Undertaker Batista 4/1/2007 WrestleMania 23
Edge The Undertaker 5/8/2007 Smackdown![10]
The Great Khali 7/17/2007 Smackdown![11]
Batista (3) The Great Khali 9/16/2007 Unforgiven[12]
Edge (2) Batista 12/16/2007 Armageddon[13]
The Undertaker (2) Edge 3/30/2008 WrestleMania XXIV[14]
Edge (3) The Undertaker 6/1/2008 One Night Stand
CM Punk Edge 6/30/2008 Raw[15][16]
Chris Jericho Kane 9/7/2008 Unforgiven[17]
Batista (4) Chris Jericho 10/26/2008 Cyber Sunday[18]
Chris Jericho (2) Batista 11/3/2008 Raw
John Cena Chris Jericho 11/23/2008 Survivor Series
Edge (4) Rey Mysterio 2/15/2009 No Way Out[19]
John Cena (2) Big Show 4/5/2009 WrestleMania XXV[20]
Edge (5) John Cena 4/29/2009 Backlash
Jeff Hardy Edge 6/7/2009 Extreme Rules
CM Punk (2) Jeff Hardy 6/7/2009 Extreme Rules[21]
Jeff Hardy (2) CM Punk 7/26/2009 Night of Champions
CM Punk (3) Jeff Hardy 8/23/2009 SummerSlam
The Undertaker (3) CM Punk 10/4/2009 Hell in a Cell
Chris Jericho (3) The Undertaker 2/21/2010 Elimination Chamber[22]
Jack Swagger Chris Jericho 4/2/2010 Smackdown!
Rey Mysterio (2) Jack Swagger 6/20/2010 Fatal 4-Way[23]
Kane Rey Mysterio 7/18/2010 Money in the Bank
Edge (6) 12/19/2010 TLC[24]
Dolph Ziggler Edge 2/18/2011 Smackdown![25]
Edge (7) Dolph Ziggler 2/18/2011 Smackdown![26]
Christian Alberto Del Rio 5/1/2011 Extreme Rules[27]
Randy Orton (2) Christian 5/6/2011 Smackdown!
Christian (2) Randy Orton 7/17/2011 Money in the Bank

Footnotes:

[1]: This title was awarded to Triple H by the Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff.

[2]: This was the first-ever elimination chamber match which also included Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Chris Jericho, and Kane.

[3]: This was a triple-threat match which also involved Kane.

[4]: This was a triple-threat match which also involved Shawn Michaels.

[5]: The belt was vacated the week after on December 6, 2004, because of a controversial finish during a triple-threat match which included the World Champion Triple H, Chris Benoit and Edge.

[6]: This was an elimination chamber match which also included Batista, Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho and Edge.

[7]: The title became exclusive to Smackdown on June 28, 2005, after Batista was drafted from Raw. He also had to vacate the title on January 13, 2006, because of an injury.

[8]: Angle won a 20-man battle royal to win the title.

[9]: This was a triple-threat match which also included Randy Orton.

[10]: Edge cashed in his “Money in the Bank” briefcase after a Batista/Undertaker steel cage match. He then had to vacate the title because of a pectoral injury.

[11]: Khali won a 20-man battle royal to win the title.

[12]: This was a triple-threat match which also included Rey Mysterio.

[13]: This was a triple-threat match which also included The Undertaker.

[14]: On May 2, 2008, Smackdown General Manager Vickie Guerrero stripped The Undertaker of the championship because she felt his new choke hold was too dangerous to the Smackdown wrestlers.

[15]: Punk cashed in his “Money in the Bank” briefcase after Batista beat the crap out of Edge. As a result of CM Punk being a part of Raw, the World Title became exclusive to Raw again.

[16]: At Unforgiven, CM Punk suffered a concussion after a backstage beatdown at the hands of Randy Orton and could not compete later on in the night in the Championship Scramble match. While not the crowned champion at the time, Chris Jericho wrestled as his replacement.

[17]: According the Championship Scramble rules, the World Heavyweight title could change hands any time during the match with any one gaining a pinfall on any one else regardless of whether or not they are the current champion. This match included Chris Jericho, Kane, Batista, Rey Mysterio and JBL.

[18]: Steve Austin was chosen by the fans as the special referee in this match.

[19]: Just before the Raw Elimination Chamber match, Smackdown superstar Edge beat up Raw superstar Kofi Kingston and then locked himself inside the chamber to become part of the match. The other participants were World Champion John Cena, Mike Knox, Kane and Chris Jericho. After everyone else was eliminated, it came down to Edge pinning Rey Mysterio to win the title.

[20]: This was a triple-threat match which also included the World Heavyweight Champion Edge, although Big Show was the one pinned in the match.

[21]: As the 2009 winner of the ‘Money in the Bank’ match, CM Punk cashed in the title opportunity of his choice right after Jeff Hardy defeated Edge won the belt in a grueling ladder match.

[22]: Chris Jericho regained the World Heavyweight title in an Elimination Chamber match which also featured R-Truth, John Morrison, Rey Mysterio and CM Punk. During the final part of the match, Shawn Michaels entered the elimination chamber and delivered Sweet Chin Music to the Undertaker, which allowed Chris Jericho to score the easy pinfall on the Dead Man.

[23]: This was a fatal four-way match which also included CM Punk and the Big Show.

[24]: This was a four man Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match which also featured Rey Mysterio and Alberto Del Rio.

[25]: On a February 18 2011 episode of Smackdown, acting Smackdown GM Vickie Guerrero awarded the World Heavyweight title to Dolph Ziggler after Edge used the Spear on him during a title match.

[26]: On the same episode, the REAL Smackdown GM Teddy Long made his return and in his first act as the returning GM, gave the belt back to Edge. However, Edge would soon retire and vacate the title on an April 15 2011 episode of Smackdown.

[27]: This match was set in place to fill the title vacancy.

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

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