WCW U.S. Heavyweight Title History

Champion Won From Date City/Event
Lex Luger 1/1/1991 [1]
Sting Steve Austin 8/25/1991 Atlanta, GA[2]
Rick Rude Sting 11/19/1991 Clash 17[3]
Dustin Rhodes Ricky Steamboat 1/16/1993 Saturday Night[4]
Dustin Rhodes (2) Rick Rude 8/30/1993 Atlanta, GA[5]
Steve Austin Dustin Rhodes 12/27/1993 Starrcade
Ricky Steamboat Steve Austin 8/24/1994 Clash 28
Steve Austin (2) Ricky Steamboat 9/18/1994 Fall Brawl[6]
Jim Duggan Steve Austin 9/18/1994 Fall Brawl
Vader Jim Duggan 12/27/1994 Starrcade
Sting (2) Meng 6/18/1995 Great American Bash[7]
Kensuke Sasaki Sting 11/13/1995 Japan
One Man Gang Kensuke Sasaki 12/27/1995 Starrcade
Konnan One Man Gang 1/29/1996 Monday Nitro
Ric Flair Konnan 7/7/1996 Bash at the Beach[8]
Eddie Guerrero Diamond Dallas Page 12/29/1996 Starrcade[9]
Dean Malenko Eddie Guerrero 3/16/1997 UnCeNSoReD
Jeff Jarrett Dean Malenko 6/9/1997 Monday Nitro
Steve McMichael Jeff Jarrett 8/21/1997 Clash 35
Curt Hennig Steve McMichael 9/15/1997 Monday Nitro
Diamond Dallas Page Curt Hennig 12/28/1997 Starrcade
Raven Diamond Dallas Page 4/19/1998 Spring Stampede
Bill Goldberg Raven 4/20/1998 Monday Nitro
Bret Hart Diamond Dallas Page 7/20/1998 Monday Nitro[10]
Lex Luger (2) Bret Hart 8/10/1998 Monday Nitro
Bret Hart (2) Lex Luger 8/13/1998 Thunder
Diamond Dallas Page (2) Bret Hart 10/26/1998 Monday Nitro
Bret Hart (3) Diamond Dallas Page 11/30/1998 Monday Nitro
Roddy Piper Bret Hart 2/8/1999 Monday Nitro
Scott Hall Roddy Piper 2/21/1999 Superbrawl IX[11]
Scott Steiner Booker T 4/11/1999 Spring Stampede[12]
David Flair 7/5/1999 Monday Nitro[13]
Chris Benoit David Flair 8/9/1999 Monday Nitro
Sid Vicious Chris Benoit 9/12/1999 Fall Brawl
Bill Goldberg (2) Sid Vicious 10/24/1999 Halloween Havoc
Bret Hart (4) Bill Goldberg 10/25/1999 Monday Nitro
Scott Hall (2) Bret Hart 11/8/1999 Monday Nitro[14]
Chris Benoit (2) Jeff Jarrett 12/19/1999 Starrcade
Jeff Jarrett (2) Chris Benoit 12/20/1999 Monday Nitro[15]
Scott Steiner (2) Sting 4/16/2000 Spring Stampede[16]
Lance Storm Mike Awesome 7/18/2000 Monday Nitro[17]
Terry Funk Lance Storm 9/22/2000 Amarillo, TX
Lance Storm (2) Terry Funk 9/23/2000 Lubbock, TX
General Rection Lance Storm 10/29/2000 Halloween Havoc[18]
Lance Storm (3) General Rection 11/13/2000 Monday Nitro
General Rection (2) Lance Storm 11/26/2000 Mayhem
Shane Douglas General Rection 1/14/2001 Sin
Rick Steiner Shane Douglas 2/5/2001 Monday Nitro
Booker T Rick Steiner 3/18/2001 Greed
WWE buys out WCW and the title becomes defended on WWE programming.
Kanyon 7/26/2001 Smackdown![19]
Tajiri Kanyon 9/10/2001 Raw is War
Rhyno Tajiri 9/23/2001 Unforgiven
Kurt Angle Rhyno 10/22/2001 Raw
Edge Kurt Angle 11/12/2001 Raw[20]

Footnotes:
[1]: When WCW withdrew from the NWA in January 1991, Lex Luger’s NWA U.S. title reign carried over to become the first ever WCW U.S. title reign. After winning the WCW world title, Lex Luger had to vacate the U.S. title.
[2]: This was a tournament final.
[3]: In December 1992, Rude had to vacate the title due to injury.
[4]: This was a tournament final. During a controversial finish in May 1993, the U.S. title became vacant.
[5]: Rhodes regained the U.S. title in a rematch on 8/30/1993.
[6]: Austin was awarded the title after Steamboat was forced to vacate the title due to injury.
[7]: Vader was stripped of the title by WCW Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel in April 1995. This was a tournament final.
[8]: Ric Flair had to vacate the title due to a shoulder injury in November 1996.
[9]: This was a tournament final.
[10]: Goldberg vacated the U.S. title once he won the WCW world title on 7/5/1998. Bret Hart and DDP were considered as the top two contendors to the U.S. title.
[11]: Scott Hall vacated the U.S. title after suffering an injury.
[12]: This was a tournament final.
[13]: WCW President Ric Flair stripped Scott Steiner of the title when he failed to defend it and awarded it to his son David.
[14]: This was a four-way ladder match which also included Sid Vicious and Goldberg. He would be stripped of the title due to an injury at Starrcade, setting up a ladder match between Benoit and Jarrett for the vacant title.
[15]: Once the Russo/Bischoff era started on 4/10/2000, all the titles were made vacant as they reset the company.
[16]: This was a tournament final. Steiner would be stripped of the title when he used the Steiner Recliner on Mike Awesome at Bash at the Beach which was a submission hold that had been banned from WCW.
[17]: This was a tournament final. During the Lance Storm title reigns, the U.S. title becomes unofficially known as the WCW Canadian Heavyweight title.
[18]: General Rection won the title in a handicap match by defeating both Lance Storm and Jim Duggan.
[19]: As the WCW world champion, Booker T awards the secondary WCW U.S. title to Kanyon.
[20]: At the Survivor Series PPV the following weekend, Edge defeated WWE Intercontinental champion Test to win the title and as the WCW U.S. champion, the WCW and WWE titles become unified for the first time ever.

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

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