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The WWE Championship is a
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created and promoted by the American
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WWE World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., d/b/a WWE, is an American integrated media and entertainment company that is primarily known for professional wrestling Professional wrestling is a type of athletic exhibition and entertainment involving ...
, currently defended on their
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brand division. It is one of WWE's three world titles, alongside the
Universal ChampionshipUniversal Championship may refer to: *APW Universal Heavyweight Championship The APW Universal Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship contested in All Pro Wrestling. It was introduced on October 12, 1 ...
on
SmackDown ''WWE SmackDown'', also known as ''Friday Night SmackDown'' or simply ''SmackDown'', is an American professional wrestling Professional wrestling is a type of athletic exhibition and entertainment involving wrestling matches whose progress and ...
and the
NXT Championship The NXT Championship is a world championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, defended as the top championship of their NXT brand division. It is one of WWE's three world championships, alongside the ...
on NXT. The current champion is Big E, who is in his first reign. The original world championship of the promotion, it was established by the then-
World Wide Wrestling Federation Capitol Wrestling Corporation Ltd. was an American sports promotion company. It was run by Vincent J. McMahon from 1953–1982. Operating as the Capitol Wrestling Corporation (CWC), the company was originally a professional wrestling Prof ...
(WWWF) on April 25, 1963, as the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship, after the promotion seceded from the
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(NWA). The inaugural champion was Buddy Rogers. Since its inception, the title has undergone many name changes due to company name changes and title unifications. It is the oldest championship currently active in WWE, and is presented as being the promotion's most prestigious title, with many matches for the title having headlined pay-per-view events – including WWE's flagship event
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WrestleMania
. In professional wrestling in general, it is considered to be one of the most prestigious championships of all time. From its inception until 2001, it was promoted as WWE's sole primary championship. An additional world title, the WCW Championship, was added after the then-
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's purchase of
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in early 2001. The titles were later unified as the Undisputed Championship. After the first brand split in 2002 and the promotion being renamed to
WWE World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., d/b/a WWE, is an American integrated media and entertainment company that is primarily known for professional wrestling Professional wrestling is a type of athletic exhibition and entertainment involving ...
, the championship became exclusive to SmackDown, and the
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was created for Raw. ECW became a third brand in 2006, adding the
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ECW Championship
. That title was deactivated in 2010, and the World Heavyweight Championship was unified into the WWE Championship in 2013. The championship was again the sole world title of WWE until the introduction of the Universal Championship with the 2016 brand split. During both brand splits, the WWE Championship has switched brands, usually as a result of the
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WWE Draft
; in 2019, the title moved to Raw after reigning champion
Brock Lesnar Brock Edward Lesnar (; born July 12, 1977) is an United States, American-Canada, Canadian Professional wrestling, professional wrestler, retired Mixed martial arts, mixed martial artist, and retired professional American football, football pl ...
quit SmackDown following the events of Crown Jewel. The NXT Championship also became recognized as WWE's third world title around this time.


History


Origin

The title was introduced in 1963 with Buddy Rogers becoming the first champion. However, its origin is attributed to events that began in the
National Wrestling Alliance The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is an American professional wrestling promotion A professional wrestling promotion is a company A company, abbreviated as co., is a legal entity In law, a legal person is any person A person (p ...
(NWA), which had various territorial member promotions. In the 1950s,
Capitol Wrestling Corporation Capitol Wrestling Corporation Ltd. was an American sports promotion company. It was run by Vincent J. McMahon from 1953–1982. Operating as the Capitol Wrestling Corporation (CWC), the company was originally a professional wrestling Profession ...
(CWC) was a member of the NWA and by 1963, its executives held a controlling stake over NWA operations. During this time, Buddy Rogers held the
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until January 24, when
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defeated Rogers for the championship in a one fall match. Claiming the title can only be contested in a traditional two out of three falls match, the promotion disputed the title change, and thus seceded from the NWA and became the
World Wide Wrestling Federation Capitol Wrestling Corporation Ltd. was an American sports promotion company. It was run by Vincent J. McMahon from 1953–1982. Operating as the Capitol Wrestling Corporation (CWC), the company was originally a professional wrestling Prof ...
(WWWF). The WWWF World Heavyweight Championship was then established and awarded to Buddy Rogers with the explanation that he won a fictional tournament in
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Rio de Janeiro
, supposedly defeating
Antonino Rocca Antonino Rocca (born Antonino Biasetton, 13 April 1921 – 15 March 1977) was an Italian Argentine professional wrestler. He tag teamed with partner Miguel Pérez. He was posthumously inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame as a member of the cl ...
in the finals. After several years, the WWWF became affiliated with the NWA once again, and "World" was dropped from the championship's name. In 1979, the WWWF was renamed
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(WWF), and then after conclusively ending its affiliation with the NWA in 1983, the championship became known as the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. Although the full name appeared on the championship belts until 1998, the name was often abbreviated to WWF Championship, which became its official name in 1998.


Monday Night Wars and title unification

In 1991,
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(WCW), a member of the NWA, established the
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to replace the NWA's world title. In 1993, WCW seceded from the NWA and grew to become a rival promotion to the WWF. Both organizations grew into
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prominence and were eventually involved in a television ratings war, dubbed the
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. Near the end of the ratings war, WCW began a financial decline, which culminated in WWF purchasing WCW in March 2001. As a result of the purchase, the WWF acquired, among other assets, WCW's championships. Thus, there were two world titles in the WWF: the original WWF Championship and the WCW Championship, which was eventually renamed the "World Championship". In December 2001, the two championships were unified at
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. At the event,
Stone Cold Steve Austin Steve Austin (born Steven James Anderson, December 18, 1964; later Steven James Williams) is an American television host, actor, and retired professional wrestler Professional wrestling is a type of athletic exhibition and entertainment inv ...

Stone Cold Steve Austin
defeated
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Kurt Angle
to retain the WWF Championship, while
Chris Jericho Christopher Keith Irvine (born November 9, 1970), better known by the ring name A ring name is a type of stage name A stage name is a pseudonym used by performers and entertainers such as actors, comedians, singers, and musicians. Such ti ...

Chris Jericho
defeated for the World Championship. After this, Jericho then defeated Austin, unifying the WWF and World Championships, and becoming the first Undisputed WWF Champion; the Undisputed championship retained the lineage of the WWF Championship and the World Championship was retired. Subsequently, the Big Eagle Belt (formerly representing the WWF Championship) and the
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(formerly representing the World Championship) were used in tandem to represent the Undisputed Championship. Jericho held the championship for four months until he lost it at
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against
Triple H Paul Michael Levesque (born July 27, 1969), better known by the ring name A ring name is a type of stage name used by an athlete such as a Professional wrestling, professional wrestler, Mixed martial arts, mixed martial artist, or Boxing, bo ...
, who was soon after presented with a single championship belt.


Championship disputes

The Undisputed Championship continued up through the beginning of the first brand split, which saw wrestlers being drafted to the company's main
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, ''
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'' and ''
SmackDown ''WWE SmackDown'', also known as ''Friday Night SmackDown'' or simply ''SmackDown'', is an American professional wrestling Professional wrestling is a type of athletic exhibition and entertainment involving wrestling matches whose progress and ...
'', each show representing the brand of the same name, with championships assigned to and authority figures appointed for each brand. The holder of the Undisputed Championship was the only male wrestler allowed to appear on both shows. In May 2002, the WWF was renamed
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World Wrestling Entertainment
(WWE) and the championships were renamed accordingly. At first, the championship remained unaffiliated with either brand as wrestlers from both brands could challenge the champion. Following the appointment of
Eric Bischoff Eric Aaron Bischoff (born May 27, 1955) is an American entrepreneur, television producer, professional wrestling booker, podcast host, and on-screen personality. He is best known for serving as Executive Producer and later Senior Vice Presiden ...

Eric Bischoff
and
Stephanie McMahon Stephanie McMahon Levesque (born Stephanie Marie McMahon []; September 24, 1976) is an American businesswoman and retired professional wrestler. She is the chief brand officer (CBO) of WWE and appears as an authority figure on the Raw Raw is an ...

Stephanie McMahon
as
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of
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and
SmackDown ''WWE SmackDown'', also known as ''Friday Night SmackDown'' or simply ''SmackDown'', is an American professional wrestling Professional wrestling is a type of athletic exhibition and entertainment involving wrestling matches whose progress and ...
, respectively, Stephanie McMahon convinced then-Undisputed Champion
Brock Lesnar Brock Edward Lesnar (; born July 12, 1977) is an United States, American-Canada, Canadian Professional wrestling, professional wrestler, retired Mixed martial arts, mixed martial artist, and retired professional American football, football pl ...
to become exclusive to the SmackDown brand, leaving the Raw brand without a world title. In response, on September 2, Bischoff disputed Lesnar's status as champion, stating Lesnar was refusing to defend his title against the designated No. 1 contender, Triple H, and awarded the latter with the newly created
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. Immediately afterwards, Lesnar's championship dropped the epithet "Undisputed" and became known as the WWE Championship. Over the course of the first brand split, the WWE Championship was used as the world title of the SmackDown brand twice and of the Raw brand three times. In all but two cases, the WWE Championship switched brands as a result of the . In June 2006, WWE established ECW as a third brand, on which former
Extreme Championship Wrestling HHG Corporation, doing business as Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), was a professional wrestling promotion and media company that was based in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The promotion was founded in 1992 by Tod Gordon and i ...
stars and newer talent competed. When ECW's
Rob Van Dam Robert Alexander Szatkowski (born December 18, 1970) is an American professional wrestler and actor better known by his ring name Rob Van Dam (frequently abbreviated to RVD). He is best known for his tenures in Extreme Championship Wrestlin ...

Rob Van Dam
won the WWE Championship at ECW One Night Stand on June 11, 2006, the championship briefly became a world title of the ECW brand; the
ECW World Heavyweight Championship The ECW World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling Professional wrestling is a form of entertainment and performing art, which combines athletics with performance. It comprises of exhibitions, called 'matches', held by touri ...
was subsequently reactivated for the ECW brand upon Van Dam's title win. Van Dam held both titles until he lost the WWE Championship to Raw's
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the following month. The ECW brand was disbanded in 2010, subsequently deactivating the ECW Championship. In April 2011, WWE ceased going by its full name with the "WWE" abbreviation becoming an
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, and the first brand split ended that August. Just prior to the end of the first brand split, a storyline saw
CM Punk Phillip Jack Brooks (born October 26, 1978), better known by the ring name A ring name is a type of stage name used by an athlete such as a Professional wrestling, professional wrestler, Mixed martial arts, mixed martial artist, or Boxing, ...

CM Punk
vowing to leave the company with the WWE Championship when his contract expired on July 17, 2011, the date of the
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Money in the Bank pay-per-view. At the event, Punk succeeded in defeating the defending champion
John Cena John Felix Anthony Cena ( ; born April 23, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, actor, and former rapper currently signed to WWE. Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, he is tied with Ric Flair for ...

John Cena
to win the title, and left the company with the physical championship belt. Subsequently, the championship was vacated and
Rey Mysterio Óscar Gutiérrez (born December 11, 1974), better known by his ring name A ring name is a type of stage name used by an athlete such as a Professional wrestling, professional wrestler, Mixed martial arts, mixed martial artist, or Boxing, box ...

Rey Mysterio
won an eight-man tournament by defeating
The Miz Michael Gregory Mizanin (born October 8, 1980) is an American Professional wrestling, professional wrestler, actor, and media personality. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw (WWE brand), Raw WWE brand extension, brand u ...

The Miz
in the finals to be crowned the new WWE Champion, only to subsequently lose it later that night to Cena, for the latter's record ninth reign. However, following Cena's win, Punk returned to WWE with his own championship belt, disputing Cena's claim to the title. The two WWE Champions wrestled each other at
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; Punk defeated Cena to solidify his claim on the title.


Title reunified and second brand split

Following the end of the first brand split in August 2011, both the WWE Champion and World Heavyweight Champion could appear on both ''Raw'' and ''SmackDown''. In November 2013, the night after
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, reigning World Heavyweight Champion John Cena made a challenge to reigning WWE Champion
Randy Orton Randal Keith Orton (born April 1, 1980) is an American Professional wrestling, professional wrestler and actor. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw (WWE brand), Raw brand. Orton is a third-generation professional wres ...

Randy Orton
to determine WWE's undisputed world champion. Orton defeated Cena in a TLC match at the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view on December 15, 2013, to unify the titles. Subsequently, the unified championship was renamed WWE World Heavyweight Championship and retained the lineage of the WWE Championship; the World Heavyweight Championship was retired. Orton and subsequent champions held both championship belts until a single championship belt was given to reigning champion Brock Lesnar in August 2014. After
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Dean Ambrose
became champion in June 2016, the title's name was reverted to WWE Championship. In light of the return of the brand split the following month, Ambrose was drafted to SmackDown. Ambrose then retained his title at Battleground on July 24 against Raw draftees
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Seth Rollins
and
Roman Reigns Leati Joseph "Joe" Anoaʻi (born May 25, 1985) is an American professional wrestler Professional wrestling is a type of athletic exhibition and entertainment involving wrestling matches whose progress and outcome are planned in advance, typic ...

Roman Reigns
, making the title exclusive to SmackDown. On the July 25 episode of ''Raw'', to address the lack of a world title for the brand, the
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was created;
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became the inaugural champion at
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. After the unveiling of the Universal title, the WWE Championship was renamed WWE World Championship, but reverted to WWE Championship in December 2016 during
AJ Styles Allen Neal Jones (born June 2, 1977) is an American Professional wrestling, professional wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw (WWE brand), Raw WWE brand extension, brand under the ring name AJ Styles (also stylize ...
' first reign. The title changed hands for the first time outside of North America when AJ Styles defeated
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to win his second WWE Championship in
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, England on the November 7, 2017, episode of ''SmackDown''. This was also the first time in nearly 15 years that the championship changed hands on an episode of ''SmackDown''; the last time was in 2003 when Brock Lesnar defeated Kurt Angle for the title. At Crown Jewel on October 31, 2019, SmackDown wrestler won the Universal Championship, thus transferring the title to SmackDown. Also at that event, after reigning WWE Champion Brock Lesnar had defeated
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Cain Velasquez
to retain the title, he was attacked by Raw's
Rey Mysterio Óscar Gutiérrez (born December 11, 1974), better known by his ring name A ring name is a type of stage name used by an athlete such as a Professional wrestling, professional wrestler, Mixed martial arts, mixed martial artist, or Boxing, box ...

Rey Mysterio
, who Lesnar had attacked a few weeks prior. The following night on ''Friday Night SmackDown'', Lesnar quit SmackDown and went to Raw to continue his feud with Mysterio, thus transferring the WWE Championship to Raw. In 2021, the
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, which had been established for NXT in 2012 (and was WWE's
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until 2019), would be recognized as a concurrent third world title in the promotion.


Brand designation

With the first brand split, an annual
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draft
was established in 2002. Each year (except 2003), the General Managers participated in a draft lottery in which select members of WWE's roster were assigned to a brand. The revived ECW became a third brand from 2006 to 2010. On August 29, 2011, WWE ended the brand extension and wrestlers (including all champions), were then free to appear on any program. On July 19, 2016, ''SmackDown'' moved to Tuesdays and became a live show with its own set of wrestlers and writers, separate from ''Raw'', thus reintroducing the brand split. The draft took place on the live premiere of ''SmackDown''. On the July 18 episode of ''Raw'', SmackDown Commissioner
Shane McMahon Shane Brandon McMahon (born January 15, 1970) is an American businessman and professional wrestler. He is the founder and Chairperson, executive vice-chairman of Ideanomics, formerly Seven Stars Cloud Group. He is also a minority owner, Road agen ...

Shane McMahon
named
Daniel Bryan Bryan Lloyd Danielson (born May 22, 1981) is an American Professional wrestling, professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown (WWE brand), SmackDown WWE brand extension, brand under the ring name Daniel Bryan ...
the SmackDown General Manager and Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon named
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Mick Foley
the Raw General Manager. Below is a list of dates indicating the transitions of the WWE Championship between the Raw, SmackDown, and ECW brands.


Championship belt designs


1963–1982

When introduced in 1963, the original WWWF World Heavyweight Championship was represented by a United States championship belt that Buddy Rogers had defended sometime prior to becoming the inaugural WWWF world champion. The center plate of this belt was an outline of the continental United States and there were two shield-shaped side plates with grapplers on them; the plates were on a red leather strap. On the center plate, there was a circle flanked by grapplers, and the circle was designed to contain a photograph of the titleholder. Above the circle was a shield with an eagle atop it with stars on opposite sides of the shield. The caption "World's Champion" was added below the circle. This title belt was worn by the inaugural champion Buddy Rogers in 1963 and the second champion Bruno Sammartino. After Sammartino became champion, a new title belt on a blue strap was created. The enlarged center piece contained a crowned globe and two grapplers, and read "WWWF World Champion"; the two side plates commemorated Sammartino's title win. Sammartino wore this version for the duration of his seven-year reign. After defeating Sammartino in January 1971,
Ivan Koloff Ivan Koloff (born Oreal Donald Perras; August 25, 1942 – February 18, 2017) was a Canadian professional wrestler Professional wrestling is a type of athletic exhibition and entertainment involving wrestling matches whose progress and outcome ...

Ivan Koloff
held this version for three weeks before losing it to
Pedro Morales Pedro Antonio Morales (October 22, 1942 – February 12, 2019) was a Puerto Rican professional wrestler Professional wrestling is a type of athletic exhibition and entertainment involving wrestling matches whose progress and outcome are plan ...

Pedro Morales
. During Morales's reign, the championship belt was updated several times. First in 1971, this design was on an
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colored strap and contained three shield-shaped plates. Below the center plate, which read "World Heavyweight Champion" and had a cross at its center, a separate horizontal plate read "WWWF". This was replaced with another design in 1972. This version, on a red strap, read "WWWF Heavyweight Wrestling Champion" around the edges with an eagle at the center, while six side plates represented several countries. 1973 saw the introduction of another yet similar design; this one was on a black strap and contained two grapplers above a differently designed eagle. This version was subsequently held by
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, Bruno Sammartino,
Superstar Billy Graham Eldridge Wayne Coleman (born June 7, 1943), better known by his ring name A ring name is a type of stage name A stage name is a pseudonym used by performers and entertainers such as actors, comedians, singers, and musicians. Such titles are ...

Superstar Billy Graham
– who wore a red leather variation – and
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. During the latter's reign, the promotion's name was shortened to World Wrestling Federation (WWF), but the physical championship belt still read "WWWF".


1982–2005

A new design was introduced in 1982, nicknamed the "Big Green Belt" due to its size and the color of its strap. It included eight (later ten) side plates dedicated to the previous champions. The center plate featured a wrestler holding up a championship belt with a globe behind him. This design, held by Bob Backlund,
The Iron Sheik Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri ( fa, حسین خسرو علی وزیری; born 15 March 1942), better known by his ring name The Iron Sheik, is an Iranian retired professional wrestling, professional wrestler, amateur wrestling, amateur wrestler an ...
, and
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Hulk Hogan
, was replaced first by the "Hogan '84" design in late 1984, then by the nearly identical "Hogan '85" design in early 1985. Both were called "Hogan" belts as they were only worn by Hulk Hogan. Both championship belts were similar in design to the NWA Television Championship at the time. They consisted of silver plates (although a gold plate was briefly used for the '85 belt) on a black strap, the center plate read "WWF" at the top. Below that was an eagle with two banners below it reading "World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion". The bottom read "Worldwide Wrestling" and above that was a name plate commemorating Hogan's title win, while the side plates noted previous champions. The difference between the '84 and the '85 designs were that the writing (except WWF) was in red on the '84, and black background was added on the '85 belt. The next year, the "Hogan '86" was introduced and was again only worn by Hogan. The center plate featured a globe in the center, along with Roman columns and olive branches. It read "World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion" and included the famous WWF block logo at the top, while four side plates had flags (two flags per side plate) representing the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Soviet Union, and Italy. In 1988, just before ending his first championship reign, Hogan introduced another new design, the "Winged Eagle" championship belt, which became the primary design for the next decade with many wrestlers holding this version, and is considered the most popular design of the championship. Its nickname is derived from the eagle's wings seemingly coming off of the center plate, which included the block WWF logo and read "World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion". The championship belt also had four identical side plates. Apart from the usual black leather strap,
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The Ultimate Warrior
wore white, light blue, yellow, and purple variations.
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continued to wear Warrior's purple strap. In 1998, after Stone Cold Steve Austin became champion, he was presented with a new design, often dubbed the "Big Eagle" or "
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" championship belt. The center plate was similar to the previous design, but became fully rounded, and the side plates were updated. When it was unveiled, it originally contained the block WWF logo and was on a blue strap, but was soon updated to the WWF scratch logo and on a black strap. In addition to the logo, it read "World Wrestling Federation Champion". After
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Chris Jericho
unified the WWF and World Championships into the Undisputed WWF Championship, the "Big Eagle" championship belt was used in tandem with the "
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", the former WCW Championship belt, until a single Undisputed Championship belt was introduced to champion
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on the April 1, 2002 episode of ''Raw''. This new belt was designed by
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-based tattoo artist Keith Ciaramello. Taking inspiration from WCW, this design included a name plate, and like the previous two designs, it had an eagle atop the globe. It originally had the WWF scratch logo and read "World Wrestling Federation Champion"; after the promotion was renamed World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in May 2002, both the scratch logo and wording were changed accordingly. The championship later became the WWE Championship in September 2002 when it became exclusive to SmackDown!, while the Big Gold Belt was resurrected to represent the World Heavyweight Championship for Raw.


2005–2014

After John Cena won the WWE Championship in April 2005, he introduced his own custom belt, the "Spinner Belt", which had a gold and diamond
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style reflecting his
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character at the time. Although originally a custom belt for Cena, it became the WWE Championship's primary design from April 12, 2005, until February 18, 2013. The scratch WWE logo, placed between an eagle on top and the word "Champ" and a name plate below, could be spun like spinner wheels or a
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in keeping with the hip-hop theme. The inner side plates read "WWE Champion", though before 2008, one side plate indicated the brand the title was designated to. The spinning function was phased out in later years and the logo set in a fixed place, most notably during
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The Miz
's first reign (2010–2011) when the logo was turned upside down to look like an "M". The Rock commented negatively on the spinning function on the night the belt was retired. On the February 18, 2013 episode of ''Raw'', The Rock unveiled a new WWE Championship belt. The new title was partially designed by
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of ''
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'' fame. The championship included a large cut-out of the scratch WWE logo (encrusted with diamonds) inside a large irregular heptagonal plate. The word "Champion" appeared underneath the logo in large letters. Gold divider bars separated the center plate from its two large side plates. The side plates featured a removable center section that could be customized with the champion's logo in lieu of a nameplate; the default side plates consisted of a red globe with the WWE logo on the globe underneath a crown. This championship belt was used in tandem with the Big Gold Belt to represent the renamed WWE World Heavyweight Championship after Randy Orton unified the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship on December 15, 2013.


2014–present

On the August 18, 2014 episode of ''Raw'', reigning champion
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, who had won the title the night before at
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, was presented with a single championship belt, retiring the Big Gold Belt in the process. The current belt has a slightly updated design from the belt introduced by The Rock in 2013 as a result of WWE changing their corporate logo which was originally used for the
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. It includes a large center plate dominated by a cut out of the current WWE logo inside an irregular heptagon with the capital words "World Heavyweight Champion" along the bottom edges, in very small print. The belt retains the gold divider bars introduced in the previous design. The large side plates, like the previous design, include removable round center sections, allowing the holder's personal logo to be added to the championship belt; the default plates show gold and red world maps with the WWE logo over them but without the crown from the previous design. Customizable side plates have now become a prominent feature with the majority of WWE's championship belts. After the 2016 brand split where the championship became exclusive to SmackDown, the similarly designed WWE Universal Championship was introduced for the Raw brand. The WWE World Heavyweight Championship subsequently reverted to being called the WWE Championship (though it was called "WWE World Championship" between July and December 2016). While the physical belt has maintained the text "World Heavyweight Champion" below the logo, the digital pre-match graphics of the belt reflected the name changes until December 2016, after which, the graphic no longer included a name below the logo with a couple of brief exceptions; for example, at the 2021 Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, the pre-match graphic included the name "WWE World Heavyweight Championship."


Customized designs

Custom championship belts have been created to honor certain reigning champions or match their
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. During Hogan's reign in 1986, he had a modified version of the Hogan '86 made, which included a picture of himself at the center. This was a short lived custom design as he reverted to the Hogan '86 version. A much larger version similar to the Hogan '86 championship belt was created for
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before
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, although he never wore it as champion. A custom championship belt was used by Stone Cold Steve Austin during his second reign (1998), which included his "Smoking Skull" logo as well as rattle snakes. As an answer, The Rock also had a custom championship belt designed and constructed, including his trademark "Brahma Bull" logo, but due to creative reasons, it never appeared on television. The Spinner Belt, originally a customized belt for John Cena, remained the standard title belt from 2005 to 2013. During
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's second reign in 2006, he introduced his own variation, the "Rated R Spinner" design, replacing the WWE scratch logo with his "Rated R Superstar" logo. Edge was going to have a completely new custom belt designed, but due to time constraints, it did not get made. During Daniel Bryan's fourth reign (2018–2019) as part of his environmentalist heel gimmick, he threw the standard title belt in a garbage can (bemoaning the fact it was made from leather) and introduced a new custom belt, dubbed the "Planet's Championship", featuring the same design as the standard belt, but made from "entirely sustainable materials" (such as the strap being made from
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and the center and side plates carved from wood of a naturally fallen
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; the side plates also had his name instead of the WWE logo). In October 2014, WWE presented the
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a replica of the current WWE Championship belt for winning the 2014 World Series. This began a tradition for WWE, and they have since created custom WWE Championship belts for winners in professional sports, with the side plates commemorating the achievement. They have also presented a custom belt to exceptionally notable people for their efforts in their profession. WWE had originally presented custom WWE Championships to winners in both male and female sports, but in 2018, they began presenting those in female sports with custom
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belts. Since that original gift in 2014, WWE has presented a WWE Championship belt to winners of the
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World Series
,
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,
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,
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FIFA Women's World Cup
,
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,
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,
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Bundesliga
,
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,
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Liga MX
,
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,
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,
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, Men's US Open, and
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. WWE also presented a title to London police officer Charlie Guenigault for his "exceptional bravery" during the
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, and to the U.S. servicemen and women who have helped in hosting
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(since 2015) as well as for their continued service to the country. In 2020, WWE Championship belts were also presented to Christophe Agius and Philippe Chéreau, WWE announcers in France for 20 consecutive years presenting WWE on French television.


Reigns

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, who held the title from May 17, 1963, to January 18, 1971, for a total of 2,803 days (7 years, 8 months, and 1 day); Sammartino also holds the record for longest combined reign at 4,040 days. André the Giant is the shortest reigning champion, officially holding the title for 1 minute, 48 seconds. The youngest champion is Brock Lesnar, who won the title at the age of 25, while the oldest champion is
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Mr. McMahon
, who won it at the age of 54. John Cena holds the record for most reigns with 13. Big E is the current champion in his first reign. He won the title by cashing in his Money in the Bank contract and defeating
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Bobby Lashley
on the September 13, 2021, episode of ''Raw'' in . Big E is only the fourth African-American wrestler to win the WWE Championship, after in 1998,
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Kofi Kingston
in 2019, and Bobby Lashley in early 2021.


See also

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List of current champions in WWE WWE is an American professional wrestling Professional wrestling is a type of athletic exhibition and entertainment involving wrestling matches whose progress and outcome are planned in advance, typically between performers with established ch ...
*
List of World Heavyweight Champions (WWE) The World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling Championship (professional wrestling)#World championships, world heavyweight championship in WWE. It was established by WWE in 2002 after WWE Buyout, bought out World Championship Wr ...
*
List of WWE Champions The WWE Championship is a professional wrestling Professional wrestling championship#World championships, world heavyweight championship in WWE, currently on the Raw (WWE brand), Raw WWE brand extension, brand. It was the first world title establ ...
* World championships in WWE


References


External links


Official WWE Championship Title History



WWE Title Belts: A Guide to the Gold
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