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Details

  • Promotion - WWE
  • Date established - April 25, 1963
  • Other name(s)
    • WWWF World Heavyweight Championship - (1963–1971)
    • WWWF Heavyweight Championship - (1971–1979)
    • WWF Heavyweight Championship - (1979–1983)
    • WWF World Heavyweight Championship - (1983–1989)
    • WWF Championship - (1989–2001)
    • Undisputed WWF Championship - (2001–2002)
    • Undisputed WWE Championship - (2002)
    • WWE Undisputed Championship - (2002)
    • WWE Championship - (2002–2013, 2016–present)
    • WWE World Heavyweight Championship - (2013–2016)
    • WWE World Championship - (2016)

WWE Championship Designs

WWE Championship Lineage

(Dates are the TV Air Dates where applicable)

World Wide Wrestling Federation

  • Buddy Rogers - April 25, 1963 — Won a fictional tournament in Rio de Janeiro after the WWWF left the National Wrestling Alliance, of which Rogers was the 7th champion since defeating Pat O'Connor on 30 June 1961.
  • Bruno Sammartino:May 17, 1963 - Live Event
  • Ivan Koloff - January 18, 1971 - Live Event
  • Pedro Morales - February 8, 1971 - Live Event
  • Stan Stasiak - December 1, 1973 - Live Event
  • Bruno Sammartino 2: December 10, 1973 - Live Event
  • Billy Graham - April 30, 1977 - Live Event
  • Bob Backlund - February 20, 1978 - Live Event
    • Antonio Inoki - November 30, 1979: Reign is not recognized by WWE.
    • Vacated — December 6, 1979: Inoki immediately vacated the title after a rematch with Backlund ended in a no contest due to the interference of Tiger Jeet Singh.
    • Bob Backlund - December 17, 1979 - WWE recognizes Backlund's first and second reigns as being uninterrupted, and considers this a continuation of the first.

World Wrestling Federation

Vacated: February 5, 1988 — The Main Event Immediately after winning the title from Hogan, André sold the title to Ted DiBiase; President Jack Tunney nullified this decision, and vacated the title.

Vacated: December 7, 1991 - Superstars of Wrestling Hogan was stripped of the title by Tunney due to the controversy surrounding both of the previous title changes.

Vacated: February 13, 1997 — Michaels forfeited the title due to a knee injury.

Vacated - September 27, 1998 - In Your House, Vacated after Kane and The Undertaker simultaneously pinned Austin in a triple threat match.

Vacated - September 20, 1999: Raw

World Wrestling Entertainment - WWE

Vacated: October 2, 2007 — ECW

Vacated — June 9, 2009

Vacated — September 16, 2013 — Raw

Vacated — June 9, 2014 — WWE Raw

Vacated: November 5, 2015 - Rollins injured his knee at a live event in Dublin, Ireland on November 4, 2015.

See Also

WWE World Heavyweight Championship -- WWE Universal Championship

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