A world heavyweight championship (also just world championship) is the name given to the championship that is presented as being the most prestigious of those contested within a promotion. The wrestler holding a championship with this name is most commonly referred to as the "world heavyweight champion" (though some promotions may use synonymous/alternate terms, such as the AAA Mega Championship of AAA or the WWE Universal Championship, the world title of the WWE's Raw brand, for examples).
The first recognized world heavyweight championship was the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship, created in 1905, and the inaugural champion was George Hackenschmidt. The lineage of many prominent contemporary world championships can be traced back to the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship.
World Championship Examples
- WWE Championship
- WWE Universal Championship
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship
- WCW World Heavyweight Championship
- ECW Championship
- NWA Championship
- TNA / Impact World Championship
- All Elite Wrestling World Championship
- AWA World Heavyweight Championship
- USWA World Heavyweight Championship
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship