WWE United States Championship History & Current Champion

Last updated: 08/25/12
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Antonio Cesaro8/9/1912Los Angeles, CAWWE SummerSlam pre-show--
Santino Marella3/5/12Boston, MAWWE RAW--
Jack Swagger1/16/12Anaheim, CAWWE RAW--
Zack Ryder12/18/2011Baltimore, MDTLC--
Dolph Ziggler6/19/2011Washington, DCCapital Punishment--
Kofi Kingston (2)5/1/2011Tampa, FLExtreme Rules• The match between the twoo tok place in an unadvertised Tables Match.
Sheamus3/14/2011St. Louis, MOWWE RAW• As per the stipulations of the match, Sheamus would have quit WWE if he lost the match.
Daniel Bryan9/19/2010Chicago, ILNight of Champions--
The Miz (2)6/14/2010Charlotte, NCWWE RAW• The Miz regained the title after he defeated R-Truth, John Morrison, and Zack Ryder in a Fatal Four Way Match.
R-Truth5/24/2010Toledo, OHWWE RAW• Hart decided to determine the new champion in a match between Miz and R-Truth.
VACATED5/24/2010Toledo, OHWWE RAW• Bret Hart became short-term RAW General Manager and decided to vacate the title due to him not being an active pro wrestler.
Bret Hart5/17/2010Toronto, Ontario, CanadaWWE RAW• Hart was able to defeat Miz in a No DQ Match via submission after David Hart Smith & Tyson Kidd were able to hit the Hart Attack on Miz during the bout.
The Miz (1)10/5/2009Wilkes-Barre, PAWWE RAW--
Kofi Kingston (1)6/1/2009Birmingham, ALWWE RAW--
MVP (2)3/17/2009Corpus Christi, TXWWE SmackDown!--
Shelton Benjamin7/20/2008Long Island, NYThe Great American Bash--
Matt Hardy4/27/2008Baltimore, MDBacklash--
MVP (1)5/20/2007St. Louis, MOJudgment Day• MVP was able to defeat Benoit in a Best 2 out of 3 Falls Match after MVP won 2 falls to none.
Chris Benoit (3)10/10/2006Jacksonville, FL WWE SmackDown!• Benoit was able to defeat Kennedy via submission after being introduced as a mystery opponent.
• As part of Kennedy's feud with The Undertaker, SmackDown! General Manager Teddy Long noted that if Kennedy was able to defeat Benoit, he would be able to be moved to the RAW brand.
Ken Kennedy8/29/2006Reading, PAWWE SmackDown!• Kennedy defeated Bobby Lashley and Finlay in a triple threat match.
Finlay7/11/2006Minneapolis, MNWWE SmackDown!--
Bobby Lashley5/23/2006Bakersfield, CAWWE SmackDown!• Lashley defeated JBL in just under 1 minute and 30 second in an impromptu match-up.
John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL)4/2/2006Chicago, ILWrestleMania 22--
Chris Benoit (2)2/19/2006Baltimore, MDNo Way Out--
Booker T (3)1/10/2006Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaWWE SmackDown!• Randy Orton substituted for Booker T after match 5 because he was deemed unable to compete due to injury.
• Stipulations for the match, however, called for Booker T to win the title if Orton won the deciding seventh match.
• Booker T, though injured, appeared in the deciding seventh match to hit Benoit with the title belt, costing him the title
VACATED11/22/2005Sheffield, EnglandWWE SmackDown!• During a match between Booker T and Chris Benoit, the finish of the contest saw the shoulder's of both men counted down to the mat.
• SmackDown! General Manager Teddy long then issued a Best of 7 Series between the two with the winner receiving the vacant U.S. Championship.
Booker T (2)10/18/2005Reno, NVWWE SmackDown!--
Chris Benoit (1)8/21/2005Washington, DCSummerSlam--
Orlando Jordan3/1/2005Albany, NYWWE SmackDown!--
John Cena (3)11/16/2004Dayton, OHWWE SmackDown!--
Carlito Caribbean Cool10/5/2004Boston, MAWWE SmackDown!• Carlito won the title during his television debut, attacking Cena with his own steel chain while the referee was distracted.
John Cena (2)10/3/2004East Rutherford, NJNo Mercy• John Cena regained the title in a Best of 5 Series against Booker T. Cena won three matches to Booker T's two in the series of matches on television culminating to the deciding No Mercy match.
Booker T (1)7/27/2004Cincinnati, OHWWE SmackDown!• Booker T won the vacant championship after he won an 8-man elimination match that included Billy Gunn, Luther Reigns, Rene Dupree, Kenzo Suzuki, John Cena, Rob Van Dam, and Charlie Haas.
VACATED7/6/2004Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaWWE SmackDown!• The championship was stripped from Cena by SmackDown! General Manager Kurt Angle after Cena inadvertently struck Angle during a match against Booker T. Weeks earlier, Angle threatened to strip Cena of the title if he ever touched him again.
John Cena (1)3/14/2004New York City, NYWrestleMania XX--
The Big Show10/19/2003Baltimore, MDNo Mercy--
Eddie Guerrero7/27/2003Denver, COVengeance• The former WCW Championship was brought back by SmackDown! General Manager Stephanie McMahon as her answer to RAW's mid-card Intercontinental Championship.
• The title holder was decided in an 8-man tournament. The finals included Chris Benoit and the ultimate champion, Eddie Guerrero.