WWE Championship History & Current Champion

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Last updated: 07/08/12
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CM Punk (3)11/20/11New York City, NYSurvivor Series--
Alberto Del Rio (2)10/2/11New Orleans, LAHell in a Cell• Del Rio defeated CM Punk and John Cena in a Triple Threat Hell in a Cell Match.
John Cena (10)9/18/11Buffalo, NYNight of Champions--
Alberto Del Rio (1)8/14/11Los Angeles, CASummerSlam• Del Rio cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase in an impromptu match-up to win the title.
CM Punk (2)8/14/11Los Angeles, CASummerSlam• This match was booked as champion vs champion.
• Triple H served as special guest referee and awarded Punk the win despite Cena's leg being on the bottom rope during the deciding pinfall.
John Cena (9)7/25/11Hampton, VAWWE RAW• Cena regained the title later in the night due to a rematch because he claimed he was still the rightful champion.
• After the match, CM Punk returned to the company as he and John Cena each held up their WWE Title.
Rey Mysterio7/25/11Hampton, VAWWE RAW• Rey Mysterio won the WWE Title in a tournament set up by Vince McMahon
VACATED7/18/11Green Bay, WIWWE RAW• As per the storyline, CM Punk left WWE due to a contract expiry and the title was vacated. Punk's name wasn't addressed on television to give the impression that he never won the title.
CM Punk (1)7/17/2011Chicago, ILMoney in the Bank• As per the storyline, CM Punk was going to leave the Allstate Arena with the WWE Title and leave the company due to his contract expiring.
• Vince McMahon & WWE Executive Vice President of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis, tried to have the match end prematurely, but Cena stopped that from happening as he wanted to win the match honorably.
• After the match, Vince McMahon got on the headset and ordered the Money in the Bank winner, Alberto Del Rio, to cash in the briefcase on Punk, but the match never started due to Punk attacking Del Rio. Punk then blew McMahon a kiss to end the show.
John Cena (8)5/1/2011Tampa, FLExtreme Rules• Cena defeated The Miz and Morrion in a Triple Threat Steel Cage Match in a bout that ended with Cena hitting The Miz with the Attitude Adjustment off the top rope.
The Miz11/22/2010Orlando, FLWWE RAW--
Randy Orton (6)9/19/2010Chicago, ILNight of Champions• Orton was able to defeat Sheamus, John Cena, Chris Jericho, Edge and Wade Barrett in an Elimination Match to win the title.
Sheamus (2)6/20/2010Long Island, NYFatal 4 Way• Sheamus defeated John Cena, Edge, and Randy Orton in a Fatal Four Way Match by pinning Cena after the Nexus faction attacked Cena in the rign.
John Cena (7)3/28/2010Phoenix, AZWrestleMania 26--
Batista (2)2/21/2010St. Louis, MOElimination Chamber• Vince McMahon announced that Cena would only go to WrestleMania if he was able to defeat Batista in an impromptu match, which Batista won in just 33-seconds.
John Cena (6)2/21/2010St. Louis, MOElimination Chamber• John Cena won an Elimination Chamber Match featuring Sheamus, Kofi Kingston, Ted DiBiase, Jr., and Triple H.
Sheamus (1)12/13/2009San Antonio, TXTLC• Sheamus won his first WWE Title after defeating Cena in a Tables Match after Cena attempted to superplex Sheamus off the top rope through a table, but Cena was shoved through it himself.
John Cena (5)10/25/2009Pittsburgh, PABragging Rights• Cena regained the title by defeating Orton in a 60-Minute Iron Man Match by 6-5 falls.
• As per the stipulations of the match, it was the final title match between the two. If Cena lost the match, he would leave WWE RAW.
Randy Orton (5)10/4/2009Newark, NJHell in a Cell• Orton defeated Cena in a Hell in a Cell match.
John Cena (4)9/14/2009Montreal, Quebec, CanadaBreaking Point• Orton was defeated by Cena in an I Quit Match
Randy Orton (4)6/15/2009Charlotte, NCWWE RAW• Orton won the title in a Fatal-Four-Way Match featuring Triple H, Big Show, and John Cena after he pinned Show.
VACATED6/9/2009----• One night after winning the title, Batista suffered a torn left biceps injury after an attack by Orton, forcing him to vacate the title.
Batista (1)6/7/2009New Orleans, LAExtreme Rules• This match was contested in a Steel Cage Match
Randy Orton (3)4/26/2009Providence, RIBacklash• Orton won the title in a six-man-tag match featuring Orton teaming with Ted DiBiase, Jr., and Cody Rhodes to face Triple H, Batista, and Shane McMahon.
• As per the stipulations of the match, if any member of Orton's team won, Orton was to win the title.
• The match ended when Orton pinned Triple H.
Triple H (8)2/15/2009Seattle, WANo Way Out• Triple H won a Six-Man Elimination Chamber Match involving The Undertaker, Jeff Hardy, The Big Show, Vladimir Kozlov, and Edge. HHH won the title by pinning Undertaker.
Edge (4)1/25/2009Detroit, MIRoyal Rumble• This match was contested in a No DQ match.
Jeff Hardy12/14/2008Buffalo, NYArmageddon• Hardy won his first WWE Title in a Triple Threat No DQ Match involving Triple H and Edge.
Edge (3)11/23/2008Boston, MASurvivor Series• Edge substituted for Jeff Hardy in the match after he was not able to compete due to injury.
• The match was a triple threat match involving Edge, Triple H, and Vladimir Kozlov.
Triple H (7)4/27/2008Baltimore, MDBacklash• Triple H won the title in a four-way No DQ, No Count-Out Elimination Match against Randy Orton, JBL, and John Cena. HHH won the title by pinning Orton at the end of the match
Randy Orton (2)10/7/2007Chicago, ILNo Mercy• Later in the night, Orton was given a rematch against HHH in a Last Man Standing Match, regaining the title and causing three different title changes in one night.
Triple H (6)10/7/2007Chicago, ILNo Mercy• An impromptu match between Orton and Triple H ended with HHH winning the title.
Randy Orton (1)10/7/2007Chicago, ILNo Mercy• Randy Orton, who was scheduled to face John Cena at the PPV in a Last Man Standing Match prior to his injury, was awarded the title.
VACATED10/2/2007Dayton, OHECW on Sci-Fi• The WWE Title was vacated after John Cena suffered a torn right pectoral tendon on the prior night's edition of RAW. Vince McMahon announced that Cena would be stripped of the title.
John Cena (3)9/17/2006Toronto, Ontario, CanadaUnforgiven• This match was contested in a TLC Match.
Edge (2)7/3/2006Philadelphia, PAWWE RAW• Edge defeated John Cena and Rob Van Dam in a No DQ Triple Threat Match.
Rob Van Dam6/11/2006New York City, NYECW One Night Stand II• RVD defeated Cena after a person in a motorcycle helmet speared Cena through a table. The masked individual was former WWE Champion, Edge.
• RVD was later presented with the ECW World Title, making him both the WWE and ECW Champion in time for the debut of WWE's version of the ECW brand on Sci-Fi on June 13.
John Cena (2)1/29/2006Miami, FLRoyal Rumble--
Edge (1)1/8/2006Albany, NYNew Year's Revolution• Edge cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase on John Cena after a 28-minute WWE Title Elimination Chamber Match.
John Cena (1)4/3/2005Los Angeles, CAWrestleMania 21• The WWE Title was moved from the SmackDown! to the RAW brand after John Cena was drafted to the red brand.
John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL)6/27/2004Norfolk, VAGreat American Bash• This match was contested in a Texas Bullrope Match.
Eddie Guerrero2/15/2004San Francisco, CANo Way Out• Bill Goldberg, who was arrested earlier in the evening, returned to the building, speared Brock Lesnar and cost him the WWE Title.
Brock Lesnar (3)9/16/2003Raleigh, NCWWE SmackDown!• This match was contested in a 60-minute Iron Man Match with Lesnar winning 5-4 falls.
• Voted PWI's "Match of the Year"
Kurt Angle (4)7/27/2003Denver, COVengeance• Angle defeated Lesnar and The Big Show in a Triple Threat Match
Brock Lesnar (2)3/30/2003Seattle, WAWrestleMania XIX--
Kurt Angle (3)12/15/2002Ft. Lauderdale, FLArmageddon--
The Big Show (2)11/17/2002New York City, NYSurvivor Series• This match featured Brock Lesnar's then-manager Paul Heyman turning on him and helping Show win the title.
Brock Lesnar (1)8/25/2002Long Island, NYSummerSlam--
The Rock (7)7/21/2002Detroit, MIVengeance• The Rock defeated The Undertaker and Kurt Angle in a Triple Threat Match by pinning Kurt Angle.
The Undertaker (4)5/19/2002Nashville, TNJudgment Day--
Hulk Hogan (6)4/21/2002Kansas City, MOBacklash• Number one contender The Undertaker interfered in the match by attacking referee Earl Hebner, hitting Triple H with a steel chair, and putting Hogan on top of the champion to pick up the win.
Triple H (5)3/17/2002Toronto, Ontario, CanadaWrestleManix X-8--
Chris Jericho12/9/2001San Diego, CAVengeance• WCW Champion Chris Jericho defeated Steve Austin in the main event to unify the two titles.
Steve Austin (6)10/8/2001Indianapolis, INWWF RAW--
Kurt Angle (2)9/23/2001Pittsburgh, PAUnforgiven• Angle won his second WWF Title in his hometown.
Steve Austin (5)4/1/2001Houston, TXWrestleMania X-7• The match was contested in a surprise No DQ Match.
• Steve Austin turned heel during the match and attacked Rock with consecutive steel chair shots. After the match, McMahon and Austin shared a beer to close the show.
The Rock (6)2/25/2001Las Vegas, NVNo Way Out--
Kurt Angle (1)10/22/2000Albany, NYNo Mercy• The match was contested in a No DQ Match
The Rock (5)6/25/2000Boston, MAKing of the Ring• The title was contested in a six-man tag team match featuring The Rock, The Undertaker & Kane vs then-champion Triple H, Shane & Vince McMahon.
• Per the stipulations of the match, if a member of Triple H's team was pinned, the winner of the fall would win the title.
• If Triple H's team won, the winner of the King of the Ring tournament would have received a title shot at the next month's Fully Loaded PPV.
Triple H (4)5/21/2000Louisville, KYJudgment Day• Triple H defeated The Rock in a 60-minute Iron Man Match 6-5 falls.
• Shawn Michaels served as special guest referee
The Rock (4)4/30/2000Washington, DCBacklash--
Triple H (3)1/3/2000Miami, FLWWF RAW--
The Big Show (1)11/14/1999Detroit, MISurvivor Series• Big Show defeated both Triple H and The Rock to win the title after Vince McMahon hit HHH with the title in the face.
• Up until this point, 1999 had the most title changes in the history of the WWF Title with 11 changes and seven different title holders.
Triple H (2)9/26/1999Charlotte, NCUnforgiven• This match was a six-man match featuring Triple H, The Rock, The Big Show, Mankind, Davey Boy Smith, and Kane. HHH pinned Rock to win the bout and title.
VACATED9/20/1999Houston, TXWWF RAW• McMahon vacated the title, citing that he wasn't a pro wrestler.
Vince McMahon9/14/1999Las Vegas, NVWWF SmackDown!• This impromptu match left the WWF Chairman as the champion after Steve Austin interfered in the match, hit the stunner on Chyna and HHH and then put McMahon on top of HHH to get the win.
Triple H (1)8/23/1999Ames, IAWWF RAW--
Mankind (3)8/22/1999Minneapolis, MNSummerSlam• Mankind won the title in a triple threat match featuring Austin and Triple H.
• Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura worked the match as the special guest referee.
Steve Austin (4)6/28/1999Charlotte, NCWWF RAW• Stipulations: If any members of the Undertaker's Corporate Ministry interfered in the bout, Undertaker would have forced to forfeit the title to Austin.
The Undertaker (3)5/23/1999Kansas City, MOOver the Edge--
Steve Austin (3)3/28/1999Philadelphia, PAWrestleMania XV• The match was contested in a No DQ Match.
• Vince McMahon came out to the ring to work as the special guest referee, but commissioner Shawn Michaels told McMahon to leave the ring and announced that the Corporation was barred from the ringside area.
• Mankind served as the special guest referee as Vince McMahon interfered in the match and attacked Earl Hebner.
The Rock (3)2/15/1999Birmingham, ALWWF RAW• The match was contested in a Ladder Match
• Paul Wight (The Big Show) interfered in the match by chokeslamming Mankind off the top of the ladder.
• Steve Austin worked the match as the guest commentator.
Mankind (2)1/26/1999Tucson, AZHalf-Time Heat• The match was contested in an empy arena
The Rock (2)1/24/1999Anaheim, CARoyal Rumble• The match was contested in an I Quit Match where Mankind was hit in the head with a steel chair 10 times.
• Mankind never really quit during the match. Instead, a pre-recorded message saying "I quit! I quit! I quit!" was blasted throughout the arena.
• Voted PWI's "Match of the Year"
Mankind (1)12/29/1998Worcester, MAWWF RAW• The match was contested in a No DQ Match.
• Members of DX and the Corporation surrounded the ring.
• The closing moments of the match featured DX and the Corporation factions fighting around the ring while Stone Cold interfered and hit Rock in the head with a steel chair, causing Mankind to get the win.
The Rock (1)11/15/1998St. Louis, MOSurvivor Series• The Rock won the "Deadly Game Tournament" on a night which featured 12 tournament matches to determine the new champion.
• Rock defeated Mankind in the finals of the tourney.
VACATED9/27/1998Hamilton, Ontario, CanadaBreakdown• Steve Austin was simultaneously pinned by Kane and Undertaker in a triple threat match. Vince McMahon had declared the title vacated.
• At the Judgment Day PPV on Oct. 18 in Chicago, IL, a match between Kane and Undertaker with Steve Austin as the referee went to a no-contest for the vacated title.
Steve Austin (2)6/29/1998Cleveland, OHWWF RAW--
Kane6/28/1998Pittsburgh, PAKing of the Ring• In this First Blood Match, Kane won after Undertaker accidentally hit Austin with a steel chair.
• If Kane didn't win the title, the stipulation was that he would have set himself on fire.
Steve Austin (1)3/29/1998Boston, MAWrestleMania XIV• Mike Tyson worked as the special ringside enforcer and made the deciding pin after the referee was knocked out.
• After the match, Tyson hit Michaels with a punch.
• This was Michaels' last WWF bout until 2002.
Shawn Michaels (3)11/9/1997Montreal, Quebec, CanadaSurvivor Series• This match was the infamous "Montreal Screwjob" Match where Michaels won the title after referee Earl Hebner called for the bell while Hart was locked into the Sharpshooter submission even though he never tapped. This was due to Hart's contract with the WWF expiring and fear that he would take the title to WCW.
Bret Hart (5)8/3/1997East Rutherford, NJSummerSlam• Shawn Michaels worked as the special guest referee.
• Hart won the title after Michaels accidentally hit Undertaker with a steel chair.
• Stipulations of the match: If Hart had lost the match, he would have never wrestled again in the U.S.; if Michaels was biased towards Undertaker in his officiating, he, too, would not be able to wrestle in the U.S.
The Undertaker (2)3/23/1997Chicago, ILWrestleMania XIII• Undertaker won the title after Bret Hart dropped Sid throat-first over the top rope.
• Shawn Michaels worked the match as the guest commentator
Psycho Sid (2)2/17/1997Nashville, TNWWF RAW• Sid won the title just one night after Hart had won the title due to interference by Steve Austin who had hit him with a steel chair.
Bret Hart (4)2/16/1997Chattanooga, TNIn Your House: Final Four• Bret Hart won the vacated title after defeated Vader, The Undertaker, and Steve Austin in a Final Four Match.
VACATED2/13/1997----Due to a career-threatening knee injury, Shawn Michaels delivered a memorable speech where he claimed to have lost his smile.
Shawn Michaels (2)1/19/1997San Antonio, TXRoyal Rumble--
Psycho Sid (1)11/17/1996New York City, NYSurvivor Series--
Shawn Michaels (1)3/31/1996Anaheim, CAWrestleMania XII• The match was contested in a 60-minute Iron Man Match, however, none of the two participants were able to score any pinfalls within the timelimit. The re-instated WWF President Gorilla Monsoon made the match a sudden death match and Michaels was able to win the match after hitting two superkicks on Hart.
• Voted PWI's "Match of the Year"
Bret Hart (3)11/19/1995Landover, MDSurvivor Series• The match was contested in a No DQ, No Count-Out, No Time Limit bout
Diesel11/26/1994------
Bob Backlund (4)11/23/1994San Antonio, TXSurvivor Series--
Bret Hart (2)3/20/1994New York City, NYWrestleMania X• Roddy Piper returned to WWF after a 2-year absence, working the match as a special guest referee.
Yokozuna (2)6/13/1993Dayton, OHKing of the Ring• Yokozuna was able to defeat Hogan after a "photographer" at ringside threw a fireball in the eye of Hogan.
• This would be Hogan's last WWF appearance for nearly 9 years.
Hulk Hogan (5)4/4/1993Las Vegas, NVWrestleMania IX• Mr Fuji accidentally threw salt into the eyes of Yokozuna, causing Hogan to win the match in just 23-seconds.
Yokozuna (1)4/4/1993Las Vegas, NVWrestleMania IX• While Yokozuna was trapped in the Sharpshooter, he threw salt into the eyes of Hart and was able to capture a win.
• Hulk Hogan came out to the ring after the match and told referee Earl Hebner what happened in the match.
• Yokozuna challenged Hogan to a title match just minutes later.
Bret Hart (1)10/12/1992Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CanadaWWF Superstars--
Ric Flair (2)9/1/1992Hershey, PAWWF Superstars• Ric Flair was able to defeat Savage after Razor Ramon attacked Savage outside the ring. He then attacked him after the match, too.
Randy Savage (2)4/5/1992Indianapolis, INWrestleMania VIII--
Ric Flair (1)1/19/1992Albany, NYRoyal Rumble• Ric Flair won the vacant title during a 30-man Royal Rumble match by last eliminating Sid Justice
VACATED1/20/1992----• Due to the controversial finishes of the two previous title matches, WWF President Jack Tunney stripped Hogan of the title and decided to put the title up for grabs at Royal Rumble.
Hulk Hogan (4)12/3/1991San Antonio, TXTuesday in Texas• Hulk Hogan won the title after Paul Bearer accidentally hit Undertaker in the head with the urn. Hogan then threw the ashes from the urn into the face of Undertaker.
The Undertaker (1)11/27/1991Detroit, MISurvivor Series• Undertaker won the match after he tombstoned Hulk Hogan in the ring onto a steel chair put by Ric Flair.
Hulk Hogan (3)3/24/1991Los Angeles, CAWrestleMania VII• Regis Philbin worked as a guest commentator during the match, Alex Trebec worked as the guest ring announcer, and Marla Maples was the guest time keeper.
Sgt. Slaughter1/19/1991Miami, FLRoyal Rumble--
The Ultimate Warrior4/1/1990Toronto, Ontario, CanadaWrestleMania VI• The match was an winner-take-all match with both the World Title and Ultimate Warrior's Intercontinental Titles on the line.
• Hogan presented the title to Warrior after the match
• Voted PWI's "Match of the Year"
Hulk Hogan (2)4/2/1989Atlantic City, NJWrestleMania V--
Randy Savage (1)3/27/1988Atlantic City, NJWrestleMania IV• Randy Savage (w/Miss Elizabeth) defeated Ted DiBiase in the 14-man one-night-tournament
• The match featured interference from Hulk Hogan attacking DiBiase with a chair, and an Andre the Giant appearance.
• Bob Uecker served as the ring announcer, Vanna White was the timekeeper, and Robin Leach presented the WWWF Title to Savage
VACATED2/13/1988----• WWWF President Jack Tunney vacated the championship following the controversy and started a tournament to take place at WrestleMania IV
Andre the Giant2/5/1988Indianapolis, INThe Main Event• Hulk Hogan lost the title even though his shoulder came off the mat before the count of 3.
• As per the storyline, Ted DiBiase had paid off Earl Hebner to to impersonate his brother Dave Hebner.
• Voted PWI's "Match of the Year"
Hulk Hogan (1)1/23/1984New York City, NYMadison Square Garden--
The Iron Sheik12/26/1983New York City, NYMadison Square Garden• Iron Sheik won the match after Arnold Skaaland, who came out to the ring with Backlund, threw in the towel when he was trapped in the Camel Clutch submission.
Bob Backlund (3)10/23/1981----• Backlund defeated Valentine in a rematch 4-days later.
VACATED10/19/1981New York City, NYMadison Square Garden• The championship was vacated during a match between Backlund & Greg Valentine when a dazed referee accidentally raised Valentine's hand instead of Backlund's.
Bob Backlund (2)12/17/1979New York City, NYMadison Square Garden• Backlund was not introduced as WWWF Champion during his introduction to the ring.
• Backlund defeated Bobby Duncam in a Texas Death Match to regain the title.
Antonio Inoki11/30/1979Tokusima, JapanCity Gymnasium• Inoki was the NWF World Champion at the time of the match, too.
• The win was not recognized in the U.S.
Bob Backlund (1)2/20/1978New York City, NYMadison Square Garden• Backlund won the title even though Graham's foot was on the bottom rope durign the pinfall.
• Was voted PWI's "Match of the Year"
Superstar Billy Graham4/30/1977Baltimore, MDCivic Center--
Bruno Sammartino (2)12/10/1973New York City, NYMadison Square Garden--
Stan Stasiak12/1/1973Philadelphia, PA----
Pedro Morales2/8/1971New York City, NYMadison Square Garden--
Ivan Koloff1/18/1971New York City, NYMadison Square Garden--
Bruno Sammartino (1)5/17/1963New York City, NYMadison Square Garden• Bruno Sammartino defated Rogers via submission in just 48 seconds.
Buddy Rogers1/25/1963----• Rogers was awarded championship after Vince McMahon established the WWWF