WWE World Heavyweight Title


  • 1963: WWWF World Heavyweight Title
  • 1981: WWF Heavyweight Title
  • 1988: WWF Undisputed Heavyweight Title
  • 2001: WWF Undisputed World Title
  • 2002: WWE Undisputed World Title
  • 2002: Exclusive to the SmackDown Brand
  • 2005: Drafted to the RAW Brand
  • 2013: WWE World Heavyweight Title
Champion Date Location Event
Buddy Rogers 04/25/63  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil n/a
* * * NOTES: Awarded the WWWF title when the WWWF left the NWA.
Bruno Sammartino 05/17/63 New York City, NY  House Show
Ray Stevens 07/15/67 San Francisco, CA  House Show
* * * NOTES: This title switch is not recognized by the WWWF.
Ivan Koloff 01/18/71 New York City, NY  House Show
Pedro Morales 02/08/71 New York City, NY  House Show
Stan Stasiak 02/08/71 Philadelphia, PA  House Show
Bruno Sammartino 12/10/73 New York City, NY  House Show
Billy Graham 04/30/77 Baltimore, MD  House Show
Bob Backlund 02/20/78 New York City, NY  House Show
Antonio Inoki 11/30/79 Tokushima, Japan  House Show
* * * NOTES: This title switch is not recognized by the WWWF.
Bob Backlund 12/12/79 New York City, NY  House Show
* * * NOTES: Title was held up on October 19, 1981.
Bob Backlund 11/23/81 New York City, NY  House Show
* * * NOTES: Defeated Greg Valentine in a rematch.
The Iron Sheik 12/26/83 New York City, NY  House Show
Hulk Hogan 01/23/84 New York City, NY  House Show
* * * NOTES: Click Here for a photo of the pinfall.
Andre The Giant 02/05/88 Indianapolis, IN Sat. Nights Main Event
* * * NOTES: Stripped after trying to sell the title to Ted DiBiase.
Randy Savage 03/27/88 Atlantic City, NJ Wrestlemania IV
Hulk Hogan 04/02/89 Atlantic City, NJ Wrestlemania V
Ultimate Warrior 04/01/90 Toronto, ONT Wrestlemania VI
Sgt Slaughter 01/19/91 Miami, FL Royal Rumble 1991
Hulk Hogan 03/24/91 Los Angeles, CA Wrestlemania VII
The Undertaker 11/27/91 Detroit, MI Survivor Series
Hulk Hogan 12/03/91 San Antonio, TX Tuesday In Texas
* * * NOTES: Vacated after controversial finish.
Ric Flair 01/19/92 Albany, NY Royal Rumble
* * * NOTES: Ric Flair wins the Royal Rumble to capture the WWF Title.
Randy Savage 04/05/92 Indianapolis, IN Wrestlemania VIII
Ric Flair 09/01/92 Hershey, PA Prime Time Wrestling 
Bret Hart 10/12/92 Saskatoon, SASK House Show
Yokozuna 04/04/93 Las Vegas, NV Wrestlemania IV
Hulk Hogan 04/04/93 Las Vegas, NV Wrestlemania IV
Yokozuna 06/13/93 Dayton, OH King of the Ring
Bret Hart 03/20/94 New York City, NY Wrestlemania X
Bob Backlund 11/23/94 San Antonio, TX Survivor Series
Diesel 11/26/94 New York City, NY House Show
Bret Hart 11/19/95 Washington DC Survivor Series
Shawn Michaels 03/31/96 Anaheim, CA Wrestlemania XII
* * * NOTES: This was an Iron Man match ending 1-0.
Sycho Sid 11/17/96 New York City, NY Survivor Series
Shawn Michaels 01/19/97 San Antonio, TX Royal Rumble
* * * NOTES: Vacated on February 13, 1997.
Bret Hart 02/16/97 Chattanooga, TN IYH: Final Four
* * * NOTES: Defeated Steve Austin, Undertaker & Vader.
Sycho Sid 02/17/97 Nashville, TN RAW
The Undertaker 03/23/97 Chicago, IL Wrestlemania XIII
Bret Hart 08/03/97 East Rutherford, NJ SummerSlam
Shawn Michaels 11/09/97 Montreal, QUE Survivor Series
* * * NOTES: The infamous Montreal ScrewJob.
Steve Austin 03/29/98 Boston, MA Wrestlemania XIV
Kane 06/28/98 Pittsburgh, PA King of the Ring
Steve Austin 06/29/98 Cleveland, OH RAW
* * * NOTES: Title Held Up.
The Rock 11/15/98 St Louis, MO Survivor Series
* * * NOTES: Defeated Mankind in the Finals of a Tournament.
Mankind 12/29/98 Worcester, MA RAW
The Rock 01/24/99 Anaheim, CA Royal Rumble
Mankind 01/26/99 Tuscon, AZ Halftime Heat
The Rock 02/15/99 Birmingham, AL RAW
Steve Austin 03/28/99 Phildelphia, PA Wrestlemania XV
The Undertaker 05/23/99 Kansas City, MO Over The Edge
Steve Austin 06/28/99 Charlotte, NC RAW
Mankind 08/22/99 Minneapolis, MN SummerSlam
* * * NOTES: Defeated Steve Austin & The Rock in a 3-WAY.
Triple H 08/23/99 Ames, IA RAW
Vince McMahon 09/14/99 Las Vegas, NV Armegeddon
* * * NOTES: Vacated on September 20, 1999.
Triple H 09/26/99 Charlotte, NC Unforgiven
* * * NOTES: Won a Six-Pack Challenge.
The Big Show 11/14/99 Detroit, MI Survivor Series
* * * NOTES: Substituted for Steve Austin.
Triple H 01/03/00 Miami, FL RAW
The Rock 04/30/00 Washington DC Backlash
Triple H 05/21/00 Louisville, KY Judgement Day
The Rock 06/25/00 Boston, MA RAW
Kurt Angle 10/22/00 Albany, NY No Mercy
The Rock 02/25/01 Las Vegas, NV No Way Out
Steve Austin 04/01/01 Houston, TX Wrestlemania X-7
Kurt Angle 09/23/01 Pittsburgh, PA Unforgiven 2001
Steve Austin 10/08/01 Indianapolis, IN RAW
Chris Jericho 12/09/01 San Diego, CA Vengeance 2001
* * * NOTES: Unified with WCW World Championship.
Triple H 03/17/02 Toronto, ONT Wrestlemania X-8
Hulk Hogan 04/21/02 Kansas City, MO Backlash
Undertaker 05/19/02 Nashville, TN Judgement Day
The Rock 07/21/02 Detroit, MI Vengeance 2002
* * * NOTES: Defeated The Undertaker & Kurt Angle.
Brock Lesnar 08/25/02 New York, NY SummerSlam
* * * NOTES: WWE Championship became exclusive to SmackDown!.
Big Show 11/17/02 New York City, NY Survivor Series
Kurt Angle 12/15/02 Ft Lauderdale, FL Armageddon
Brock Lesnar 03/30/03 Seattle, WA Wrestlemania 19
Kurt Angle 07/27/03 Denver, CO Vengeance
* * * NOTES: Defeated Brock Lesnar & Big Show in a 3-WAY.
Brock Lesnar 09/18/03 Raleigh, NC SmackDown
* * * NOTES: Defeated Kurt Angle in a 60-Minute Iron Man match.
Eddie Guerrero 02/15/04 San Francisco, CA No Way Out
John Layfield 06/27/04 Norfolk, VA Great American Bash
* * * NOTES: Defeated Eddie Guerrero in a Bullrope match.
John Cena 04/03/05 Los Angeles, CA Wrestlemania 21
Edge 01/08/06 Albany, NY NY Revolution
* * * NOTES: Edge cashed in his Money In The Bank.
John Cena 01/29/06 Miami, FL Royal Rumble
Rob Van Dam 06/11/06 Philadelphia, PA One Night Stand
Edge 07/03/06 Philadelphia, PA RAW
* * * NOTES: Defeated RVD & John Cena in a 3-WAY.
John Cena 09/17/06 Toronto, ONT Unforgiven
* * * NOTES: John Cena was stripped due to injury.
Randy Orton (Awarded) 10/07/07 Chicago, IL No Mercy
* * * NOTES: Randy Orton was awarded the title by Vince McMahon.
Triple H 10/07/07 Chicago, IL No Mercy
Randy Orton 10/07/07 Chicago, IL No Mercy
* * * NOTES: Randy Orton defeated Triple H in a Last Man Standing match.
Triple H 04/27/08 Baltimore, MY Backlash
* * * NOTES: HHH defeated Randy Orton & John Cena & JBL in a 4-WAY.
Edge 11/23/08 Boston, MA Survivor Series
* * * NOTES: Edge was inserted into an HHH vs. Kozlov match at the last second by Edge’s wife and General Manager Vickie Guerrero..
Jeff Hardy 12/14/08 Buffalo, NY Armageddon
* * * NOTES: Jeff Hardy defeated Edge (c) and Triple H in a 3-WAY after Vladimir Kozlov interfered..
Edge 01/25/09 Detroit, MI Royal Rumble
* * * NOTES: Edge defeated Jeff Hardy in a controversial No-DQ match after interference from Chavo and Vickie Guerrero – plus Matt Hardy’s shocking turn on his brother..
Triple H 02/15/09 Seattle, WA No Way Out
* * * NOTES: Triple H defeated Edge (c) and Jeff Hardy and the Undertaker and the Big Show and Vlaidmir Kozlov in an Elimination Chamber match to win the WWE Championship!.
Randy Orton 04/26/09 Providence, RI Backlash
* * * NOTES: Randy Orton & Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase Jr. defeated Triple H & Batista & Shane McMahon in a six man tag team match where Triple H’s WWE championship was on the line.
Batista 06/07/09 New Orleans, LA Extreme Rules
* * * NOTES: Batista defeated Randy Orton in a Steel Cage match. The following night on RAW, Randy Orton & Legacy destroyed Batista to the point of injury, so the championship had to be vacated and put up for grabs the following week.
Randy Orton 06/15/09 Charlotte, NC RAW
* * * NOTES: Randy Orton defeated Triple H and John Cena and the Big Show in a 4-WAY to capture the vacant WWE championship!
John Cena 09/13/09 Montreal, QUE Breaking Point
* * * NOTES: John Cena defeated Randy Orton in a “I Quit” match to win the WWE title!
Randy Orton 10/04/09 Newark, NJ Hell in a Cell
* * * NOTES: Randy Orton defeated John Cena in a Hell in a Cell match to capture the WWE championship!
John Cena 10/25/09 Pittsburgh, PA Bragging Rights
* * * NOTES: John Cena defeated Randy Orton in a “60-Minute Iron Man” match by a score of 6-5 to win the WWE championship!
Sheamus 12/13/09 San Antonio, TX TLC
* * * NOTES: Sheamus defeated John Cena in a tables match to win the WWE championship!
John Cena 02/21/10 St. Louis, MO Elimination Chamber
* * * NOTES: John Cena defeated Sheamus (c) and Triple H and Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase Jr. and Kofi Kingston to win the WWE championship
Batista 02/21/10 St. Louis, MO Elimination Chamber
* * * NOTES: This match was ordered by Vince McMahon immediately following the Elimination Chamber match. Batista won in about 30 seconds!
John Cena 03/28/10 Phoenix, AZ WrestleMania 26
Sheamus 06/20/10 Long Island, NY Fatal 4-WAY
* * * NOTES: Sheamus defeated John Cena (c) and Randy Orton and Edge in a four corners match after interference by the NXT to win the WWE championship!
Randy Orton 09/19/10 Chicago, IL Night of Champions
* * * NOTES: Randy Orton defeated Sheamus (c) and John Cena and Chris Jericho and Edge and Wade Barrett in a ‘Six Pack Challenge’ to win the WWE championship!
Mike “The Miz” Mizanin 11/23/10 Orlando, FL RAW
* * * NOTES: The Miz cashed in his “Money in the Bank” contract on Randy Orton (after Orton had been attacked by the Nexus, and miraculously defeated Wade Barrett in a title match) to win the WWE championship!
John Cena 05/01/11 Orlando, FL Extreme Rules
* * * NOTES: John Cena defeated The Miz (c) and John Morrison in a triple threat steel cage match to win his 10th WWE championship!
C.M. Punk 07/17/11 Chicago, IL Money in the Bank
* * * NOTES: C.M. Punk won the title on the day his contract “expired.” He then left the WWE (in storyline) with the belt, so it was vacated and a tournament was announced.
Rey Mysterio 07/25/11 Hampton, VA RAW
* * * NOTES: Rey Mysterio defeated The Miz in the finals of an 8-man tournament to win the vacant WWE championship.
John Cena (11) 07/25/11 Hampton, VA RAW
* * * NOTES: John Cena defeated Rey Mysterio in the main event to win the WWE championship! After the match, C.M. Punk was brought back with his title, setting up a champion vs. champion match.
C.M. Punk 08/14/11 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam
* * * NOTES: WWE champion C.M. Punk defeated WWE champion John Cena to become the “undisputed champion.” After the match, Kevin Nash returned to WWE and attacked C.M. Punk.
Alberto Del Rio 08/14/11 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam
* * * NOTES: Alberto Del Rio cashed in his “Money in the Bank” contract and won the undisputed championship!
John Cena 09/18/11 Buffalo, NY Night of Champions
Alberto Del Rio 10/02/11 New Orleans, LA Hell in a Cell
* * * NOTES: Alberto Del Rio defeated C.M. Punk and John Cena (c) in a triple threat ‘Hell in a Cell’ match to win the WWE championship.
C.M. Punk 11/20/11 New York City, NY Survivor Series
The Rock 01/27/13 Phoenix, AZ Royal Rumble
John Cena 04/07/13 East Rutherford, NJ Wrestlemania 29
Daniel Bryan 08/18/13 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam
Randy Orton 08/18/13 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam
* * * NOTES: Randy Orton cashed in his “Money in the Bank” briefcase after Triple H (the guest referee in the main event between Daniel Bryan and John Cena) turned on Daniel Bryan and hit him with a pedigree.
Daniel Bryan 09/15/13 Detroit, MI Night of Champions
Title is vacated 09/16/13 Cleveland, OH RAW
* * * NOTES: WWE COO Triple H stripped Daniel Bryan of the WWE title because he believed referee Scott Armstrong was guilty of a fast “three-count” at Night of Champions.
Randy Orton 10/27/13 Miami, FL Hell in a Cell
* * * NOTES: Shawn Michaels was the special guest referee and was directly involved in the finish of the match. He hit Daniel Bryan with Sweet Chin Music to end the match.
Randy Orton 12/15/13 Houston, TX TLC
* * * NOTES: WWE champion Randy Orton defeated WWE world heavyweight champion John Cena in a TLC title unification match.  The title was officially renamed the WWE world heavyweight title.
Daniel Bryan 04/06/14 New Orleans, LA WrestleMania XXX
* * * NOTES: This was a triple threat match between WWE world heavyweight champion Randy Orton, Batista, and Daniel Bryan.

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