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Title history Edit

Wrestler Reign Date won Days held Location Event Notes
Buddy Rogers 1 January 25, 1963 112 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil House show Won a tournament in Rio de Janeiro after the WWWF left the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), of which Rogers had been the 7th NWA World Heavyweight Champion since defeating Pat O'Connor on June 30, 1961
Bruno Sammartino 1 May 17, 1963 2,803 New York City, New York House show
Ivan Koloff 1 January 18, 1971 21 New York City, New York House show
Pedro Morales 1 February 8, 1971 1,036 New York City, New York House show
Bruno Sammartino 2 December 10, 1973 1,237 New York City, New York House show
Superstar Billy Graham 1 April 30, 1977 296 Baltimore, Maryland House show
Bob Backlund 1 February 20, 1978 648 New York City, New York House show
Antonio Inoki 1 November 30, 1979 342 Tokushima, Japan House show
The Iron Sheik 1 December 6, 1980 1,143 Tokyo, Japan House show
Hulk Hogan 1 January 23, 1984 654 New York City, New York House show
Roddy Piper 1 November 7, 1985 175 Rosemont, Illinois The Wrestling Classic
Hulk Hogan 2 May 1, 1986 227 Providence, Rhode Island Saturday Night's Main Event VI
Jake Roberts 1 December 14, 1986 105 Hartford, Connecticut Saturday Night's Main Event IX
Hulk Hogan 3 March 29, 1987 178 Pontiac, Michigan WrestleMania III
Ted DiBiase 2 September 23, 1987 186 Hershey, Pennsylvania The Main Event I
Randy Savage 1 March 27, 1988 371 Atlantic City, New Jersey WrestleMania IV
Hulk Hogan 4 April 2, 1989 364 Atlantic City, New Jersey WrestleMania V
The Ultimate Warrior 1 April 1, 1990 148 Toronto, Ontario WrestleMania VI This was a title for title match, where Warrior also defended the Intercontinental Championship.
Rick Rude 1 August 27, 1990 209 Spectrum, Philadelphia SummerSlam This was a steel cage match.
Hulk Hogan 5 March 24, 1991 255 Los Angeles, California WrestleMania VII
Vacated December 4, 1991 New Haven, Connecticut Superstars of Wrestling Hulk Hogan was stripped of the title by WWF President Jack Tunney due to the controversy surrounding the finish of his match against The Undertaker at Survivor Series
Ric Flair 1 January 19, 1992 70 Albany, New York Royal Rumble This was the Royal Rumble match, in which Flair last eliminated Sid Justice to win the vacant title.
Randy Savage 2 March 29, 1992 146 Indianapolis, Indiana WrestleMania VIII
Ric Flair 2 September 1, 1992 215 Hershey, Pennsylvania Superstars of Wrestling
Mr. Perfect 1 April 4, 1993 148 Las Vegas, Nevada WrestleMania IX
Bret Hart 1 August 30, 1993 202 Auburn Hills, Michigan Summerslam
Owen Hart 1 March 20, 1994 248 New York City, New York WrestleMania X
The British Bulldog 1 November 23, 1994 361 San Antonio, Texas Survivor Series
Bret Hart 2 November 19, 1995 133 Landover, Maryland Survivor Series This was a no disqualification match.
Shawn Michaels 1 March 31, 1996 140 Anaheim, California WrestleMania XII This was a 60-minute Iron Man match, in which Michaels won 1–0.
Vader 1 August 18, 1996 217 Cleveland, Ohio Summerslam
The Undertaker 1 March 23, 1997 112 Rosemont, Illinois WrestleMania 13 This was a no disqualification match.
Bret Hart 3 August 3, 1997 98 East Rutherford, New Jersey SummerSlam Shawn Michaels was the special guest referee.
Shawn Michaels 2 November 9, 1997 140 Montreal, Quebec Survivor Series This was the Montreal Screwjob.
Stone Cold Steve Austin 1 March 29, 1998 91 Boston, Massachusetts WrestleMania XIV Mike Tyson was the special outside enforcer.
Kane 1 June 28, 1998 29 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania King of the Ring This was a First Blood match.
Stone Cold Steve Austin 2 July 27, 1998 83 Anaheim, California Raw
Vacated October 18, 1998 Rosemont, Illinois Judgment Day Vacated after Kane and The Undertaker simultaneously pinned Stone Cold Steve Austin in a triple threat match.
The Rock 1 November 15, 1998 43 St. Louis, Missouri Survivor Series Defeated Mankind in the finals of a tournament for the vacant title.
Mankind 1 December 28, 1998 27 Worcester, Massachusetts Raw Is War This was a no disqualification match.
The Rock 2 January 25, 1999 62 Tucson, Arizona Raw Is War This was a "I Quit" match.
Stone Cold Steve Austin 3 March 28, 1999 56 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania WrestleMania XV This was a no disqualification match 
The Undertaker 2 May 23, 1999 36 Kansas City, Missouri Over the Edge Vince McMahon was the special guest referee, also since The Undertaker won, Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon were free and The Higher Power was revealed.
Stone Cold Steve Austin 4 June 28, 1999 90 Charlotte, North Carolina Raw This was a title vs. career match.
Triple H 1 September 26, 1999 189 Charlotte, North Carolina Unforgiven This was a triple threat match also involving Mankind.
The Rock 3 April 2, 2000 147 Anaheim, California WrestleMania 2000 This was a triple threat match also involving Mick Foley.
Triple H 2 August 27, 2000 56 Raleigh, North Carolina Summerslam This was a Triple Threat match also involving Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle 1 October 22, 2000 91 Albany, New York No Mercy This was a no disqualification match.
The Rock 4 January 21, 2001 70 New Orleans, Louisiana Royal Rumble
Stone Cold Steve Austin 5 April 1, 2001 252 Houston, Texas WrestleMania X-Seven This was a no disqualification match 
Hollywood Hulk Hogan 6 December 9, 2001 98 San Diego, California Starrcade
Stone Cold Steve Austin 6 March 17, 2002 161 Toronto, Ontario WrestleMania X8 The losing team must disband and the winning team gets 100% control of the company (following Austin's win Team WWF won 6-5 thus forcing Team WCW to disband and Team WWF gain control of the company).

In late March 2002, due to the WWF's roster having doubled in size, the brand extension began, splitting the roster between the Raw and SmackDown brands, represented by the TV shows of the same name. Championships were assigned to be exclusive to a specific brand. The WWE Championship were non-exclusive at this time, and were defended on both brands.

Brock Lesnar 1 August 25, 2002 112 Uniondale, New York SummerSlam The following night, Lesnar signed a deal to appear exclusively on the SmackDown brand, also making the championship exclusive to the brand.
Kurt Angle 2 December 15, 2002 105 Sunrise, Florida Armageddon
Brock Lesnar 2 March 30, 2003 119 Seattle, Washington WrestleMania XIX
Kurt Angle 3 July 27, 2003 53 Denver, Colorado Vengeance This was a triple threat match, also involving Big Show.
Brock Lesnar 3 September 16, 2003 152 Raleigh, North Carolina SmackDown This was a 60-minute Iron Man match in which Lesnar won 5-4
Eddie Guerrero 1 February 15, 2004 133 Daly City, California No Way Out
Triple H 3 June 27, 2004 49 Norfolk, Virginia The Great American Bash
Eddie Guerrero 2 August 15, 2004 119 Toronto, Ontario Summerslam This was a steel cage match where the loser will be transferred to Raw
John Bradshaw Layfield 2 December 12, 2004 112 Duluth, Georgia Armageddon This was a fatal four-way match, also involving The Undertaker and Kurt Angle
John Cena 1 April 3, 2005 168 Los Angeles, California WrestleMania 21 The title became exclusive to the Raw brand following the 2005 WWE draft lottery.
Chrisitian 1 September 18, 2005 112 Las Vegas, Nevada Unforgiven
John Cena 2 January 8, 2006 <1 Albany, New York New Year's Revolution This was a Elimination Chamber match, also involving Edge, Shawn Michaels, Kane, and Kurt Angle
Edge 1 76 Edge cashed in his Money in the Bank contract from WrestleMania 21 immediately after John Cena won an Elimination Chamber match.
John Cena 3 March 25, 2006 78 Chicago, Illions WrestleMania 21
Rob Van Dam 1 June 11, 2006 98 New York City, New York ECW One Night Stand Van Dam cashed in his Money in the Bank contract from WrestleMania 22. This was an Extreme Rules match.
Edge 2 August 20, 2006 70 Boston, Massachusetts Summerslam This was a triple threat match, also involving Randy Orton
John Cena 4 October 29, 2006 266 Belfast, Northern Ireland Rebellion This was a Hell in a Cell match
Randy Orton 1 July 22, 2007 252 San Jose, California The Great American Bash This was a fatal four-way match, also involving Bobby Lashley and King Booker 
Triple H 4 March 30, 2008 161 Orlando, Florida WrestleMania XXIV The title became exclusive to the SmackDown brand following the 2008 WWE draft.
Jeff Hardy 1 September 7, 2008 140 Cleveland, Ohio Unforgiven This was a triple threat match, also involving Edge
Triple H 5 January 25, 2009 84 Detroit, Michigan Royal Rumble
Randy Orton 2 April 19, 2009 140 Providence, Rhode Island Backlash This was a six-man tag team match with Orton, Ted DiBiase, and Cody Rhodes against Triple H, Shane McMahon, and Batista. Orton won the championship by pinning Triple H.
John Cena 5 September 13, 2009 280 Montreal, Quebec Unforgiven This was an "I Quit" match. If anyone interfered on Randy Orton's behalf, he would have forfeited the title.
Sheamus 1 June 20, 2010 91 Uniondale, New York Vengeance This was a triple threat match, also involving Randy Orton
Wade Barrett 1 September 19, 2010 189 Rosemont, Illinois Unforgiven This was a Championship Scramble match, also involving John Cena, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho and Edge
John Cena 6 March 27, 2011 <1 Atlanta, Georgia WrestleMania XXVII
The Miz 1 84 Cashed in his Money in the Bank contract after The Rock attacked John Cena
John Cena 7 June 19, 2011 28 Washington, D.C. The Great American Bash
CM Punk 1 July 17, 2011 28 Chicago, Illinois Money in the Bank Punk left the WWE with the championship.
John Cena

(and CM Punk)

8 August 14, 2011 <1 Los Angeles, California Summerslam Defeated Rey Mysterio in a tournament final to crown a new champion with Triple H as special guest referee.

CM Punk was also recognized as WWE Champion.

Alberto Del Rio

(and CM Punk)

1 98 Cashed in his Money in the Bank contract.

CM Punk was also recognized as WWE Champion.

CM Punk 1 November 20, 2011 504 New York City, New York Survivor Series Defeated Alberto Del Rio in a match to determine the undisputed champion. This is considered a continuation of Punk's first reign but also the official start of Punk's reign
John Cena 9 April 7, 2013 133 East Rutherford, New Jersey WrestleMania 29
Daniel Bryan 1 August 18, 2013 <1 Los Angeles, California Summerslam Triple H was the special guest referee.
Randy Orton 3 224 Cashed in his Money in the Bank contract. Triple H was the special guest referee.
Daniel Bryan 2 March 30, 2014 140 New Orleans, Louisiana WrestleMania 30
Cesaro 1 August 17, 2014 224 Los Angeles, California Summerslam Cashed in his Money in the Bank contract.
Seth Rollins 1 March 29, 2015 175 Santa Clara, California WrestleMania 31
Sting 1 September 20, 2015 <1 Houston, Texas Night of Champions
Bray Wyatt 1 129 Cashed in his Money in the Bank contract.
Triple H 6 January 24, 2016 70 Orlando, Florida Royal Rumble
Dean Ambrose 1 April 3, 2016 140 Arlington, Texas WrestleMania 32 Shawn Micheals was the special guest referee.
Kevin Owens 1 August 21, 2016 224 Brooklyn, New York Summerslam Cashed in his Money in the Bank contract.

The brand extension returned and the title became exclusive to the SmackDown brand following the 2016 WWE draft.

Sami Zayn 1 April 2, 2017 195 Orlando, Florida Wrestlemania 33
Bray Wyatt 2 October 14, 2017 176 Swansea, Wales Night of Champions
Shinsuke Nakamura 1 April 8, 2018 133 New Orleans, Louisiana WrestleMania 34
Marty Scurll 1 August 19, 2018 231 Brooklyn, New York Summerslam Cashed in his Money in the Bank contract.
Zack Sabre Jr.  1 April 7, 2019 London, England WrestleMania 35

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