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BaronCorbin

Current champion Baron Corbin

The WWE Championship is a world heavyweight championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the SmackDown brand. It is one of two world titles in the WWE, alongside the Universal Championship that was created for the Raw brand as a result of the 2020 WWE draft. The title is currently held by Baron Corbin, who is in his first reign.

The original world championship of the promotion, it was established on April 5, 2010. The inaugural champion was John Cena. It is the oldest championship currently active in the WWE, and is presented as being the promotion's most prestigious title, with many matches for the title having headlined pay-per-view events – including WWE's flagship event WrestleMania.

From its inception until 2016, it was promoted as one of WWE's two primary championship, along with the now retired World Heavyweight Championship. The titles were later unified as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship until the 2020 draft, and the introduction of the Universal Championship for the Raw brand.

The championship was originally exclusive to the Raw brand until early 2016 when all championships would be declared as dual-branded, ending the initial brand extension. As a result of the 2020 draft, the WWE Championship became exclusive to the SmackDown brand.

The inaugural champion was John Cena. Triple H's 40 second reign is the shortest in the title's history, while The Undertaker has the longest single reign at 301 days. John Cena holds the most reigns with 7, and has the longest combined reign at 511 days.

Baron Corbin is the current champion in his first reign. He won the title by defeating former champion The Undertaker and Drew McIntyre in a triple threat match at SummerSlam on August 23, 2020.

Title historyEdit

Names Edit

Name Years
WWE Championship April 5, 2010 – January 24, 2016
WWE World Heavyweight Championship January 24, 2016 – April 3, 2020
WWE Championship April 3, 2020 – present

Reigns Edit

No. Wrestler Reign Date Days held Event
1 John Cena 1 April 5, 2010 75 Raw
2 Randy Orton 1 June 20, 2010 28 Fatal 4-Way
3 John Cena 2 July 18, 2010 8 Money in the Bank
4 Chris Jericho 1 July 26, 2010 90 Raw
5 John Cena 3 October 24, 2010 28 Hell in a Cell
6 Randy Orton 2 November 21, 2010 91 Survivor Series
7 Edge 1 February 20, 2011 42 Elimination Chamber
8 Triple H 1 April 3, 2011 77 WrestleMania
9 Randy Orton 3 June 19, 2011 56 Capitol Punishment
10 Triple H 2 August 14, 2011 35 SummerSlam
11 Sheamus 1 September 18, 2011 91 Night of Champions
12 John Morrison 1 December 18, 2011 133 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs
13 The Miz 1 April 29, 2012 49 Extreme Rules
14 John Morrison 2 June 17, 2012 63 No Way Out
15 CM Punk 1 August 19, 2012 70 SummerSlam
16 Christian 1 October 28, 2012 91 Hell in a Cell
17 John Cena 4 January 27, 2013 70 Royal Rumble
18 The Undertaker 1 April 7, 2013 42 WrestleMania III
19 John Cena 5 May 19, 2013 140 Extreme Rules
20 Big Show 1 October 6, 2013 49 Battleground
21 The Undertaker 2 November 24, 2013 91 Survivor Series
22 Triple H 3 February 23, 2014 <1 Elimination Chamber
23 Kane 1 126
24 Batista 1 June 29, 2014 84 Money in the Bank
25 Randy Orton 4 September 21, 2014 189 Night of Champions
26 John Cena 6 March 29, 2015 8 WrestleMania V
27 Edge 2 April 6, 2015 20 Raw
28 John Cena 7 April 26, 2015 182 Extreme Rules
29 CM Punk 2 October 25, 2015 63 Hell in a Cell
30 Sheamus 2 December 27, 2015 127 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs
31 Daniel Bryan 1 May 2, 2016 83 Raw
32 Brock Lesnar 1 July 24, 2016 63 Battleground
33 Dean Ambrose 1 September 25, 2016 84 Night of Champions
34 Brock Lesnar 2 December 18, 2016 98 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs
35 Bad News Barrett 1 March 26, 2017 <1 WrestleMania VII
36 Edge 3 91
37 Christian 2 June 25, 2017 35 Money in the Bank
38 Edge 4 July 30, 2017 56 Battleground
39 Seth Rollins 1 September 24, 2017 28 Night of Champions
40 Edge 5 October 22, 2017 35 Hell in a Cell
41 Seth Rollins 2 November 26, 2017 119 Survivor Series
42 Fandango 1 March 25, 2018 35 WrestleMania VIII
43 Chris Jericho 2 April 29, 2018 28 Extreme Rules
44 Fandango 2 May 27, 2018 49 Payback
45 Chris Jericho 3 July 15, 2018 70 Battleground
46 Kevin Owens 1 September 23, 2018 63 Night of Champions
47 Chris Jericho 4 November 25, 2018 28 Survivor Series
48 Kevin Owens 2 December 23, 2018 35 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs
49 Chris Jericho 5 January 27, 2019 29 Royal Rumble
50 Kevin Owens 3 February 24, 2019 35 Fastlane
51 AJ Styles 1 March 31, 2019 56 WrestleMania IX
52 Kevin Owens 4 May 26, 2019 91 Payback
53 The Undertaker 3 August 25, 2019 301 SummerSlam
54 Drew McIntyre 1 June 21, 2020 21 Money in the Bank
55 The Undertaker 4 July 12, 2020 42 Battleground
56 Baron Corbin 1 August 23, 2020 217+ SummerSlam

List of combined reignsEdit

JohnCena

Inaugural champion John Cena, who also holds the record for most reigns with seven

Undertaker

The Undertaker is the longest reigning champion in history, with a record of 301 days

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 John Cena 7 511
2 The Undertaker 4 476
3 Randy Orton 4 364
4 Chris Jericho 5 245
5 Edge 5 244
6 Kevin Owens 4 224
7 Sheamus 2 218
8 Baron Corbin † 1 217+
9 John Morrison 2 196
10 Brock Lesnar 2 161
11 Seth Rollins 2 147
12 CM Punk 2 133
13 Christian 2 126
Kane 1 126
15 Triple H 3 112
16 Batista 1 84
Dean Ambrose 1 84
Fandango 2 84
19 Daniel Bryan 1 83
20 AJ Styles 1 56
21 Big Show 1 49
The Miz 1 49
23 Drew McIntyre 1 21
24 Bad News Barrett 1 <1

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