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Current champion Jeff Hardy

The WWE United States Championship is a professional wrestling championship contested in the American promotion WWE on the SmackDown brand. It was originally known as the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship and began as a regional championship created by and defended in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, run by Jim Crockett Jr. Harley Race became the inaugural champion on the title's introduction on January 1, 1975. Turner Broadcasting bought the company in November 1988 and renamed it World Championship Wrestling (WCW) after its primary television program.

In March 2001, the then-WWF bought selected assets of WCW. This resulted in the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship becoming a championship for the WWF, who referred to it as the WCW United States Championship. At Survivor Series in November 2001, the WCW United States and WWF Intercontinental Championships were unified, resulting in the United States Championship being deactivated. In July 2003, the title was reactivated as the WWE United States Championship. Since the 2018 WWE Superstar Shake-up, it is exclusively contested on the SmackDown brand.

The championship is contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition. Some reigns were held by champions using a ring name, while others used their real name. Jeff Hardy is the current champion in his first reign. He defeated former champion Baron Corbin at Raw on April 16, 2018.

Overall, there have been 91 different champions. Ric Flair holds the record for having the most reigns at six. Lex Luger holds the record for the longest reign, with his third reign lasting a total of 523 days, while Fandango holds the longest reign under the WWE banner, at 448 days (overall the second longest in the title's history). Only three men, Lex Luger, Fandango and Rick Rude, have held the championship for a continuous reign of one year (365 days) or more.

Title history Edit

Names Edit

Name Years
NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) January 1, 1975 – January 27, 1981
NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Undisputed version) January 27, 1981 – 1991
WCW United States (Heavyweight) Championship 1991 – 2001
WWE United States Championship 2003 – present

Reigns Edit

As of December 17, 2018.

Reign The reign number for the specific champion listed
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title was won
Indicates the title changes not recognized by the WWE
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Title historyEdit

Reigns Edit

No. Wrestler Reign Date Days held Event
1 The Miz 1 April 5, 2010 168 Raw
2 MVP 1 September 19, 2010 64 Night of Champions
3 The Miz 2 November 21, 2010 70 Survivor Series
4 Shelton Benjamin 1 January 30, 2011 168 Royal Rumble
5 R-Truth 1 July 17, 2011 28 Money in the Bank
6 The Miz 3 August 14, 2011 1 SummerSlam
7 Goldust 1 August 15, 2011 48 Raw
8 Sheamus 1 October 2, 2011 77 Battleground
9 Justin Gabriel 1 December 18, 2011 64 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs
10 Sheamus 2 February 19, 2012 42 Elimination Chamber
11 Matt Hardy 1 April 1, 2012 78 WrestleMania II
12 MVP 2 June 17, 2012 154 No Way Out
13 Matt Hardy 2 November 18, 2012 140 Survivor Series
14 Big Show 1 April 7, 2013 42 WrestleMania III
15 Alberto Del Rio 1 May 19, 2013 56 Extreme Rules
16 Big Show 2 July 14, 2013 105 Money in the Bank
17 Dolph Ziggler 1 October 27, 2013 120 Hell in a Cell
18 John Morrison 1 February 23, 2014 42 Elimination Chamber
19 Daniel Bryan 1 April 6, 2014 28 WrestleMania IV
20 The Miz 4 May 4, 2014 77 Extreme Rules
21 John Morrison 2 July 20, 2014 63 Battleground
22 Kofi Kingston 1 September 21, 2014 35 Night of Champions
23 Wade Barrett 1 October 26, 2014 50 Hell in a Cell
24 Kofi Kingston 2 December 14, 2014 113 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs
25 Fandango 1 April 6, 2015 448 Raw
26 Christian 1 June 26, 2016 273 Money in the Bank
27 AJ Styles 1 March 26, 2017 147 WrestleMania VII
28 Finn Bálor 1 August 20, 2017 35 SummerSlam
29 AJ Styles 2 September 24, 2017 147 Night of Champions
30 Luke Harper 1 February 18, 2018 35 Fastlane
31 AJ Styles 3 March 25, 2018 35 WrestleMania VIII
32 Seth Rollins 1 April 29, 2018 77 Extreme Rules
33 Dean Ambrose 1 July 15, 2018 260 Battleground
34 Samoa Joe 1 March 31, 2019 84 WrestleMania IX
35 Randy Orton 1 June 23, 2019 64 Money in the Bank
36 Sami Zayn 1 August 25, 2019 260 SummerSlam
37 Baron Corbin 1 May 10, 2020 42 Extreme Rules
38 Sami Zayn 2 June 21, 2020 21 Money in the Bank
39 Baron Corbin 2 July 12, 2020 37 Battleground
40 Aleister Black 1 August 18, 2020 5 SmackDown
41 AJ Styles 4 August 23, 2020 50 SummerSlam
42 Aleister Black 2 October 11, 2020 126 No Mercy
43 Kevin Owens 1 February 14, 2021 49+ Elimination Chamber

List of combined reignsEdit

TheMiz

Inaugural champion The Miz

AJStylesUS

Record tying four-time champion AJ Styles

Fandango

Fandango is the longest reigning champion in history, with a record of 448 days

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
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1 Fandango 1 448
2 AJ Styles 4 379
3 The Miz 4 316
4 Sami Zayn 2 281
5 Christian 1 273
6 Dean Ambrose 1 260
7 Matt Hardy 2 218
MVP 2 218
9 Shelton Benjamin 1 168
10 Kofi Kingston 2 148
11 Big Show 2 147
12 Aleister Black 2 131
13 Dolph Ziggler 1 120
14 Sheamus 2 119
15 John Morrison 2 105
16 Samoa Joe 1 84
17 Baron Corbin 2 79
18 Seth Rollins 1 77
19 Justin Gabriel 1 64
Randy Orton 1 64
21 Alberto Del Rio 1 56
22 Wade Barrett 1 50
23 Kevin Owens † 1 49+
24 Goldust 1 48
25 Finn Bálor 1 35
Luke Harper 1 35
27 Daniel Bryan 1 28
R-Truth 1 28