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In professional wrestling, championships are competed for in scripted storylines by a company or promotion's roster of contracted wrestlers. WWE is a Stamford, Connecticut-based sports entertainment company primarily focused on professional wrestling. The promotion was founded in 1952 as the Capitol Wrestling Corporation (CWC). In the company's 50-year history, over twenty different unique championships have been operated and contended for. These titles consisted of divisional, special stipulations, and weight-class championships. Of these titles, nineteen have been retired and succeeded through replacement titles or title unifications. The first retired championship was in 1967 with the WWWF United States Tag Team Championship (created in 1953), while the most recent was the WWE Divas Championship (created in 2008) in April 2016. The following is a compilation of the company's former championships that were once active and contended for by its roster.

Defunct championshipsEdit

No. Championship Date of entry First champion(s)
(Tag team name)
Date retired Final champion(s)
(Tag team name)
Years active Notes
1 WWWF United States Tag Team Championship July 1958 Don Curtis and Mark Lewin July 29, 1967 Spiros Arion and Bruno Sammartino 9 The title was retired without a formal announcement
2 WWWF United States Heavyweight Championship April 6, 1963 Bobo Brazil March 1, 1976 Bobo Brazil 13 The title was retired without a formal announcement
3 WWF North American Heavyweight Championship February 13, 1979 Ted DiBiase March 20, 1981 Seiji Sakaguchi 2 The title was retired without a formal announcement
4 WWF International Heavyweight Championship July 1959 Antonino Rocca July 23, 1984 Akira Maeda 25 The title was retired without a formal announcement
5 WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship September 1965 Paul DeGalles October 31, 1985 The Cobra 20 The title was retired after NJPW and the WWF ended their partnership
6 WWF International Tag Team Championship June 1, 1969 Toru Tanaka and Mitsu Arakawa
(Rising Suns)
October 31, 1985 Tatsumi Fujinami and Kengo Kimura 16 The title was retired after NJPW and the WWF ended their partnership
7 WWF Canadian Championship August 18, 1985 Dino Bravo January 22, 1986 Dino Bravo <1 Bravo was the only champion as a result of the WWF abandoning the title without a formal announcement
8 WWF Women's Tag Team Championship May 13, 1983 Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria February 14, 1989 Leilani Kai and Judy Martin
(The Glamour Girls)
6 The title was abandoned by the WWF without a formal announcement
9 WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship December 18, 1978 Antonio Inoki December 31, 1989 Antonio Inoki 11 The title was retired after NJPW and the WWF ended their partnership
10 WWF Intercontinental Tag Team Championship January 7, 1991 Perro Aguayo and Gran Hamada July 1991 Perro Aguayo and Gran Hamada <1 Aguayo and Hamada were the only champions as a result of the WWF retiring the title without a formal announcement
11 WCW Tag Team Championship March 23, 2001 Sean O' Haire and Chuck Palumbo November 18, 2001 Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley
(Dudley Boyz)
<1 The title was retired after it was unified with the WWF Tag Team Championship
12 WWF Light Heavyweight Championship December 7, 1997 Taka Michinoku November 30, 2001 X-Pac 4 The title was replaced with the WCW Cruiserweight Championship without a formal announcement
13 WCW Championship March 23, 2001 Booker T December 9, 2001 Chris Jericho <1 The title was retired after it was unified with the WWF Championship
14 WWE European Championship February 26, 1997 The British Bulldog July 22, 2002 Rob Van Dam 5 The title was retired after it was unified with the WWE Intercontinental Championship
15 WWE Hardcore Championship November 2, 1998 Mankind August 26, 2002 Rob Van Dam 4 The title was retired after it was unified with the WWE Intercontinental Championship
16 WWE Cruiserweight Championship March 23, 2001 Shane Helms September 28, 2007 Hornswoggle 7 The title was retired without a formal announcement by WWE. This is not the same title as the current WWE Cruiserweight Championship
17 ECW Championship June 13, 2006 Rob Van Dam February 16, 2010 Ezekiel Jackson 4 The title was retired on the final episode of ECW with the closure of WWE's ECW brand
18 World Tag Team Championship June 3, 1971 Luke Graham and Tarzan Tyler August 16, 2010 David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd
(The Hart Dynasty)
39 The title was retired in favor of the WWE Tag Team Championship in April 2010, following a year of the two titles being defended together under the umbrella title of "Unified WWE Tag Team Championship"
19 WWE Women's Championship September 18, 1956 The Fabulous Moolah September 19, 2010 Layla 54 The title was retired in favor of the WWE Divas Championship after the unification of both titles on September 19, 2010.
This is not the same title as the Women's Championship introduced at WrestleMania 32, which is now called the Raw Women's Championship.
20 Million Dollar Championship February 15, 1989 Ted DiBiase November 15, 2010 Ted DiBiase, Jr. <5 Ted DiBiase created the title, although it was never officially sanctioned by WWF/WWE. Ted DiBiase, Jr. abandoned the title after it was stolen by Goldust on October 4 and Aksana]on November 8. The title was retired without a formal announcement
21 World Heavyweight Championship September 2, 2002 Triple H December 16, 2013 Randy Orton 11 Title unified with the WWE Championship at the TLC pay-per-view
22 WWE Divas Championship July 20, 2008 Michelle McCool April 3, 2016 Charlotte 8 On the WrestleMania 32 pre-show, former WWE Diva and WWE Hall of Famer Lita announced that the Divas Championship triple threat match with Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Sasha Banks would instead be for the new WWE Women's Championship. The Divas Championship was subsequently retired

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