The World Heavyweight Championship was a world heavyweight championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE.
The title was established under the Raw brand in 2002, after Raw and SmackDown became distinct brands under WWE, and moved between both brands on different occasions (mainly as a result of the WWE draft) until August 29, 2011 when all programming became full roster "supershows". The World Heavyweight Championship was retired at the WWE pay-per-view, TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, on December 15, 2013 when it was unified with the WWE Championship. The unified championship became the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, retaining the lineage of the WWE Championship. Triple H was the inaugural World Heavyweight Champion, with Randy Orton being the last.
The title was one of six to be represented by the historic Big Gold Belt, first introduced in 1986. Its heritage can be traced back to the first world heavyweight championship, thereby giving the belt a legacy over 100 years old, the oldest in the world.
|1||Rey Mysterio||1||April 9, 2010||72||SmackDown||Won a 20-man battle royal to become the inaugural champion.|
|2||The Undertaker||1||June 20, 2010||126||Fatal 4-Way||This was a fatal 4-way match also involving Christian and CM Punk.|
|3||CM Punk||1||October 24, 2010||98||Hell in a Cell||This was a Hell in a Cell match.|
|4||The Undertaker||2||January 30, 2011||21||Royal Rumble|
|5||CM Punk||2||February 20, 2011||42||Elimination Chamber||This was an Elimination Chamber match also involving Christian, Drew McIntyre, Rey Mysterio and Wade Barrett.|
|6||The Undertaker||3||April 3, 2011||105||WrestleMania|
|7||Big Show||1||July 17, 2011||<1||Money in the Bank|
|8||CM Punk||3||28||CM Punk cashed in his Money in the Bank contract after the Big Show defeated The Undertaker in a falls count anywhere match.|
|9||Christian||1||August 14, 2011||98||SummerSlam|
|10||The Undertaker||4||November 20, 2011||70||Survivor Series|
|11||Chris Jericho||1||January 29, 2012||63||Royal Rumble|
|12||Edge||1||April 1, 2012||77||WrestleMania II|
|13||Chris Jericho||2||June 17, 2012||154||No Way Out||This was a Steel Cage match.|
|14||Batista||1||November 18, 2012||28||Survivor Series||This was a triple threat match also involving Randy Orton.|
|15||Randy Orton||1||December 16, 2012||182||TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs||This was a tables match.|
|16||Triple H||1||June 16, 2013||63||Payback|
|17||Batista||2||August 18, 2013||98||SummerSlam|
|18||Shawn Michaels||1||November 24, 2013||63||Survivor Series|
|19||Chris Jericho||3||January 26, 2014||70||Royal Rumble|
|20||Edge||2||April 6, 2014||168||WrestleMania IV|
|21||Christian||2||September 21, 2014||126||Night of Champions|
|22||Dolph Ziggler||1||January 25, 2015||91||Royal Rumble|
|23||Kane||1||April 26, 2015||49||Extreme Rules||This was an Extreme Rules match.|
|24||Dean Ambrose||1||June 14, 2015||133||Money in the Bank|
|25||Cesaro||1||October 25, 2015||91||Hell in a Cell||This was a Hell in a Cell match.|
|26||Sheamus||1||January 24, 2016||<1||Royal Rumble||This was also for the WWE Championship.|
Championships are unified, and the World Heavyweight Championship is deactivated.
|—||Retired||—||January 24, 2016||—||Royal Rumble||The title is retired after it is unified with the WWE Championship.|
List of combined reignsEdit