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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.

Title historyEdit

No. Wrestler Reign Date Days held Event Notes
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

Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 The Undertaker 4 322
2 Chris Jericho 3 287
3 Edge 2 245
4 Christian 2 224
5 Randy Orton 1 182
6 CM Punk 3 168
7 Dean Ambrose 1 133
8 Batista 2 126
9 Cesaro 1 91
Dolph Ziggler
10 Rey Mysterio 1 72
11 Triple H 1 63
Shawn Michaels
12 Kane 1 49
13 Big Show 1 <1
Sheamus

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