List of World Heavyweight Champions (WWE)

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This is the title history of the World Heavyweight Championship. The title was introduced in 2002 when WWE bought out World Championship Wrestling WCW. It was retired and unified on December 16, 2013 when Randy Orton defeated John Cena at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs.

Title History[change | change source]

As of December 20, 2014.

# Wrestlers Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes Ref
1 H, TripleTriple H 1 02002-09-02 September 2 2002 &&&&&&&&&&&&&076.&&&&&076 Milwaukee, WI Raw Awarded the championship by Eric Bischoff. [1][2]
2 Michaels, ShawnShawn Michaels 1 02002-11-17 November 17 2002 &&&&&&&&&&&&&028.&&&&&028 New York, NY Survivor Series (2002) This was the first ever Elimination Chamber match that also had Chris Jericho, Booker T, Rob Van Dam, and Kane. [3][4]
3 H, TripleTriple H 2 02002-12-15 December 15 2002 &&&&&&&&&&&&0280.&&&&&0280 Sunrise, FL Armageddon (2002) This was a Three Stages of Hell match. [5][6]
4 Goldberg 1 02003-09-21 September 21 2003 &&&&&&&&&&&&&084.&&&&&084 Hershey, PA Unforgiven (2003) This was a Career vs. Title match. [7][8]
5 H, TripleTriple H 3 02003-12-14 December 14 2003 &&&&&&&&&&&&&091.&&&&&091 Orlando, FL Armageddon (2003) This was a Triple Threat match also involving Kane. [9][10]
6 Benoit, ChrisChris Benoit 1 02004-03-14 March 14 2004 &&&&&&&&&&&&0154.&&&&&0154 New York, NY WrestleMania XX This was a Triple Threat match also involving Shawn Michaels. Benoit was the first Canadian to win the title. [11][12]
7 Orton, RandyRandy Orton 1 02004-08-15 August 15 2004 &&&&&&&&&&&&&028.&&&&&028 Toronto, ON SummerSlam (2004) Became the youngest world champion in the history of the WWE. [13][14]
8 H, TripleTriple H 4 02004-09-12 September 12 2004 &&&&&&&&&&&&&085.&&&&&085 Portland, OR Unforgiven (2004) [15][16]
Vacated - 02004-12-06 December 6, 2004 Charlotte, NC Raw [17][18]
9 H, TripleTriple H 5 02005-01-09 January 9 2005 &&&&&&&&&&&&&084.&&&&&084 San Juan, PR New Year's Revolution (2005) Triple H beat Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, Batista, and Edge in an Elimination Chamber match with Shawn Michaels as Special Guest Referee to win the vacant championship. [17][19]
10 Batista 1 02005-04-03 April 3 2005 &&&&&&&&&&&&0282.&&&&&0282 Los Angeles, CA WrestleMania 21 Batista was drafted to the SmackDown! brand as the last pick in June 30, 2005, making the title SmackDown! exclusive. [20][21]
Vacated 02006-01-10 January 10, 2006 Philadelphia, PA SmackDown! [22][23]
11 Angle, KurtKurt Angle 1 02006-01-10 January 10 2006 &&&&&&&&&&&&&082.&&&&&082 Philadelphia, PA SmackDown! Angle won the vacant championship in a 20 man battle royal last eliminating Mark Henry. [22][23]
12 Rey Mysterio 1 02006-04-02 April 2 2006 &&&&&&&&&&&&0112.&&&&&0112 Rosemont, IL WrestleMania 22 This was a Triple Threat match also involving Randy Orton. [24][25]
13 King Booker 1 02006-07-23 July 23 2006 &&&&&&&&&&&&0126.&&&&&0126 Indianapolis, IN The Great American Bash (2006) Booker was the first African American to win the title. [26][27]
14 Batista 2 02006-11-26 November 26 2006 &&&&&&&&&&&&0126.&&&&&0126 Philadelphia, PA Survivor Series (2006) This was a Last Chance match. [28][29]
15 The Undertaker 1 02007-04-01 April 1 2007 &&&&&&&&&&&&&037.&&&&&037 Detroit, MI WrestleMania 23 This was a title vs streak match in which the Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania went up to 15-0. [30][31]
16 Edge 1 02007-05-08 May 8 2007 &&&&&&&&&&&&&070.&&&&&070 Pittsburgh, PA SmackDown! Edge cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to earn the right to challenge for the title. [32][33]
Vacated 02007-07-17 July 17, 2007 Laredo, TX SmackDown! [34][35]
17 The Great Khali 1 02007-07-17 July 17 2007 &&&&&&&&&&&&&061.&&&&&061 Laredo, TX SmackDown! Khali won the vacant championship in a 20 man battle royal. Khali was the first Indian to win the title. [34][35]
18 Batista 3 02007-09-16 September 16 2007 &&&&&&&&&&&&&091.&&&&&091 Memphis, TN Unforgiven (2007) This was a Triple Threat match also involving Rey Mysterio. [36][37]
19 Edge 2 02007-12-16 December 16 2007 &&&&&&&&&&&&0105.&&&&&0105 Pittsburgh, PA Armageddon (2007) This was a Triple Threat match also involving The Undertaker. [38][39]
20 The Undertaker 2 02008-03-30 March 30 2008 &&&&&&&&&&&&&030.&&&&&030 Orlando, FL WrestleMania XXIV This was a title vs streak match in which the Undertaker's WrestleMania undefeated streak went up to 16-0. [40][41]
Vacated 02008-04-29 April 29, 2008 Atlantic City, NJ SmackDown [42][43]
21 Edge 3 02008-06-01 June 1 2008 &&&&&&&&&&&&&029.&&&&&029 San Diego, CA One Night Stand (2008) Edge beat The Undertaker in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match to win the vacant title. [42][44]
22 Punk, CMCM Punk 1 02008-06-30 June 30 2008 &&&&&&&&&&&&&069.&&&&&069 Oklahoma City, OK Raw Punk cashed in his Money in the Bank contract in order to challenge for the title. CM Punk was a part of the Raw brand, so his win made the title Raw-exclusive again. [45][46]
23 Jericho, ChrisChris Jericho 1 02008-09-07 September 7 2008 &&&&&&&&&&&&&049.&&&&&049 Cleveland, OH Unforgiven (2008) [47][48]
24 Batista 4 02008-10-26 October 26 2008 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 Phoenix, AZ Cyber Sunday (2008) This match involved Steve Austin as Special Guest Referee. [49][50]
25 Jericho, ChrisChris Jericho 2 02008-11-03 November 3 2008 &&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020 Tampa, FL Raw This was a Steel Cage match. [47][51]
26 Cena, JohnJohn Cena 1 02008-11-23 November 23 2008 &&&&&&&&&&&&&084.&&&&&084 Boston, MA Survivor Series (2008) [52][53]
27 Edge 4 02009-02-15 February 15 2009 &&&&&&&&&&&&&049.&&&&&049 Seattle, WA No Way Out (2009) This was an Elimination Chamber match also involving Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio, Mike Knox, and Kane. The title became SmackDown exclusive because of Edge being a part of the SmackDown roster. [54][55]
28 Cena, JohnJohn Cena 2 02009-04-05 April 5 2009 &&&&&&&&&&&&&021.&&&&&021 Houston, TX WrestleMania XXV This was a Triple Threat match also involving The Big Show. [56][57]
29 Edge 5 02009-04-26 April 26 2009 &&&&&&&&&&&&&042.&&&&&042 Providence, RI Backlash (2009) This was a Last Man Standing match. [58][59]
30 Hardy, JeffJeff Hardy 1 02009-06-07 June 7 2009 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 New Orleans, LA Extreme Rules (2009) This was a Ladder match. [60][61]
31 Punk, CMCM Punk 2 02009-06-07 June 7 2009 &&&&&&&&&&&&&049.&&&&&049 New Orleans, LA Extreme Rules (2009) Punk cashed in his Money in the Bank contract immediately after Hardy's victory to win the championship. [61][62]
32 Hardy, JeffJeff Hardy 2 02009-07-26 July 26 2009 &&&&&&&&&&&&&028.&&&&&028 Philadelphia, PA Night of Champions (2009) [63][64]
33 Punk, CMCM Punk 3 02009-08-23 August 23 2009 &&&&&&&&&&&&&042.&&&&&042 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam (2009) This was a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match. [65][66]
34 The Undertaker 3 02009-10-04 October 4 2009 &&&&&&&&&&&&0140.&&&&&0140 Newark, NJ Hell in a Cell (2009) This was a Hell in a Cell match, first title to ever change hands in the match type. [67][68]
35 Jericho, ChrisChris Jericho 3 02010-02-21 February 21 2010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&037.&&&&&037 St. Louis, MO Elimination Chamber This was an Elimination Chamber match, also involving John Morrison, R-Truth, CM Punk and Rey Mysterio [69]
36 Swagger, JackJack Swagger 1 02010-03-30 March 30 2010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&082.&&&&&082 Las Vegas, NV SmackDown! Swagger cashed in his Money in the Bank contract. [70]
37 Mysterio, ReyRey Mysterio 2 02010-06-20 June 20 2010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&028.&&&&&028 Uniondale, NY Fatal 4-Way This was a Fatal 4-Way match, also involving The Big Show and CM Punk. [71]
38 Kane 1 02010-07-18 July 18 2010 &&&&&&&&&&&&0154.&&&&&0154 Kansas City, MO Money in the Bank Kane cashed in his SmackDown Money in the Bank contract in order to challenge for the title. [72]
39 Edge 6 02010-12-19 December 19 2010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&058.&&&&&058 Houston, TX TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2010) This was a Fatal 4-Way Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match, also involving Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio. [73]
40 Dolph Ziggler 1 02011-02-15 February 15 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 San Diego, CA SmackDown Edge was stripped as a result of using the spear (which had been banned) in a previous match by Vickie Guerrero, who then awarded the belt to Ziggler. This episode aired on tape delay on February 18, 2011. [74]
41 Edge 7 02011-02-15 February 15 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&056.&&&&&056 San Diego, CA SmackDown This episode aired on tape delay on February 18, 2011. [75]
Vacated 1 02011-04-12 April 12, 2011 Albany, NY SmackDown After Edge announced his retirement, Theodore Long had a 20 Man Battle royal to determine the new #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules. This episode aired on tape delay on April 15, 2011. [76]
42 Christian 1 02011-05-01 May 01, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 Tampa, FL Extreme Rules (2011) Christian defeated Alberto Del Rio in a Ladder match to win the vacant world championship. [77]
43 Randy Orton 2 02011-05-03 May 03, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&075.&&&&&075 Orlando, FL SmackDown This episode aired on tape delay on May 6, 2011. [78]
44 Christian 2 02011-07-17 July 17, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&028.&&&&&028 Rosemont, IL Money in the Bank (2011) Defeated Randy Orton by disqualification after Orton gave him a low-blow in view of the official. The stipulations of the match allowed the title to change hands via disqualification. [79][80]
45 Randy Orton 3 02011-08-14 August 14, 2011 1131 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam (2011) This was a No Holds Barred Match. [81]
46 Mark Henry 1 02011-09-18 September 18, 2011 91 Buffalo, NY Night of Champions (2011) Defeated Randy Orton in a Singles match} [82]
47 Big Show 1 02011-12-18 December 18, 2011 0 Baltimore, Maryland TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2011) Defeated Mark Henry in a chairs match for the World Heavyweight Championship [82]
48 Bryan, DanielDaniel Bryan 1 02011-12-18 December 18, 2011 835 Baltimore, Maryland TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2011) Daniel Bryan cashed in in his Money in the Bank contract. [83]
49 Sheamus, Sheamus 1 02012-04-01 April 01, 2012 940 Miami Gardens, Florida WrestleMania XXVIII Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan in 18 seconds, breaking a WWE record. [84]
50 Big Show, Big Show 2 02012-10-28 October 28, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&072.&&&&&072 Atlanta, Georgia Hell in a Cell (2012) [85]
51 Alberto Del Rio, Alberto Del Rio 1 02013-01-08 January 8, 2013 &&&&&&&&&&&&&090.&&&&&090 Miami, FL SmackDown! This was a Last Man Standing match. [86]
52 Dolph Ziggler, Dolph Ziggler 2 02013-04-08 April 8, 2013 &&&&&&&&&&&&&069.&&&&&069 East Rutherford, NJ Raw Ziggler cashed in his Money in the Bank contract. [87]
53 Alberto Del Rio, Alberto Del Rio 2 02013-06-16 June 16, 2013 &&&&&&&&&&&&0133.&&&&&0133 Rosemont, IL Payback [88]
54 John Cena, John Cena 3 02013-10-27 October 27, 2013 &&&&&&&&&&&&&049.&&&&&049 Miami, FL Hell in a Cell [89]
55 Randy Orton, Randy Orton 4 02013-12-15 December 15, 2013 0 Houston, TX TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs [90]
Deactivated 1 02013-12-16 December 16, 2013 Houston, TX TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs Retired when it was unified with the WWE Championship to create the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. [91]

List of combined reigns[change | change source]

Rank [1] Wrestler # of Reigns Combined Days
1 Triple H 5 616
2 Batista 4 507
3 Edge 7 409
4 Alberto Del Rio 2 223
5 Sheamus 1 210
6 The Undertaker 3 207
7 CM Punk 3 160
8 Chris Benoit 1 154
Kane 1
John Cena 3
11 Rey Mysterio 2 140
12 Randy Orton 4 138
13 King Booker 1 126
14 Chris Jericho 3 106
15 Daniel Bryan 1 105
16 Mark Henry 1 91
17 Goldberg 1 84
18 Kurt Angle 1 82
Jack Swagger 1
20 The Big Show 2 72
21 Dolph Ziggler 2 69
22 The Great Khali 1 61
23 Christian 2 30
24 Shawn Michaels 1 28
Jeff Hardy 2

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