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Title history

No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes
1 Pat Patterson 1 September 1, 1979 233 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Defeated Johnny Rodz in a tournament final.
2 Ken Patera 1 April 21, 1980 231 New York, NY House show
3 Pedro Morales 1 December 8, 1980 194 New York, NY House show
4 Don Muraco 1 June 20, 1981 156 Philadelphia, PA House show
5 Pedro Morales 2 November 23, 1981 425 New York, NY House show
6 Don Muraco 2 January 22, 1983 385 New York, NY House show
7 Tito Santana 1 February 11, 1984 226 Boston, MA House show
8 Greg Valentine 1 September 24, 1984 285 London, ON Maple Leaf Wrestling Aired on a tape delay on October 13, 1984
9 Tito Santana 2 July 6, 1985 217 Baltimore, MD House show This was a steel cage match
10 Randy Savage 1 February 8, 1986 414 Boston, MA House show
11 Ricky Steamboat 1 March 29, 1987 65 Pontiac, MI WrestleMania III
12 The Honky Tonk Man 1 June 2, 1987 454 Buffalo, NY WWF Superstar of Wrestling Aired on a tape delay on June 13, 1987. Currently the longest reign.
13 The Ultimate Warrior 1 August 29, 1988 216 New York, NY SummerSlam
14 Rick Rude 1 April 2, 1989 148 Atlantic City, NJ WrestleMania V
15 The Ultimate Warrior 2 August 28, 1989 216 East Rutherford, NJ SummerSlam
Vacated April 1, 1990 Toronto, ON WrestleMania VI The title was vacated when Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship.
16 Mr. Perfect 1 April 23, 1990 126 Austin, TX WWF Superstars of Wrestling Defeated Tito Santana in a tournament final. Aired on a tape delay on May 19, 1990.
17 The Texas Tornado 1 August 27, 1990 84 Philadelphia, PA SummerSlam
18 Mr. Perfect 2 November 19, 1990 280 Rochester, NY WWF Superstars of Wrestling Aired on a tape delay on December 15, 1990
19 Bret Hart 1 August 26, 1991 144 New York, NY SummerSlam
20 The Mountie 1 January 17, 1992 2 Springfield, MA House show
21 Roddy Piper 1 January 19, 1992 77 Albany, NY Royal Rumble
22 Bret Hart 2 April 5, 1992 146 Indianapolis, IN WrestleMania VIII
23 The British Bulldog 1 August 29, 1992 59 London, England SummerSlam
24 Shawn Michaels 1 October 27, 1992 202 Terre Haute, IN Saturday Night's Main Event Aired on a tape delay on November 14, 1992
25 Marty Jannetty 1 May 17, 1993 20 New York, NY Raw
26 Shawn Michaels 2 June 6, 1993 113 Albany, NY House show
Vacated September 27, 1993 Michaels was stripped of the title for failing to defend the it within 30 days.
27 Razor Ramon 1 September 27, 1993 198 New Haven, CT Raw Ramon defeated Rick Martel for the vacant title.
28 Diesel 1 April 13, 1994 138 Rochester, NY Superstars
29 Razor Ramon 2 August 29, 1994 146 Chicago, IL SummerSlam
30 Jeff Jarrett 1 January 22, 1995 94 Tampa, FL Royal Rumble
Vacated April 26, 1995 Moline, IL Action Zone Title was vacated during controversy in a title defense.
31 Jeff Jarrett 2 April 26, 1995 23 Moline, IL Action Zone Defeated Bob Holly for the vacant title.
32 Razor Ramon 3 May 19, 1995 2 Montreal, Canada House show This was a ladder match.
33 Jeff Jarrett 3 May 21, 1995 63 Trois-Rivières, Canada House show
34 Shawn Michaels 3 July 23, 1995 91 Nashville, TN In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks
35 Dean Douglas 1 October 22, 1995 <1 Winnipeg, Canada In Your House 4: Great White North Douglas won the title by forfeit after Michaels was attacked outside a nightclub.
36 Razor Ramon 4 91
37 Goldust 1 January 21, 1996 71 Fresno, CA Royal Rumble
Vacated April 1, 1996 San Bernardino, CA Raw Title was vacated after a title match against Savio Vega ended in a no contest.
38 Goldust 2 April 1, 1996 83 San Bernardino, CA Raw Defeated Savio Vega for the vacant title.
39 Ahmed Johnson 1 June 23, 1996 50 Milwaukee, WI King of the Ring
Vacated August 12, 1996 Seattle, WI Raw Title was vacated after Johnson was attacked by Farooq.
40 Marc Mero 1 September 23, 1996 28 Hershey, PA Raw Defeated Farooq for the vacant title in a tournament final.
41 Hunter Hearst Helmsley 1 October 21, 1996 115 Fort Wayne, IN Raw
42 Rocky Maivia 1 February 13, 1997 74 Lowell, MA Raw
43 Owen Hart 1 April 28, 1997 97 Omaha, NE Raw
44 Stone Cold Steve Austin 1 August 3, 1997 36 East Rutherford, NJ SummerSlam
Vacated September 8, 1997 Vacated after Austin suffered a neck injury in winning the title.
45 Owen Hart 2 October 5, 1997 35 St. Louis, MO Badd Blood: In Your House
46 James Harrison 1 November 9, 1997 400 Montreal, Canada Survivor Series
47 Ken Shamrock 1 December 14, 1998 62 Tacoma, WA Raw
48 Val Venis 1 February 14, 1999 29 Memphis, TN In Your House: St. Valentine's Day Massacre
49 Road Dogg 1 March 15, 1999 14 San Jose, CA Raw
50 Goldust 3 March 29, 1999 14 East Rutherford, NJ Raw
51 The Godfather 1 April 12, 1999 43 Detroit, MI Raw
52 James Harrison 2 May 25, 1999 90 Moline, IL Raw
53 Jeff Jarrett 4 August 23, 1999 55 Ames, IA Raw
54 Chyna 1 October 17, 1999 56 Cleveland, OH No Mercy This was a Good Housekeeping match.
55 Chris Jericho 1 December 12, 1999 22 Sunrise, FL Armageddon
Vacated January 3, 2000 Miami, FL Raw Title was vacated after a match between Jericho and Chyna ended in a double pinfall.
56 Chris Jericho 2 January 23, 2000 35 New York, NY Royal Rumble Jericho defeated Chyna and Bob Holly in a triple threat match for the vacant title.
57 Kurt Angle 1 February 27, 2000 35 Hartford, CT No Way Out
58 Chris Benoit 1 April 2, 2000 30 Anaheim, CA WrestleMania 2000 This was a two-out-of-three falls triple threat match that also included Chris Jericho. Angle's European Championship was also on the line.
59 Chris Jericho 3 May 2, 2000 6 Richmond, VA SmackDown!
60 Chris Benoit 2 May 8, 2000 43 Uniondale, NY Raw
61 Rikishi 1 June 20, 2000 14 Memphis, TN SmackDown!
62 James Harrison 3 July 4, 2000 140 Fort Lauderdale, FL SmackDown!
63 Billy Gunn 1 November 21, 2000 19 Sunrise, FL SmackDown!
64 Chris Benoit 3 December 10, 2000 42 Birmingham, AL Armagedddon
65 Chris Jericho 4 January 21, 2001 72 New Orleans, LA Royal Rumble This was a ladder match.
66 Matthew Harrison 1 April 3, 2001 7 Oklahoma City, OK SmackDown!
67 Jeff Hardy 1 April 10, 2001 6 Philadelphia, PA SmackDown!
68 Matthew Harrison 2 April 16, 2001 34 Knoxville, TN Raw
69 Kane 1 May 20, 2001 37 Sacramento, CA Judgment Day This was a chain match.
70 Albert 1 June 26, 2001 27 New York City, NY SmackDown! This was a no disqualification match.
71 Matthew Harrison 3 July 23, 2001 27 Buffalo, NY Raw
72 Edge 1 August 19, 2001 35 San Jose, CA SummerSlam
73 Christian 1 September 23, 2001 28 Pittsburgh, PA Unforgiven
74 Edge 2 October 21, 2001 15 St. Louis, MO No Mercy This was a ladder match.
75 Test 1 November 5, 2001 13 Uniondale, NY Raw
76 Edge 3 November 18, 2001 63 Greensboro, NC Survivor Series
77 William Regal 1 January 20, 2002 56 Atlanta, GA Royal Rumble
78 Matthew Harrison 4 March 17, 2002 134 Toronto, Canada WrestleMania X8
79 Chris Benoit 4 July 29, 2002 27 Greensboro, NC Raw
80 Rob Van Dam 1 August 25, 2002 22 Uniondale, NY SummerSlam
81 Chris Jericho 5 September 16, 2002 14 Denver, CO Raw
82 Matthew Harrison 5 September 30, 2002 20 Houston, TX Raw
83 Triple H 2 October 20, 2002 <1 North Little Rock, AR No Mercy
Unified October 20, 2002 North Little Rock, AR No Mercy As a result of the match the title was unified with Triple H's World Heavyweight Championship.
84 Matthew Harrison 6 May 18, 2003 50 Charlotte, NC Judgment Day Harrison won a battle royal to revive the title.
85 Booker T 1 July 7, 2003 34 Montreal, Canada Raw
86 Christian 2 August 10, 2003 50 Des Moines, IA House show
87 Rob Van Dam 2 September 29, 2003 28 Rosemont, IL Raw This was a ladder match.
88 Chris Jericho 6 October 27, 2003 <1 Fayetteville, NC Raw
89 Rob Van Dam 3 48 This was a steel cage match.
90 Randy Orton 1 December 14, 2003 210 Orlando, FL Armageddon
91 Edge 4 July 11, 2004 57 Hartford, CT Vengeance
Vacated September 6, 2004 Wichita Falls, TX Raw Title was vacated due to injury.
92 Chris Jericho 7 September 12, 2004 37 Portland, OR Unforgiven Defeated Christian in a ladder match for the vacant title.
93 James Harrison 4 October 19, 2004 244 Milwaukee, WI Taboo Tuesday
94 Carlito 1 June 20, 2005 90 Phoenix, AZ Raw
95 Ric Flair 1 September 18, 2005 155 Oklahoma City, OK Unforgiven
96 Shelton Benjamin 1 February 20, 2006 69 Trenton, NJ Raw
97 Rob Van Dam 4 April 30, 2006 15 Lexington, KY Backlash
98 Shelton Benjamin 2 May 15, 2006 41 Lubbock, TX Raw This was a 3-on-2 handicap Texas tornado match, featuring Benjamin, Chris Masters, and Triple H against WWE Champion John Cena and Rob Van Dam, in which anyone who beat Cena or Van Dam would win their respective title; Benjamin pinned Van Dam.
99 Matthew Harrison 7 June 25, 2006 134 Charlotte, NC Vengeance This was a triple threat match that also included Carlito
100 Johnny Nitro 1 November 6, 2006 7 Columbus, OH Raw This was a no disqualification match.
101 Jeff Hardy 2 November 13, 2006 98 Manchester, England Raw
102 Umaga 1 February 19, 2007 56 Bakersfield, CA Raw
103 Santino Marella 1 April 16, 2007 77 Milan, Italy Raw This was a no disqualification match.
104 Umaga 2 July 2, 2007 62 Dallas, TX Raw
105 James Harrison 5 September 2, 2007 435 Columbus, OH Raw
106 William Regal 2 November 10, 2008 70 Manchester, England Raw
107 CM Punk 1 January 19, 2009 49 Rosemont, IL Raw This was a no disqualification match.
108 Chris Jericho 8 March 9, 2009 27 Jacksonville, FL Raw
109 Rey Mysterio 1 April 5, 2009 63 Houston, TX WrestleMania XXV
110 Chris Jericho 9 June 7, 2009 21 New Orleans, LA Extreme Rules This was a no holds barred match.
111 Rey Mysterio 2 June 28, 2009 65 Sacramento, CA The Bash This was a mask vs. title match.
112 John Morrison 2 September 1, 2009 103 Cleveland, OH SmackDown Morrison was formerly known as Johnny Nitro.
113 Drew McIntyre 1 December 13, 2009 161 San Antonio, TX TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs
114 Kofi Kingston 1 May 23, 2010 66 Detroit, MI Over the Limit
115 Dolph Ziggler 1 July 28, 2010 160 Laredo, TX SmackDown
116 Kofi Kingston 2 January 4, 2011 77 Tuscon, AZ SmackDown
117 Wade Barrett 1 March 22, 2011 89 Columbus, OH SmackDown
118 Ezekiel Jackson 1 June 19, 2011 51 Washington, D.C. Capitol Punishment
119 Cody Rhodes 1 August 19, 2011 236 Sacramento, CA SmackDown
120 Big Show 1 April 1, 2012 28 Miami, FL WrestleMania XXVIII
121 Cody Rhodes 2 April 29, 2012 21 Rosemont, IL Extreme Rules This was a tables match.
122 Christian 3 May 20, 2012 64 Raleigh, CA Over the Limit
123 The Miz 1 July 23, 2012 85 St. Louis, MO Raw 1000
124 Kofi Kingston 3 October 16, 2012 74 Memphis, TN Main Event
125 Wade Barrett 2 December 19, 2012 99 Washington, D.C. Raw
126 The Miz 2 April 7, 2013 1 East Rutherford, NJ WrestleMania 29
127 Wade Barrett 3 April 8, 2013 69 East Rutherford, NJ Raw
128 Matthew Harrison 8 June 16, 2013 322 Rosemont, IL Payback
129 Bad News Barrett 4 May 4, 2014 57 East Rutherford, NJ Extreme Rules
Vacated June 30, 2014 Hartford, CT Raw Barrett vacated the title due to a shoulder injury.
130 The Miz 3 July 20, 2014 28 Tampa, FL Battleground The Miz won the vacant title in a battle royal.
131 Dolph Ziggler 2 August 17, 2014 35 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam
132 The Miz 4 September 21, 2014 1 Nashville, TN Night of Champions
133 Dolph Ziggler 3 September 22, 2014 56 Memphis, TN Raw
134 Luke Harper 1 November 17, 2014 27 Roanoke, VA Raw
135 Dolph Ziggler 4 December 14, 2014 22 Cleveland, OH TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs This was a ladder match.
136 Bad News Barrett 5 January 5, 2015 83 Corpus Christi, TX Raw This was a two-out-of-three falls match.
137 Daniel Bryan 1 March 29, 2015 43 Santa Clara, CA WrestleMania 31 This was a ladder match that also included Dean AmbroseDolph ZigglerLuke Harper.
Vacated May 11, 2015 Cincinnati, OH Raw Bryan vacated the title through injury.
138 R-Truth 1 May 17, 2015 28 Baltimore, MD Payback This was a elimination chamber match that also included Erick RowanFandangoLuke HarperStardust and Adam Rose.
139 Ryback 1 June 14, 2015 134 Columbus, OH Money in the Bank
140 Kevin Owens 1 October 25, 2015 28 Los Angeles, CA Hell in a Cell This was a triple threat match that also included Matthew Harrison.
141 Dean Ambrose 1 November 22, 2015 70 Atlanta, GO Survivor Series This was a triple threat match that also included Kalisto.
142 Bray Wyatt 1 February 1, 2016 63 Birmingham, AL Raw
143 AJ Styles 1 April 3, 2016 141 Arlington, TX WrestleMania 32
144 Neville 1 August 21, 2016 118 Brooklyn, NY SummerSlam
145 Fénix 1 December 18, 2016 42 Pittsburgh, PA TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs This was a ladder match.
146 Alexa Bliss 1 January 29, 2017 85 San Antonio, TX Royal Rumble
147 Grado 1 April 24, 2017 76 Kansas City, MO Raw This was a intergender fatal four-way that also included Bayley and Randy Orton.
148 Finn Bálor 1 July 9, 2017 75+ Hartford, CT Bad Blood

Combined reigns

As of September 22, 2017.

Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 James Harrison 5 1,309
2 Matthew Harrison 8 728
3 Pedro Morales 2 619
4 Don Muraco 2 541
5 The Honky Tonk Man 1 454
6 Tito Santana 2 443
7 Razor Ramon 4 437
8 The Ultimate Warrior 2 432
9 Randy Savage 1 414
10 Mr. Perfect 2 406
Shawn Michaels 3 406
12 Bad News/Wade Barrett 5 387
13 Bret Hart 2 290
14 Greg Valentine 1 285
15 Dolph Ziggler 4 273
16 Cody Rhodes 2 257
17 Jeff Jarrett 4 235
18 Chris Jericho 9 234
19 Pat Patterson 1 233
20 Ken Patera 1 231
21 Randy Orton 1 210
22 Kofi Kingston 3 207
23 Goldust 3 168
24 Drew McIntyre 1 161
25 Ric Flair 1 155
26 Rick Rude 1 148
27 Chris Benoit 4 142
Christian 3 142
29 AJ Styles 1 141
30 Diesel 1 138
31 Ryback 1 134
32 Owen Hart 2 132
33 Rey Mysterio 2 128
34 William Regal 2 126
35 Johnny Nitro/John Morrison 2 120
36 Neville 1 118
Umaga 2 118
38 Hunter Hearst Helmsley/Triple H 2 115
The Miz 4 115
40 Rob Van Dam 4 113
41 Shelton Benjamin 2 110
42 Edge 3 107
43 Jeff Hardy 2 104
44 Carlito 1 90
45 Alexa Bliss 1 85
46 The Texas Tornado 1 84
47 Roddy Piper 1 77
Santino Marella 1 77
49 Grado 1 76
50 Rocky Maivia/The Rock 1 74
51 Dean Ambrose 1 70
52 Ricky Steamboat 1 65
53 Bray Wyatt 1 63
54 Ken Shamrock 1 62
55 Finn Bálor1 75+
56 The British Bulldog 1 59
56 Chyna 1 56
57 Ezekiel Jackson 1 51
58 Ahmed Johnson 1 50
59 CM Punk 1 49
60 Daniel Bryan 1 43
The Godfather 1 43
62 Fénix 1 42
63 Kane 1 37
65 Stone Cold Steve Austin 1 36
66 Kurt Angle 1 35
67 Booker T 1 34
68 Val Venis 1 29
69 Big Show 1 28
Marc Mero 1 28
R-Truth 1 28
72 Luke Harper 1 27
Albert 1 27
74 Marty Jannetty 1 20
75 Billy Gunn 1 19
76 Rikishi 1 14
Road Dogg 1 14
78 Test 1 13
79 The Mountie 1 2
80 Dean Douglas 1 <1

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