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Title history

No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes
96 Kanyon 1 July 26, 2001 48 Pittsburgh, PA SmackDown WCW title bough out by the WWE awarded by Booker T and Stephanie McMahon
97 Tajiri 1 September 10, 2001 13 San Antonio, TX Raw is War
98 Rhyno 1 September 23, 2001 29 Pittsburgh, PA Unforgiven
99 Kurt Angle 1 October 22, 2001 21 Kansas City, MO Raw
100 Edge 1 November 12, 2001 6 Boston, MA Raw
Unified November 18, 2001 Greensboro, NC Survivor Series Edge defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion Test to unify the titles. Edge became Intercontinental Champion when the US title was retired.
101 James Harrison 1 July 27, 2003 232 Denver, CO Vengeance Defeated Chris Benoit in a tournament final to revive the title.
102 John Cena 1 March 14, 2004 115 New York, NY Raw
Vacated July 6, 2004 Winnipeg, MB SmackDown Cena was stripped of the title after attacking SmackDown! General Manager Kurt Angle. Aired on July 8, 2004
103 Booker T 2 July 27, 2004 68 Cincinnati, OH SmackDown This was an 8-way elimination match that also included John Cena, René Duprée, Kenzo Suzuki, Rob Van Dam, Billy Gunn, Charlie Haas and Luther Reigns. Aired on July 29, 2004
104 John Cena 2 October 3, 2004 2 East Rutherford, NJ No Mercy This was the fifth match in a Best-of-five series
105 Carlito 1 October 5, 2004 42 Boston, MA SmackDown Aired on October 7, 2004
106 John Cena 3 November 18, 2004 105 Dayton, OH SmackDown
107 James Harrison 2 March 1, 2005 266 Albany, NY SmackDown Aired on March 3, 2005
Vacated November 22, 2005 Sheffield, England SmackDown Vacated when a title defense against Chris Benoit ended in a double pinfall. Aired on November 25, 2005
108 Booker T 3 January 10, 2006 40 Philadelphia, PA SmackDown Booker faced Chris Benoit in a Best of Seven series, winning the first three matches; Randy Orton substituted for Booker after that due to injury, losing the next three matches but winning the final. Aired on January 13, 2006.
109 Chris Benoit 3 February 19, 2006 42 Baltimore, MD No Way Out
110 John "Bradshaw" Layfield 1 April 2, 2006 51 Rosemont, IL WrestleMania 22
111 James Harrison 3 May 23, 2006 140 Bakersfield, CA SmackDown Aired on May 26, 2006
112 Chris Benoit 4 October 10, 2006 222 Jacksonville, FL SmackDown Aired on October 13, 2006
113 James Harrison 4 May 20, 2007 343 St. Louis, MO Judgement Day This was a two-out-of-three falls match
114 Matt Hardy 1 April 27, 2008 84 Baltimore, MD Backlash The title became exclusive to the ECW brand when Hardy was drafted to ECW on June 23.
115 Shelton Benjamin 1 July 20, 2008 240 Uniondale, NY The Great American Bash This title returned to SmackDown due to Benjamin's status as a SmackDown superstar
116 Montel Vontavious Porter 1 March 17, 2009 76 Corpus Christi, TX SmackDown Aired on March 20, 2009. This title became exclusive to Raw when MVP was drafted to Raw on April 13.
117 Kofi Kingston 1 June 1, 2009 126 Birmingham, AL Raw
118 The Miz 1 October 5, 2009 224 Wilkes-Barre, PA Raw
119 Bret Hart 5 May 17, 2010 7 Toronto, ON Raw This was a no disqualifcation, no countout match
Vacated May 24, 2010 Toledo, OH Raw Vacated when Bret Hart became General Manager of Raw
120 R-Truth 1 May 24, 2010 21 Toledo, OH Raw Defeated The Miz to win the vacant title.
121 The Miz 2 June 14, 2010 97 Charlotte, NC Raw This was a Fatal 4-Way match that also included John Morrison and Zack Ryder.
122 Daniel Bryan 1 September 19, 2010 176 Rosemont, IL Night of Champions
123 James Harrison 5 March 14, 2011 279 St. Louis, MO Raw
124 Zack Ryder 1 December 18, 2011 29 Baltimore, MD TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs
125 Jack Swagger 1 January 16, 2012 49 Anaheim, CA Raw
126 Santino Marella 1 March 5, 2012 167 Boston, MA Raw
127 Antonio Cesaro 1 August 19, 2012 239 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam
128 Kofi Kingston 2 April 15, 2013 34 Greenville, SC Raw
129 Dean Ambrose 1 May 19, 2013 351 St. Louis, MO Extreme Rules
130 Sheamus 1 May 5, 2014 182 Albany, NY Raw This was a 20-man battle royal. Sheamus last eliminated Ambrose to win.
131 Rusev 1 November 3, 2014 146 Buffalo, NY Raw
132 John Cena 4 March 29, 2015 62 Santa Clara, CA WrestleMania 31
133 James Harrison 6 May 31, 2015 336 Corpus Christi, TX Elimination Chamber This was a Fatal 4-Way that also included Kane and Sheamus.
134 Tyler Breeze 1 May 1, 2016 112 Rosemont, IL Payback This was a ladder match that also included Apollo CrewsNevilleThe Miz and Damien Sandow
135 Bray Wyatt 1 August 21, 2016 105 Brooklyn, NY SummerSlam
136 Kazuchika Okada 1 December 4, 2016 119 St. Louis, MO Armageddon This was a ladder match.
137 Hiroshi Tanahashi 1 April 2, 2017 112 Orlando, FL WrestleMania 33
138 Shinsuke Nakamura 1 July 23, 2017 147 San Jose, CA Unforgiven
139 Bobby Roode 1 December 17, 2017 112 Boston, MA Armageddon
140 Daniel Bryan 2 April 8, 2018 175 London, England WrestleMania 34
141 Velveteen Dream 1 September 30, 2018 75+ Nashville, TN Starrcade

Combined Reigns

As of December 14, 2018.

+ Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 James Harrison 6 1,596
2 Lex Luger 5 948
3 Ric Flair 6 785
4 Greg Valentine 3 512
5 Blackjack Mulligan 4 509
6 Rick Rude 1 419
7 Dean Ambrose 1 351
Daniel Bryan 1
9 Nikita Koloff 1 328
10 The Miz 2 321
11 Sgt. Slaughter 2 305
12 Magnum T.A. 2 302
13 Chris Benoit 4 299
14 Wahoo McDaniel 5 289
15 John Cena 4 284
16 Barry Windham 1 283
17 Goldust / Dustin Rhodes 2 257
18 Ricky Steamboat 4 253
19 Stone Cold Steve Austin 2 240
Shelton Benjamin 1 240
21 Antonio Cesaro 1 239
22 Booker T 3 236
23 Sting 2 234
24 Jimmy Snuka 1 231
25 Roddy Pipper 3 220
26 Bret Hart 5 188
27 Jeff Jarrett 3 184
28 Harley Race 1 183
29 Sheamus 1 182
30 Scott Steiner 2 169
31 Santino Marella 1 167
32 Kofi Kingston 2 160
Konan 1 160
34 Paul Jones 3 156
35 Diamond Dallas Page 2 147
Shinsuke Nakamura 1
37 Rusev 1 146
38 Dusty Rhodes 1 141
39 Tully Blanchard 1 130
40 Dick Slater 1 129
41 Kazuchika Okada 1 119
42 Lance Storm 3 115
43 Tyler Breeze 1 112
Bobby Roode 1
Hiroshi Tanahashi 1
46 Curt Hennig 1 104
47 Bray Wyatt 1 102
48 Jim Duggan 1 100
49 Johnny Valentine 1 93
50 Vader 1 88
51 Dean Malenko 1 85
52 Matt Hardy 1 84
53 Goldberg 2 78
54 Eddie Guerrero 1 77
55 Montel Vontavious Porter 1 76
56 Scott Hall 2 66
57 Gen. Rection 2 64
58 John "Bradshaw" Layfield 1 51
59 Stan Hansen 1 50
60 Jack Swagger 1 49
61 Kanyon 1 48
62 Kensuke Sasaki 1 44
63 Carlito 1 42
Sid Vicious 1 42
65 Rick Steiner 1 41
66 David Flair 1 35
67 One Man Gang 1 33
68 Rhyno 1 29
Zack Ryder 1 29
70 Steve McMichael 1 25
71 Bobo Brazil 1 22
Shane Douglas 1 22
73 Kurt Angle 1 21
Mr. Wrestling 1 21
R-Truth 1 21
76 Terry Funk 2 19
77 Michael Hayes 1 15
78 Tajiri 1 13
79 Edge 1 6
80 Raven 1 1
Velveteen Dream1 75+