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The WWE European Championship is a professional wrestling championship competed for in World Wrestling Entertainment and is exclusive to the Raw brand. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, multiple wrestlers held the European and WWE Intercontinental Championships within short spans of each other, and three held both simultaneously, becoming "Eurocontinental champions".

Established in 1997 as the "WWF European Championship", the title incurred a brief hiatus in 1999 due to then-champion Shane McMahon's desire to retire as an "undefeated champion". It was renamed in May 2002 when the WWF became the WWE before finally being unified with the WWE Intercontinental Championship in July that year by Rob Van Dam. It was later revived in May 2015. It became a prominent singles title of the Attitude Era, held by Shawn Michaels, Triple H and James Harrison. It was contested in the main event of the One Night Only pay-per-view in 1997 and the 1999 Armageddon pay-per-view as this was for both the European and WWE Championships.

During its initial run despite its name only The British Bulldog, William Regal, James Harrison and Matthew Harrison were actually from Europe and were all British. Since its revival two european wrestlers Bad News Barrett and Cesaro have held it.

History

Brand designation

Colors

Championship moved to the Raw brand.

Championship moved to the SmackDown brand.
Date of transition Notes
July 19, 2016 Following the 2016 draft champion Shinsuke Nakamura was draft to SmackDown.
April 3, 2017 Champion Dean Ambrose was traded to Raw.

Reigns

Main article: List of WWE European Champions