WWWF/WWF/WWE Heavyweight Title Holders
(Known as WWE Title)
Buddy Rogers
May 1963
Championship was awarded to Rogers after the WWWF broke away from the NWA. A faked tournament was announced, with Rogers as the 'winner'.
Bruno Sammartino
May 17th, 1963
Ivan Koloff
January 18th, 1971
Pedro Morales
February 8th, 1971
The WWWF Heavyweight Title became a regional belt, when the WWWF rejoined the NWA.
Stan Stasiak
December 1st, 1973
Bruno Sammartino(2nd)
December 10th, 1973
"Superstar" Billy Graham
April 30th, 1977
Bob Backlund
February 20th, 1978
The title was renamed the World Wrestling Federation World Heavyweight Title, or the WWF World Title.
Antonio Inoki
November 30th, 1979
Bob Backlund won rematch in Japan in 12/79, but the match was declared a no-contest due to interference, vacating the belt. Title change is not recognized by the WWF.
Bob Backlund(2nd)
December 12th, 1979
Backlund won the vacated championship by defeating Bobby Duncum in a singles match.
Bob Backlund(3rd)
November 23rd, 1981
The title was held up when Greg Valentine mistakenly was given the belt. Backlund defeated Valentine in their rematch to officially 'reclaim' it. He was recognized as the WWF champ when the WWF once again withdraws from the NWA in 1983.
The Iron Sheik
December 26th, 1983
Hulk Hogan
January 23rd, 1984
Andre The Giant
February 5th, 1988
Andre immediately gave the belt to Ted DiBiase, but the transaction was ruled illegal and the title was vacated.
"Macho Man" Randy Savage
March 27th, 1988
Savage won the vacated title by defeating Ted DiBiase in the tournament final at Wrestlemania IV.
Hulk Hogan(2nd)
April 2nd, 1989
The Ultimate Warrior
April 1st, 1990
Sgt. Slaughter
January 19th, 1991
Hulk Hogan(3rd)
March 24th, 1991
The Undertaker
November 27th, 1991
Hulk Hogan(4th)
December 3rd, 1991
Due to controversial ending to the Hogan/Undertaker rematch, WWF President Jack Tunney vacated the belt.
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair
January 19th, 1992
Flair won the 1992 Royal Rumble, which meant that he won the vacated World Title.
"Macho Man" Randy Savage(2nd)
April 5th, 1992
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair(2nd)
September 1st, 1992
Bret "The Hitman" Hart
October 12th, 1992
April 4th, 1993
Hulk Hogan(5th)
April 4th, 1993
After Yokozuna cheated to win the World Title from Hart, Hogan came out and won an unscheduled match to become a 5-time champion.
June 13th, 1993
Bret "Hitman" Hart(2nd)
March 20th, 1994
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper was the special guest referee for the Hart/Yokozuna match.
Bob Backlund(4th)
November 23rd, 1994
Diesel(Kevin Nash)
November 26th, 1994
Bret "Hitman" Hart(3rd)
November 19th, 1995
"Heart-Break Kid" Shawn Michaels
March 31st, 1996
Sycho Sid
November 17th, 1996
"Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels(2nd)
January 19th, 1997
Michaels was forced to vacate the championship on 2/13/1997, due to a knee injury.
Bret "Hitman" Hart(4th)
February 16th, 1997
Hart defeated Steve Austin, The Undertaker, and Vader in a "Four Corners No Disqualification Elimination" Match to win the vacated title.
Sycho Sid(2nd)
February 17th, 1997
The Undertaker(2nd)
March 23rd, 1997
Bret "Hitman" Hart(5th)
August 3rd, 1997
Shawn Michaels was the special guest referee for the Hart/Undertaker Match.
"Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels(3rd)
November 9th, 1997
During the Michaels/Hart match, Vince McMahon had the match stopped and awarded the title to Michaels in the "Montreal Screwjob" incident.
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin
March 29th, 1998
June 28th, 1998
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin(2nd)
June 29th, 1998
Belt vacated in 9/1998, when Austin was pinned by both Kane and Undertaker in a match.
"The Rock" Rocky Maivia
November 15th, 1998
The Rock defeated Mankind in the tournament finals at the 1998 Survivor Series.
"Mankind" Mick Foley
December 29th, 1998
"The Rock" Rocky Maivia(2nd)
January 24th, 1999
"Mankind" Mick Foley(2nd)
January 26th, 1999
"The Rock" Rocky Maivia(3rd)
February 15th, 1999
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin(3rd)
March 28th, 1999
The Undertaker(3rd)
May 23rd, 1999
Shane McMahon was the special guest referee for the Austin/Undertaker Match.
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin(4th)
June 28th, 1999
"Mankind" Mick Foley(3rd)
August 22nd, 1999
Foley won a "Triple Threat" Match over Steve Austin and Triple H. Jesse Ventura was the special guest referee.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley
August 23rd, 1999
Shane McMahon was the special guest referee for the Foley/Triple H Match.
Vince McMahon
September 14th, 1999
Vince McMahon's son, Shane McMahon, was the special guest referee. Vince vacated the title 9/20/1999.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley(2nd)
September 26th, 1999
Triple H won a Six-Pack Challenge Match over The Rock, Kane, Mankind, The Big Show, and The British Bulldog to win the vacated title.
"The Big Show" Paul Wight
November 14th, 1999
Wight substituted for Steve Austin, winning a "Triple Threat" Match over Hunter Hearst Helmsley and The Rock.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley(3rd)
January 3rd, 2000
Chris Jericho won the title in April 2000, but the decision was later reversed due to a 'fast count'.
"The Rock" Rocky Maivia(4th)
April 30th, 2000
Hunter Hearst Helmsley(4th)
May 21st, 2000
Triple H won a "60-Minute Iron Man" Match 6-5 over The Rock. Shawn Michaels was the special guest referee.
"The Rock" Rocky Maivia(5th)
June 25th, 2000
The Rock, The Undertaker, & Kane won a "Six-Man Tag-Team" Match over Triple H, Shane McMahon, & Vince McMahon. The Rock pinned Vince to win Triple H's title.
"The Olympic Hero" Kurt Angle
October 22nd, 2000
"The Rock" Rocky Maivia(6th)
February 25th, 2001
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin(5th)
April 1st, 2001
"The Olympic Hero" Kurt Angle(2nd)
September 23rd, 2001
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin(6th)
October 8th, 2001
Chris Jericho
December 9th, 2001
Jericho defeated The Rock and Steve Austin in one night to unify the WWF Title and the World Title, calling it the WWF Undisputed Championship.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley(5th)
March 17th, 2002
"Hollywood" Hulk Hogan(6th)
April 21st, 2002
Title is renamed the WWE Undisputed Championship, due to the WWF becoming World Wrestling Entertainment.
The Undertaker(4th)
May 19th, 2002
"The Rock" Rocky Maivia(7th)
July 21st, 2002
The Rock won a "Triple Threat" Match over Kurt Angle and The Undertaker
Brock Lesnar
August 25th, 2002
Lesnar took the belt exclusively to WWE Smackdown, where it became the WWE Championship (a World Title was created for Raw).
The Big Show(2nd)
November 17th, 2002
Kurt Angle(3rd)
December 15th, 2002
Brock Lesnar(2nd)
March 30th, 2003
Kurt Angle(4th)
July 27th, 2003
Angle became champion by winning a "Triple Threat" Match over Brock Lesnar and The Big Show.
Brock Lesnar(3rd)
September 16th, 2003
Eddie Guerrero
February 15th, 2004
John Bradshaw Layfield
June 27th, 2004
John Cena
April 3rd, 2005
Cena was drafted to Raw 6/06/2005, taking the WWE Championship With Him.
January 8th, 2006
Edge cashed in his "Money In The Bank" World Title Contract after John Cena competed in the "Elimination Chamber" Match at New Year's Revolution '06, quickly beating the champ for the belt.
John Cena(2nd)
January 29th, 2006
Rob Van Dam
June 11th, 2006
Van Dam defeated John Cena in a special "Anything Goes ECW" Match at ECW One Night Stand II.
July 3rd, 2006
Edge became champion by winning a "Triple Threat" Match over Rob Van Dam and John Cena.
John Cena(3rd)
September 17th, 2006
Cena won a "TLC" Match over Edge, where if he had lost, he would have gone to Smackdown. Cena was stripped of the title on 10/02/07 due to a torn pectoral muscle.
Randy Orton
October 7th, 2007
Orton, who (storyline-wise) injured John Cena, was awarded the title at No Mercy '07 by Vince McMahon.
Triple H(6th)
October 7th, 2007
Triple H won an impromptu match at No Mercy '07 over Randy Orton to win the championship.
Randy Orton(2nd)
October 7th, 2007
Orton used his rematch clause, beating Triple H in a "Last Man Standing" Match.
Triple H(7th)
April 27th, 2008
Triple H won a "Four Way Elimination" Match over Randy Orton, John Cena, and John Bradshaw Layfield. Triple H took the title to Raw when he was drafted on April 13th, 2009.
November 23rd, 2008
Edge replaced Jeff Hardy (who was taken out earlier) and won a "Triple Threat" Match over Triple H and Vladimir Kozlov.
Jeff Hardy
December 14th, 2008
Hardy became champion by winning a "Triple Threat" Match over Edge and Triple H.
January 25th, 2009
Triple H(8th)
February 15th, 2009
Triple H won an "Elimination Chamber" Match over Edge, The Big Show, Jeff Hardy, Vladimir Kozlov, and the Undertaker.
Randy Orton(3rd)
April 26th, 2009
Orton, Ted DiBiase, & Cody Rhodes won a Six-Man Match over Triple H, Batista, & Shane McMahon. Orton made the pin and won the World Title.
June 7th, 2009
Batista was forced to vacate the title on 6/09/2009, due to Batista tearing his left biceps.
Randy Orton(4th)
June 15th, 2009
Orton won a "Fatal Fourway" Match over John Cena, Triple H, and The Big Show for the vacant title.
John Cena(4th)
September 13th, 2009
Randy Orton(5th)
October 4th, 2009
John Cena(5th)
October 25th, 2009
Cena won a "60-Minute Anthony Goes Iron Man" Match, where if Cena would have lost, he would have been off Monday Night Raw.
December 13th, 2009
John Cena(6th)
February 21st, 2010
Cena won an "Elimination Chamber" Match over Ted DiBiase, Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Triple H.
February 21st, 2010
Batista was immediately put in a match with John Cena by Vince McMahon after the Elimination Chamber Match. Batista won the unschedulec contest to become the new champion.
John Cena(7th)
March 28th, 2010
June 20th, 2010
Sheamus won a "Fatal Four-Way" Match over John Cena, Randy Orton, and Edge.
Randy Orton(6th)
September 19th, 2010
Orton won a "Six-Man Elimination" Match over Sheamus, Wade Barrett, John Cena, Chris Jericho, and Edge.
The Miz
November 22nd, 2010
The Miz cashed in his "Money In The Bank" contract after a match between Randy Orton and Wade Barrett.
John Cena(8th)
May 1st, 2011
Cena became the champion by winning a "Triple Threat Steel Cage" Match over The Miz and John Morrison
CM Punk
July 17th, 2011
Punk kayfabe left WWE after his victory, taking the title with him. He later 're-signed' with the company on July 25th, 2011, after a new title had been introduced. Punk became the undisputed WWE Champion by beating John Cena on August 14th, 2011.
Rey Mysterio
July 25th, 2011
Mysterio became the new champion by defeating The Miz in the finals of an 8-Man Tournament. CM Punk was later announced to still be the champion.
John Cena(9th)
July 25th, 2011
Cena was given a re-match for the title against Mysterio the same night Mysterio won it. CM Punk was later announced to still be the champion, and Cena lost to Punk on August 14th, 2011.
Alberto Del Rio
August 14th, 2011
Del Rio cashed in his Money In The Bank contract and defeated CM Punk after his match with John Cena.
John Cena(10th)
September 18th, 2011
Alberto Del Rio(2nd)
October 2nd, 2011
CM Punk(2nd)
November 20th, 2011
The Rock(8th)
January 27th, 2013
John Cena(11th)
April 7th, 2013

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