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# Wrestler Name Event Location Date Notes
103 John Cena Wrestlemania 26 Glendale, AZ 28/Mar/10
102 Batista Hell In A Cell St Louis. MO 21/Feb/10 Title becomes property of SmackDown! and Raw due to Batista being a SmackDown Superstar.
101 John Cena Hell In A Cell St Louis. MO 21/Feb/10
100 Sheamus TLC San Antonio, TX 13/Dec/09
99 John Cena Bragging Rights Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 25/Oct/09 Beat Orton in an Iron Match to win the title back and end the feud. Thus Orton not being able to challenge for the title while Cena is champion.
98 Randy Orton Hell In A Cell Newark, New Jersey 04/Oct/09
97 John Cena Breaking Point Montreal, QC 13/Sep/09 This was an "I Quit" match. If anyone interfered on Orton's behalf, he would have automatically lost the title.
96 Randy Orton RAW Charlotte, NC 15/Jun/09 This was a Fatal Four-Way match also involving Triple H, John Cena and The Big Show after Batista vacated the title.
95 Batista Extreme Rules New Orleans, Louisiana 07/Jun/09
94 Randy Orton Backlash Providence, RI 26/Apr/09
93 Triple H No Way Out Seattle, Washington 15/Feb/09
92 Edge Royal Rumble Detroit, Michigan 25/Jan/09
91 Jeff Hardy Armageddon Buffalo, NY 14/Dec/08
90 Edge Survivor Series Boston, MA 23/Nov/08 This was a triple threat match at Survivor Series, also involving Vladimir Kozlov. Jeff Hardy had originally been scheduled to take part in the match, but did not participate. Triple H and Kozlov started off in the match, and Edge was revealed as Hardy's surprise replacement over halfway through.
89 Triple H WWE Backlash Baltimore, Maryland 27/Apr/08 Triple H defeats John Cena, JBL and Randy Orton in a Fatal Four Way elimination match, after delivering a Pedigree to Randy Orton, scoring the three count.
88 Randy Orton WWE No Mercy Chicago, IL 07/Oct/07 The evening proved to be one hell of a roller coaster ride for Orton. The night began with the Legend Killer being awarded the WWE Championship by Mr. McMahon after former Champ John Cena was forced to surrender the title due to injury. Then Triple H challenged him to a title match, which The Game won. But the night wasn't finished yet. Mr. McMahon informed Triple H that he had promised the audience a Last Man Standing match and that he would deliver, it would be Orton vs. Triple H for the belt. This time, Orton won back the WWE Championship
87 Triple H WWE No Mercy Chicago, IL 07/Oct/07 After convincing Mr McMahon to put him in a match with Randy Orton for the WWE Title the very same night McMahon had awarded the belt to Orton, Triple H defeated the Legend Killer and captured the belt for the 11th time.
86 Randy Orton WWE No Mercy Chicago, IL 07/Oct/07 Following John Cena suffering a torn right pectoral tendon, the Champion was forced to surrender his WWE Championship, and five days later at No Mercy the Chairman awarded the title to Randy Orton.
85 John Cena WWE Unforgiven Toronto, Ontario 17/Sep/06
84 Edge WWE RAW Philadelphia, PA 03/Jul/06
83 Rob Van Dam ECW One Night Stand New York, NY 11/Jun/06
82 John Cena WWE Royal Rumble Miami, FL 29/Jan/06
81 Edge WWE New Years Revolution Albany, NY 08/Jan/06 After John Cena survived a grueling Elimination Chamber Match, Mr. McMahon announced that Edge was using his Money in the Bank opporunity. Edge easily overwhelmed the exhausted and bloodied Cena, nailing a spear to earn the victory and his first WWE Championship.
80 John Cena WWE WrestleMania 21 Los Angeles, CA 03/Apr/05
79 John Bradshaw Layfield WWE The Great American Bash Norfolk, VA 27/Jun/04
78 Eddie Guerrero WWE No Way Out San Francisco, CA 15/Feb/04
77 Brock Lesnar WWE Smackdown! Raleigh, NC 18/Sep/03 In a match considered by alot as the best in Smackdown! history, Brock Lesnar faced Kurt Angle in a 60-minute Iron Man Match. Lesnar won the match 5 to 4
76 Kurt Angle WWE Vengeance Denver, CO 27/Jul/03
75 Brock Lesnar WWE WrestleMania XIX Seattle, WA 30/Mar/03
74 Kurt Angle WWE Armageddon Fort Lauderdale, FL 15/Dec/02
73 The Big Show WWE Survivor Series New York, NY 17/Nov/02
72 Brock Lesnar WWE Summerslam Uniondale, NY 25/Aug/02
71 The Rock WWE Vengeance Detroit, MI 21/Jul/02
70 The Undertaker WWE Judgment Day Nashville, TN 19/May/02
69 Hulk Hogan WWE Backlash Kansas City, MO 21/Apr/02
68 Triple H WWE WrestleMania X8 Toronto, Ontario 17/Mar/02
67 Chris Jericho WWE Vengeance San Diego, CA 09/Dec/01 Jericho first defeated The Rock and then Steve Austin to become the first ever Undisputed Champion.
66 Steve Austin WWE RAW Indianapolis, IN 08/Oct/01
65 Kurt Angle WWE Unforgiven Pittsburgh, PA 23/Sep/01
64 Steve Austin WWE WrestleMania X7 Houston, TX 01/Apr/01 Fan favorite Stone Cold shocked the wrestling world at WrestleMania X-Seven when he accepted the help of arch rival Mr. McMahon. The Chairman interfered to aid Stone Cold defeat The Rock for the WWE Championship.
63 The Rock WWE No Way Out Las Vegas, NV 25/Feb/01
62 Kurt Angle WWE No Mercy Albany, NY 22/Oct/00
61 The Rock WWE King of the Ring Boston, MA 25/Jun/00
60 Triple H WWE Judgment Day Louisville, KY 21/May/00
59 The Rock WWE Backlash Washington, DC 30/Apr/00
58 Triple H WWE RAW Miami, FL 03/Jan/00
57 The Big Show WWE Survivor Series Detroit, MI 14/Nov/99 After Stone Cold Steve Austin was ran over earlier in the night, The Big Show replaced Austin in the triple threat match that also contained Triple H and The Rock in a WWE Title match.
56 Triple H WWE Unforgiven Charlotte, NC 26/Sep/99 Triple H defeated The Rock, the British Bulldog, Big Show, Mankind and Kane in a 6 Pack Challenge match to win the vacant WWE Title.
55 Vince McMahon Ames, IA 16/Sep/99 McMahon vacated the title on Sept. 20, 1999.
54 Triple H WWE RAW Ames, IA 23/Aug/99
53 Mankind WWE Summerslam Minneapolis, MN 22/Aug/99
52 Steve Austin WWE RAW Charlotte, NC 28/Jun/99
51 The Undertaker Kansas City, MO 23/May/99
50 Steve Austin WWE WrestleMania XV Philadelphia, PA 28/Mar/99
49 The Rock Birmingham, AL 15/Feb/99
48 Mankind Tucson, AZ 31/Jan/99
47 The Rock WWE Royal Rumble Anaheim, CA 24/Jan/99
46 Mankind WWE RAW Worcester, MA 04/Jan/99
45 The Rock WWE Survivor Series St. Louis, MO 15/Nov/98
44 Steve Austin WWE RAW Cleveland, OH 29/Jun/98 Austin held the championship for three months before being forced to vacate it in controversial fashion. Austin defended his WWE Championship against Undertaker and Kane in a Triple Threat match at Breakdown. Undertaker and Kane delivered a double chokeslam to Austin and both Kane and Undertaker covered him for the pin. Since a true winner could not be determined, Mr. McMahon took off with the WWE Championship and declared it vacant.
43 Kane WWE King of the Ring Pittsburgh, PA 28/Jun/98
42 Steve Austin WWE WrestleMania XIV Boston, MA 29/Mar/98 The "Attitude Era" was officially introduced on March 29, 1998 when Stone Cold defeated Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XIV. To add to the occasion, the special ring enforcer was none other than Boxing Legend “Iron” Mike Tyson.
41 Shawn Michaels WWE Survivor Series Montreal, Quebec 09/Nov/97 Widely regarded as the most infamous matches in Sports Entertainment history, the controversial ending to this match is still debated to this day by fans worldwide. Before the match began, Hart attacked Michaels and would not stop the attack. Mr. McMahon, Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson, came down to ringside to restore some order. The match finally started and Hart dominated, locking in the figure four leglock around the ring post as he worked over HBK's leg. Hart then hit a series of moves before going for the second-rope elbow drop. Michaels was able to pull referee Earl Hebner in front of him to take the damage of the move. Michaels then locked in the Sharpshooter, Hart's signature move. Almost immediately after the submission move was locked in, Hebner called for the bell, and awarded Shawn Michaels the WWE Championship, despite Hart not taping out, enraging Hart and the Montreal crowd. Hart refused to job to Michaels in his homeland, but McMahon was determined to get the belt off of Hart without his consent. Hart and McMahon had earlier compramised on Hart dropping the WWE Title at an event outside of his homeland as Hart had agreed a deal with WCW. The event has since been refered to as the "Montreal Screwjob", and led to the creation of the evil "Mr McMahon"character. The Hart/McMahon relationship has since improved since the induction of Bret Hart into the Hall of Fame.
40 Bret Hart WWE Summerslam East Rutherford, NJ 03/Aug/97
39 The Undertaker WWE WrestleMania 13 Chicago, IL 23/Mar/97
38 Sid Vicious WWE RAW Nashville, TN 17/Feb/97
37 Bret Hart WWE In Your House Chattanooga, TN 16/Feb/97
36 Shawn Michaels WWE Royal Rumble New York, NY 19/Jan/97 In mid February of the same year, Michaels was forced to vacate the WWE Championship due to injuries.
35 Sid Vicious WWE Survivor Series New York, NY 17/Nov/96
34 Shawn Michaels WWE Wrestlemania XII Anaheim, CA 31/Mar/96 The epic 60 Minute Iron Man Match between two of the greatest to ever grace the WWE went to sudden death after neither man was able to gain a pinfall or submission over the other. After being unable to pin Hart after nailing him with the Sweet Chin Music, Michaels hit Hart with the move for a second time as both men made it back to their feet, this time covering him for the pin and his first WWE Championship.
33 Bret Hart WWE Survivor Series Landover, MD 19/Nov/95
32 Kevin Nash New York, NY 26/Nov/94 Diesel's victory over Backland set the record for the quickest WWE Championship win.
31 Bob Backlund WWE Survivor Series San Antonio, TX 23/Nov/94
30 Bret Hart WWE WrestleMania X New York, NY 20/Mar/94
29 Yokozuna WWE King of the Ring Dayton, OH 13/Jun/93
28 Hulk Hogan WWE WrestleMania IX Las Vegas, NV 04/Apr/93 Yokozuna's reign lasted 2 minutes and 37 seconds, the second shortest reign as WWE Champion.
27 Yokozuna WWE WrestleMania IX Las Vegas, NV 04/Apr/93
26 Bret Hart Non-televised Live Event Saskatoon 12/Oct/92
25 Ric Flair Hershey, PA 01/Sep/92
24 Randy Savage WWE WrestleMania VIII Indianapolis, IN 05/Apr/92
23 Ric Flair WWE Royal Rumble Albany, NY 19/Jan/92
22 Hulk Hogan WWE Tuesday in Texas San Antonio, TX 03/Dec/91 This title reign would prove to be short one though as President Jack Tunney vacated the WWE Championship after the controversial endings to the last two Championship matches. The title was placed up for grabs at the Royal Rumble in January.
21 The Undertaker WWE Survivor Series Detroit, MI 21/Nov/91
20 Hulk Hogan WWE WrestleMania VII Los Angeles, CA 24/Mar/91
19 Sgt. Slaughter WWE Royal Rumble Miami, FL 19/Jan/91 Randy Savage hit Ultimate Warrior with his King of the Ring scepter so Slaughter could pick up the win.
18 The Ultimate Warrior WWE WrestleMania VI Toronto, Ontario 01/Apr/90 The Ultimate Warrior was forced to vacate the WWF Intercontinental Championship after winning the WWF World Championship.
17 Hulk Hogan WWE WrestleMania V Atlantic City, NJ 02/Apr/89
16 Randy Savage WWE Wrestlemania IV Atlantic City, NJ 27/Mar/88 Savage beat “The Natural” Butch Reed, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and One Man Gang before facing Ted DiBiase in the finals of a 14 Man Tournament to determine the new champion. With some assistance from Hulk Hogan, Savage was able to pin DiBiase and become the new WWE Champion.
15 Andre The Giant WWE The Main Event Indianapolis, IN 05/Feb/88 Within 45 seconds of winning the WWE Championship and giving it to Ted DiBiase, the championship was vacated, resulting in Andre holding the record for the shortest reign as WWE Champion.
14 Hulk Hogan New York, NY 23/Jan/84
13 Iron Sheik New York, NY 26/Dec/83 The Iron Sheik defeated Backlund when Arnold Skoaland threw in the towel.
12 Bob Backlund New York, New York 23/Nov/81 Backlund defeated Valentine in a rematch. Backlund also during this reign wrestled to a double count-out against NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair on July 04, 1982 in Atlanta, Georgia.
11 Bob Backlund New York, New York 12/Dec/79 On December 12, 1979 Backlund defeated Bobby Duncum for the vacant title. Backlund defeated NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race by disqualification on September 22,1980 in New York causing the title not to change hands. he WWF Heavyweight Title was held up on October 19, 1981 when Greg Valentine was mistakenly given the belt by a dazed referee after being pinned by Backlund.
10 Antonio Inoki Tokushima, Japan 30/Nov/79 Not acknowledged in North America. The title was declared Vacant on the 6th November 2006 after Bob Backlund pins Inoki in a Rematch in Tokyo, Japan, the WWF President Hisashi Shinma declares the match to be a no-contest because of interferance from Tiger Jett Singh, Shinma gives the belt back to Inoki however Inoki does not accept it.
9 Bob Backlund New York, NY 20/Feb/78
8 Billy Graham Baltimore, MD 30/Apr/77
7 Bruno Sammartino New York, NY 10/Dec/73
6 Stan Stasiak Philadelphia, PA 01/Dec/73
5 Pedro Morales New York, NY 08/Feb/71 The WWWF Title was reduced from a World Title to a regional title when the WWWF joined the NWA.
4 Ivan Koloff New York, NY 18/Jan/71
3 Ray Stevens San Francisco, CA 15/Jul/67 Ray was announced as the new champion after defeating Bruno Sammartino by countout on July 15 1967 but is never officially recognized.
2 Bruno Sammartino New York, NY 17/May/63
1 Buddy Rogers Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 29/Apr/63 Buddy Rogers was Awarded by promoters breaking with the NWA, because they didn't recognize Rogers' one-fall loss of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Lou Thesz on the 24th of January 1963. Allegedly Rogers defeated Antonio Rocca in a Fictitious Tournament in Rio de Janeiro for the Championship.