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Encyclopedia > WWE Championship
WWE Championship
The WWE Championship belt (April 11, 2005 – present)
The WWE Championship belt
(April 11, 2005 – present)
Details
Current
champion(s)
Randy Orton
Date won October 7, 2007
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment
Brand Raw
Date created April 29, 1963
Other name(s)
  • WWWF World Heavyweight Championship
  • WWWF Heavyweight Championship
  • WWF Heavyweight Championship
  • WWF World Heavyweight Championship
  • WWF Championship
  • WWF/E "Undisputed" Championship
Past design(s)


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Contents

History

The WWE Championship was originally known as the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) World Heavyweight Championship. Following the title's introduction in 1963, Buddy Rogers became the inaugural champion on April 29. The World Wide Wrestling Federation joined the National Wrestling Alliance in 1971 and was renamed the World Wrestling Federation in 1979. During this time, the title was referred to as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) Heavyweight Championship. It became known as the WWF World Heavyweight Championship when the promotion left the NWA in 1983. The title began to be referred to as the WWF Championship in 1998. Charles Buddy Rogers: Actor, jazz musician. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the largest governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ...


In March 2001, the World Wrestling Federation purchased World Championship Wrestling. Soon after, "The Invasion" took place in which the WCW/ECW Alliance was ultimately dismantled. Following this, it was agreed to unify the title with the WCW Championship at Vengeance 2001. At the event Chris Jericho defeated The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin to win the WCW/World Championship and the WWF Championship respectively. As a result, Chris Jericho was named the last WCW World Champion[1] and became the first Undisputed Champion in the World Wrestling Federation.[2] For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... The InVasion was a professional wrestling storyline in the World Wrestling Federation that began shortly after the WWFs purchase of World Championship Wrestling. ... Chris Jericho as WWF Undisputed Champion, holding the WWF Championship and World Championship belts Championship unification or championship consolidation are terms which mean the act of combining two or more separate championships into a single title. ... The World Championship Wrestling (WCW) World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world championship in World Championship Wrestling. ... Christopher Keith Irvine (born November 9, 1970), better known by the ring name Chris Jericho, is an American-Canadian actor, radio host, rock musician, and professional wrestler. ... Dwayne Douglas Johnson[4] (born May 2, 1972)[3], better known by his former ring name The Rock, is an American actor and former professional wrestler. ... Steven James Williams (born Steven Anderson on December 18, 1964)[2] better known by his ring name Stone Cold Steve Austin, is an American actor and former professional wrestler. ...


Following the WWF/WWE name change and the WWE Brand Extension, the Undisputed title was defended on the Raw and SmackDown! brands simultaneously while other titles became exclusive to either brand. However, when Brock Lesnar won the Undisputed Championship he was signed to appear and defend the title on the SmackDown! brand only, leaving the Raw brand without a top title. As a result, Raw General Manager, Eric Bischoff, commissioned the World Heavyweight Championship to be the main title for the Raw brand, stating that the Undisputed title was disputed for being defended only on one brand. Immediately afterwards, the title returned to being the WWE Championship. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment Brand Extension was a device first used in 2002 by said professional wrestling organization as a means of providing separate brands of wrestling through its two top shows, RAW and SmackDown!, with the addition of ECW in 2006. ... WWE Raw is the Monday night professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the primary broadcast of the RAW brand. ... For the video game series based on the show, see WWE SmackDown! (video game series). ... Brock Edward Lesnar[4] (born July 12, 1977[3]) is an American mixed martial artist, former professional and amateur wrestler. ... Eric Aaron Bischoff (born May 27, 1955[1]), is a former professional wrestling booker and on-screen personality, most known for serving as President of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and later General Manager of World Wrestling Entertainments RAW brand. ... The World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ...


The WWE Championship remained exclusive to the SmackDown! brand from August 26, 2002 until June 6, 2005, when the WWE Champion, John Cena, was drafted to the Raw brand during the 2005 WWE Draft Lottery. This left the Raw brand with the two top titles in WWE until the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista, was drafted to the SmackDown! brand on June 30, 2005. is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... John Felix Anthony Cena, Jr. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Draft Lottery, also known as the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Draft, is a device used to provide new brand competition and to refreshen the promotions rosters. ... David Michael Bautista (born January 18, 1969),[1] better known as Dave Batista or by the ring name Batista, is an American professional wrestler. ... is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Custom belt designs

Special custom belts have been created for at least five different champions: "Superstar" Billy Graham (red leather strap), the Ultimate Warrior (white, blue and purple leather straps), "Stone Cold" Steve Austin ("Smokin' Skull" belt), John Cena ("Spinner" belt) and Edge ("Rated-R Spinner" belt). A belt with an exceptionally long strap was created for André the Giant before WrestleMania III, however he never wore it as champion. Similarly, Edge had originally designed an entirely different custom belt than the "Rated R Spinner" design he used for his second reign, however the plans were scrapped due to time constraints.[3] The "Spinner" belt's design has since become the WWE Championship's primary design, having also been used by Edge, Rob Van Dam, Randy Orton and Triple H. For other persons named Bill Graham, see Bill Graham (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Steven James Williams (born Steven Anderson on December 18, 1964)[2] better known by his ring name Stone Cold Steve Austin, is an American actor and former professional wrestler. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Adam Joseph Copeland (born October 30, 1973 in Orangeville, Ontario),[5] better known by his ring name Edge, is a Canadian professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment and wrestling on the SmackDown! brand. ... Adam Joseph Copeland (born October 30, 1973 in Orangeville, Ontario),[5] better known by his ring name Edge, is a Canadian professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment and wrestling on the SmackDown! brand. ... André René Roussimoff (May 19, 1946 – January 27, 1993), best known as André the Giant, was a French professional wrestler and actor. ... WrestleMania III was the third annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... Robert Alexander Szatkowski (born December 18, 1970 in Battle Creek, Michigan) better known by his ring name Rob Van Dam, is currently an inactive American professional wrestler. ... Randal Randy Keith Orton[1] (born on April 1, 1980), nicknamed The Legend Killer, is an American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling on its RAW brand. ... Paul Michael Levesque[4] (born July 27, 1969)[4] is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Triple H, an abbreviation of his former Hunter Hearst Helmsley moniker. ...


Current champion

The current champion is Randy Orton, who is in his second reign. He won the title at No Mercy on October 7, 2007 by defeating Triple H in a Last Man Standing match.[4] Orton had been given the title at the opening of the event by Mr. McMahon but went on to lose it minutes later to Triple H in a standard one-fall match in the opening bout. Triple H successfully defended the title against Umaga later in the show, but in the main event Orton won the title back from him in a Last Man Standing match, thus giving Orton his first and second WWE Championship reigns on the same night. His first reign at the show's opening is the third shortest in WWE history.[5] Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 351 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1073 × 1830 pixel, file size: 997 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Randy Orton in his first reign as WWE Champion. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 351 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1073 × 1830 pixel, file size: 997 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Randy Orton in his first reign as WWE Champion. ... Randal Randy Keith Orton[1] (born on April 1, 1980), nicknamed The Legend Killer, is an American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling on its RAW brand. ... No Mercy (2007) was the ninth annual No Mercy professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ... is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Paul Michael Levesque[4] (born July 27, 1969)[4] is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Triple H, an abbreviation of his former Hunter Hearst Helmsley moniker. ... A bloodied Kane inside a current style WWE cage. ... Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... Edward Fatu (born March 28,[2] 1973) is a Samoan professional wrestler better known by his ring names Jamal, Ekmo, and currently Umaga. ...


See also

Professional wrestling
Portal

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References

  1. ^ WCW World Champion - Chris Jericho at WWE.com
  2. ^ WWWF/WWF/WWE World Heavyweight Title. Wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved on 2007-03-18.
  3. ^ Jon Robinson. Edge Interview 2. Retrieved on 2006-11-18.
  4. ^ Bryan Robinson (2007-10-07). Championship hot potato: Legend Killer's time comes after all. WWE. Retrieved on 2007-10-08.
  5. ^ Bryan Robinson (2007-10-07). Kings of Kings reigns supreme again. WWE. Retrieved on 2007-10-08.

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External links

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... WWE Raw is the Monday night professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the primary broadcast of the RAW brand. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... This article is about the tag team championship that is currently defended on the RAW brand of WWE. For SmackDown!s tag team championship, see WWE Tag Team Championship. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Womens Championship is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... For the video game series based on the show, see WWE SmackDown! (video game series). ... The World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... This article is about the tag team championship that is currently defended on the SmackDown! brand of WWE. For the original WWE Tag Team Championship that is currently defended on the RAW brand, see World Tag Team Championship (WWE). ... This article is about the WWE brand. ... -1... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The official logo of the 2007 WWE Diva Search. ... King of the Ring is an annual World Wrestling Entertainment tournament held from 1985 to 2002. ... The 2007 Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 23. ... This article is about the professional wrestling pay-per-view event. ... Randy Orton is currently in his second reign as WWE Champion. ... Randy Orton is currently in his second reign as WWE Champion. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling championship. ... The WWE Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling title. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship. ... The World Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team title. ... The World Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling championship. ... Debra in 1999 with the WWF Womens Championship belt. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Womens Championship is a professional wrestling championship. ... Edge as the World Heavyweight Champion This is a chronological list of wrestlers that have been World Heavyweight Champion, sorted by ring name. ... The World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) United States Championship is a professional wrestling championship. ... The WWE Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team title. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling championship. ... Vince McMahon with the ECW Championship. ... The Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) Championship is a professional wrestling championship. ...

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