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Encyclopedia > World Heavyweight Championship (WWE)
World Heavyweight Championship
The World Heavyweight Championship belt(2003 - present)
The World Heavyweight Championship belt
(2003 - present)
Details
Current
champion(s)
Batista
Date won September 16, 2007
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment
Brand SmackDown!
Date created September 2, 2002
Past design(s)

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History

In August 2002, after Brock Lesnar won the WWE Undisputed Championship, he signed an exclusive contract to appear and defend the Undisputed Championship on the SmackDown! brand only, thus leaving the RAW brand without a top championship. Following Lesnar's actions, RAW General Manager Eric Bischoff introduced the World Heavyweight Championship and commissioned it to be the main title for the RAW brand. This new championship was represented by the Big Gold Belt, an iconic championship belt that previously represented the NWA Championship and later the WCW Championship. Bischoff awarded the title to Triple H citing the fact that he was "the last man to wear the belt," in reference to Triple H being the last person to physically hold the Big Gold Belt during his reign as Undisputed Champion. In March 2003, the Big Gold Belt was replaced with a new similar belt that features the WWE logo at the top of the center plate. Brock Edward Lesnar[4] (born July 12, 1977[3]) is an American mixed martial artist, former professional and amateur wrestler. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling world heavyweight-grade championship in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ... 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 on-air General Manager of World Wrestling Entertainments RAW brand. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship is the primary professional wrestling title in the National Wrestling Alliance. ... The World Championship Wrestling (WCW) World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world championship in World Championship Wrestling. ... 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. ...


The World Heavyweight Championship remained exclusive to the RAW brand until June 6, 2005 as a result of the 2005 WWE Draft Lottery. The WWE Champion, John Cena, was drafted to the RAW brand which left the RAW brand with the two top titles. This prompted SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long to attempt to introduce a third top title called the "SmackDown! Championship". However this was deemed unnecessary when the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista, was drafted to the SmackDown! brand on June 30, 2005. 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. ... The logo for the 2007 WWE Draft 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. ... John Felix Anthony Cena, Jr. ... Theodore Robert Rufus Long (born September 15, 1955) is a former professional wrestling referee and manager, and is currently working on World Wrestling Entertainments SmackDown! brand as its General Manager. ... 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. ...


Lineage and terminology

Officially, WWE's position regarding the history of the World Heavyweight Championship is that it is not the same title as the WCW Championship or NWA Championship before it, but rather a new title that does not inherit the championship history of the previous two titles.[1] The World Heavyweight Championship is the successor to both titles and traces its lineage from them just as the WCW Championship succeeded the NWA Championship and traced its lineage from it as well.[2] The World Championship Wrestling (WCW) World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world championship in World Championship Wrestling. ... The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship is the primary professional wrestling title in the National Wrestling Alliance. ...


WWE uses the terms "world championship" or "world heavyweight championship" in general for all acknowledged world titles rather than this World Heavyweight Championship in particular. As a result, the World Heavyweight Championship's name can occasionally cause some confusion and create an allusion to previous titles even though it is made clear that Triple H is the first holder of this World Heavyweight Championship.[3] For example, in January 2006, Batista was forced to drop the World Heavyweight Championship due to a legitimate injury. In a speech, he noted Ric Flair as being a previous world heavyweight champion. However, while Ric Flair is a 16-time world heavyweight champion, this was in reference to him previously winning the NWA, WCW, and WWE Championships a combined total of sixteen times as Ric Flair hasn't held this World Heavyweight Championship at all. 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. ... David Michael Bautista (born January 18, 1969),[1] better known as Dave Batista or by the ring name Batista, is an American professional wrestler. ... Richard Morgan Fliehr[2] (born on February 25, 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota[2]) better known by his ring name Ric Flair , is a legendary American professional wrestler of iconic staus signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on its SmackDown! brand. ...


Current champion

Current champion, Batista

The current champion is Batista, who is in his third reign. He defeated champion The Great Khali and Rey Mysterio in a Triple Threat match at Unforgiven on September 16, 2007 in Memphis, Tennessee. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 400 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1207 × 1807 pixel, file size: 860 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) (All user names refer to en. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 400 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1207 × 1807 pixel, file size: 860 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) (All user names refer to en. ... David Michael Bautista (born January 18, 1969),[1] better known as Dave Batista or by the ring name Batista, is an American professional wrestler. ... David Michael Bautista (born January 18, 1969),[1] better known as Dave Batista or by the ring name Batista, is an American professional wrestler. ... Dalip Singh Rana[2] (born August 27, 1972) better known by his ring name The Great Khali, is an Indian professional wrestler and actor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Many types of matches can be found in professional wrestling. ... Unforgiven is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment, which has been held in September since the 1999 edition. ... is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ...


See also

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. ...

References

  1. ^ World Heavyweight Championship title history
  2. ^ WCW World Heavyweight Championship history at WWE.com
  3. ^ Triple H's sixth reign as a world champion

External links

  • WWE World Heavyweight Title History

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