WWE European Title History

WWE European Title History

In March 1997, WWE introduced the WWE European title. Englishmen, British Bulldog won the belt after beating his tag team partner Owen Hart in the final. The title became infamous when Shawn Michaels defeated Bulldog in Birmingham at One Night Only. Over the Attitude Era; the European title served as a stepping stone to the upper mid card. Crowing 8 future World Champions. After five years, the title was unified with the Intercontinental Championship following the brand split.

No. Champion Reign Date Days held Event
1 The British Bulldog 1 February 26, 1997 206 Raw
Defeated Owen Hart in a tournament final to become the first champion.
2 Shawn Michaels 1 September 20, 1997 82 One Night Only
Becomes first Grand Slam Champion with this win.
3 Triple H 1 December 11, 1997 40 Raw
Aired December 22. Michaels was ordered to defend the title against Helmsley by WWF Commissioner Sgt. Slaughter. Michaels intentionally lost the match.
4 Owen Hart 1 January 20, 1998 55 Raw is War
Aired January 26. Defeated The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust, who was dressed as Triple H. Commissioner Slaughter awards the title to Hart considering Goldust as a substitution for Triple H.
5 Triple H 2 March 16, 1998 120 Raw is War
6 D’Lo Brown 1 July 14, 1998 63 Raw is War
7 X-Pac 1 September 15, 1998 14 Raw is War
8 D’Lo Brown 2 September 29, 1998 19 Raw is War
9 X-Pac 2 October 18, 1998 120 Judgment Day: In Your House
10 Shane McMahon 1 February 15, 1999 43 Raw is War
Defeated X-Pac in a tag team match with Shane McMahon and Kane vs. Triple H and X-Pac.
Deactivated March 30, 1999 Sunday Night Heat
McMahon “retired as champion.” Aired April 4.
11 Mideon 1 June 21, 1999 34 Raw is War
Shane McMahon awarded Mideon the title after he found the title in McMahon’s duffel bag.
12 D’Lo Brown 3 July 25, 1999 28 Fully Loaded
Became the first wrestler to hold the European Championship and the WWF Intercontinental Championship at the same time.
13 Jeff Jarrett 1 August 22, 1999 1 SummerSlam
Also for Brown’s Intercontinental Championship.
14 Mark Henry 1 August 23, 1999 34 Raw is War
Jarrett gave the title to Henry as a gift for his assisting Jarrett in defeating Brown at SummerSlam.
15 D’Lo Brown 4 September 26, 1999 30 Unforgiven
16 The British Bulldog 2 October 26, 1999 47 SmackDown
17 Val Venis 1 December 12, 1999 58 Armageddon
This was a Triple Threat match also involving D’Lo Brown.
18 Kurt Angle 1 February 8, 2000 54 SmackDown
19 Chris Jericho 1 April 2, 2000 1 WrestleMania 2000
Won second fall of two fall Triple Threat Match against Angle and Chris Benoit (first fall was for Intercontinental Championship); pinned Benoit to claim championship.
20 Eddie Guerrero 1 April 3, 2000 111 Raw is War
21 Perry Saturn 1 July 23, 2000 37 Fully Loaded
22 Al Snow 1 August 29, 2000 48 SmackDown!
23 William Regal 1 October 16, 2000 47 Raw is War
24 Crash Holly 1 December 2, 2000 2 Rebellion
25 William Regal 2 December 4, 2000 49 Raw is War
26 Test 1 January 22, 2001 69 Raw is War
27 Eddie Guerrero 2 April 1, 2001 23 WrestleMania X-Seven
28 Matt Hardy 1 April 24, 2001 125 SmackDown
29 The Hurricane 1 August 27, 2001 56 Raw
30 Bradshaw 1 October 22, 2001 8 Raw
31 Christian 1 October 30, 2001 91 SmackDown
32 Diamond Dallas Page 1 January 29, 2002 49 SmackDown
33 William Regal 3 March 19, 2002 20 SmackDown
Title became exclusive to Raw when Regal was drafted to Raw brand on March 26, 2002.
34 Spike Dudley 1 April 8, 2002 28 Raw
35 William Regal 4 May 6, 2002 63 Raw
36 Jeff Hardy 1 July 8, 2002 14 Raw
37 Rob Van Dam 1 July 22, 2002 <1 Raw
This was a ladder match, to unify the European Championship into the Intercontinental Championship.
Unified July 22, 2002 Raw
Rob Van Dam unified the European Championship with the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

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