WWE World Heavyweight Title Reigns

WWE World Heavyweight Title Reigns

Following the brand split in April 2002, the WWE Undisputed Champion defended the title on both Raw & Smackdown. Following Stephanie McMahon’s acquisition of Brock Lesnar, made the WWE title exclusive to Smackdown. Raw general manager Eric Bischoff declared that Raw needed its own World Champion. On 2nd September 2002 episode of Raw, Eric declared that Triple H would be the inaugural champion. We look at all the WWE World Heavyweight title reigns.

The title was switched between Raw and Smackdown over the years; however the likes of Batista, Undertaker and Edge made the World title Smackdown’s prize. Following the demise of the brand split the title was merged with the WWE Championship at TLC 2013. Randy Orton, the youngest champion of all time became the final champion.

 World Heavyweight Title History

Name Date Event Days Held
Triple H 9/2/2002 Raw 76
Title was given to Triple H by Eric Bishoff.
Shawn Michaels 11/17/2002 Survivor Series 28
Triple H 12/15/2002 Armageddon 280
Goldberg 9/21/2003 Unforgiven 84
Triple H 12/14/2003 Armageddon 91
Chris Benoit 3/14/2004 WrestleMania 154
Randy Orton 8/15/2004 SummerSlam 28
Triple H 9/12/2004 Unforgiven 85
Triple H 1/9/2005 New Years Revolution 84
 The championship was vacated after a double fall occurred in a triple threat match, also involving Chris Benoit and Edge.
Batista 4/3/2005 WrestleMania 282
Kurt Angle 1/10/2006 SmackDown 82
Title was forfitted due to injury by Batista. Kurt Angle won a battle royale for a new champion.
Rey Mysterio 4/2/2006 WrestleMania 112
King Booker 7/23/2006 Great American Bash 126
Batista 11/26/2006 Unforgiven 126
The Undertaker 4/1/2007 WrestleMania 37
Edge 5/8/2007 One Night Stand 70
Edge vacated the title after he was sidelined with a legit pectoral injury. This episode aired on tape delay on July 20, 2007.
The Great Khali 7/17/2007 SmackDown 61
Batista 9/16/2007 Unforgiven 91
Edge 12/16/2007 Armageddon 105
The Undertaker 3/30/2008 WrestleMania 30
The SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero stripped The Undertaker of the title for using what she deemed to be a dangerous hold (Hell’s Gate). This episode aired on tape delay on May 2, 2008.
Edge 6/1/2008 One Night Stand 29
CM Punk 6/30/2008 Raw 69
Chris Jericho 9/7/2008 Unforgiven 49
Batista 10/26/2008 Cyber Sunday 8
Chris Jericho 11/3/2008 Raw 20
John Cena 11/23/2008 Survivor Series 84
Edge 2/15/2009 No Way Out 49
John Cena 4/5/2009 WrestleMania 21
Edge 4/26/2009 Backlash 42
Jeff Hardy 6/7/2009 Extreme Rules 0
CM Punk 6/7/2009 Extreme Rules 49
Jeff Hardy 7/26/2009 Night of Champions 28
CM Punk 8/23/2009 SummerSlam 42
The Undertaker 10/4/2009 Hell In A Cell 140
Chris Jericho 2/21/2010 Elimination Chamber 37
Jack Swagger 3/30/2010 SmackDown 82
Rey Mysterio 6/20/2010 Fatal Four Way 28
Kane 7/18/2010 Money In The Bank 154
Edge 12/19/2010 TLC 58
Dolph Ziggler 2/15/2011 SmackDown 0
Edge 2/15/2011 SmackDown 56
Edge forfitted the title following retirement. Title was decided in a lader match at Extreme Rules.
Christian 5/1/2011 Extreme Rules 2
Randy Orton 5/3/2011 SmackDown 75
Christian 7/17/2011 Money In The Bank 28
Randy Orton 8/14/2011 SummerSlam 35
Mark Henry 9/18/2011 Night of Champions 91
Big Show 12/18/2011 TLC 0
Daniel Bryan 12/18/2011 TLC 105
Sheamus 4/1/2012 WrestleMania 210
Big Show 10/28/2012 Hell In A Cell 72
Alberto Del Rio 1/8/2013 SmackDown 90
Dolph Ziggler 4/8/2013 Raw 69
Alberto Del Rio 6/16/2013 Payback 133
John Cena 10/27/2013 Hell In A Cell 49
Randy Orton 12/15/2013 TLC R
Title was unified with WWE Championship and retired.
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