WCW World Heavyweight Title Reigns

This is the complete list of every WCW World Heavyweight Championship reign. The title was unified with the WWF World Title following the acquisition of WCW at Vengeance 2001. Chris Jericho is the last recognised WCW World Champion beating The Rock in the semi finals of the Undisputed World Championship tournament.

# Wrestler Reign number Date Days held Event
1 Ric Flair >1 Jan 11, 1991 171 House show
Defeated Sting for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. WCW recognized it as an NWA reign extended to WCW, but it is not considered as one of Flair’s 16 world titles, which are made of 2 WWF titles, 6 WCW titles and 8 NWA titles.
Vacated Jul 1, 1991
Flair left for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and was stripped of the title.
2 Lex Luger 1 Jul 14, 1991 230 The Great American Bash
Defeated Barry Windham in a steel cage match.
3 Sting 1 Feb 29, 1992 134 SuperBrawl II
4 Big Van Vader 1 Jul 12, 1992 21 The Great American Bash
5 Ron Simmons 1 Aug 2, 1992 150 House show
The match would be shown on WCW Main Event via tape delay.
6 Big Van Vader 2 Dec 30, 1992 71 House show
7 Sting 2 Mar 11, 1993 6 London, House show
8 Big Van Vader 3 Mar 17, 1993 285 Dublin, House show
9 Ric Flair 2 Dec 27, 1993 111 Starrcade: 10th Anniversary
Vacated Apr 17, 1994 Spring Stampede
Title held up after Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat results in a double pin. This occurrence is unrecognized by WWE, who considers Flair a six-time WCW Champion, his first reign being an NWA reign extended to WCW.
9 Ric Flair 3 Apr 21, 1994 87 Saturday Night
Defeated Steamboat in a rematch. Aired on May 14, 1994.
10 Hulk Hogan 1 Jul 17, 1994 469 Bash at the Beach
12 The Giant 1 Oct 29, 1995 8 Halloween Havoc
Won in a match where the title could be changed by disqualification. The Giant defeated Hogan by disqualification when Hogan’s manager Jimmy Hart interfered.
Vacated Nov 6, 1995 Nitro
The Giant was stripped of the title due to controversial finish of Halloween Havoc match.
13 Randy Savage 1 Nov 26, 1995 31 World War 3
Won in a World War 3 match, last eliminating One Man Gang.
14 Ric Flair 4 Dec 27, 1995 26 Starrcade: World Cup of Wrestling
15 Randy Savage 2 Jan 22, 1996 20 Nitro
16 Ric Flair 5 Feb 11, 1996 71 SuperBrawl VI
Won in a Steel cage match.
17 The Giant 2 Apr 22, 1996 110 Nitro
Aired Apr 29, 1996.
18 Hollywood Hogan 2 Aug 10, 1996 359 Hog Wild
19 Lex Luger 2 Aug 4, 1997 5 Nitro
20 Hollywood Hogan 3 Aug 9, 1997 141 Road Wild
21 Sting 3 Dec 28, 1997 Starrcade
Hogan first pinned Sting, but guest referee Bret Hart accused the first referee Nick Patrick of making a fast count and restarted the match. Sting won by submission.
Vacated Jan 8, 1998 Thunder
Aired Jan 8, 1998. Title held up due to controversy over finish of Dec 28 and Dec 29 matches.
22 Sting 4 Feb 22, 1998 56 SuperBrawl VIII
Defeated Hogan in a rematch.
23 Randy Savage 3 Apr 19, 1998 1 Spring Stampede
24 Hollywood Hogan 4 Apr 20, 1998 77 Nitro
25 Goldberg 1 Jul 6, 1998 174 Nitro
26 Kevin Nash 1 Dec 27, 1998 8 Starrcade
27 Hollywood Hogan 5 Jan 4, 1999 69 Nitro
Nash laid down for Hogan.
28 Ric Flair 6 Mar 14, 1999 28 Uncensored
Flair pinned Hogan in a First Blood Steel Cage match.
29 Diamond Dallas Page 1 Apr 11, 1999 15 Spring Stampede
Defeated Flair, Sting, and Hollywood Hogan in a four-way match. Randy Savage was the special guest referee
30 Sting 5 Apr 26, 1999 <1 Nitro
31 Diamond Dallas Page 2 13
Defeated Sting, Kevin Nash, and Goldberg in a No Disqualification Fatal Four-Way match.
32 Kevin Nash 2 May 9, 1999 63 Slamboree
33 Randy Savage 4 Jul 11, 1999 1 Bash at the Beach
Savage pinned Nash in a tag team match also featuring Sid Vicious and Sting; if Nash was pinned or if he had to submit he would lose the championship.
34 Hollywood Hogan 6 Jul 12, 1999 Nitro
35 Sting 6 Sept 12, 1999 Fall Brawl
Vacated Oct 25, 1999 Nitro
Sting was stripped of the title after losing a non sanctioned match against Goldberg and attacking referee Charles Robinson at Halloween Havoc.
36 Bret Hart 1 Nov 21, 1999 29 Mayhem
Defeated Chris Benoit in a tournament final.
Vacated Dec 20, 1999 Nitro
Hart vacated the title because of the controversial match with Goldberg at Starrcade 1999
37 Bret Hart 2 Dec 20, 1999 27 Nitro
Defeated Goldberg in a rematch.
Vacated Jan 16, 2000 Souled Out
Hart vacated the title due to injury.
38 Chris Benoit 1 Jan 16, 2000 1 Souled Out
Defeated Sid Vicious.
Vacated Jan 17, 2000 Nitro
Title held up because when Benoit won the match Sid’s foot was under the rope during the decisively submission. In reality, Benoit forfeited the title and left for the WWF after dispute with management.
39 Sid Vicious 1 Jan 24, 2000 1 Nitro
Defeated Kevin Nash after defeating The Harris Brothers for the right to wrestle Nash for the belt.
Vacated Jan 25, 2000 Thunder
Stripped by Commissioner Kevin Nash due to Sid pinning the wrong Harris Brother.
40 Kevin Nash 3 Jan 25, 2000 <1 Thunder
Awarded himself the title. Not listed in the title lineage at WWE.com.td>
41 Sid Vicious 2
Defeated Nash and Ron Harris in a handicap match by making Nash submit. Aired Jan 26, 2000.
Vacated Apr 10, 2000 Nitro
All WCW titles were declared vacant by Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff after WCW was rebooted.
42 Jeff Jarrett 1 Apr 16, 2000 8 Spring Stampede
Defeated Dallas Page in tournament final.
43 Diamond Dallas Page 3 Apr 24, 2000 1 Nitro
Defeated Jeff Jarrett in a steel cage match.
44 David Arquette 1 Apr 25, 2000 12 Thunder
Arquette pinned Eric Bischoff in a tag team title match also featuring Diamond Dallas Page and Jeff Jarrett; the wrestler who scored the decisive fall would be declared champion. Aired Apr 26, 2000.
45 Jeff Jarrett 2 May 7, 2000 8 Slamboree
Won in a Triple Cage match that also included Page.
46 Ric Flair 7 May 15, 2000 7 Nitro
Vacated May 22, 2000 Nitro
Vince Russo stripped Flair of the title.
47 Jeff Jarrett 3 May 22, 2000 1 Nitro
Defeated Kevin Nash in a Falls Count Anywhere match for the vacant title.
48 Kevin Nash 4 May 23, 2000 6 Thunder
Defeats Jarrett and Scott Steiner in a Triple Threat match. Aired on May 24, 2000.
49 Ric Flair 8 May 29, 2000 <1 Nitro
Nash gave title back to Flair.
50 Jeff Jarrett 4 41
51 Booker T 1 Jul 9, 2000 50 Bash at the Beach
After the controversial Hogan vs. Jarrett match, head writer Vince Russo announced that Jarrett would defend the title in an impromptu match against Booker T.
52 Kevin Nash 5 Aug 28, 2000 20 Nitro
53 Booker T 2 Sept 17, 2000 8 Fall Brawl
Won a Caged Heat match.
54 Vince Russo 1 Sept 25, 2000 7 Nitro
Won in a steel cage match.
Vacated Oct 2, 2000 Nitro
Russo decided he was not a wrestler and he did not want the title.
55 Booker T 3 Oct 2, 2000 55 Nitro
Defeated Jeff Jarrett in a “San Francisco 49ers match”.
56
Scott Steiner1Nov 26, 2000120Mayhem

Won in a “Straight Jacket steel cage match”.

57 Booker T 4 Mar 26, 2001 120 Nitro
Won on the final episode of Nitro. WCW was purchased by the WWF on Mar 23, 2001; title was simply referred to as “WCW Championship” afterward.
58 Kurt Angle 1 Jul 24, 2001 6 SmackDown!
Aired Jul 26, 2001.
59 Booker T 5 Jul 30, 2001 20 Raw Is War
60 The Rock 1 Aug 19, 2001 63 SummerSlam
61 Chris Jericho 1 Oct 21, 2001 15 No Mercy
62 The Rock 2 Nov 5, 200 34 Raw
The title was referred to as simply the “World Championship” on Nov 19 after the demise of The Alliance. td>
63 Chris Jericho 2 Dec 9, 2001 <1 Vengeance
Unified Dec 9, 2001 Vengeance
Unified with the WWF Championship when Jericho defeated Steve Austin to create the “Undisputed WWF Championship”.