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WWE World Heavyweight Title
(as of 2018/03/11)

WWWF World Heavyweight Title ( 1963/04 - 1971 )
Heavyweight Title ( 1971 - 1979/03 )
WWF Heavyweight Title ( 1979/03 - 1983 )
World Heavyweight Title ( 1983 - 2002/05 )
WWE Title ( 2002/05 - 2013/12 )
WWE World Heavyweight Title ( 2013/12 - 2016/06 )
WWE World Title ( 2016/06 -   )

Buddy Rogers 1963/01
Continues to be recogized as world champion in northeast even after losing NWA World Title to Lou Thesz on 63/01/24 in Toronto, ON because the promoters refuse to recognize Rogers's one-fall loss in the title match; in some accounts, Rogers defeats Antonino Rocca in a fictitious tournament in Rio de Janeiro, BRA for the title in 63/03.
Bruno Sammartino 1963/05/17 New York, NY
Ivan Koloff 1971/01/18 New York, NY
Pedro Morales 1971/02/08 New York, NY
Reduced from a world title to a regional belt after the WWWF joins the NWA in 71.
Stan Stasiak 1973/12/01 Philadelphia, PA
Bruno Sammartino [2] 1973/12/10 New York, NY
Superstar Billy Graham 1977/04/30 Baltimore, MD
Bob Backlund 1978/02/20 New York, NY
Renamed WWF title in 79/03; wrestles to a double count-out against AWA World champion Nick Bockwinkel on 79/03/25 in Toronto, ON.
Antonio Inoki 1979/11/30 Tokushima, JPN
Backlund pins Inoki in a rematch in Tokyo, JPN on 79/12/06, but WWF president Hisashi Shinma declares the match to be no-contest because of the interference of Tiger Jeet Singh; Shinma gives the belt back to Inoki, but he does not accept it.
Bob Backlund [2] 1979/12/17 New York, NY
Defeats Bobby Duncum for the vacant title; defeats NWA World champion Harley Race by disqualification on 80/09/22 in New York, NY(no title change); title held up on 81/10/19 when Greg Valentine is mistakenly given the belt by a dazed referee after being pinned by Backlund.
Bob Backlund [3] 1981/11/23 New York, NY
Defeats Greg Valentine in rematch; wrestles to a double count-out against NWA World champion Ric Flair on 82/07/04 in Atlanta, GA; recognized as WWF World Heavyweight Title when WWF withdraws from NWA in 83.
Iron Sheik 1983/12/26 New York, NY
Wins title when manager Arnold Skaaland throws in the towel while Backland is in the camel clutch.
Hulk Hogan 1984/01/23 New York, NY
Andre the Giant 1988/02/05 Indianapolis, IN
The referee counts three even though Hogan's shoulder comes up before the third count.
Ted DiBiase # 1988/02/05 Indianapolis, IN
Awarded by Andre immediately after winning the title; billed as champion until the following weekend when WWF president Jack Tunney announces the title cannot be given away and Andre has officially vacated the title by doing so.
Randy Savage 1988/03/27 Atlantic City, NJ
Defeats Ted DiBiase in tournament final.
Hulk Hogan [2] 1989/04/02 Atlantic City, NJ
Ultimate Warrior 1990/04/01 Toronto, ON, CAN
Sgt. Slaughter 1991/01/19 Miami, FL
Hulk Hogan [3] 1991/03/24 Los Angeles, CA
The Undertaker 1991/11/27 Detroit, MI
Hulk Hogan [4] 1991/12/03 San Antonio, TX
Held up on 91/12/04 after two controversial changes, to be given to Royal Rumble winner.
Ric Flair 1992/01/19 Albany, NY
Wins Royal Rumble, eliminating Sid Justice; has claimed the "Real World Heavyweight Title" since 91/09 when Flair brings his NWA World Title belt upon joining WWF.
Randy Savage [2] 1992/04/05 Indianapolis, IN
Ric Flair [2] 1992/09/01 Hershey, PA
Bret Hart 1992/10/12 Saskatoon, SK, CAN
Yokozuna 1993/04/04 Las Vegas, NV
Hulk Hogan [5] 1993/04/04 Las Vegas, NV
Mr. Fuji, Yokozuna's manager, challenges Hogan immediately after Yokozuna wins the title.
Yokozuna [2] 1993/06/13 Dayton, OH
Bret Hart [2] 1994/03/20 New York, NY
Bob Backlund [4] 1994/11/23 San Antonio, TX
Diesel 1994/11/26 New York, NY
Bret Hart [3] 1995/11/19 Landover, MD
Shawn Michaels 1996/03/31 Anaheim, CA
Sycho Sid 1996/11/17 New York, NY
Shawn Michaels [2] 1997/01/19 San Antonio, TX
Vacant on 97/02/13 because of a knee injury.
Bret Hart [4] 1997/02/16 Chattanooga, TN
Defeats Undertaker, Steve Austin, and Vader in a Four Corners No Disqualification Elimination match .
Sycho Sid [2] 1997/02/17 Nashville, TN
The Undertaker [2] 1997/03/23 Rosemont, IL
Bret Hart [5] 1997/08/03 E. Rutherford, NJ
Shawn Michaels [3] 1997/11/09 Montreal, QC, CAN
Referee suddenly stops the match and awards the title to Michaels.
Steve Austin 1998/03/29 Boston, MA
Kane (Glen Jacobs) 1998/06/28 Pittsburgh, PA
Wins title in a first blood match after the Undertaker attacks Austin.
Steve Austin [2] 1998/06/29 Cleveland, OH
Vacant on 98/09/27 in Hamilton, ON when Austin was pinned by both Undertaker and Kane simultaneously in a 3-way match.
Rocky Maivia 1998/11/15 St. Louis, MO
Defeats Mankind in 13-man tournament final.
Mankind 1998/12/29 Worcester, MA
Rocky Maivia [2] 1999/01/24 Anaheim, CA
Mankind [2] 1999/01/26 Tucson, AZ
Rocky Maivia [3] 1999/02/15 Birmingham, AL
Steve Austin [3] 1999/03/28 Philadelphia, PA
The Undertaker [3] 1999/05/23 Kansas City, MO
Steve Austin [4] 1999/06/28 Charlotte, NC
Mankind [3] 1999/08/22 Minneapolis, MN
Pins Austin in a triangle match against Austin and Hunter Hearst Helmsley.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley 1999/08/23 Ames, IA
Vince McMahon 1999/09/14 Las Vegas, NV
Vacates on 1999/09/20.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley [2] 1999/09/26 Charlotte, NC
Defeats Rocky Maivia, Kane, Mankind, British Bulldog, and Big Show in a Six Pack Challenge match.
Big Show (Paul Wight) 1999/11/14 Detroit, MI
Defeats Helmsley and The Rock in a Triple Threat match; Big Show substitutes for "injured" Steve Austin.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley [3] 2000/01/03 Miami, FL
Chris Jericho wins the title on 00/04/17, but the decision is later revsersed on the same day because of a fast count by referee.
The Rock / Rocky Maivia [4] 2000/04/30 Washington, DC
Hunter Hearst Helmsley [4] 2000/05/21 Louisville, KY
The Rock [5] 2000/06/25 Boston, MA
Pins Vince McMahon a 6-man tag team match, teaming with Kane and Undertaker against Vince, Shane McMahon & Triple H.
Kurt Angle 2000/10/22 Albany, NY
The Rock [6] 2001/02/25 Las Vegas, NV
Steve Austin [5] 2001/04/01 Houston, TX
Kurt Angle [2] 2001/09/23 Pittsburgh, PA
Steve Austin [6] 2001/10/08 Indianapolis, IN
Chris Jericho 2001/12/09 San Diego, CA
Unifies WCW World Heavyweight Title, which Jericho has won earlier on the same card, defeating The Rock; billed as "Undisputed" WWE title.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley [5] 2002/03/17 Toronto, ON, CAN
Hulk Hogan [6] 2002/04/21 Kansas City, MO
The Undertaker [4] 2002/05/19 Nashville, TN
The Rock [7] 2002/07/21 Detroit, MI
Defeats The Undertaker and Kurt Angle in a 3-way match.
Brock Lesnar 2002/08/25 Uniondale, NY
No loger billed as "Undisputed" title after Lesnar signs to wrestle exclusively for the Smackdown brand; RAW brand general manager Eric Bischoff awards World Heavyweight Title to Triple H on 02/09/02 in Minneapolis, MN for defeating The Undertaker for a top contender match on 02/08/26.
Big Show [2] 2002/11/17 New York, NY
Kurt Angle [3] 2002/12/15 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Brock Lesnar [2] 2003/03/30 Seattle, WA
Kurt Angle [4] 2003/07/27 Denver, CO
Defeats Lesnar and the Big Show in 3-way match.
Brock Lesnar [3] 2003/09/16 Raleigh, NC
Wins 60min Iron Man match.
Eddie Guerrero 2004/02/15 San Francisco, CA
John Bradshaw Layfield 2004/06/27 Norfolk, VA
John Cena 2005/04/03 Los Angeles, CA
Moves to the RAW brand in 05/06.
Edge 2006/01/08 Albany, NY
Wins a a ladder match on 05/04/03 in Los Angeles, CA to obtain a right to challenge for the title anytime next year; defeats Cena right after Cena wins a 6-man elimination cage match.
John Cena [2] 2006/01/29 Miami, FL
Rob Van Dam 2006/06/11 New York, NY
Edge [2] 2006/07/03 Philadelphia, PA
Defeats Van Dam and John Cena in a 3-way match.
John Cena [3] 2006/09/17 Toronto, ON
Declared vacant by Vince McMahon on 07/10/02 due to Cena's injury from previous night.
Randy Orton 2007/10/07 Chicago, IL
Awarded by Vince McMahon.
Triple H / Hunter Hearst Helmsley [6] 2007/10/07 Chicago, IL
Defeats Randy Orton.
Randy Orton [2] 2007/10/07 Chicago, IL
Triple H [7] 2008/04/27 Baltimore, MD
Defeats Orton, John Cena, and John Bradshaw Layfield in a 4-way elimination match; also retains the title in a 20min limit "Championship Scramble", during which participants can become the temporary champion via pinfall or submission, against Jeff Hardy, Brian Kendrick, Shelton Benjamin, and Montel Vontavious Porter on 08/09/07 in Cleveland, OH.
Edge [3] 2008/11/23 Boston, MA
Defeats Triple H and Vladimir Kozlov in a 3-way match.
Jeff Hardy 2008/12/14 Buffalo, NY
Defeats Edge and Triple H in a 3-way match.
Edge [4] 2009/01/25 Detroit, MI
Triple H [8] 2009/02/15 Seattle, WA
Wins an Elimination Chambers match against Edge, Jeff Hardy, Vladimir Kozlov, The Undertaker, and The Big Show.
Randy Orton [3] 2009/04/26 Providence, RI
Wins in a 6-man tag team match, teaming with Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase Jr. against Triple H, Batista, & Shane McMahon.
Batista 2009/06/07 New Orleans, LA
Vacates on 09/06/09 due to a torn bicep.
Randy Orton [4] 2009/06/15 Charlotte, NC
Wins a 4-way match against Triple H, John Cena, and Big Show.
John Cena [4] 2009/09/13 Montreal, QC, CAN
Randy Orton [5] 2009/10/04 Newark, NJ
John Cena [5] 2009/10/25 Pittsburgh, PA
Sheamus 2009/12/13 San Antonio, TX
John Cena [6] 2010/02/21 St. Louis, MO
Wins an Elimination Chambers match against Sheamus, Triple H, Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase Jr., and Kofi Kingston.
Batista [2] 2010/02/21 St. Louis, MO
John Cena [7] 2010/03/28 Phoenix, AZ
Sheamus [2] 2010/06/20 Uniondale, NY
Defeats Cena, Randy Orton, and Edge in a 4-way match.
Randy Orton [6] 2010/09/19 Rosemont, IL
Defeats Sheamus, Wade Barrett, Edge, John Cena, and Chris Jericho in a 6-man elimination match.
The Miz (Mike Mizanin) 2010/11/22 Orlando, FL
Cashes in his "Money in the Bank", which allows him to challenge for any title any time, right after Orton defends the title against Wade Barrett.
John Cena [8] 2011/05/01 Tampa, FL
Defeats the Miz and John Morrison in a 3-way match.
C.M. Punk 2011/07/17 Chicago, IL
Does not renew his WWE contract which expires on this day and leaves with the belt; declared vacant by Vince McMahon on 11/07/18.
Rey Mysterio Jr. 2011/07/25 Hampton, VA
Defeats The Miz in an 8-man tournament final.
John Cena [9] 2011/07/25 Hampton, VA
C.M. Punk is brought back to WWE by Triple H later on the same card; both Cena and Punk are recognized as champions.
Defeats John Cena on 11/08/14 in Los Angeles, CA to become the undisputed champion.
Alberto Del Rio (Dos Caras Jr.) 2011/08/14 Los Angeles, CA
Cashes in his "Money in the Bank", which allows him to challenge for any title any time.
John Cena [10] 2011/09/18 Buffalo, NY
Alberto Del Rio [2] 2011/10/02 New Orleans, LA
Defeats Cena and C.M. Punk in a 3-way match.
C.M. Punk [2] 2011/11/20 New York, NY
The Rock [8] 2013/01/27 Phoenix, AZ
John Cena [11] 2013/04/07 E. Rutherford, NJ
Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson) 2013/08/18 Los Angeles, CA
Randy Orton [7] 2013/08/18 Los Angeles, CA
Cashes in his "Money in the Bank", which allows him to challenge for any title any time.
Daniel Bryan [2] 2013/09/15 Cleveland, OH
Fast count by the referee; held up on 13/09/16.
Randy Orton [8] 2013/10/27 Miami, FL
Defeats Daniel Bryan; also defeats John Cena on 13/12/15 in Houston, TX to unify the World Heavyweight Title.
Daniel Bryan [3] 2014/04/06 New Orleans, LA
Defeats Orton and Batista in 3-way match; declared vacant on 14/06/09 due to Bryan's neck injury.
John Cena [12] 2014/06/29 Boston, MA
Wins a ladder match against Cesaro, Alberto Del Rio, Bray Wyatt, Kane, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, and Sheamus.
Brock Lesnar [4] 2014/08/17 Los Angeles, CA
Seth Rollins (Tyler Black) 2015/03/29 Santa Clara, CA
Cashes in his "Money in the Bank", which allows him to challenge for any title any time, during a match between Lesnar and Roman Reigns; the match becomes a 3-way bout; Rollins pins Reigns; also wins United States Title, defeating John Cena in a double title match on 15/08/23 in Brooklyn, NY; vacant on 15/11/05 due to knee injury.
Roman Reigns (Joe Anoaʻi) 2015/11/22 Atlanta, GA
Defeats Dean Ambrose in tournament final.
Sheamus [3] 2015/11/22 Atlanta, GA
Cashes in his "Money in the Bank", which allows him to challenge for any title any time.
Roman Reigns [2] 2015/12/14 Philadelphia, PA
Triple H [9] 2016/01/24 Orlando, FL
Wins 30-man Royal Rumble, last eliminating Dean Ambrose; Reigns is eliminated second to the last.
Roman Reigns [3] 2016/04/03 Arlington, TX
Seth Rollins [2] 2016/06/19 Las Vegas, NV
Dean Ambrose (Jon Moxley) 2016/06/19 Las Vegas, NV
Cashes in his "Money in the Bank", which allows him to challenge for any title any time.
A.J. Styles 2016/09/11 Richmond, VA
John Cena [13] 2017/01/29 San Antonio, TX
Bray Wyatt 2017/02/12 Phoenix, AZ
Wins "Elimination Chamber" against Cena, A.J. Styles, Baron Corbin, Dean Ambrose, and The Miz, last eliminating Styles.
Randy Orton [9] 2017/04/02 Orlando, FL
Jinder Mahal (Raj Singh) 2017/05/21 Rosemont, IL
A.J. Styles [2] 2017/11/07 Manchester, GBR