AEW World Championship
AEW World title.jpg
The AEW World Championship belt
Details
PromotionAll Elite Wrestling
Date establishedMay 25, 2019
Current champion(s)Jon Moxley
Date wonSeptember 21, 2022

The AEW World Championship is a professional wrestling world championship[2] created and promoted by the American promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Unveiled on May 25, 2019, it is the promotion's top championship for male singles competitors, and Chris Jericho was the inaugural champion. The current champion is Jon Moxley, who is in his record-setting third reign.

History

Inaugural and oldest champion Chris Jericho
Inaugural and oldest champion Chris Jericho

On January 1, 2019, the professional wrestling promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW) was founded and its inaugural event, Double or Nothing, was scheduled for May 25.[3][4][5] The unveiling of the promotion's world championship was first teased on AEW's YouTube channel on May 22, where actor and comedian Jack Whitehall humorously attempted to reveal the title belt but struggled to get the championship out of its bag. During that same video, Whitehall revealed that the winner of Double or Nothing's Buy In pre-show battle royal, called the Casino Battle Royale, would face the winner of Double or Nothing's main event at a future date to determine the inaugural AEW World Champion.[6] The Casino Battle Royale was won by Adam Page,[7] while Chris Jericho defeated Kenny Omega in the main event, setting up the inaugural championship match. During Double or Nothing, pro wrestling veteran Bret Hart unveiled the AEW World Championship belt.[8]

Shortly after Double or Nothing, the inaugural championship match was scheduled for AEW's event All Out on August 31.[9] At the pay-per-view, Jericho defeated Page in the main event to become the inaugural champion.[10] The following day, it was reported by Tallahassee Police that the physical championship belt was stolen from Jericho's limousine while he was traveling;[11] it was recovered on September 4.[12]

On the June 3, 2022, episode of Rampage, reigning champion CM Punk, who had won the title just days prior at Double or Nothing, announced that he was injured and required surgery. He initially wanted to relinquish the title; however, AEW president Tony Khan decided that an interim champion would be crowned until Punk's return, after which, Punk would face the interim champion to determine the undisputed champion. To determine the interim champion, AEW set up the AEW Interim World Championship Eliminator Series that would culminate in a match at AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door on June 26, a co-promoted event between AEW and New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW).[13][14] The first two matches took place on the June 8 episode of Dynamite. A Casino Battle Royale opened the show, which Kyle O'Reilly won. O'Reilly then faced the number one ranked singles competitor Jon Moxley in the main event of the episode, which Moxley won.[15] The third match took place on June 12 at NJPW's Dominion 6.12 in Osaka-jo Hall between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Hirooki Goto, which Tanahashi won; Tanahashi was originally scheduled to face Punk at Forbidden Door for the title before Punk's injury.[16][17] At Forbidden Door, Moxley defeated Tanahashi to become the interim AEW World Champion.[18] Punk made his return in early August and Moxley defeated Punk on the August 24 episode of Dynamite to become the undisputed champion.[19]

After the All Out post-event media scrum on September 5, CM Punk, who had just won his second AEW World Championship at the event, got into a legitimate physical altercation with AEW executive vice presidents Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson), following berating comments he had made about them and others during the scrum. As a result, AEW president Tony Khan suspended all involved.[20] On the September 7 episode of Dynamite, Khan announced that both the World Championship and Trios Championship, held by Omega and the Bucks, were vacated. Khan then announced that there would be a tournament to crown a new AEW World Champion. The AEW Grand Slam Tournament of Champions began that same episode and continued across episodes of Dynamite and Rampage until its conclusion at Dynamite: Grand Slam on September 21. Tournament competitors included Bryan Danielson, "Hangman" Adam Page, Sammy Guevara, Darby Allin, Chris Jericho, and Jon Moxley.[21] Moxley defeated Danielson in the tournament final at Grand Slam to win the championship for a record third time.[22]

Belt design

The AEW World Championship belt has five plates on a black leather strap. The large center plate prominently has the AEW logo at the center, with a diamond outline behind the logo. Above the logo is a banner that reads "WORLD", while below the logo is another banner that reads "CHAMPION". Below this banner is a nameplate to display the reigning champion's name. The two inner side plates are tall and skinny, with the AEW logo again at the center. Above and below this logo are two halves of the globe. The two outer side plates are similar to the inner ones but slightly smaller. The belt design was inspired by the Mid-South North American Heavyweight Championship belt, and AEW wanted their design to be significantly similar to that belt. It was created by well-known professional wrestling championship belt maker Dave Millican.[23]

Reigns

Current and record three-time champion Jon Moxley
Current and record three-time champion Jon Moxley

As of September 28, 2022, there have been eight reigns between five champions and one vacancy, as well as one interim champion. Chris Jericho was the inaugural champion. Jon Moxley has the most reigns at three and also served as the interim champion in mid-2022 while reigning lineal champion CM Punk was out with an injury (this is not counted as one of Moxley's three reigns). Kenny Omega's reign is the longest at 346 days, while Punk's second reign is the shortest at 3 days. Jericho is the oldest champion when he won it at 48 years old, while "Hangman" Adam Page is the youngest champion at 30 years old.

Jon Moxley is the current champion in his record-setting third reign. He defeated Bryan Danielson for the vacant title at Dynamite: Grand Slam on September 21, 2022, in Queens, New York. Previous champion CM Punk was stripped of the title after being suspended due to a legitimate backstage physical altercation following the All Out post-event media scrum.

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Chris Jericho August 31, 2019 All Out Hoffman Estates, IL 1 182 Defeated "Hangman" Adam Page to become the inaugural champion. [9][24]
2 Jon Moxley February 29, 2020 Revolution Chicago, IL 1 277 [25]
3 Kenny Omega December 2, 2020 Dynamite:
Winter Is Coming
Jacksonville, FL 1 346 [26]
4 "Hangman" Adam Page November 13, 2021 Full Gear Minneapolis, MN 1 197 [27]
5 CM Punk May 29, 2022 Double or Nothing Paradise, NV 1 87 [28]
Jon Moxley June 26, 2022 AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door Chicago, IL 59 Lineal champion CM Punk was originally scheduled to defend the title against Hiroshi Tanahashi at this event, but was pulled due to suffering an injury that required surgery. Moxley defeated Tanahashi in a tournament final to become the interim champion. [29][18]
6 Jon Moxley August 24, 2022 Dynamite Cleveland, OH 2 11 Defeated lineal champion CM Punk to determine the undisputed champion. AEW officially recognizes this as the start of Moxley's second reign. [19]
7 CM Punk September 4, 2022 All Out Hoffman Estates, IL 2 3 [30]
Vacated September 7, 2022 Dynamite Buffalo, NY CM Punk was stripped of the title after being suspended by AEW president Tony Khan due to a legitimate physical altercation that happened following the All Out post-event media scrum. [31]
8 Jon Moxley September 21, 2022 Dynamite:
Grand Slam
Queens, NY 3 7+ Defeated Bryan Danielson in a tournament final for the vacant title. [22]

Combined reigns

One-time and longest reigning champion Kenny Omega, who held the title for 346 days and also has the most combined days as champion
Youngest champion "Hangman" Adam Page
Two-time and shortest reigning champion CM Punk; his second reign is the shortest reign for the championship at three days

As of September 28, 2022.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Kenny Omega 1 346
2 Jon Moxley 3 295+
3 "Hangman" Adam Page 1 197
4 Chris Jericho 1 182
5 CM Punk 2 90

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