Two-time and current champion Austin Theory
Two-time and current champion Austin Theory

The WWE United States Championship is a professional wrestling championship contested in the American promotion WWE on the Raw brand. It was originally known as the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship and began as a regional championship created by and defended in Jim Crockett Jr.'s Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, a territory of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). Harley Race became the inaugural champion on the title's introduction on January 1, 1975. Turner Broadcasting bought Mid-Atlantic in November 1988 and renamed it World Championship Wrestling (WCW) after its primary television program.

In March 2001, the then-WWF bought selected assets of WCW.[1] This resulted in the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship becoming a championship for the WWF, which referred to it as the WCW United States Championship. At Survivor Series in November 2001, the WCW United States and WWF Intercontinental Championships were unified, resulting in the United States Championship being deactivated. In July 2003, the title was reactivated as the WWE United States Championship. It is the only active WWE championship not created by the promotion. Since the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-up, it has been exclusively contested on the Raw brand.

The championship is contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition. Some reigns were held by champions using a ring name, while others used their real name. Austin Theory is the current champion in his second reign. He defeated former champion Seth "Freakin" Rollins and Bobby Lashley in a triple threat match at Survivor Series WarGames on November 26, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Overall, there have been 101 different champions. Ric Flair holds the record for having the most reigns at six,[2] while John Cena holds the record for most reigns under the WWE banner at five. Chris Benoit is also tied with John Cena with five, two from WCW and three from WWE. Lex Luger holds the longest reign, with his third reign lasting 523 days, while Dean Ambrose holds the longest reign under the WWE banner at 351 days (overall the third longest in the title's history).[3] "Stunning" Steve Austin's second reign was the shortest, lasting approximately five minutes. Only two men, Lex Luger and Rick Rude, have held the championship continuously for one year (365 days) or more.

Title history

Names

Name[4][5] Years[4][5]
NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) January 1, 1975 – January 27, 1981
NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Undisputed version) January 27, 1981 – January 1991
WCW United States Heavyweight Championship January 1991 – March 26, 2001
WCW United States Championship June 24, 2001November 18, 2001
WWE United States Championship July 27, 2003 – present

Reigns

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Days recog. Number of days held recognized by the promotion
Championship change is unrecognized by the promotion
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Days recog.
National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) / Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP)
1 Harley Race January 1, 1975 House show Tallahassee, FL 1 183 183 Defeated Johnny Weaver in a tournament final to become the inaugural NWA United States Heavyweight Champion for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. [6][4][7]
2 Johnny Valentine July 3, 1975 House show Greensboro, NC 1 93 93 [6][7]
Vacated October 4, 1975 Vacated when Johnny Valentine suffered a career-ending injury in a plane crash. [4][8][7]
3 Terry Funk November 9, 1975 House show Greensboro, NC 1 18 19 Defeated Paul Jones in a tournament final for the vacant title. [4][7]
4 Paul Jones November 27, 1975 House show Greensboro, NC 1 107 107 [6][7]
5 Blackjack Mulligan March 13, 1976 House show Greensboro, NC 1 217 218 [6][7]
6 Paul Jones October 16, 1976 House show Greensboro, NC 2 43 43 WWE recognizes Jones' reign as ending on November 28, 1976. [6][7]
Blackjack Mulligan November 28, 1976 House show Charlotte, NC 2 11 [4][7]
Paul Jones December 9, 1976 House show Winston-Salem, NC 3 6 [4][7]
7 Blackjack Mulligan December 15, 1976 House show Raleigh, NC 2(3) 204 204 [6][7]
8 Bobo Brazil July 7, 1977 House show Norfolk, VA 1 22 22 [6][7]
9 Ric Flair July 29, 1977 House show Richmond, VA 1 84 84 [6][7][9]
10 Ricky Steamboat October 21, 1977 House show Charleston, SC 1 72 73 [6][7]
11 Blackjack Mulligan January 1, 1978 House show Greensboro, NC 3(4) 77 78 [4][6][7]
12 Mr. Wrestling March 19, 1978 House show Greensboro, NC 1 21 22 [6][7]
13 Ric Flair April 9, 1978 House show Charlotte, NC 2 253 253 [6][7]
14 Ricky Steamboat December 17, 1978 House show Toronto, ON, Canada 2 105 105 [6][7]
15 Ric Flair April 1, 1979 House show Greensboro, NC 3 133 134 [6][7]
Vacated August 12, 1979 Vacated when Ric Flair won the NWA World Tag Team Championship four days prior. [4][7]
16 Jimmy Snuka September 1, 1979 House show Charlotte, NC 1 231 233 Defeated Ricky Steamboat in a tournament final for the vacant title.
WWE recognizes Snuka's reign as ending on April 20, 1980.
[4][10][7]
17 Ric Flair April 19, 1980 House show Greensboro, NC 4 98 98 WWE recognizes Flair's reign as beginning on April 20, 1980, although in reality, he won the title on April 19, 1980. [6][10][7]
Greg Valentine July 26, 1980 House show Charlotte, NC 1 121 [4][7]
Ric Flair November 24, 1980 House show Greenville, SC 5 64 Although this reign is not recognized, a WWE.com article recognized Flair as a six-time champion. [6][11][7]
18 Roddy Piper January 27, 1981 House show Raleigh, NC 1 193 194 The title became the undisputed NWA United States Heavyweight Championship in January 1981 after the NWA San Francisco office, the last other promotion to recognize its own United States Heavyweight Champion, closed. [6][7]
19 Wahoo McDaniel August 8, 1981 House show Greensboro, NC 1 31 32 [6][7]
Vacated September 8, 1981 Vacated when Wahoo McDaniel was injured by Abdullah the Butcher. [12][7]
20 Sgt. Slaughter October 4, 1981 House show Charlotte, NC 1 229 229 Defeated Ricky Steamboat in a tournament final for the vacant title. [12][7]
21 Wahoo McDaniel May 21, 1982 House show Richmond, VA 2 17 18 [6][7]
22 Sgt. Slaughter June 7, 1982 House show Greenville, SC 2 76 76 Awarded the title due to Wahoo McDaniel being injured by Don Muraco and Roddy Piper before the match. [13][7]
23 Wahoo McDaniel August 22, 1982 House show Charlotte, NC 3 74 75 [6][7]
24 Greg Valentine November 4, 1982 House show Norfolk, VA 1(2) 163 163 [6][7]
25 Roddy Piper April 16, 1983 House show Greensboro, NC 2 14 15 [6][7]
26 Greg Valentine April 30, 1983 House show Greensboro, NC 2(3) 228 229 Valentine won when Roddy Piper suffered a large cut over his left ear and the referee stopped the match. [6][14][7]
27 Dick Slater December 14, 1983 House show Shelby, NC 1 129 129 [6]
28 Ricky Steamboat April 21, 1984 House show Greensboro, NC 3 64 64 [6]
29 Wahoo McDaniel June 24, 1984 House show Greensboro, NC 4 7 7 [6]
Vacated July 1, 1984 Wahoo McDaniel was stripped of the title due to Tully Blanchard interfering in McDaniel's title defense. [4]
30 Wahoo McDaniel October 7, 1984 House show Charlotte, NC 5 167 168 Defeated Manny Fernandez in a tournament final for the vacant title. [4]
31 Magnum T. A. March 23, 1985 Worldwide Wrestling Charlotte, NC 1 120 120 [15]
32 Tully Blanchard July 21, 1985 House show Charlotte, NC 1 130 130 [16]
33 Magnum T. A. November 28, 1985 Starrcade Greensboro, NC 2 182 154 This was an "I Quit" steel cage match.
WWE recognizes Magnum T. A. as being stripped of the title on May 1, 1986.
[17][18]
Vacated May 29, 1986 Magnum T. A. was stripped of the title for attacking NWA president Bob Geigel. [17]
34 Nikita Koloff August 17, 1986 House show Charlotte, NC 1 328 328 Defeated Magnum T. A. in a best of seven series for the vacant title,[4][19]
Koloff defeated Wahoo McDaniel on September 28, 1986 to unify the NWA National Heavyweight Championship into the U.S. title.[20]
[21]
35 Lex Luger July 11, 1987 Great American Bash Greensboro, NC 1 138 138 This was a steel cage match.[22][23] [24]
36 Dusty Rhodes November 26, 1987 Starrcade Chicago, IL 1 141 141 This was a steel cage match.[25] [26]
Vacated April 15, 1988 Dusty Rhodes was stripped of the title and suspended for 120 days for attacking NWA President Jim Crockett. [4]
37 Barry Windham May 13, 1988 House show Houston, TX 1 283 283 Defeated Nikita Koloff in a tournament final for the vacant title. [27][28]
National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) / World Championship Wrestling (WCW)
38 Lex Luger February 20, 1989 Chi-Town Rumble Chicago, IL 2 76 76 [29]
39 Michael Hayes May 7, 1989 WrestleWar Nashville, TN 1 15 15 [30][31]
40 Lex Luger May 22, 1989 House show Bluefield, WV 3 523 523 Aired on NWA World Wide Wrestling on June 10, 1989.
41 Stan Hansen October 27, 1990 Halloween Havoc Chicago, IL 1 50 50 [32]
42 Lex Luger December 16, 1990 Starrcade St. Louis, MO 4 210 210 This was a Texas Bullrope match.
During Luger's reign in 1991, World Championship Wrestling (WCW) split from the NWA and the title was renamed as the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship.
[33]
World Championship Wrestling (WCW)
Vacated July 14, 1991 The Great American Bash Baltimore, MD Vacated when Lex Luger won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. [33]
43 Sting August 25, 1991 House show Atlanta, GA 1 86 86 Defeated Steve Austin in a tournament final for the vacant title. [34]
44 Rick Rude November 19, 1991 Clash of the Champions XVII Savannah, GA 1 378 378 [35]
Vacated December 1, 1992 Vacated due to Rick Rude suffering an injury. [35]
45 Dustin Rhodes January 11, 1993 Saturday Night Atlanta, GA 1 138 138 Defeated Ricky Steamboat in a match that was originally made to determine the No. 1 contender. But, upon Rick Rude's vacating the title, the match was instead made to decide the new champion.
Aired on tape delay on January 16, 1993.
[36]
Vacated May 29, 1993 WCW Saturday Night The WCW Board of Directors announced the title had been held-up, several weeks after Rhodes' controversial title defense against Rick Rude that ended in Rude appearing to win via pinfall, and taking possession of the title belt, despite both wrestlers' shoulders being off the mat. [36]
46 Dustin Rhodes August 30, 1993 Saturday Night Atlanta, GA 2 119 119 Defeated Rick Rude in a rematch for the vacant title.
Aired on tape delay on September 11, 1993.
[37]
47 Steve Austin December 27, 1993 Starrcade '93: 10th Anniversary Charlotte, NC 1 240 240 This was a two out of three falls match.[38] [39]
48 Ricky Steamboat August 24, 1994 Clash of the Champions XXVIII Cedar Rapids, IA 4 25 25 [40]
49 Steve Austin September 18, 1994 Fall Brawl 1994: War Games Roanoke, VA 2 <1 <1 Awarded the title due to Ricky Steamboat being injured. [41]
50 Jim Duggan September 18, 1994 Fall Brawl 1994: War Games Roanoke, VA 1 100 100 [42]
51 Vader December 27, 1994 Starrcade Nashville, TN 1 88 88 [43]
Vacated March 25, 1995 Saturday Night Atlanta, GA Vader was stripped of the title by WCW commissioner Nick Bockwinkel for hospitalizing Dave Sullivan one week prior. [4]
52 Sting June 18, 1995 The Great American Bash Dayton, OH 2 148 148 Defeated Meng in a tournament final for the vacant title. [44]
53 Kensuke Sasaki November 13, 1995 WCW World in Japan Tokyo, Japan 1 44 44 Won the title at a New Japan Pro-Wrestling event. [45]
54 One Man Gang December 27, 1995 Starrcade: World Cup of Wrestling Nashville, TN 1 33 33 Won in a post-PPV dark match. Although the match was restarted and Kensuke Sasaki subsequently retained the title, it was never acknowledged by WCW, nor is it acknowledged by WWE. [46]
55 Konnan January 29, 1996 Main Event Canton, OH 1 160 160 [47]
56 Ric Flair July 7, 1996 Bash at the Beach Daytona Beach, FL 5(6) 141 141 [48]
Vacated November 25, 1996 Vacated due to Ric Flair suffering a shoulder injury. [48]
57 Eddie Guerrero December 29, 1996 Starrcade Nashville, TN 1 77 77 Defeated Diamond Dallas Page in a tournament final for the vacant title. [49]
58 Dean Malenko March 16, 1997 Uncensored North Charleston, SC 1 85 85 [50]
59 Jeff Jarrett June 9, 1997 Nitro Boston, MA 1 73 73 [50]
60 Steve McMichael August 21, 1997 Clash of the Champions XXXV Nashville, TN 1 25 25 [51]
61 Curt Hennig September 15, 1997 Nitro Charlotte, NC 1 104 104 [52]
62 Diamond Dallas Page December 28, 1997 Starrcade Washington, D.C. 1 112 112 [53]
63 Raven April 19, 1998 Spring Stampede Denver, CO 1 1 1 This was a "Raven's Rules" match. [54]
64 Goldberg April 20, 1998 Nitro Colorado Springs, CO 1 77 90 This was a "Raven's Rules" match.
WWE.com mistakenly lists Goldberg's reign as lasting 90 days, ending on July 20, 1998.
[55]
Vacated July 6, 1998 Nitro Atlanta, GA Vacated when Goldberg won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. [4]
65 Bret Hart July 20, 1998 Nitro Salt Lake City, UT 1 21 21 Defeated Diamond Dallas Page for the vacant title. [56][57]
66 Lex Luger August 10, 1998 Nitro Rapid City, SD 5 3 3 [58]
67 Bret Hart August 13, 1998 Thunder Fargo, ND 2 74 74 [59]
68 Diamond Dallas Page October 26, 1998 Nitro Phoenix, AZ 2 35 35 [60]
69 Bret Hart November 30, 1998 Nitro Chattanooga, TN 3 70 70 This was a no disqualification match. [61]
70 Roddy Piper February 8, 1999 Nitro Buffalo, NY 3 13 13 [62]
71 Scott Hall February 21, 1999 SuperBrawl IX Oakland, CA 1 25 25 [63]
Vacated March 18, 1999 Thunder Lexington, KY Scott Hall was stripped of the title by WCW President Ric Flair. [63]
72 Scott Steiner April 11, 1999 Spring Stampede Tacoma, WA 1 85 85 Defeated Booker T in a tournament final for the vacant title. [64]
Vacated July 5, 1999 Nitro Atlanta, GA Scott Steiner was stripped of the title by WCW President Ric Flair. [64]
73 David Flair July 5, 1999 Nitro Atlanta, GA 1 35 35 Awarded the title by his father and WCW President Ric Flair. [65]
74 Chris Benoit August 9, 1999 Nitro Boise, ID 1 34 34 [65]
75 Sid Vicious September 12, 1999 Fall Brawl Winston-Salem, NC 1 42 42 [66]
76 Goldberg October 24, 1999 Halloween Havoc Paradise, NV 2 1 <1 Won the title when Sid Vicious suffered excessive bleeding and the referee stopped the match. [66][67]
77 Bret Hart October 25, 1999 Nitro Phoenix, AZ 4 14 14 [68]
78 Scott Hall November 8, 1999 Nitro Indianapolis, IN 2 41 41 This was a four-way ladder match, also involving Sid Vicious and Goldberg. [69]
79 Chris Benoit December 19, 1999 Starrcade Washington, D.C. 2 1 1 Awarded the title when Scott Hall suffered a knee injury during the match. [69]
80 Jeff Jarrett December 20, 1999 Nitro Baltimore, MD 2 27 27 This was a ladder match. [70]
Vacated January 16, 2000 Souled Out Cincinnati, OH Vacated due to Jeff Jarrett suffering an injury. [70]
81 Jeff Jarrett January 17, 2000 Nitro Columbus, OH 3 84 84 Awarded by WCW Commissioner Kevin Nash. [71]
Vacated April 10, 2000 Nitro Denver, CO All WCW titles were declared vacant by Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff after WCW was rebooted. [72]
82 Scott Steiner April 16, 2000 Spring Stampede Chicago, IL 2 84 84 Defeated Sting in a tournament final for the vacant title.[73] [72]
Vacated July 9, 2000 Bash at the Beach Daytona Beach, FL Scott Steiner was stripped of the title when he used the banned Steiner Recliner submission hold on Mike Awesome.[74] [72]
83 Lance Storm July 18, 2000 Nitro Auburn Hills, MI 1 66 66 Defeated Mike Awesome in a tournament final for the vacant title. Storm unofficially renamed the title the WCW Canadian Heavyweight Championship. [75]
84 Terry Funk September 22, 2000 House show Amarillo, TX 2 1 1 Title change was not recognized by WCW, but is recognized by WWE. [76]
85 Lance Storm September 23, 2000 House show Lubbock, TX 2 36 36 Title change was not recognized by WCW, but is recognized by WWE. [77]
86 Gen. Rection October 29, 2000 Halloween Havoc Paradise, NV 1 12 15 Defeated Lance Storm and Jim Duggan in a handicap match. [78]
87 Lance Storm November 10, 2000 Nitro London, England 3 16 13 [79][4]
88 Gen. Rection November 26, 2000 Mayhem Milwaukee, WI 2 49 49 [80]
89 Shane Douglas January 14, 2001 Sin Indianapolis, IN 1 22 22 This was a First Blood Chain match. [81]
90 Rick Steiner February 5, 2001 Nitro Tupelo, MS 1 41 41 [82]
91 Booker T March 18, 2001 Greed Jacksonville, FL 1 128 128 Title and other selected assets of WCW were purchased by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Title was subsequently referred to as the WCW United States Championship and was defended on WWF programming. [83]
World Wrestling Federation (WWF)
92 Chris Kanyon July 24, 2001 SmackDown! Pittsburgh, PA 1 48 46 Given the title by Booker T as he was also the WCW Champion.
WWE recognizes Kanyon's reign as beginning on July 26, 2001, when the episode aired on tape delay.
[84]
93 Tajiri September 10, 2001 Raw San Antonio, TX 1 13 13 [85]
94 Rhyno September 23, 2001 Unforgiven Pittsburgh, PA 1 29 29 [86]
95 Kurt Angle October 22, 2001 Raw Kansas City, MO 1 21 21 [87]
96 Edge November 12, 2001 Raw Boston, MA 1 6 6 [88]
Unified November 18, 2001 Survivor Series Greensboro, NC Edge defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion Test in a title unification match. Edge became the Intercontinental Champion while the United States title was deactivated. In May 2002, the WWF became the WWE. [88]
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE): SmackDown
97 Eddie Guerrero July 27, 2003 Vengeance Denver, CO 2 84 84 Title was reactivated as the WWE United States Championship as an exclusive title of the SmackDown brand. Guerrero defeated Chris Benoit in a tournament final for the revived title. [89]
98 Big Show October 19, 2003 No Mercy Baltimore, MD 1 147 147 [90]
99 John Cena March 14, 2004 WrestleMania XX New York, NY 1 114 114 WWE mistakenly lists Cena's reign as lasting 137 days, ending on July 29, 2004. The match description for Booker T's title win states that Cena was stripped of the title "a few weeks prior" to the July 29, 2004 tape delay episode of SmackDown! [91]
Vacated July 6, 2004 SmackDown! Winnipeg, MB, Canada John Cena was stripped of the title after attacking SmackDown! General Manager Kurt Angle.
Aired on tape delay on July 8, 2004.
[92]
100 Booker T July 27, 2004 SmackDown! Cincinnati, OH 2 68 66 This was an eight-way elimination match, also involving John Cena, René Duprée, Kenzo Suzuki, Rob Van Dam, Billy Gunn, Charlie Haas, and Luther Reigns.
WWE recognizes Booker T's reign as beginning on July 29, 2004, when the episode aired on tape delay.
[92]
101 John Cena October 3, 2004 No Mercy East Rutherford, NJ 2 2 4 This was the fifth match of a Best of Five series.
WWE recognizes Cena's reign as ending on October 7, 2004, when the following episode aired on tape delay.
[93]
102 Carlito Caribbean Cool October 5, 2004 SmackDown! Boston, MA 1 42 42 WWE recognizes Carlito's reign as beginning on October 7, 2004 and ending on November 18, 2004, both episodes of which aired on tape delay. [94][95]
103 John Cena November 16, 2004 SmackDown! Dayton, OH 3 105 105 WWE recognizes Cena's reign as beginning on November 18, 2004 and ending on March 3, 2005, both episodes of which aired on tape delay. [96]
104 Orlando Jordan March 1, 2005 SmackDown! Albany, NY 1 173 171 WWE recognizes Jordan's reign as beginning on March 3, 2005, when the episode aired on tape delay. [97]
105 Chris Benoit August 21, 2005 SummerSlam Washington, D.C. 3 58 61 WWE recognizes Benoit's reign as ending on October 21, 2005, when the following episode aired on tape delay. [98]
106 Booker T October 18, 2005 SmackDown! Reno, NV 3 35 35 WWE recognizes Booker T's reign as beginning on October 21, 2005 and ending on November 25, 2005, both episodes of which aired on tape delay. [99]
Vacated November 22, 2005 SmackDown! Sheffield, England Vacated when Booker T's title defense against Chris Benoit ended in a double pinfall.[5]
Aired on tape delay on November 25, 2005.
[99]
107 Booker T January 10, 2006 SmackDown! Philadelphia, PA 4 40 37 Booker T faced Chris Benoit in a Best of Seven series, winning the first three matches; Randy Orton substituted for Booker T after that due to injury, losing the next three matches, but winning the final for the vacant title.
WWE recognizes Booker T's reign as beginning on January 13, 2006, when the episode aired on tape delay.
[100]
108 Chris Benoit February 19, 2006 No Way Out Baltimore, MD 4 42 42 [101]
109 John "Bradshaw" Layfield April 2, 2006 WrestleMania 22 Rosemont, IL 1 51 54 WWE recognizes JBL's reign as ending on May 26, 2006, when the following episode aired on tape delay. [102]
110 Bobby Lashley May 23, 2006 SmackDown! Bakersfield, CA 1 49 48 WWE recognizes Lashley's reign as beginning on May 26, 2006 and ending on July 14, 2006, both episodes of which aired on tape delay. [103]
111 Finlay July 11, 2006 SmackDown! Minneapolis, MN 1 49 48 WWE recognizes Finlay's reign as beginning on July 14, 2006 and ending on September 1, 2006, both episodes of which aired on tape delay. [104]
112 Mr. Kennedy August 29, 2006 SmackDown! Reading, PA 1 42 42 This was a triple threat match, also involving Bobby Lashley who Kennedy pinned.
WWE recognizes Kennedy's reign as beginning on September 1, 2006 and ending on October 13, 2006, both episodes of which aired on tape delay.
[105][106]
113 Chris Benoit October 10, 2006 SmackDown! Jacksonville, FL 5 222 219 WWE recognizes Benoit's reign as beginning on October 13, 2006, when the episode aired on tape delay. [107][108]
114 Montel Vontavious Porter May 20, 2007 Judgment Day St. Louis, MO 1 343 343 This was a two out of three falls match. [109][110]
115 Matt Hardy April 27, 2008 Backlash Baltimore, MD 1 84 84 The title became exclusive to the ECW brand following the 2008 WWE Draft. [111][112]
WWE: ECW
116 Shelton Benjamin July 20, 2008 The Great American Bash Uniondale, NY 1 240 243 The title was returned to SmackDown due to Benjamin's status as a SmackDown wrestler. [113][114]
WWE: SmackDown
117 Montel Vontavious Porter March 17, 2009 SmackDown Corpus Christi, TX 2 76 73 The title became exclusive to the Raw brand following the 2009 WWE Draft. [115][116]
WWE: Raw
118 Kofi Kingston June 1, 2009 Raw Birmingham, AL 1 126 126 [117][118]
119 The Miz October 5, 2009 Raw Wilkes-Barre, PA 1 224 224 [119][120]
120 Bret Hart May 17, 2010 Raw Toronto, ON, Canada 5 7 7 This was a no disqualification, no countout match. [121][122]
Vacated May 24, 2010 Raw Toledo, OH Vacated when Bret Hart became the Raw General Manager. [121][123]
121 R-Truth May 24, 2010 Raw Toledo, OH 1 21 20 Defeated The Miz to win the vacant title. [123][124]
122 The Miz June 14, 2010 Raw Charlotte, NC 2 97 97 This was a fatal four-way match, also involving John Morrison and Zack Ryder. [125][126]
123 Daniel Bryan September 19, 2010 Night of Champions Rosemont, IL 1 176 177 [127]
124 Sheamus March 14, 2011 Raw St. Louis, MO 1 48 47 If Sheamus lost, he would have quit the WWE.
Title became exclusive to the SmackDown brand following the 2011 WWE Draft.
[128]
WWE: SmackDown
125 Kofi Kingston May 1, 2011 Extreme Rules Tampa, FL 2 49 49 This was a tables match. The title became exclusive to Raw due to Kingston's status as a Raw wrestler. [129]
WWE: Raw
126 Dolph Ziggler June 19, 2011 Capitol Punishment Washington, D.C. 1 182 182 On August 29, 2011, the brand extension ended, allowing the United States Champion to appear on both Raw and SmackDown. [130]
WWE (unbranded)
127 Zack Ryder December 18, 2011 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs Baltimore, MD 1 29 29 [131]
128 Jack Swagger January 16, 2012 Raw Anaheim, CA 1 49 50 [132]
129 Santino Marella March 5, 2012 Raw Boston, MA 1 167 167 [133]
130 Antonio Cesaro August 19, 2012 SummerSlam
Pre-Show
Los Angeles, CA 1 239 240 [134]
131 Kofi Kingston April 15, 2013 Raw Greenville, SC 3 34 34 [135]
132 Dean Ambrose May 19, 2013 Extreme Rules St. Louis, MO 1 351 351 [3][136]
133 Sheamus May 5, 2014 Raw Albany, NY 2 182 182 This was a 20-man battle royal. Sheamus lastly eliminated Dean Ambrose to win the match and the title. [137]
134 Rusev November 3, 2014 Raw Backstage Pass Buffalo, NY 1 146 145 [138]
135 John Cena March 29, 2015 WrestleMania 31 Santa Clara, CA 4 147 147 [139]
136 Seth Rollins August 23, 2015 SummerSlam Brooklyn, NY 1 28 28 This was a winner takes all match, in which Rollins defended the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. [140]
137 John Cena September 20, 2015 Night of Champions Houston, TX 5 35 35 [141]
138 Alberto Del Rio October 25, 2015 Hell in a Cell Los Angeles, CA 1 78 79 [142]
139 Kalisto January 11, 2016 Raw New Orleans, LA 1 1 3 WWE recognizes Kalisto's reign as ending on January 14, 2016, when the following episode aired on tape delay. [143]
140 Alberto Del Rio January 12, 2016 SmackDown Lafayette, LA 2 12 10 WWE recognizes Del Rio's reign as beginning on January 14, 2016, when the episode aired on tape delay. [144]
141 Kalisto January 24, 2016 Royal Rumble Orlando, FL 2 119 119 [145]
142 Rusev May 22, 2016 Extreme Rules Newark, NJ 2 126 126 The brand extension returned and the title became exclusive to the Raw brand following the 2016 WWE Draft. [146]
WWE: Raw
143 Roman Reigns September 25, 2016 Clash of Champions Indianapolis, IN 1 106 107 [147]
144 Chris Jericho January 9, 2017 Raw New Orleans, LA 1 83 83 This was a 2-on-1 handicap match, also involving Kevin Owens, who teamed with Jericho. Jericho pinned Roman Reigns to win the title. [148]
145 Kevin Owens April 2, 2017 WrestleMania 33 Orlando, FL 1 28 28 The title became exclusive to the SmackDown brand following the 2017 WWE Superstar Shake-up. [149]
WWE: SmackDown
146 Chris Jericho April 30, 2017 Payback San Jose, CA 2 2 2 Since Jericho won, he was transferred to the SmackDown brand. [150]
147 Kevin Owens May 2, 2017 SmackDown Fresno, CA 2 66 66 [151]
148 AJ Styles July 7, 2017 WWE Live New York, NY 1 16 16 [152]
149 Kevin Owens July 23, 2017 Battleground Philadelphia, PA 3 2 2 [153]
150 AJ Styles July 25, 2017 SmackDown Richmond, VA 2 75 75 This was a triple threat match also involving Chris Jericho who Styles pinnd. [154]
151 Baron Corbin October 8, 2017 Hell in a Cell Detroit, MI 1 70 70 This was a triple threat match also involving Tye Dillinger who Corbin pinned [155]
152 Dolph Ziggler December 17, 2017 Clash of Champions Boston, MA 2 9 9 This was a triple threat match also involving Bobby Roode. [156]
Vacated December 26, 2017 SmackDown Rosemont, IL SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan ruled that Dolph Ziggler vacated the title after he left the belt in the ring on the December 19 episode of SmackDown. [157]
153 Bobby Roode January 16, 2018 SmackDown Laredo, TX 1 54 54 Defeated Jinder Mahal in a tournament final to win the vacant title. [158]
154 Randy Orton March 11, 2018 Fastlane Columbus, OH 1 28 28 [159]
155 Jinder Mahal April 8, 2018 WrestleMania 34 New Orleans, LA 1 8 8 This was a fatal four-way match, also involving Bobby Roode and Rusev.
The title became exclusive to the Raw brand following the first night of the 2018 WWE Superstar Shake-up.
[160]
WWE: Raw
156 Jeff Hardy April 16, 2018 Raw Hartford, CT 1 90 90 Title transferred back to the SmackDown brand on the second night of the 2018 WWE Superstar Shake-up. [161]
WWE: SmackDown
157 Shinsuke Nakamura July 15, 2018 Extreme Rules Pittsburgh, PA 1 156 163 WWE recognizes Nakamura's reign as ending on December 25, 2018, when the following episode aired on tape delay. [162]
158 Rusev December 18, 2018 SmackDown Fresno, CA 3 40 32 WWE recognizes Rusev's reign as beginning on December 25, 2018, when the episode aired on tape delay. [163][164]
159 Shinsuke Nakamura January 27, 2019 Royal Rumble
Kickoff
Phoenix, AZ 2 2 2 [165]
160 R-Truth January 29, 2019 SmackDown Phoenix, AZ 2 35 35 [166]
161 Samoa Joe March 5, 2019 SmackDown Wilkes-Barre, PA 1 75 74 This was a fatal four-way match also involving Andrade and Rey Mysterio.
The title became exclusive to the Raw brand following the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-up.
[167]
WWE: Raw
162 Rey Mysterio May 19, 2019 Money in the Bank Hartford, CT 1 15 15 [168]
163 Samoa Joe June 3, 2019 Raw Austin, TX 2 20 19 Rey Mysterio voluntarily relinquished the title back to Joe due to Mysterio suffering a legitimate shoulder injury and the controversial way in which he won the title at Money in the Bank (Joe's left shoulder was not down when the referee counted the pin). [169]
164 Ricochet June 23, 2019 Stomping Grounds Tacoma, WA 1 21 21 [170]
165 AJ Styles July 14, 2019 Extreme Rules Philadelphia, PA 3 134 134 [171]
166 Rey Mysterio November 25, 2019 Raw Rosemont, IL 2 31 30 [172]
167 Andrade December 26, 2019 WWE Live New York, NY 1 151 150 [173]
168 Apollo Crews May 25, 2020 Raw Orlando, FL 1 97 96 [174]
169 Bobby Lashley August 30, 2020 Payback Orlando, FL 2 175 175 [175]
170 Riddle February 21, 2021 Elimination Chamber St. Petersburg, FL 1 49 49 This was a triple threat match also involving John Morrison, who Riddle pinned. [176]
171 Sheamus April 11, 2021 WrestleMania 37
Night 2
Tampa, FL 3 132 131 [177]
172 Damian Priest August 21, 2021 SummerSlam Paradise, NV 1 191 191 [178]
173 Finn Bálor February 28, 2022 Raw Columbus, OH 1 49 48 [179]
174 Theory April 18, 2022 Raw Buffalo, NY 1 75 75 [180]
175 Bobby Lashley July 2, 2022 Money in the Bank Paradise, NV 3 100 100 [181]
176 Seth "Freakin" Rollins October 10, 2022 Raw Brooklyn, NY 2 47 47 [182]
177 Austin Theory November 26, 2022 Survivor Series WarGames Boston, MA 2 69+ 69+ This was a triple threat match, also involving Bobby Lashley. Austin Theory was formerly known as Theory. [183]

Combined reigns

Inaugural champion Harley Race
Record six-time champion Ric Flair
Lex Luger is the longest reigning champion in history, with a record of 523 consecutive days
Dean Ambrose is the longest reigning champion under the WWE banner, with a record of 351 consecutive days

As of February 3, 2023.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
days
Combined days
rec. by WWE
1 Lex Luger 5 950
2 Ric Flair 5(6)[a] 773 709
3 Greg Valentine 2(3)[b] 512 392
4 Blackjack Mulligan 3(4)[c] 509 500
5 Montel Vontavious Porter 2 419
6 John Cena 5 403 405
7 Rick Rude 1 378
8 Sheamus 3 362 360
9 Chris Benoit 5 357
10 Dean Ambrose 1 351
11 Nikita Koloff 1 328
12 Bobby Lashley 3 324 323
13 The Miz 2 321
14 Rusev 3 312 303
15 Sgt. Slaughter 2 305
16 Magnum T. A. 2 302 274
17 Wahoo McDaniel 5 296 300
18 Barry Windham 1 283
19 Booker T 4 271 266
20 Ricky Steamboat 4 265 267
21 Dustin Rhodes 2 257
22 Steve Austin 2 240
Shelton Benjamin 1 240 243
24 Antonio Cesaro 1 239
25 Sting 2 234
26 Jimmy Snuka 1 231 233
27 AJ Styles 3 225
28 Roddy Piper 3 220 222
29 Kofi Kingston 3 209
30 Dolph Ziggler 2 191 189
Damian Priest 1 191
32 Bret Hart 5 186
33 Jeff Jarrett 3 184
34 Harley Race 1 183
35 Daniel Bryan 1 176 177
36 Orlando Jordan 1 173 171
37 Scott Steiner 2 169
38 Santino Marella 1 167
39 Eddie Guerrero 2 161
40 Konnan 1 160
41 Shinsuke Nakamura 2 158 165
42 Paul Jones 2(3)[d] 156 150
43 Andrade 1 151 150
44 Diamond Dallas Page 2 147
Big Show 1
46 Austin Theory 2[e] 144+
47 Dusty Rhodes 1 141
48 Tully Blanchard 1 130
49 Dick Slater 1 129
50 Kalisto 2 120 122
51 Lance Storm 3 118 115
52 Roman Reigns 1 106 107
53 Curt Hennig 1 104
54 Jim Duggan 1 100
55 Apollo Crews 1 97 96
56 Kevin Owens 3 96
57 Samoa Joe 2 95 93
58 Johnny Valentine 1 93
59 Alberto Del Rio 2 90 89
Jeff Hardy 1 90
61 Big Van Vader 1 88
62 Chris Jericho 2 85
Dean Malenko 1 85
64 Matt Hardy 1 84
65 Goldberg 2 78 90
66 Seth Rollins 2 75
67 Baron Corbin 1 70
68 Scott Hall 2 66
69 Gen. Rection 2 61 64
70 R-Truth 2 56 55
71 Bobby Roode 1 54
72 John "Bradshaw" Layfield 1 51 54
73 Stan Hansen 1 50
74 Jack Swagger 1 49 50
Finlay 1 49 48
Finn Bálor
Riddle 1 49
78 Chris Kanyon 1 48 46
79 Rey Mysterio 2 46 45
80 Kensuke Sasaki 1 44
81 Carlito Caribbean Cool 1 42
Mr. Kennedy
Sid Vicious
84 Rick Steiner 1 41
85 David Flair 1 35
86 One Man Gang 1 33
87 Rhyno 1 29
Zack Ryder 1 29
89 Randy Orton 1 28
90 Steve McMichael 1 25
91 Bobo Brazil 1 22
Shane Douglas 1 22
93 Kurt Angle 1 21
Mr. Wrestling 1 21 22
Ricochet 1 21
96 Terry Funk 2 19 20
97 Michael Hayes 1 15
98 Tajiri 1 13
99 Jinder Mahal 1 8
100 Edge 1 6
101 Raven 1 1

Notes

  1. ^ Ric Flair's fifth reign is not typically recognized by WWE, but a WWE.com article recognized him as a 6-time champion.
  2. ^ WWE recognizes Greg Valentine as a 2-time champion. His first reign is not recognized by WWE.
  3. ^ WWE recognizes Blackjack Mulligan as a 3-time champion. His second reign is not recognized by WWE.
  4. ^ WWE recognizes Paul Jones as a 2-time champion. His third reign is not recognized by WWE.
  5. ^ In his first reign, Austin Theory was formerly known as just Theory.

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