We all know that WWE Superstars put in a lot of hard work to become champions. But who has the longest WWE Title reign of all time? Let’s find out!
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
The WWE World Heavyweight Championship is a world heavyweight championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the SmackDown brand. It is one of two world titles in the WWE, alongside the WWE Universal Championship that was created for the Raw brand as a result of the 2016 WWE draft. The current holder is Brock Lesnar, who is in his first reign.
The title was established as the WWE Championship in 1963 with Buddy Rogers becoming the inaugural champion. Upon the introduction of its present name in 2002, it became exclusive to SmackDown until it was unified with Raw’s counterpart title, the World Heavyweight Championship, in December 2013. The title was then renamed WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
In June 2014, all active roster members were assigned to either Raw or SmackDown through a draft lottery, making it available on both brands while still having a single owner; following this transition, Big Show became its inaugural champion while still assigned to Raw. The title continued to be referred to as simply the World Heavyweight Championship until October 2014 when Seth Rollins defeated Dean Ambrose andJohn Cena in a triple threat match at Hell in a Cell for both titles and became their sole owner; as such, both titles were subsequently renamed that month as Raw’s Women’s Championship (inaugural champion Nikki Bella) and Divas Championship (inaugural champion AJ Lee), also having a single owner each.
In August 2016, WWE reintroduced its brand extension with general manager Stephanie McMahon announcing that there would be a dual-branded roster where each superstar would perform on either Raw or SmackDown; as a result of this change with television tapings now featuring superstars from both brands performing on separate days rather than all together as it had been since 2011 (with events also featuring superstars from both brands), general managers Kurt Angle (Raw) and Daniel Bryan (SmackDown) were each granted authority over their respective brand’s respective world championship—the WWE Universal Championship for Raw andWWE World Heavyweight Championship for SmackDown—introducing two separate world championship titles for each brand once again while still having singular ownership of each (i.e., whomever is holding one world title is also considered champion of both brands).
WWE Universal Championship
As of February 21, 2021, the longest reigning WWE Universal Champion is Roman Reigns, who has held the title for a total of 280 days. Reigns first won the title on August 23, 2020 at SummerSlam, defeating “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. He has since defended the title against a number of challengers, including Kevin Owens, “The Monster” Braun Strowman, and Daniel Bryan.
WWE Intercontinental Championship
The WWE Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the SmackDown brand. It is one of two secondary titles in WWE, complementing the WWE Championship. The current champion is Finn Bálor, who is in his second reign.
The title was introduced into WWE in 1979, with Pat Patterson becoming the first champion. The inaugural champion was Ron Bass, who defeated Patterson for the title on June 16, 1979. The title has changed hands a total of 247 times over the years, with 127 different wrestlers holding it for at least one day. The longest combined reign belongs to Chris Jericho, at 927 days; he also holds the record for longest single reign, at 372 days. Mr. Perfect holds the record for shortest reign; he won and lost the title in the same match on October 28, 1988. Lou Albano has the most losses as champion (8), while Bass has accumulated the most draws (2). The current holder of this record is Dolph Ziggler who has held it for 708 days as of September 2018
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WWE United States Championship
The WWE United States Championship is a professional wrestling championship promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the SmackDown brand. It is one of two secondary titles for the SmackDown brand, along with the WWE Intercontinental Championship on the Raw brand. The current champion is Andrade, who is in his first reign.
The championship was created and promoted by the then-World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1986 as the WWF United States Heavyweight Championship on the unaired pilot for Saturday Night’s Main Event. The title was then recommissioned in 1988 and reactivated in 1998 by WWE. It has since undergone several name changes due to company name changes and title unifications, including being referred to as the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship from 2001 to 2003. As a result of the 2008 WWE draft lottery, it became exclusive to SmackDown. In 2017, WWE reintroduced Universal Championships for both Raw and SmackDown following that year’s Superstar Shake-up, making it one of three secondary titles alongside to those brands’ women’s championships; consequently, separate title histories were established for both brands.
In October 2020 a new design was made for both brands after Andrade became champion.
The title has been held by some of WWE’s most notable names including Ric Flair (a record four times), Rick Rude, John Bradshaw Layfield, Eddie Guerrero, Tyson Kidd, Daniel Bryan and Jeff Hardy. Kurt Angle holds the record for most combined days as champion at 627 (all while on SmackDown). Stone Cold Steve Austin was awarded his first United States Championship by special guest referee Sonny Onoo at SummerSlam 2001 after he won a Texastklhounmatch against Angle; however Austin never officially guarded or defended it as he vacated it shortly thereafter due to then-WWE owner Vince McMahon stackingRaw with former WCW talents immediately following The Invasion storyline.
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
The WWE Raw Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling world tag team championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the Raw brand. It is one of two tag team championships for WWE’s main roster, along with the SmackDown Tag Team Championship on the SmackDown brand. The current champions are The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford), who are in their first reign as a team.
WWE introduced the WWE Tag Team Championship (then known as the World Tag Team Championship) on June 3, 2002, a week after WrestleMania X8, at that year’s Backlash pay-per-view event. For most of its history it has been exclusive to the Raw brand; however, from 2002 until 2010 it was contested for on all three main roster brands—Raw, SmackDown!, and ECW—and was officially considered a tri-branded championship until August 2010. A similar title known as the World Tag Team Championship was created and promoted by WCW and existed until 2001. The WCW title was unofficially unified with the WWF/E title when Diamond Dallas Page defeated Chris Kanyon at WCW’s Greed PPV in March 2001, but this recognition was not mentioned on WWF/E programming until after WWE acquired WCW in September 2001 (at which point it became recognized as such through storyline).
As a result of the 2016 draft, the championship became exclusive to Raw (again), while a counterpart title, the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, was created for Smackdown. At that time, then-champion Sami Zayn were drafted to Raw while then-champion AJ Styles remained on Smackdown; as consequence, then-general manager Mick Foley declared that Zayn had to defend his title against former champion Dolph Ziggler at Battleground later that night (with Styles also defending his title against Heath Slater and Rhyno in an unofficial capacity). In these instances where both titles were being defended on separate brands but one champion could not make it to their brand’s pay-per-view event due to travel issues or other extenuating circumstances, then one of two things would happen: either both titles would be defended at said pay-per-view event regardless of brand or only one of the titles would be defended while AndradeAlmas (2018–present)
The current champions are The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford), who are in their first reign as a team; they defeated Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler at Clash of Champions on September 15 to win the vacant championship for a second time as individuals; this is also their first reign together as a team. The team with most reigns is The New Day with six.
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling world championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the SmackDown brand. It is one of two tag team championships for WWE’s main roster, along with the Raw Tag Team Championship on the Raw brand. As a result of the 2016 draft, the championship became exclusive to SmackDown. The current champions are The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston), who are in their record setting fifth reign as a team; they each are in their second individual reign, which equals ten total reigns. The inaugural champions were Edge and Hulk Hogan.
The title was introduced as the WWE Tag Team Championship on October 20, 2002, replacing the Hardcore Championship, which was retired earlier that month. The title was introduced as a direct result of then-WWE Undisputed Champion Brock Lesnar leaving WWE with that title to compete in the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings; this created a vacancy in the top tier singles division on SmackDown!. The first brand extension draft took place on March 25, 2002, which split WWE’s roster into two separate rosters, one for each brand—Raw and SmackDown!. As part of the draft, then-World Tag Team Champions The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) were drafted from Raw to SmackDown!.
The title became exclusive to the SmackDown! brand as a result of the 2016 draft, which took place on July 19. Consequently, then-champions Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson were drafted from Raw to SmackDown!, but retained their titles.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
The WWE Cruiserweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the SmackDown brand. It is contested exclusively among cruiserweight wrestlers, i.e. those weighing 210 pounds (95 kg) or less.
The inaugural champion was crowned on September 14, 2016, at Clash of Champions, when then-SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan awarded the title to TJP. That same night, WWE Network launched a new cruiserweight-exclusive show, 205 Live, to serve as a platform for the champion and the other cruiserweights to compete.
Due to its lineage dating back to WCW’s Cruiserweight Championship, it is one of two titles remaining from that promotion (the other being the Women’s Championship), as well as being one of three titles in WWE with a lineage dating back to WCW (the other two being the United States Championship and the Intercontinental Championship). The current champion is Akira Tozawa, who is in his first reign.