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WWE - WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT

THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE HISTORY

September 2, 2002--December 15, 2013

Compiled by Earl Oliver

1.Triple H (Jean-Paul Levesque)
09/02/2002-Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Bradley Center)
Monday Night RAW
Eric Bischoff declared "The WCW World Heavyweight Title" revived and then awarded it to HHH. Title is now officially known as The World Heavyweight Title

2.Shawn Michaels (Michael Higgenbottom)
11/17/2002-New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
Survivor Series PPV
Defeated Triple H in an Elimination Chamber match. Also featuring Booker T, Kane, Chris Jericho and Rob Van Dam.

3.Triple H [2]
12/15/2002-Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Office Depot Center)
WWE Armegeddon PPV
Defeats Shawn Michaels in the first and third falls of a three fall match. First fall: Street Fight. Second Fall: Cage nmatch. Third fall: Ladder Match.

4.Goldberg
09/21/2003-Hershey, PA (GIANT Center)
WWE Unforgiven PPV
14:42

5.Triple H [3]
12/14/2003-Orlando, FL (TK Waterhouse Centre)
WWE Armageddon PPV

6.Chris Benoit
03/14/2004-New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
WrestleMania XX
Won a Triple Threat match against Triple H and Shawn Michaels
Forced HHH to submit to the Crippler Crossface
Chris Benoit held the following titles concurrently with the WWE World Heavyweight Title:

7.Randy Orton
08/15/2004-Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
WWE SummerSlam 2004 PPV

8.Hunter Hearst Helmsley [4]
09/12/2004-Portland, OR (The Rose Garden)
WWE Unforgiven PPV

Title Vacant
12/06/2004-Charlotte, NC
Vince McMahon declares the title vacant because of a controversial match involving champion Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Chris Benoit, and Edge ending in a no-contest on 11/29/2004 in Baltimore, MD
WWE RAW

9.Hunter Hearst Helmsley [5]
01/09/2005-San Juan, PR
Defeated Randy Orton in an Elimination Chamber match to win vacant title.
WWE New Year's Revolution PPV

10.Batista (David Bautista)
04/03/2005-Los Angeles, CA (Staples Center)
WWE WrestleMania XXI PPV

Title Vacant
01/10/06-Philadelphia, PA
Batista vacated World Heavyweight Championship due to his bicep injuries.

11.Kurt Angle
01/10/06-Philadelphia, PA
Angle made a surprise appearance on SmackDown then won a battle royal to crown a new champion.

12.Rey Mysterio (Oscar Gutierrez)
04/02/2006-Chicago, IL
Defeated Kurt Angle & Randy Orton in a Triple Threat match.
WWE WrestleMania XXII PPV

13.Booker T.
07/23/2006-Indianapolis, IN (Conseco Fieldhouse)
WWE The Great American Bash PPV

14.Batista [2]
11/26/2006-Philadelphia, PA (First Union Center)
WWE Survivor Series 2006 PPV

15.The Undertaker (Mark Callan)
04/01/2007-Detroit, MI (Ford Field)
WWE WrestleMania XXIII PPV

16.Edge (Adam Copeland)
05/08/2007-Pittsburgh, PA
Edge used his Money In The Bank Contract he won from Mr. Kennedy the night before on Raw to challange the Undertaker, who had just fended off Batista for the title in a steel cage match and then suffered a sneak attack by Mark Henry
WWE SmackDown TV taping

Title Vacant
07/19/2007-Laredo, TX
Edge surrendered the title due to a pectoral injury

17.The Great Khali
07/19/2007-Laredo, TX
Won a 20 man battle royal for the title, eliminating Kane and Batista at the end to win.
WWE SmackDown TV taping

18.Batista [3]
09/16/2007-Memphis, TN
Defeated The Great Khali and Rey Mysterio in a Triple Threat Match
WWE Unforgiven PPV

19.Edge [2]
12/16/2007-Pittsburgh, PA (Mellon Arena)
Defeated Batista and the Undertaker in a Triple-Threat match in which three versions of "Edge" seemed to be in play
WWE Armageddon PPV

20.Undertaker [2]
03/30/2008-Orlando, FL
WrestleMania XXIV

Title Vacant
04/29/2008-Atlantic City, NJ
Undertaker stripped of the title for using an illegal choke/submission hold
WWE SmackDown TV taping

21.Edge [3] 06/01/2008-San Diego, CA
One Night Stand PPV

22.C.M. Punk (Phil Brooks)
06/30/2008-Oklahoma City, OK
Punk cashed in his Money-in-the-Bank contract to take out Edge after Batista beat him within an inch of his life.
Monday Night RAW

23.Kane
09/07/2008-Cleveland, OH
WWE Championship Scramble Match we each pin fall crowned a new champion
Pinned JBL
Unforgiven PPV

24.Rey Mysterio [2]
09/07/2008-Cleveland, OH
WWE Championship Scramble Match we each pin fall crowned a new champion
Pinned Kane
Unforgiven PPV

25.Chris Jericho [2]
09/07/2008-Cleveland, OH
WWE Championship Scramble Match were each pin fall crowned a new champion
Current Champion CM Punk was injured in a backstage attack before the match and wasn't able to compete
Pinned Kane
Unforgiven PPV

26.Batista [4]
10/26/2008-Phoenix, AZ
Cyber Sunday PPV
Special Guest Referee: Steve Austin

27.Chris Jericho [3]
11/03/2008-Tampa, FL
Steel cage match
RAW 800th show broadcast

28.John Cena
11/23/2008-Boston, MA
Survivor Series PPV

29.Edge [4]
02/15/2009-Seattle, WA
Won an Elimination Chamber Match featuring John Cena (C), Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio, Kane, Mike Knox and Chris Jericho.
No Way Out PPV

30.John Cena [2]
04/05/2009-Houton, TX (Reliant Stadium)
Defeated Edge and the Big Show in a Triple Threat Match
WrestleMania XXV

31.Edge [5]
04/26/2009-Providence, RI
Defeated Cena in a Last Man Standing Match
Backlash PPV

32.Jeff Hardy
06/07/2009-New Orleans, LA (New Orleans Arena)
Hardy defeated Edge in a Ladder Match.
WWE Extreme Rules PPV

33.C.M Punk [2]
06/07/2009-New Orleans, LA (New Orleans Arena)
Punk cashed in his "Money-in-the-Bank" contract to challenge the new Champion
WWE Extreme Rules PPV

34.Jeff Hardy [2]
07/26/2009-Philadelphia, PA
WWE Night of Champions PPV

35.C.M. Punk [3]
08/23/2009-Los Angeles, CA (Staples Center)
Won a Tables, Ladders & Chairs match
SummerSlam PPV

36.The Undertaker [3]
10/04/2009-Newark, NJ
Hell in a Cell PPV

37.Chris Jericho [4]
02/21/2010-St. Louis, MO
The Undertaker (c), John Morrison, R-Truth, CM Punk, and Rey Mysterio
WWE Elimination Chamber PPV

38.Jack Swagger (Jacob Hager)
03/30/2010-Las Vegas, NV
Cashed in the Money in the Bank contract right after Edge attacked Chris Jericho (c) during Jericho's promo.
WWE Friday Night Smackdown

39.Rey Mysterio [3]
06/20/2010-Uniondale, NY
Defeated Jack Swagger (c), C.M. Punk, and the Big Show in a 4-way match.

40.Kane
07/18/2010-Kansas City, MO
Won the "Money in the Bank" match earlier on the card and then cashed it in to defeat Mysterio right afer Mysterio defended the title against Jack Swagger.
WWE Money in the Bank PPV

41.Edge (6)
12/19/2010-Houston, TX
Won a Fatal Four Way match against Rey Misterio, Kane (C) and Alberto Del Rio
WWE Tables, Ladders & Chairs PPV

42.Dolph Ziggler (Nicholas Theodore Nemeth)
02/15/2011-San Diego, CA
Awarded by the Smackdown! interim general manager Vickie Guerrero due to Edge being disqualified for using the spear in their championship match the previous week.

43.Edge [7]
02/15/2011-San Diego, CA
Theodore Long returned to re-assume his position as SmackDown GM. He reinstated Edge and ordered an immediate rematch for the title.
Dolf Ziggler was fired from SmackDown after the match for his involvement in the attack on Teddy Long.

Title Vacant
04/12/2011
Edge announced his retirement from the ring during the Monday Night RAW broadcast on April 11 due to his history of neck injuries. He subsequently surrendered the title in Albany, NY during a SmackDown! taping for broadcast on April 15.

44.Christian (William Jason Reso)
05/02/2011-Tampa, FL
Defeated Alberto Del Rio

45.Randy Orton [2]
05/06/2011-Orlando, FL
WWE SmackDown broadcast

46.Christian [2]
07/17/2011-Rosemont, Il
Won by disqualification due to a low blow
WWE Money in the Bank PPV

47.Randy Orton [3]
08/14/2011-Los Angeles, CA (Staples Center)
SummerSlam 2011

48.Mark Henry
09/18/2011-Buffalo, NY
WWE Night of Champions PPV

49.The Big Show (Paul Wight)
12/18/2011-Baltimore, MD
Defeated Mark Henry in a Chairs Match
WWE Tables, Ladders & Chairs PPV

50.Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson)
12/18/2011-Baltimore, MD
Cashed in his "Money in the Bank" contract on the Big Show who was incapacitated in the ring after a post match attack by Mark Henry
WWE Tables, Ladders & Chairs PPV

51.Sheamus (Stephen Farrelly)
04/01/2012-Miami, FL
WrestleMania XXVIII

52.The Big Show [2]
10/28/2012-Atlanta, GA (Phillips Arena)
WWE Hell in a Cell PPV

53.Alberto del Rio (Alberto Rodríguez)
01/08/2013-Miami, Fl
This was a Last Man Standing match. Aired on tape delay on Smackdown, January 11, 2013

54.Dolph Ziggler [2]
04/08/2013-East Rutherford, NJ (IZOD Center)
Cashed in the Money in the Bank contract after Alberto del Rio was injured by Jack Swagger
Monday Night RAW broadcast

55.Alberto Del Rio [2]
06/16/2013-Chicago, IL (AllState Arena)
WWE Payback PPV

56.John Cena [3]
10/27/2013-Miami, FL
WWE Hell in the Cell

57.Randy Orton [4]
12/15/2013- Houston, TX
Reigning WWE Heavyweight Champion, defeated John Cena in a double title match.

Title Retired 12/15/2013-Houston, TX
Title is Unified with the WWE World Heavyweight Title


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