14 Facts About WWE Championship


WWE Championship is a world heavyweight championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, currently defended on the Raw brand division.

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An additional world title, the WCW WWE Championship, was added after the then-World Wrestling Federation's purchase of World WWE Championship Wrestling in early 2001.

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The WWWF World Heavyweight WWE Championship was then established and awarded to Buddy Rogers with the explanation that he won a fictional tournament in Rio de Janeiro, supposedly defeating Antonino Rocca in the finals.

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In 1991, World WWE Championship Wrestling, a member of the NWA, established the WCW World Heavyweight WWE Championship to replace the NWA's world title.

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Undisputed WWE Championship continued up through the beginning of the first brand split, which saw wrestlers being drafted to the company's main television programs, Raw and SmackDown, each show representing the brand of the same name, with championships assigned to and authority figures appointed for each brand.

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The holder of the Undisputed WWE Championship was the only male wrestler allowed to appear on both shows.

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In June 2006, WWE established ECW as a third brand, on which former Extreme Championship Wrestling stars and newer talent competed.

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When introduced in 1963, the original WWWF World Heavyweight WWE Championship was represented by a United States championship belt that Buddy Rogers had defended sometime prior to becoming the inaugural WWWF world champion.

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The scratch WWE Championship logo, placed between an eagle on top and the word "Champ" and a name plate below, could be spun like spinner wheels or a turntable in keeping with the hip-hop theme.

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The current belt has a slightly updated design from the belt introduced by The Rock in 2013 as a result of WWE Championship changing their corporate logo which was originally used for the WWE Championship Network.

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WWE Championship presented a title to London police officer Charlie Guenigault for his "exceptional bravery" during the 2017 London Bridge attack, and to the US servicemen and women who have helped in hosting WWE Championship Tribute to the Troops as well as for their continued service to the country.

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In 2020, WWE Championship belts were presented to Christophe Agius and Philippe Chereau, WWE announcers in France for 20 consecutive years presenting WWE on French television.

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WWE Championship was the first world championship introduced into the promotion in 1963.

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WWE Championship won the title by defeating previous champion Brock Lesnar in a Winner Takes All match for both the WWE Championship and Universal Championship, which Reigns defended, on April 3,2022, at WrestleMania 38 Night 2 in Arlington, Texas.

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