WWE United States Championship

championship created by the National Wrestling Alliance, promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE and previously World Championship Wrestling

The WWE United States Championship[1][2] is a professional wrestling championship in WWE. It was originally a National Wrestling Alliance and World Championship Wrestling title. It has mostly been the exclusive secondary championship of WWE's weekly TV show, SmackDown.

WWE United States Championship
Two-time champion Seth Rollins with the current championship design since 2020
(2001, 2003–present)
Date establishedJanuary 1, 1975
Current champion(s)Logan Paul
Date wonNovember 4, 2023
Other name(s)
  • NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic)
  • NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Undisputed)
  • WCW United States Heavyweight Championship
  • WWE United States Championship



The WWE United States Championship was originally known as the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling run by Jim Crockett Promotions. Following the title's introduction in 1975, Harley Race became the inaugural champion on June 14. The title became "Undisputed" in January 1981 when no other United States title was recognized in other promotions governed by the National Wrestling Alliance. In 1986, the title became a secondary championship in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling when Jim Crockett Promotions gained control of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. The title was renamed the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) United States Heavyweight Championship in 1991 when Jim Crockett Promotions became World Championship Wrestling.[1][2]

In March 2001, the World Wrestling Federation purchased World Championship Wrestling from AOL Time Warner.[3] Soon after, "The Invasion" took place in which the WCW/ECW Alliance was ultimately dismantled. During this time, the title was referred to as the WCW United States Championship. At Survivor Series 2001, the title was unified with the WWF Intercontinental Championship. The United States Champion, Edge, defeated the Intercontinental Champion, Test, becoming the new Intercontinental Champion while causing United States Championship to become inactive.[1][2]

Five-time champion John Cena with his own spinner belt design in 2005. He has the most United States Championship reigns in WWE.

In July 2003, the title was reactivated as the WWE United States Championship by SmackDown General Manager, Stephanie McMahon, and was commissioned to be a secondary championship to the SmackDown brand. This was done shortly after the WWE Intercontinental Championship was recommissioned by the Raw brand, making the title its equal counterpart.[1][2]

The United States Championship was drafted to ECW as part of the 2008 WWE Draft on June 23, 2008 when then champion Matt Hardy was drafted to ECW.[4] It then followed Shelton Benjamin back to SmackDown the following Sunday at The Great American Bash.[1][2] One year later it was brought to the Raw brand when then champion Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) was drafted to Raw as part of the 2009 WWE Draft.

On August 29, 2011, the "brand extension" that was in effect ended when all WWE programming became "Supershows" that featured wrestlers from both Raw and SmackDown. All WWE titles, including the United States Championship, could then be defended at any WWE event.

Rusev, a three-time champion, with the 2014-2020 design of the belt

In July 2016, Rusev was sent to SmackDown Live in the 2016 WWE Draft, bringing the championship to that show. In April 2017, the 2017 WWE Superstar Shake-up happened at the champion at the time Kevin Owens was drafted to Raw. Since then, the championship has been on that show except for when day when then champion Jinder Mahal was sent to SmackDown Live in the 2018 WWE Superstar Shake-up. The next day, he lost the title to Jeff Hardy who was drafted and brought the title to Raw.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "CompleteWWE.com". Archived from the original on 2008-11-09. Retrieved 2008-11-22.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 WWE.com
  3. Sorkin, Andrew Ross (March 24, 2001). "Smackdown! W.W.F. to Buy Wrestling Rival". New York Times.
  4. 2008 Draft results from WWE.com

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