WWE Universal Championship
The WWE Universal Championship is a world heavyweight championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, currently defended on their SmackDown brand. It is one of three world titles in WWE, alongside the WWE Championship on RAW and the NXT Championship on NXT. The current champion is Braun Strowman, who is in his first reign.
With the return of the WWE Brand Extension in the middle of 2016, a draft took place in July 19. The WWE Champion Dean Ambrose was drafted to SmackDown. And as a result, Raw was left without a world title. On the July 25, 2016 episode of Raw, Stephanie McMahon and the general manager Mick Foley created the WWE Universal Championship to be the world title of the program.
|Reign||The reign number for the specific champion listed|
|Location||The city in which the title was won|
|Event||The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title was won|
|+||Indicates the current reign is changing daily|
|1||Finn Bálor||1||August 21, 2016||<1||New York, NY||SummerSlam||Beat Seth Rollins in a pinfall and submission-only match to become the first champion.|
|—||Vacated||—||August 22, 2016||—||New York, NY||Raw||Vacated after Finn Bálor got a shoulder injury during the match at SummerSlam.|
|2||Kevin Owens||1||August 29, 2016||188||Houston, TX||Raw||This was a four-way elimination match, also involving Big Cass, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.|
|3||Goldberg||1||March 5, 2017||28||Milwaukee, WI||Fastlane|
|4||Brock Lesnar||1||April 2, 2017||504||Orlando, FL||WrestleMania 33|
|5||Roman Reigns||1||August 19, 2018||64||Brooklyn, NY||SummerSlam|
|-||Vacated||-||October 22, 2018||-||Providence, RI||Raw||Vacated after Roman Reigns got leukemia.|
|6||Brock Lesnar||2||November 2, 2018||156||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Crown Jewel||Beat Braun Strowman to win the vacant title.|
|7||Seth Rollins||1||April 7, 2019||98||East Rutherford, NJ||WrestleMania 35|
|8||Brock Lesnar||3||July 14, 2019||28||Pittsburgh, PA||Extreme Rules||Cashed in Money in the Bank on Seth Rollins|
|9||Seth Rollins||2||August 11, 2019||80||Toronto, Canada||Summerslam||Defeated Bray Wyatt|
|10||The Fiend ( Bray Wyatt)||1||October 31st, 2019||118||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Crown Jewel|
|11||Goldberg||2||February 27th, 2020||37||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Super Showdown|
|12||Braun Strowman||1||April 3rd, 2020||37+||Orlando, FL||WrestleMania 36|
As of January 23, 2021.
|†||Indicates the current champion|
|4||The Fiend (Bray Wyatt) †||1||118|
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