WWE Universal Championship

Championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE

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.

HistoryEdit

With the return of the WWE Brand Extension in the middle of 2016,[1][2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

The first champion was determined at SummerSlam on August 21, 2016. Finn Bálor beat Seth Rollins to win the title.[5]

Title historyEdit

ReignsEdit

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
No. Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes
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

Combined reignsEdit

As of May 30, 2020.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Brock Lesnar 3 688
2 Kevin Owens 1 188
3 Seth Rollins 2 178
4 The Fiend (Bray Wyatt) 1 118
5 Goldberg 2 65
6 Roman Reigns 1 63
7 Braun Strowman † 1 37+
8 Finn Bálor 1 <1

ReferencesEdit

  1. Steinberg, Brian (May 25, 2016). "WWE's 'Smackdown' Will Move To Live Broadcast On USA (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  2. "WWE's destiny to be determined during SmackDown's Live premiere". WWE. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  3. "2016 WWE Draft results: WWE officially ushers in New Era". WWE. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  4. Tedesco, Mike (July 25, 2016). "WWE RAW Results – 7/25/16 (Live from Pittsburgh, fallout from Battleground, new era of RAW begins)". Wrestleview. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  5. Laboon, Jeff. "Finn Bálor def. Seth Rollins". WWE. Retrieved August 21, 2016.

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