WCW World Heavyweight Championship - Title History

On this page, you find the full Title History for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, with all Championship Info, Statistics, the Belt Design changes through the years, and the full list of Title Reigns, along with dates, events, and reign durations.

The WCW World Heavyweight Championship was a World Title contested in World Wrestling Entertainment, World Championship Wrestling and National Wrestling Alliance, by men wrestlers.

The championship was first established on January 11, 1991, and the inaugural champion was Ric Flair.

The prestigious lineage of the World Heavyweight Championship can be traced back all the way to George Hackenschmidt and 1904. For years, it was known as the NWA Championship; then when WCW pulled out of the NWA in the early 1990s, Ric Flair was recognized as the first-ever WCW Champion. Since that time, top names such as Hulk Hogan, Ron Simmons and Bret Hart carried the championship prior to WCW's demise.

The WCW International World Heavyweight Championship was previously unified into this championship.

The WCW World Heavyweight Championship was retired on December 9, 2001, when it was unified into the WWE Championship, with the final champion being Chris Jericho.

A similar championship, the World Heavyweight Championship ('02-'13), has been later introduced, which does not share the lineage with this title.

WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Title History

  • Promotions / Brands
    Promotionfromto
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF March 26, 2001 December 9, 2001
    Promotion World Championship WrestlingWCW September 6, 1993 March 26, 2001
    Promotion World Championship WrestlingWCWNational Wrestling AllianceNWA January 11, 1991 September 5, 1993
  • Championship Names & Belt Designs
    • World Championship November 19, 2001 December 9, 2001
    • WCW Championship June 24, 2001 November 18, 2001
    • WCW World Heavyweight Championship March 14, 1999 June 23, 2001
    • WCW World Heavyweight Championship (nWo - Hollywood Hogan) January 4, 1999 March 13, 1999
    • WCW World Heavyweight Championship July 6, 1998 January 3, 1999
    • WCW World Heavyweight Championship (nWo - Hollywood Hogan) April 20, 1998 July 5, 1998
    • WCW World Heavyweight Championship December 18, 1997 April 19, 1998
    • WCW World Heavyweight Championship (nWo - Hollywood Hogan) August 9, 1997 December 17, 1997
    • WCW World Heavyweight Championship August 5, 1997 August 8, 1997
    • WCW World Heavyweight Championship (nWo - Hollywood Hogan) August 12, 1996 August 4, 1997
    • WCW World Heavyweight Championship June 24, 1994 August 11, 1996
    • WCW World Heavyweight Championship July 15, 1991 June 23, 1994
    • WCW World Heavyweight Championship July 14, 1991 July 14, 1991
    • WCW World Heavyweight Championship January 11, 1991 July 13, 1991

For the Title History of the newer version of this championship, see the page for the World Heavyweight Championship ('02-'13).

For the Title History of the championship in which this title was unified into, see the page for the WWE Championship.

WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Title Reigns

  • N. Image Champion Reign

    Unified into the

    63
    Chris Jericho

    Chris Jericho 2

    0
    62
    The Rock

    The Rock 2

    34
    61
    Chris Jericho

    Chris Jericho 1

    15
    60
    The Rock

    The Rock 1

    63
    59
    Booker T

    Booker T 5

    20
    58
    Kurt Angle

    Kurt Angle 1

    4
    57
    Booker T

    Booker T 4

    122
    56
    Scott Steiner

    Scott Steiner 1

    120
    55
    Booker T

    Booker T 3

    55
    Vacant

    Vacant

    0
    54
    Vince Russo

    Vince Russo 1

    7
    53
    Booker T

    Booker T 2

    8
    52
    Kevin Nash

    Kevin Nash 5

    20
    51
    Booker T

    Booker T 1

    50
    50
    Jeff Jarrett

    Jeff Jarrett 4

    41
    49
    Ric Flair

    Ric Flair 8

    0
    48
    Kevin Nash

    Kevin Nash 4

    5
    47
    Jeff Jarrett

    Jeff Jarrett 3

    2
    Vacant

    Vacant

    0
    46
    Ric Flair

    Ric Flair 7

    7
    45
    Jeff Jarrett

    Jeff Jarrett 2

    8
    44
    David Arquette

    David Arquette 1

    11
    43
    Diamond Dallas Page

    Diamond Dallas Page 3

    2
    42
    Jeff Jarrett

    Jeff Jarrett 1

    8
    Vacant

    Vacant

    6
    41
    Sid Vicious

    Sid Vicious 2

    75
    40
    Kevin Nash

    Kevin Nash 3

    0
    Vacant

    Vacant

    0
    39
    Sid Vicious

    Sid Vicious 1

    2
    Vacant

    Vacant

    7
    38
    Chris Benoit

    Chris Benoit 1

    1
    Vacant

    Vacant

    0
    37
    Bret Hart

    Bret Hart 2

    27
    Vacant

    Vacant

    0
    36
    Bret Hart

    Bret Hart 1

    29
    Vacant

    Vacant

    27
    35
    Sting

    Sting 6

    43
    34
    Hulk Hogan

    Hulk Hogan 6

    62
    33
    Randy Savage

    Randy Savage 4

    1
    32
    Kevin Nash

    Kevin Nash 2

    63
    31
    Diamond Dallas Page

    Diamond Dallas Page 2

    13
    30
    Sting

    Sting 5

    0
    29
    Diamond Dallas Page

    Diamond Dallas Page 1

    15
    28
    Ric Flair

    Ric Flair 6

    28
    27
    Hollywood Hogan

    Hollywood Hogan 5

    69
    26
    Kevin Nash

    Kevin Nash 1

    8
    25
    Goldberg

    Goldberg 1

    174
    24
    Hollywood Hogan

    Hollywood Hogan 4

    77
    23
    Randy Savage

    Randy Savage 3

    1
    22
    Sting

    Sting 4

    56
    Vacant

    Vacant

    45
    21
    Sting

    Sting 3

    11
    20
    Hollywood Hogan

    Hollywood Hogan 3

    141
    19
    Lex Luger

    Lex Luger 2

    5
    18
    Hollywood Hogan

    Hollywood Hogan 2

    359
    17
    The Giant

    The Giant 2

    103
    16
    Ric Flair

    Ric Flair 5

    78
    15
    Randy Savage

    Randy Savage 2

    20
    14
    Ric Flair

    Ric Flair 4

    26
    13
    Randy Savage

    Randy Savage 1

    31
    Vacant

    Vacant

    20
    12
    The Giant

    The Giant 1

    8
    11
    Hulk Hogan

    Hulk Hogan 1

    469
    10
    Ric Flair

    Ric Flair 3

    64
    Vacant

    Vacant

    27
    9
    Ric Flair

    Ric Flair 2

    111
    8
    Vader

    Vader 3

    285
    7
    Sting

    Sting 2

    6
    6
    Vader

    Vader 2

    71
    5
    Ron Simmons

    Ron Simmons 1

    136
    4
    Vader

    Vader 1

    35
    3
    Sting

    Sting 1

    134
    2
    Lex Luger

    Lex Luger 1

    230
    Vacant

    Vacant

    13
    1
    Ric Flair

    Ric Flair 1

    171

WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Statistics

Most Number of Reigns

RankWrestlerReigns
8
6
6
5
5

Most Combined Days

RankWrestlerDays
1177
485
391
255
250

Longest Reigns

RankWrestlerReignDays
469
359
285
230
174
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