WWF European Championship - Title History

On this page, you find the full Title History for the WWF European 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 WWF European Championship was contested in World Wrestling Entertainment, by men wrestlers.

The championship was first established on February 26, 1997, and the inaugural champion was The British Bulldog.

Introduced in 1997, the European Championship crowned its first title holder in a tournament. In the finals, appropriately right in the heart of Europe, in Berlin, Germany, the British Bulldog prevailed over Owen Hart. The championship didn't make regular appearances in the United States, however, until after Shawn Michaels defeated the British Bulldog in Birmingham, England at One Night Only. After Michaels won the title, the European Championship began being defended on U.S. soil more often.

The European Championship was retired on April 4, 1999, after Shane McMahon defeated X-Pac, but it was then brought back and awarded to Mideon in June of that same year. The European Championship became a coveted title and was strapped around the waists of some of the top WWE Superstars including the likes of Triple H, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero. But after Rob Van Dam defeated European Champion Jeff Hardy to unify the Intercontinental and European Championships, the European Championship was once again deemed inactive.

The WWF European Championship was retired on July 22, 2002, when it was unified into the WWE Intercontinental Championship, with the final champion being Rob Van Dam.

WWF European Championship: Title History

  • Promotions / Brands
    Promotionfromto
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF February 26, 1997 July 22, 2002
  • Championship Names & Belt Designs
    • WWF European Championship October 18, 1998 July 22, 2002
    • WWF European Championship February 26, 1997 October 17, 1998

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

WWF European Championship: Title Reigns

WWF European Championship: Statistics

  • Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment
  • Gender Male
  • Title Type Tertiary Title
  • Date Established February 26, 1997
  • Date Retired July 22, 2002
  • Unified Into WWE Intercontinental ChampionshipWWE Intercontinental Championship
  • Notes Introduced in 1997, the European Championship crowned its first title holder in a tournament. In the finals, appropriately right in the heart of Europe, in Berlin, Germany, the British Bulldog prevailed over Owen Hart. The championship didn't make regular appearances in the United States, however, until after Shawn Michaels defeated the British Bulldog in Birmingham, England at One Night Only. After Michaels won the title, the European Championship began being defended on U.S. soil more often.

    The European Championship was retired on April 4, 1999, after Shane McMahon defeated X-Pac, but it was then brought back and awarded to Mideon in June of that same year. The European Championship became a coveted title and was strapped around the waists of some of the top WWE Superstars including the likes of Triple H, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero. But after Rob Van Dam defeated European Champion Jeff Hardy to unify the Intercontinental and European Championships, the European Championship was once again deemed inactive.

Most Number of Reigns

RankWrestlerReigns
4
4
2
2
2

Most Combined Days

RankWrestlerDays
246
177
157
136
136

Longest Reigns

RankWrestlerReignDays
201
126
123
120
111
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