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World Heavyweight Championship
LesnarWHC
Brock Lesnar as World Heavyweight Champion.
Current Champion AJ Styles
Date Won 2nd April 2017
Date Established 29th January 2012
Brand SmackDown
First Champion Randy Orton
Most Reigns Edge (4 reigns)
Longest Reign CM Punk (203 days)
Shortest Reign Edge (<1 day)
Most Defenses Mark Henry (10 defences)

The World Heavyweight Championship is a world championship in the WTX Universe. It is the primary championship of the SmackDown brand. From 2012 to 2014 it was initially the primary championship of the SmackDown brand until the 2014 Draft in which Raw and SmackDown's world champions were exchanged, making SmackDown's primary championship the WWE Championship. The championships were exchanged back the following year.

The championship was retired after Kane defeated AJ Styles and merged the championship with his ECW Championship.

At SummerSlam 2016, the championship was reinstated in place of ECW once again.

History

The World Heavyweight Championship debuted as the primary championship of the SmackDown brand on the debut episode of WTX Universe back on January 29th 2012. The championship was initially held by The Undertaker who dropped it on the debut episode to Randy Orton, thus making Undertaker one of the shortest reigning World Heavyweight Champions in WTX Universe history.

The Money in The Bank contract has been cashed in on the World Heavyweight Champion twice, both times when Edge was holding the championship and with Edge losing the championship to the superstar cashing in.

Since the first Royal Rumble in 2012 every Royal Rumble winner has decided to face the World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania and all 3 winners have successfully become World Heavyweight Champion.

In April of 2014, World Heavyweight Champion Wade Barrett was drafted to the Raw brand in exchange for WWE Champion The Undertaker. CM Punk, who was due to have a rematch with Wade Barrett fo the championship instead was put in a WWE Championship match with The Undertaker, Barrett would instead have to defend against fellow new top Raw stars at Backlash 2014. The draft has since caused the World Heavyweight Championship to become the new permanent world championship of the Raw brand.

In the 2015 WWE Draft the World Heavyweight Champion Tyler Breeze was drafted to SmackDown bringing the World Heavyweight Championship back to SmackDown with him.

Reigns

# Wrestler Reign Date Days Held Defences Event Notes
1 Randy Orton 1 29th January 2012 21 0 Royal Rumble 2012 This was an Elimination Fatal 4-Way also featuring Eddie Guerrero & Vader
2 The Rock 1 19th February 2012 42 0 Elimination Chamber 2012 This was an Elimination Chamber Match also featuring Edge, Vader, John Morrison & The Undertaker
3 Edge 1 1st April 2012 26 0 WrestleMania I This was a Last Man Standing Match
4 Big Show 1 27th April 2012 2 0 SmackDown Big Show cashed in his Money in The Bank contract to face Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship
5 Edge 2 29th April 2012 49 1 Extreme Rules 2012 This was a Hell in a Cell Match
6 Brock Lesnar 1 17th June 2012 28 0 No Way Out 2012 This was a Fatal 4-Way Hell in a Cell Match also featuring Randy Orton & Eddie Guerrero
7 Eddie Guerrero 1 15th July 2012 84 3 Money in The Bank 2012 This was a Ladder Match
8 The Rock 2 7th October 2012 14 0 Hell in a Cell 2012 This was a Fatal 4-Way Hell in a Cell Match also featuring Christian & AJ Styles
9 Randy Orton 2 21st October 2012 56 1 Bragging Rights 2012 This was an Elimination Fatal 4-Way Match also featuring Christian & Eddie Guerrero
10 Edge 3 16th December 2012 112 2 TLC 2012 This was a TLC Match
11 Christian 1 7th April 2013 21 0 WrestleMania II This was a TLC Match
12 Edge 4 28th April 2013 0 0 Backlash 2013 This was a 15 Minute Anything Goes Iron Man Match
13 Shelton Benjamin 1 28th April 2013 112 3 Backlash 2013 Shelton Benjamin cashed in his Money in The Bank contract on Edge to face him for the World Heavyweight Championship
14 The Rock 3 18th August 2013 28 3 SummerSlam 2013
15 CM Punk 1 15th September 2013 203 5 Night of Champions 2013
16 Wade Barrett 1 6th April 2014 28 0 WrestleMania III This was a 30 Minute Iron Man Match
17 Drew McIntyre 1 4th May 2014 28 0 Backlash 2014 This was an Elimination Extreme Rules Fatal 4-Way Match also featuring Cesaro & Brock Lesnar
18 Wade Barrett 2 1st June 2014 15 0 Judgment Day 2014 This was a Special Referee Match featuring Raw General Manager Mr. McMahon as guest referee
19 Dean Ambrose 1 16th June 2014 13 0 Raw
20 Drew McIntyre 2 29th June 2014 1 0 Money in The Bank 2014 This was an Elimination Triple Threat Match also featuring Wade Barrett
21 Wade Barrett 3 30th June 2014 62 2 Raw This was a 6-Man Pinfaal & Submission only Battle Royal also featuring Eddie Guerrero, Dolph Ziggler, Kane & The Rock
22 Triple H 1 31st August 2014 56 2 Cyber Sunday 2014 This was a 2 Out of 3 Falls Armageddon Hell in a Cell Match The Great Destroyer, Cesaro, The Rock & Damien Sandow
23 Seth Rollins 1 26th October 2014 63 3 No Mercy 2014
24 The Great Destroyer 1 28th December 2014 70 1 Vengeance 2014 This was an Elimination Chamber Match also featuring Dean Ambrose, Kane, Chris Jericho & Wade Barrett
25 Tyler Breeze 1 8th March 2015 70 3 King of the Ring 2015 Tyler Breeze cashed in Money in The Bank contract on Jaichi to face him for the World Heavyweight Championship
26 Mark Henry 1 17th May 2015 189 10 Judgment Day 2015
27 Brock Lesnar 2 22nd November 2015 91 1 Survivor Series 2015
28 Batista 1 22nd February 2016 42 1 No Way Out 2016 This was an Elimination Chamber Match also featuring Neville, Samoa Joe, Chris Jericho & Christian
29 Rey Mysterio 1 3rd April 2016 4 0 WrestleMania V This was a Fatal 4-Way Match also featuring Brock Lesnar & Neville
30 AJ Styles 1 7th April 2016 45 2 SmackDown
31 Kane 1 22nd May 2016 91 1 Judgment Day 2016 Kane retired the World Heavyweight Championship upon winning it, merging it into the ECW Championship. The championship was brought back shortly after.
32 Finn Balor 1 21st August 2016 28 0 SummerSlam 2016 This match took place after Finn Balor cashed in his Money in the Bank contract
33 Bobby Roode 1 18th September 2016 133 3 Night of Champions 2016
34 Baron Corbin 1 29th January 2017 21 0 Royal Rumble 2017
35 AJ Styles 2 19th February 2017 14 0 Elimination Chamber 2017 This was an Elimination Chamber match, also featuring Finn Balor, John Cena, Rey Mysterio & Dolph Ziggler
36 Baron Corbin 2 5th March 2017 28 0 Fastlane 2017
37 AJ Styles 3 2nd April 2017 50+ 1 WrestleMania VI This was a Fatal 4-Way Match also featuring The Undertaker & Finn Balor

Combined Reigns

Rank Wrestler # of Reigns Combined Days
1 CM Punk 1 203
2 Edge 4 189
Mark Henry 1
3 Bobby Roode 1 133
4 Brock Lesnar 1 119
5 Shelton Benjamin 1 112
6 AJ Styles 3 109+
7 Wade Barrett 3 105
8 Kane 1 91
9 Eddie Guerrero 1 84
The Rock 3
10 Randy Orton 2 77
11 Tyler Breeze 1 70
The Great Destroyer 1
12 Seth Rollins 1 63
13 Triple H 1 56
14 Baron Corbin 2 49
15 Batista 1 42
16 Drew McIntyre 2 29
17 Finn Balor 1 28
18 Christian 1 21
19 Dean Ambrose 1 13
20 Rey Mysterio 1 4
21 Big Show 1 2

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