Awarded by promoters breaking with the NWA, allegedly because they didn't recognize Rogers's one-fall loss of NWA world title to Lou Thesz on 1963/01/24; in some accounts, Rogers allegedly defeats Antonino Rocca in a fictitious tournament in Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL for the title.
Bruno Sammartino 63/05/17 New York, NY
Ivan Koloff 71/01/18 New York, NY
Pedro Morales 71/02/08 New York, NY
Reduced from a world title to a regional belt after the WWWF joins the NWA in 1971.
Stan Stasiak 73/12/01 Philadelphia, PA
Bob Backlund 78/02/20 New York, NY
Renamed to WWF title in 1979/03; wrestles to a double count-out against AWA World heavyweight champion Nick Bockwinkel on 1979/03/25 in Toronto, ON.
Antonio Inoki 79/11/30 Tokushima, JAPAN
Backlund pins Inoki in a rematch in Tokyo, JAPAN on 1979/12/06, but WWF president Hisashi Shinma declares the match to be no-contest because of the interference of Tiger Jeet Singh; Shinma gives the belt back to Inoki, but he does not accept it.
Bob Backlund  79/12/12 New York, NY
Defeats Bobby Duncum for the vacant title; defeats NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race by disqualification on 1980/09/22 in New York, NY(no title change); title held up on 1981/10/19 when Greg Valentine is mistakenly given the belt by a dazed referee after being pinned by Backlund.
Bob Backlund  81/11/23 New York, NY
Defeats Greg Valentine in rematch; wrestles to a double count-out against NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair on 1982/07/04 in Atlanta, GA; recognized as WWF World Heavyweight Champion when WWF withdraws from NWA in 1983.
Iron Sheik 83/12/26 New York, NY
Wins title when manager Arnold Skoaland throws in the towel while Backland is in the camel clutch.
Hulk Hogan 84/01/23 New York, NY
Andre the Giant 88/02/05 Indianapolis, IN
Andre immediately gives the belt to Ted DiBiase, but WWF president Jack Tunney announces the title cannot be given away and by doing so and Andre officially vacated the championship.
Randy Savage 88/03/27 Atlantic City, NJ
Defeats Ted DiBiase in tournament final.
Hulk Hogan  89/04/02 Atlantic City, NJ
Ultimate Warrior 90/04/01 Toronto, ON
Sgt. Slaughter 91/01/19 Miami, FL
Hulk Hogan  91/03/24 Los Angeles, CA
Undertaker 91/11/27 Detroit, MI
Hulk Hogan  91/12/03 San Antonio, TX
Held up on 1991/12/04 after two controversial changes, to be given to Royal Rumble winner.
Ric Flair 92/01/19 Albany, NY
Wins Royal Rumble, eliminating Sid Justice; has claimed the "Real World Heavyweight Title" since 1991/09 with his NWA World Heavyweight title belt.
Randy Savage  92/04/05 Indianapolis, IN
Ric Flair  92/09/01 Hershey, PA
Bret Hart 92/10/12 Saskatoon, SK
Yokozuna 93/04/04 Las Vegas, NV
Hulk Hogan  93/04/04 Las Vegas, NV
Mr. Fuji, Yokozuna's manager, challenges Hogan immediately after Yokozuna wins the title.
Yokozuna  93/06/13 Dayton, OH
Bret Hart  94/03/20 New York, NY
Bob Backlund  94/11/23 San Antonio, TX
Diesel 94/11/26 New York, NY
Bret Hart  95/11/19 Landover, MD
Shawn Michaels 96/03/31 Anaheim, CA
Sycho Sid 96/11/17 New York, NY
Shawn Michaels  97/01/19 San Antonio, TX
Vacant on 1997/02/13 because of a knee injury.
Bret Hart  97/02/16 Chattanooga, TN
Defeats Undertaker, Steve Austin, and Vader in a Four Corners No Disqualification Elimination match.
Sycho Sid  97/02/17 Nashville, TN
Undertaker  97/03/23 Rosemont, IL
Bret Hart  97/08/03 East Rutherford, NJ
Shawn Michaels  97/11/09 Montreal, PQ
Referee suddenly stops the match and awards the title to Michaels.
Steve Austin 98/03/29 Boston, MA
Kane (Glen Jacobs) 98/06/28 Pittsburgh, PA
Wins title in a first blood match after the Undertaker attacks Austin.
Steve Austin  98/06/29 Cleveland, OH
Vacant on 1998/09/27 in Hamilton, ON, CANADA when Austin was pinned by both Undertaker and Kane simultaneously in a 3-way match.
Rocky Maivia 98/11/15 St. Louis, MO
Defeats Mankind in 13-man tournament final.
Mankind 98/12/29 Worcester, MA
Rocky Maivia  99/01/24 Anaheim, CA
Mankind  99/01/26 Tucson, AZ
Rocky Maivia  99/02/15 Birmingham, AL
Steve Austin  99/03/28 Philadelphia, PA
Undertaker  99/05/23 Kansas City, MO
Steve Austin  99/06/28 Charlotte, NC
Mankind  99/08/22 Minneapolis, MN
Pins Austin in a triangle match against Austin and Hunter Hearst Helmsley.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley 99/08/23 Ames, IA
Vince McMahon 99/09/14 Las Vegas, NV
Vacates on 1999/09/20.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley  99/09/26 Charlotte, NC
Defeats Rocky Maivia, Kane, Mankind, British Bulldog, and Big Show in a Six Pack Challenge match.
The Big Show (Paul Wight) 99/11/14 Detroit, MI
Defeats Helmsley and The Rock in a Triple Threat match; Big Show substitutes for "injured" Steve Austin.
Hunter Hearst Helmsley  00/01/03 Miami, FL
Chris Jericho wins the title on 00/04/17, but the decision is later revsersed on the same day because of a fast count by referee.
"The Rock" Rocky Maivia  00/04/30 Washington, DC
Hunter Hearst Helmsley  00/05/21 Louisville, KY
The Rock  00/06/25 Boston, MA
Pins Vince McMahon a 6-man tag team match, teaming with Kane and Undertaker against Vince, Shane McMahon & Triple H.
Kurt Angle 00/10/22 Albany, NY
The Rock  01/02/25 Las Vegas, NV
Steve Austin  01/04/01 Houston, TX
Kurt Angle  01/09/23 Pittsburgh, PA
Steve Austin  01/10/08 Indianapolis, IN
Chris Jericho 01/12/09 San Diego, CA
Unifies WCW World Heavyweight Title, which Jericho has won earlier on the same card, defeating The Rock.