Grand Slam Championship

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The Grand Slam Championship is an accomplishment in professional wrestling. It is a distinction made to a professional wrestler who has won four specific championships or all available championships within a promotion. National promotions that recognize this include World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Notable Independent promotions include Florida Championship Wrestling. The four titles typically feature three levels of singles championships and a tag team championship. These singles championships include a primary, secondary, and tertiary championship. As a result, a Grand Slam Champion is also inherently a Triple Crown Champion, which consists of only two levels of singles titles (primary and secondary) and a tag team title.

WWE[edit]

In WWE (formerly the World Wrestling Federation and World Wrestling Entertainment) the term "Grand Slam Champion" was originally used by Shawn Michaels to describe himself upon winning the European Championship on September 20, 1997. Michaels previously held the WWF Championship, Intercontinental Championship, and the Tag Team Championship with Diesel.[1]

Shawn Michaels - the first WWE Grand Slam Champion.

In May 2001, the then WWF.com indicated that the Hardcore Championship was an acceptable substitute for the European Championship in the Grand Slam. Kane, who had defeated Triple H for the Intercontinental Championship at Judgment Day on May 20, 2001,[2] was acknowledged as a Grand Slam Champion as he had "become the only superstar in World Wrestling Federation history that has held the Intercontinental title as well as the Hardcore, Tag Team and WWF titles".[3][4]

In April 2006, Kurt Angle was noted as being a former Grand Slam Champion on WWE.com, having won the WWE, WWE Tag Team, Intercontinental, and European Championship, indicating that WWE considers the WWE Tag Team Championship to be an acceptable substitute for the World Tag Team Championship.[5] In August 2007, WWE.com published an article listing Shawn Michaels' championship reigns that completed the Grand Slam Championship. They included the WWE, World Heavyweight, World Tag Team, Intercontinental, and European Championship. The inclusion of the World Heavyweight Championship indicated that WWE considers the title to be an acceptable substitute for the WWE Championship in completing the Grand Slam.[1]

At ECW One Night Stand in 2006, Rob Van Dam became the first superstar acquired by WWE after the purchase of World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling in 2001 to complete the Grand Slam when he defeated John Cena for the WWE Championship. Booker T became the second star acquired by the purchase to complete the Grand Slam when he defeated Rey Mysterio for the World Heavyweight Championship at The Great American Bash (2006). Booker has held the World Tag Team, Intercontinental, and Hardcore titles.[6]

Following WrestleMania 31 in 2015, WWE established a new version of the Grand Slam - consisting of the four currently active titles in WWE, which are the WWE World Heavyweight, Intercontinental, United States, and WWE Tag Team Championships. Six wrestlers have been recognized as Grand Slam winners under these new parameters (including three who were already recognized as Grand Slam winners under the original guidelines).[7]

As of April 20 2015, 15 wrestlers have been recognized as WWE Grand Slam winners under its various incarnations.

WWE Grand Slam Champions[edit]

Original format[edit]

Champion Primary Championships Tag Team Championships Secondary Championships Tertiary Championships
WWE World
Heavyweight
World
Tag Team
WWE
Tag Team
Intercontinental European Hardcore
Shawn Michaels[1] March 31, 1996 November 17, 2002 August 28, 1994
(with Diesel)
December 13, 2009
(with Triple H)
October 27, 1992 September 20, 1997 N/A
(Title defunct)
Triple H[8] August 23, 1999 September 2, 2002 April 29, 2001
(with Stone Cold)
December 13, 2009
(with Shawn Michaels)
October 21, 1996 December 11, 1997 N/A
(Title defunct)
Kane[3][4] June 28, 1998 July 18, 2010 July 13, 1998
(with Mankind)
April 19, 2011
(with Big Show)
May 20, 2001 N/A
(Title defunct)
April 1, 2001
Chris Jericho[9] December 9, 2001 September 7, 2008 May 21, 2001
(with Chris Benoit)
June 28, 2009
(with Edge)
December 12, 1999 April 2, 2000 May 28, 2001
Kurt Angle[5] October 22, 2000 January 10, 2006 N/A
(Title defunct)
October 20, 2002
(with Chris Benoit)
February 27, 2000 February 8, 2000 September 10, 2001
Eddie Guerrero February 15, 2004 N/A
(Deceased)
N/A
(Deceased)
November 17, 2002
(with Chavo Guerrero)
September 5, 2000 April 3, 2000 N/A
(Deceased)
Rob Van Dam[6] June 11, 2006 N/A
(Title defunct)
March 31, 2003
(with Kane)
December 7, 2004
(with Rey Mysterio)
March 17, 2002 July 22, 2002 July 22, 2001
Booker T July 23, 2006 October 30, 2001
(with Test)
July 7, 2003 N/A
(Title defunct)
May 4, 2002
Jeff Hardy[10] December 14, 2008 June 7, 2009 June 29, 1999
(with Matt Hardy)
N/A
(Not with WWE)
April 10, 2001 July 8, 2002 July 10, 2001
John "Bradshaw" Layfield[11] June 27, 2004 N/A
(Retired)
May 25, 1999
(with Faarooq)
N/A
(Retired)
March 9, 2009 October 22, 2001 June 3, 2002
Christian[12] May 1, 2011 April 2, 2000
(with Edge)
September 23, 2001 October 30, 2001 March 17, 2002
Big Show[13] November 14, 1999 December 18, 2011 August 22, 1999
(with The Undertaker)
July 26, 2009
(with Chris Jericho)
April 1, 2012 N/A
(Title defunct)
February 25, 2001

New format[edit]

Champion Primary Championship Tag Team Championship Secondary Championship Tertiary Championship
WWE World Heavyweight
(previously WWE)
WWE Tag Team Intercontinental United States1
Kurt Angle[7] October 22, 2000 October 20, 2002
(with Chris Benoit)
February 27, 2000 October 22, 2001
Eddie Guerrero[7] February 15, 2004 November 17, 2002
(with Chavo Guerrero)
September 3, 2000 July 23, 2003
Edge[7] January 8, 2006 November 7, 2002
(with Rey Mysterio)
July 24, 1999 November 12, 2001
Big Show[7] Noverber 14, 1999 July 26, 2009
(with Chris Jericho)
April 1, 2012 October 19, 2003
The Miz[7] November 22, 2010 November 16, 2007
(with John Morrison)
July 23, 2012 October 5, 2009
Daniel Bryan[7] August 18, 2013 September 16, 2012
(with Kane)
March 29, 2015 September 19, 2010


As of 2015, these WWE wrestlers are one title away from becoming a Grand Slam Champion:

(O) - eligible for a Grand Slam under the original format
(N) - eligible for a Grand Slam under the new format

1 - WWE only includes U.S. Championship reigns occurring in WWE as part of the Grand Slam. This is evidenced by only factoring in Eddie Guerrero's 2003 reign, and not his 1997 reign while in World Championship Wrestling (WCW).[7]

Text
Championships in italics The title is an alternate title in the original Grand Slam format.
Dates A date indicates the wrestlers first reign with that championship.
Dates in bold The date the wrestler became a Grand Slam champion.
Names in bold Indicates Grand Slam winner under both formats.
Dates in italics The wrestler has won that title, but does not contribute to their Grand Slam because they had already won the Grand Slam or they had already won a title at the same level.
N/A Indicates future reigns are not possible
Colors

Won all Grand Slam eligible titles under the original format.

Won title as a member of the Raw brand.

Won title as a member of the ECW brand.

Won title as a member of the SmackDown brand.
Won title either before the brand extension or after its discontinuation.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling[edit]

A.J. Styles - the first TNA Grand Slam Champion, and the only one to win all of TNA's Grand Slam eligible titles.

The first Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) Grand Slam champion was crowned on March 15, 2009 at TNA's Destination X pay-per-view event. At said event, then three-time TNA Triple Crown champion A.J. Styles defeated Booker T for the TNA Legends Championship. On the March 19 episode of TNA's primary television program, TNA Impact!, announcer Mike Tenay stated that Styles had become the first TNA Grand Slam champion by capturing the World Heavyweight (NWA or TNA), World Tag Team (NWA or TNA), TNA X Division, and TNA Legends Championships (later renamed to Global, and finally the Television Championship). [14][15]

TNA Grand Slam Champions[edit]

The following is a list of TNA Grand Slam Champions with dates indicating when the wrestler first won the respective championship. Under TNA's definition of the Grand Slam Championship, wrestlers are eligible to be a multiple Grand Slam champion each time they complete a new circuit. On July 3, 2014, TNA Executive Director Kurt Angle retired the TNA Television Championship, which limits the number of potential TNA Grand Slam Champions to former Legends/Global/Television Champions.

Thus far, only A.J. Styles has won the Grand Slam on more than one occasion, as well as being the only one to have held every eligible championship to qualify for the Grand Slam.

Current TNA wrestlers who are eligible for Grand Slam status include:

  • Robbie E requires the TNA World Heavyweight Championship (as the NWA World Heavyweight Championship is no longer under TNA control).
  • Gunner requires the TNA World Heavyweight and X Division Championships.
Champion Primary Championships Tag Team Championships Secondary Championships Tertiary Championships
NWA
World Heavyweight
TNA
World Heavyweight
NWA
World Tag Team
TNA
World Tag Team
TNA
X Division
TNA
Legends/Global/Television
A.J. Styles (2 times)[14] June 11, 2003 September 20, 2009 July 3, 2002
(with Jerry Lynn)
October 14, 2007
(with Tomko)
June 19, 2002 March 15, 2009
Abyss November 19, 2006 February 4, 2004
(with A.J. Styles)
September 19,2014
(with James Storm)
May 16, 2011 January 9, 2011
Samoa Joe N/A April 13, 2008 N/A July 15, 2007 (no partner) December 11, 2005 September 27, 2012
Eric Young N/A April 10, 2014 October 12, 2004
(with Bobby Roode)
May 4, 2010
(with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall)
December 7, 2008 October 18, 2009
Text
Championships in italics The title is an alternate title from the original definition of a Grand Slam Championship.
Dates A date indicates the wrestlers first reign with that championship.
Dates in bold The date the wrestler became a Grand Slam champion.
N/A Indicates no future reigns possible due to the title no longer being under TNA control.

IWA Puerto Rico[edit]

IWA Grand Slam Champions[edit]

In IWA, a Grand Slam Champion is a wrestler who has won the IWA Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship, IWA Intercontinental Championship, IWA World Tag Team Championship, IWA Hardcore Championship and IWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.[16]

Champion Primary Championship Tag Team Championship Secondary Championship
IWA Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship IWA World Tag Team Championship IWA Intercontinental Championship IWA Hardcore Championship IWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship
Chicano April 8, 2005 January 6, 2004
(with Stefano)
May 18, 2002 August 23, 2002 March 2, 2002

Florida Championship Wrestling[edit]

FCW Grand Slam Champions[edit]

In FCW, a Grand Slam Champion is a wrestler who has won every championship that was available in FCW.[17] All FCW titles were retired when FCW changed its name to NXT Wrestling.

Champion Primary Championship Tag Team Championship Secondary Championship
Florida Heavyweight Championship Florida Tag Team Championship Jack Brisco 15 Championship
Seth Rollins February 23, 2012 March 25, 2011
(with Richie Steamboat)
January 13, 2011
Richie Steamboat July 25, 2012 March 25, 2011
(with Seth Rollins)
January 13, 2012

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Kane's first reign". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  3. ^ a b "WWF.com Headlines". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2001-05-26. Archived from the original on 2001-05-26. Retrieved 2009-03-11. In a rare interview with WWF.com, Kane discussed the chain match Sunday at Judgment Day and his feelings on being the only "Grand Slam Champion" of his variety. 
  4. ^ a b "Big Red Grand Slam". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  5. ^ a b "Kurt Angle...". WWE.com. Retrieved 2007-07-17. While most fans of this former Grand Slam Champion... 
  6. ^ a b "Rob Van Dam". wwe.com. Archived from the original on 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2008-06-28. At ECW One Night Stand 2006, Rob Van Dam became the only person out of ECW, after its 2001 purchase to become a WWE Grand Slam Champion. At WWE Great American Bash 2006, Booker T became the second 
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  14. ^ a b "Total Nonstop Action Wrestling presents: TNA Impact!". TNA Impact!. 2009-03-19. Spike TV. 
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