List of ECW World Heavyweight Champions

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Christian with the ECW Championship during his second reign.

The ECW World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It was the original world title of the Extreme Championship Wrestling promotion, later used in WWE as the world title of the ECW brand and one of three in WWE, complementing the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship. It was introduced as the ECW Heavyweight Championship on April 25, 1992. Originally a part of the Eastern Championship Wrestling promotion, which joined the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) on September 18, 1993.[1] It was established as a world heavyweight championship in 1994 following the promotion's secession from the NWA.[2] The promotion became Extreme Championship Wrestling and the title became the ECW World Heavyweight Championship. It remained active until April 11, 2001 when ECW was closed and WWE subsequently purchased its assets. WWE relaunched ECW as a WWE brand in June 2006 with the title being recommissioned and designated as the ECW brand's world title.[3][4] The brand dissolved February 16, 2010, rendering the title inactive.[5]

The championship was contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition. All title changes occurred at ECW or WWE shows. The inaugural champion was Jimmy Snuka, who defeated Salvatore Bellomo in a tournament final on April 25, 1992 to become the first ECW Heavyweight Champion. WWE, however, does not recognize NWA-ECW Heavyweight Championship reigns. Instead they recognize Shane Douglas' second reign, which originally began on March 26, 1994, but is recognized as starting on August 27, 1994—the same day the championship was renamed the ECW World Heavyweight Championship—as the inception of the title's history. The Sandman holds the record for most reigns, with five. At 406 days, Douglas' fourth reign is the longest in the title's history. Ezekiel Jackson's only reign was the shortest in the history of the title as it was retired as soon as he won it. He defeated the previous champion, Christian, on February 16, 2010 at an ECW television taping event. Overall, there have been 49 reigns shared between 32 wrestlers, with one vacancy, and 2 deactivations.

Title history[edit]

Key
# Order in reign history
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event in which the title was won
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
N/A The information is not available or is unknown
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily

Names[edit]

Name Years
ECW Heavyweight Championship 1992 – 1993
NWA-ECW Heavyweight Championship 1993 – 1994
ECW World Heavyweight Championship 1994 – 2001, 2006
ECW World Championship 2006 – 2007
ECW Championship 2007 – 2010

Reigns[edit]

# Wrestlers Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref
1 Jimmy Snuka 1 April 25, 1992 1 Mount Tabor, Pennsylvania Live event Snuka defeated Salvatore Bellomo in a tournament final to become the first ECW Heavyweight Champion. ECW Heavyweight Championship reigns are not recognized by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). [6]
2 Johnny Hotbody 1 April 26, 1992 79 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Live event
3 Jimmy Snuka 2 July 14, 1992 78 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Live event
4 Don Muraco 1 September 30, 1992 47 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Live event
5 The Sandman 1 November 16, 1992 138 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Live event
6 Don Muraco 2 April 3, 1993 127 Radnor, Pennsylvania Live event
7 Tito Santana 1 August 8, 1993 32 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Live event
8 Shane Douglas 1 September 9, 1993 23 Roanoke, Virginia Live event Douglas won the championship due to forfeit. ECW Joined the NWA nine days later and it became the NWA-ECW Heavyweight Title.
9 Sabu 1 October 2, 1993 85 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Bloodfest: Part 2
10 Terry Funk 1 December 26, 1993 90 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Holiday Hell (1993) This was a no disqualification match.
11 Shane Douglas 2 March 26, 1994 385 Devon, Pennsylvania Ultimate Jeopardy (1994) Douglas pinned Funk in an Ultimate Jeopardy match also involving, Mr. Hughes, Rocco Rock, Johnny Grunge, Road Warrior Hawk, Kevin Sullivan, and The Tazmaniac. On August 27, 1994, the title was renamed the ECW World Heavyweight Championship when Douglas relinquished the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. ECW leaves the NWA and is renamed Extreme Championship Wrestling. WWE recognizes this as the starting point of the title. [7]
12 The Sandman 2 April 15, 1995 196 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Hostile City Showdown (1995)
13 Mikey Whipwreck 1 October 28, 1995 42 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Live event This was a ladder match.
14 The Sandman 3 December 9, 1995 49 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December to Dismember (1995) This was a three way dance also involving Steve Austin.
15 Raven 1 January 27, 1996 252 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Live event
16 The Sandman 4 October 5, 1996 63 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ultimate Jeopardy (1996) The Sandman and Tommy Dreamer defeated Stevie Richards and Brian Lee in a tag team match. The Sandman gained the pinfall to win the championship after Raven failed to show for the event.
17 Raven 2 December 7, 1996 127 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Holiday Hell (1996) This was a barbed wire match.
18 Terry Funk 2 April 13, 1997 118 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Barely Legal
19 Sabu 2 August 9, 1997 8 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Born to Be Wired This was a barbed wire match.
20 Shane Douglas 3 August 17, 1997 60 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Hardcore Heaven (1997) This was a three way dance also involving Terry Funk.
21 Bam Bam Bigelow 1 October 16, 1997 45 New York, New York Live event
22 Shane Douglas 4 November 30, 1997 406 Monaca, Pennsylvania November to Remember (1997)
23 Taz 1 January 10, 1999 252 Kissimmee, Florida Guilty as Charged (1999) [8]
24 Mike Awesome 1 September 19, 1999 89 Villa Park, Illinois Anarchy Rulz (1999) This was a three way dance also involving Masato Tanaka [9]
25 Masato Tanaka 1 December 17, 1999 6 Nashville, Tennessee ECW on TNN
26 Mike Awesome 2 December 23, 1999 112 White Plains, New York ECW on TNN
27 Taz 2 April 13, 2000 9 Indianapolis, Indiana ECW on TNN Taz had signed with the World Wrestling Federation following his title loss to Mike Awesome on September 19, 1999. However, Awesome unexpectedly signed with World Championship Wrestling in 2000 while still being champion. As a result, Paul Heyman and Vince McMahon arranged for Taz to return to ECW and defeat Awesome for the title. [10]
28 Tommy Dreamer 1 April 22, 2000 0 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania CyberSlam (2000)
29 Justin Credible 1 April 22, 2000 162 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania CyberSlam (2000)
30 Jerry Lynn 1 October 1, 2000 35 Saint Paul, Minnesota Anarchy Rulz (2000) [11]
31 Steve Corino 1 November 5, 2000 63 Villa Park, Illinois November to Remember (2000) This was a Double Jeopardy match also involving Justin Credible and The Sandman. [12]
32 The Sandman 5 January 7, 2001 0 New York, New York Guilty as Charged (2001) This was a Tables, Ladders, Chairs, and Canes match also involving Justin Credible. [13]
33 Rhino 1 January 7, 2001 94 New York, New York Guilty as Charged (2001) [13]
Deactivated April 11, 2001 N/A N/A ECW close on April 4, 2001, and World Wrestling Entertainment purchased its assets in 2003.
34 Rob Van Dam 1 June 13, 2006 21 Trenton, New Jersey ECW The title was revived by WWE for the ECW brand. Van Dam was awarded the title by Paul Heyman for winning the WWE Championship. [14][15]
35 Big Show 1 July 4, 2006 152 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ECW This was an Extreme Rules match. [16][17]
36 Bobby Lashley 1 December 3, 2006 147 Augusta, Georgia December to Dismember (2006) This was an Extreme Elimination Chamber match also involving Rob Van Dam, Hardcore Holly, Test and CM Punk. [18][19]
37 Mr. McMahon 1 April 29, 2007 35 Atlanta, Georgia Backlash (2007) McMahon pinned Lashley in a handicap match, which also involved McMahon's teammates Shane McMahon and Umaga, to win the championship. [20][21]
38 Bobby Lashley 2 June 3, 2007 8 Jacksonville, Florida One Night Stand (2007) This was a Street Fight. [22][23]
Vacated June 11, 2007 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Raw The championship is vacated due to Lashley being drafted to the Raw brand. [22][24]
39 Johnny Nitro/John Morrison 1 June 24, 2007 69 Houston, Texas Vengeance: Night of Champions Nitro, who substituted for Chris Benoit due to his death (unknown at the time), defeated CM Punk to win the vacant championship. His ring name was changed to "John Morrison" during his reign on the July 17, 2007 episode of ECW.[25] [26][27]
40 CM Punk 1 September 1, 2007 143 Cincinnati, Ohio ECW This was a Last Chance match which aired on tape delay on September 4, 2007. [28][29]
41 Chavo Guerrero 1 January 22, 2008 68 Charlottesville, Virginia ECW This was a No Disqualification match. [30][31]
42 Kane 1 March 30, 2008 91 Orlando, Florida WrestleMania XXIV [32][33]
43 Mark Henry 1 June 29, 2008 70 Dallas, Texas Night of Champions (2008) This was a triple threat match also involving the SmackDown brand's Big Show, in which new ECW draftee Henry was victorious to make the title ECW exclusive once again (since on June 23, 2008, Kane was drafted to the Raw brand). [34][35]
44 Matt Hardy 1 September 7, 2008 127 Cleveland, Ohio Unforgiven (2008) This was a Scramble match that also involved Finlay, The Miz, and Chavo Guerrero. [36][37]
45 Jack Swagger 1 January 12, 2009 104 Sioux City, Iowa ECW This episode of ECW aired on tape delay on January 13, 2009. [38][39]
46 Christian 1 April 26, 2009 42 Providence, Rhode Island Backlash (2009) [40][41]
47 Tommy Dreamer 2 June 7, 2009 49 New Orleans, Louisiana Extreme Rules (2009) This was a triple threat hardcore match also involving Jack Swagger.
Becomes the only wrestler to win the title both in the original ECW, and in the WWE sponsored revival.
[42][43]
48 Christian 2 July 26, 2009 205 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Night of Champions (2009) [44][45]
49 Ezekiel Jackson 1 February 16, 2010 0 Kansas City, Missouri ECW This was an Extreme Rules match. [46]
Deactivated February 16, 2010 Kansas City, Missouri ECW The title was retired once again after Jackson won it due to the ECW brand being discontinued. [5]

List of combined reigns[edit]

Record five-time ECW Champion The Sandman
Symbol Meaning
(-) The reign is shorter than one day.
Rank [1] Wrestler No. of reigns Combined days
1 Shane Douglas 4 874
2 The Sandman 5 446
3 Raven 2 379
4 Taz 2 261
5 Christian 2 247
6 Terry Funk 2 208
7 Mike Awesome 2 201
8 Don Muraco 2 174
9 Justin Credible 1 162
10 Bobby Lashley 2 155
11 Big Show 1 152
12 CM Punk 1 143
13 Matt Hardy 1 127
14 Jack Swagger 1 104
15 Rhino 1 93
Sabu 2 93
17 Kane 1 91
18 Jimmy Snuka 2 79
Johnny Hotbody 1 79
20 Mark Henry 1 70
21 Johnny Nitro/John Morrison 1 69
22 Chavo Guerrero 1 68
23 Steve Corino 1 63
24 Tommy Dreamer 2 49
25 Bam Bam Bigelow 1 45
26 Mikey Whipwreck 1 42
27 Jerry Lynn 1 35
Mr. McMahon 1 35
29 Tito Santana 1 32
30 Rob Van Dam 1 21
31 Masato Tanaka 1 6
32 Ezekiel Jackson 1 <1

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