List of WCW World Heavyweight Champions

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Three-time champion Diamond Dallas Page holding the Big Gold Belt, which represented the WCW World Heavyweight Championship from 1994-2001.

This is a chronological list of wrestlers that have been WCW World Heavyweight Champion by ring name. The WCW World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship. Its lineage began when Ted Turner purchased Jim Crockett Promotions, which used the National Wrestling Alliance alliance name. Turner's organization was renamed World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and split from the NWA in 1991.[1]

The WCW World Heavyweight Championship is the original world title of World Championship Wrestling. In March 2001 WCW was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment) and the championship was defended as the "WCW Championship" as part of the Invasion storyline, with the "WCW" initials being dropped from the title's name in November 2001. In December 2001, the renamed "World Championship" was unified with the WWF Championship to create the "Undisputed WWF Championship".

The championship was generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition. There have been a total of 22 recognized champions who have had a combined 62 official reigns, with Ric Flair holding the most at seven (although the actual total is eight as WWE doesn't recognize the title being vacated after the Spring Stampede 1994 match, although WCW did recognize this). Flair was also, at 51, the oldest WCW Champion when he won it in May 2000, while The Giant was the youngest when he won it in October 1995 at the age of 23. The longest reigning champion was Hulk Hogan, who held the title for 469 days. The shortest reigning champion was Chris Jericho, who held the title for approximately 13 and a half minutes, since he unified with the WWF Championship at Vengeance.

Names[edit]

Name[2] Years[2]
WCW World Heavyweight Championship January 11, 1991 – March 26, 2001
WCW Championship June 24, 2001 – November 18, 2001
World Championship November 19, 2001 – December 9, 2001

Reigns[edit]

# Wrestler Reigns Date Days held Location Event Notes
1 Ric Flair 1 January 11, 1991 171 East Rutherford, NJ House show Defeated Sting for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. WWE recognized it as an NWA reign extended to WCW, but it is not considered as one of Flair's 16 world titles, which are made of 2 WWE titles, 6 WCW titles and 8 NWA titles.[3]
Vacated July 1, 1991 Flair left for the World Wrestling Federation and was stripped of the title.[4]
2 Lex Luger 1 July 14, 1991 230 Baltimore, MD The Great American Bash Defeated Barry Windham in a steel cage match.[4]
3 Sting 1 February 29, 1992 134 Milwaukee, WI SuperBrawl II [5][6]
4 Big Van Vader 1 July 12, 1992 21 Albany, GA The Great American Bash [7][8]
5 Ron Simmons 1 August 2, 1992 150 Baltimore, MD House show [9]
6 Big Van Vader 2 December 30, 1992 71 Baltimore, MD House show [2][10]
7 Sting 2 March 11, 1993 6 London, England House show [2][11]
8 Big Van Vader 3 March 17, 1993 285 Dublin, Ireland House show [2][12]
9 Ric Flair 2 December 27, 1993 111 Charlotte, NC Starrcade: 10th Anniversary [13][14]
Vacated April 17, 1994 Rosemont, IL Spring Stampede Title held up after Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat results in a double pin.[15] This occurrence is unrecognized by WWE, who considers Flair a six-time WCW Champion, his first reign being an NWA reign extended to WCW.
10 Ric Flair 3 April 21, 1994 87 Atlanta, GA Saturday Night Defeated Steamboat in a rematch. Aired on May 14, 1994.[16]
11 Hulk Hogan 1 July 17, 1994 469 Orlando, FL Bash at the Beach [17][18]
12 The Giant 1 October 29, 1995 8 Detroit, MI Halloween Havoc Won in a match where the title could be changed by disqualification. The Giant defeated Hogan by disqualification when Jimmy Hart interfered.[19]
Vacated November 6, 1995 Jacksonville, FL Nitro The Giant was stripped due to controversial finish of Halloween Havoc match.[19]
13 Randy Savage 1 November 26, 1995 31 Norfolk, VA World War 3 Won in a World War 3 match.[20][21]
14 Ric Flair 4 December 27, 1995 26 Nashville, TN Starrcade: World Cup of Wrestling [22][23]
15 Randy Savage 2 January 22, 1996 20 Las Vegas, NV Nitro [24]
16 Ric Flair 5 February 11, 1996 71 St. Petersburg, FL SuperBrawl VI Won in a Steel cage match.[25][26]
17 The Giant 2 April 22, 1996 110 Albany, GA Nitro [27]
18 Hollywood Hogan 2 August 10, 1996 359 Sturgis, SD Hog Wild [28][29]
19 Lex Luger 2 August 4, 1997 5 Auburn Hills, MI Nitro [30]
20 Hollywood Hogan 3 August 9, 1997 141 Sturgis, SD Road Wild [31][32]
21 Sting 3 December 28, 1997 11 Washington, D.C. Starrcade Hogan first pinned Sting but guest referee Bret Hart accused the first referee Nick Patrick of making a fast count and restarted the match. Sting won by submission.[33][34][35]
Vacated January 8, 1998 Daytona Beach, FL Thunder Aired January 8, 1998. Held up due to controversy over finish of December 28 and December 29 matches.[36]
22 Sting 4 February 22, 1998 56 Daly City, CA SuperBrawl VIII Defeated Hogan in a rematch.[36]
23 Randy Savage 3 April 19, 1998 1 Denver, CO Spring Stampede [37][38]
24 Hollywood Hogan 4 April 20, 1998 77 Colorado Springs, CO Nitro Won a no-disqualification match.[39]
25 Goldberg 1 July 6, 1998 174 Atlanta, GA Nitro [40]Also held WCW United States Championship and was undefeated in WCW
26 Kevin Nash 1 December 27, 1998 8 Washington, D.C. Starrcade [41][42]
27 Hollywood Hogan 5 January 4, 1999 69 Atlanta, GA Nitro Nash laid down for Hogan.[43]
28 Ric Flair 6 March 14, 1999 28 Louisville, KY Uncensored Won a First Blood Steel Cage match.[44][45]
29 Diamond Dallas Page 1 April 11, 1999 15 Tacoma, WA Spring Stampede Defeated Flair, Sting, and Hollywood Hogan in a four-way match. Randy Savage was the special guest referee[46][47]
30 Sting 5 April 26, 1999 <1 Fargo, ND Nitro [48]
31 Diamond Dallas Page 2 13 Defeated Sting, Kevin Nash, and Goldberg in a No Disqualification Fatal Four-Way match.[49]
32 Kevin Nash 2 May 9, 1999 63 St. Louis, MO Slamboree [50][51]
33 Randy Savage 4 July 11, 1999 1 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Bash at the Beach Savage pinned Nash in a tag team match also featuring Sid Vicious and Sting; if Nash was pinned or if he had to submit he would lose the championship.[52]
34 Hollywood Hogan 6 July 12, 1999 62 Jacksonville, FL Nitro Hogan originally won the title under his nWo style "Hollywood" gimmick, but midway through his reign reverted back to his classic, red & yellow "Hulkamania" gimmick[53]
35 Sting 6 September 12, 1999 43 Winston-Salem, NC Fall Brawl [54][55]
Vacated October 25, 1999 Phoenix, AZ Nitro Sting is stripped of the title after losing a non sanctioned match against Goldberg and attacking referee Charles Robinson at Halloween Havoc.[56]
36 Bret Hart 1 November 21, 1999 29 Toronto, Ontario Mayhem Defeated Chris Benoit in a tournament final.[57][58][59]
Vacated December 20, 1999 Baltimore, MD Nitro Hart vacates title because of controversial match with Bill Goldberg at Starrcade 1999.[60]
37 Bret Hart 2 December 20, 1999 27 Baltimore, MD Nitro Defeated Goldberg in a rematch.[60]
Vacated January 16, 2000 Cincinnati, OH Souled Out Hart vacates the title due to injury.[61]
38 Chris Benoit 1 January 16, 2000 1 Cincinnati, OH Souled Out Defeated Sid Vicious.[62]
Vacated January 17, 2000 Columbus, OH Nitro Benoit forfeits the title and leaves for the WWF after dispute with management.[62][63]
39 Sid Vicious 1 January 24, 2000 1 Los Angeles, CA Nitro Defeated Kevin Nash after defeating The Harris Brothers for the right to wrestle Nash for the belt.[64]
Vacated January 25, 2000 Las Vegas, NV Thunder Stripped by Commissioner Kevin Nash due to Sid pinning the wrong Harris Brother.[2]
40 Kevin Nash 3 January 25, 2000 <1 Las Vegas, NV Thunder Awards himself the title.[2] Not listed in the title lineage at WWE.com.[65]
41 Sid Vicious 2 76 Defeated Nash and Ron Harris in a handicap match by making Nash submit. Aired January 26, 2000.[66]
Vacated April 10, 2000 Denver, CO Nitro All WCW titles were declared vacant by Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff after WCW was rebooted.[67]
42 Jeff Jarrett 1 April 16, 2000 8 Chicago, IL Spring Stampede Defeated Dallas Page in tournament final.[67]
43 Diamond Dallas Page 3 April 24, 2000 1 Rochester, NY Nitro Defeated Jeff Jarrett in a Cage Match
44 David Arquette 1 April 25, 2000 12 Syracuse, NY Thunder Arquette pinned Eric Bischoff in a tag team title match also featuring Diamond Dallas Page and Jeff Jarrett; the wrestler who scored the decisive fall would be declared champion. Aired April 26, 2000.[68]
45 Jeff Jarrett 2 May 7, 2000 8 Kansas City, MO Slamboree Won in a Triple Cage match that also included Page.[69]
46 Ric Flair 7 May 15, 2000 7 Biloxi, MS Nitro [70]
Vacated May 22, 2000 Grand Rapids, MI Nitro Vince Russo stripped Flair of the title.[71]
47 Jeff Jarrett 3 May 22, 2000 1 Grand Rapids, MI Nitro Awarded by Vince Russo.[71]
48 Kevin Nash 4 May 23, 2000 6 Saginaw, MI Thunder Defeats Jarrett and Scott Steiner in a Triple Threat match. Aired on May 24, 2000.[72]
49 Ric Flair 8 May 29, 2000 <1 Salt Lake City, UT Nitro Nash gave title back to Flair.[72]
50 Jeff Jarrett 4 41 [73]
51 Booker T 1 July 9, 2000 50 Daytona Beach, FL Bash at the Beach After the controversial Hogan/Jarrett match, head writer Vince Russo announced that Jarrett would defend the title in an impromptu match against Booker T.[74]
52 Kevin Nash 5 August 28, 2000 20 Las Cruces, NM Nitro [65]
53 Booker T 2 September 17, 2000 8 Buffalo, NY Fall Brawl Won a Caged Heat match.[75][76]
54 Vince Russo 1 September 25, 2000 7 Uniondale, NY Nitro Won in a steel cage match.[77]
Vacated October 2, 2000 Daly City, CA Nitro Russo decides he is not a wrestler and he does not want the title.[77]
55 Booker T 3 October 2, 2000 55 Daly City, CA Nitro Defeated Jeff Jarrett in a "San Francisco 49ers match".[78]
56 Scott Steiner 1 November 26, 2000 120 Milwaukee, WI Mayhem Won in a "Straight Jacket steel cage match".[79][80]
57 Booker T 4 March 26, 2001 120 Panama City Beach, FL Nitro Won on the final edition of WCW Monday Nitro. WCW was purchased by the WWF on March 23, 2001; title was simply referred to as "WCW Championship" afterward.[81]
58 Kurt Angle 1 July 24, 2001 6 Pittsburgh, PA SmackDown! Became the first person to win the WCW Championship on WWF programming. Aired July 26, 2001.[82]
59 Booker T 5 July 30, 2001 20 Philadelphia, PA Raw is War [83]
60 The Rock 1 August 19, 2001 63 San Jose, CA SummerSlam [84][85]
61 Chris Jericho 1 October 21, 2001 15 St. Louis, MO No Mercy [86][87]
62 The Rock 2 November 5, 2001 34 Uniondale, NY Raw The title is referred to as simply the "World Championship" on November 19 after the demise of The Alliance.[88]
63 Chris Jericho 2 December 9, 2001 <1 San Diego, CA Vengeance [89]
Unified December 9, 2001 San Diego, CA Vengeance Unified with the WWF Championship when Jericho defeated Steve Austin to create the "Undisputed WWF Championship".[90]

List of combined reigns[edit]

Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined days
1 Hulk Hogan/Hollywood Hogan 6 1,177
2 Ric Flair 8 501
3 Big Van Vader 3 377
4 Booker T 5 253
5 Sting 6 250
6 Lex Luger 2 235
7 Goldberg 1 174
8 Ron Simmons 1 150
9 Scott Steiner 1 120
10 The Giant 2 118
11 Kevin Nash 5 97
The Rock 2 97
13 Sid Vicious 2 77
14 Jeff Jarrett 4 58
15 Bret Hart 2 56
16 Randy Savage 4 53
17 Diamond Dallas Page 3 29
18 Chris Jericho 2 15
19 David Arquette 1 12
20 Vince Russo 1 7
21 Kurt Angle 1 6
22 Chris Benoit 1 1

See also[edit]

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