List of WWE European Champions

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Kurt Angle, seen here with both the WWF European Championship and WWF Intercontinental Championship, in 2000. Angle was the third and final man to have achieved this accomplishment.

This is a chronological list of wrestlers that have been WWE European Champion by ring name. The WWE European Championship is a former professional wrestling title competed for in World Wrestling Entertainment. The title was created on February 26, 1997.[1] The first champion was The British Bulldog who defeated Owen Hart in a tournament final.[2] The title was first abandoned in 1999 when Shane McMahon hid the belt in his duffel bag.[3] The title was later found by Mideon, which made the belt once again in use.[4] The title was finally retired on July 22, 2002 when WWE Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam defeated European Champion Jeff Hardy to unify the European title into the Intercontinental title.[5] There have been a total of 27 recognized champions who have had a combined 37 official reigns.

WWE.com does not recognize Rob Van Dam's win over Jeff Hardy for European Championship as a title match, however it was once acknowledged in RVD's profile and is listed as a title reign in WWE's official encyclopedia.[6][7]

Title history[edit]

Names[edit]

Name Years
WWF European Championship February 1997—May 2002
WWE European Championship May 2002—July 2002

Reigns[edit]

# Wrestler Reigns Date Days held Location Event Notes
1 The British Bulldog 1 February 26, 1997[1] 206 Berlin, Germany Raw Aired March 3. Defeated Owen Hart in a tournament final to become the first champion.[2]
2 Shawn Michaels 1 September 20, 1997 82 Birmingham, England One Night Only Becomes first Grand Slam Champion with this win, and the only wrestler to hold the WWF Championship and European Championship simultaneously after winning the WWF Championship almost 2 months later.[8]
3 Triple H 1 December 11, 1997 40 Lowell, MA Raw Aired December 22. Michaels was ordered to defend the title against Helmsley by WWF Commissioner Slaughter. Michaels intentionally lost the match.[9]
4 Owen Hart 1 January 20, 1998 55 Davis, CA Raw Aired January 26. Defeated The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust, who was dressed as Triple H. Commissioner Slaughter awards the title to Hart considering Goldust as a substitution for Triple H.[10]
5 Triple H 2 March 16, 1998 120 Phoenix, AZ Raw Aired March 17.[11]
6 D'Lo Brown 1 July 14, 1998 63 Binghamton, NY Raw Aired July 20 .[12]
7 X-Pac 1 September 15, 1998 14 Sacramento, CA Raw Aired September 21.[13]
8 D'Lo Brown 2 September 29, 1998 19 East Lansing, MI Raw Aired October 5.[14]
9 X-Pac 2 October 18, 1998 120 Rosemont, IL Judgment Day: In Your House [15]
10 Shane McMahon 1 February 15, 1999 43 Birmingham, AL Raw Defeated X-Pac in a tag team match with Shane McMahon and Kane vs. Triple H and X-Pac.[3]
Deactivated March 30, 1999 Uniondale, NY Sunday Night Heat McMahon "retired as champion." Aired April 4.[3]
11 Mideon 1 June 21, 1999 34 Memphis, TN Raw Shane McMahon awarded Mideon the title after he found the title in McMahon's duffel bag.[4]
12 D'Lo Brown 3 July 25, 1999 28 Buffalo, NY Fully Loaded Became the first wrestler to hold the European Championship and the WWF Intercontinental Championship at the same time.[16]
13 Jeff Jarrett 1 August 22, 1999 1 Minneapolis, MN SummerSlam Also for Brown's Intercontinental Championship.[17]
14 Mark Henry 1 August 23, 1999 34 Ames, IA Raw Jarrett awarded the title to Henry as a gift for his assisting Jarrett in defeating D'Lo Brown at SummerSlam.[18]
15 D'Lo Brown 4 September 26, 1999 30 Charlotte, NC Unforgiven [19]
16 The British Bulldog 2 October 26, 1999 47 Springfield, MA SmackDown Aired October 28.[20]
17 Val Venis 1 December 12, 1999 58 Sunrise, FL Armageddon This was a Triple Threat match also involving D'Lo Brown.[21]
18 Kurt Angle 1 February 8, 2000 54 Austin, TX SmackDown Aired February 10 on SmackDown!.[22]
19 Chris Jericho 1 April 2, 2000 1 Anaheim, CA WrestleMania 2000 Won second fall of two fall Triple Threat Match against Angle and Chris Benoit (first fall was for Intercontinental Championship); pinned Benoit to claim championship.[23]
20 Eddie Guerrero 1 April 3, 2000 111 Los Angeles, CA Raw [24]
21 Perry Saturn 1 July 23, 2000 37 Dallas, TX Fully Loaded [25]
22 Al Snow 1 August 29, 2000 48 Fayetteville, NC SmackDown Aired August 31.[26]
23 William Regal 1 October 16, 2000 47 Detroit, MI Raw .[27]
24 Crash Holly 1 December 2, 2000 2 Sheffield, England Rebellion [28]
25 William Regal 2 December 4, 2000 49 East Rutherford, NJ Raw [29]
26 Test 1 January 22, 2001 69 Lafayette, LA Raw [30]
27 Eddie Guerrero 2 April 1, 2001 23 Houston, TX WrestleMania X-Seven [31]
28 Matt Hardy 1 April 24, 2001 125 Denver, CO SmackDown Aired April 26.[32]
29 The Hurricane 1 August 27, 2001 56 Grand Rapids, MI Raw [33]
30 Bradshaw 1 October 22, 2001 8 Kansas City, MO Raw [34]
31 Christian 1 October 30, 2001 91 Cincinnati, OH SmackDown Aired November 1.[35]
32 Diamond Dallas Page 1 January 29, 2002 49 Norfolk, VA SmackDown Aired January 31.[36]
33 William Regal 3 March 19, 2002 20 Ottawa, ON SmackDown Aired March 21. Title becomes exclusive to Raw when Regal is drafted to Raw on March 26, 2002.[37]
34 Spike Dudley 1 April 8, 2002 28 Phoenix, AZ Raw Renamed the WWE European Championship on May 5, 2002 after World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. settled a lawsuit with the World Wide Fund For Nature, and became simply World Wrestling Entertainment.[38][39]
35 William Regal 4 May 6, 2002 63 Hartford, CT Raw [40]
36 Jeff Hardy 1 July 8, 2002 14 Philadelphia, PA Raw [5]
37 Rob Van Dam 1 July 22, 2002 0 Grand Rapids, MI Raw [6][7][41]
Unified July 22, 2002 Grand Rapids, MI Raw Rob Van Dam unified the European Championship with the WWE Intercontinental Championship.[5][6][41][42]

List of combined reigns[edit]

Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined days
1 British Bulldog 2 253
2 William Regal 4 179
3 Triple H 2 160
4 D'Lo Brown 4 140
5 Eddie Guerrero 2 134
X-Pac 2
7 Matt Hardy 1 125
8 Christian 1 91
9 Shawn Michaels 1 82
10 Test 1 69
11 Val Venis 1 58
12 The Hurricane 1 56
13 Owen Hart 1 55
14 Kurt Angle 1 54
15 Diamond Dallas Page 1 49
16 Al Snow 1 48
17 Shane McMahon 1 43
18 Perry Saturn 1 37
19 Mideon 1 34
Mark Henry 1
21 Spike Dudley 1 28
22 Jeff Hardy 1 14
23 Bradshaw 1 8
24 Crash Holly 1 2
25 Jeff Jarrett 1 1
Chris Jericho 1
27 Rob Van Dam 1

References[edit]

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  32. ^ "Matt Hardy's first reign". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  33. ^ "The Hurricane's first reign". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  34. ^ "Bradshaw's first reign". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  35. ^ "Christian's first reign". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  36. ^ "Diamond Dallas Page's first reign". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  37. ^ "William Regal's third reign". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  38. ^ "European Heavyweight Title". Wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  39. ^ "Spike Dudley's first reign". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  40. ^ "William Regal's fourth reign". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
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