Grand Slam (professional wrestling)

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The Grand Slam is an accomplishment in professional wrestling. It is a distinction given to a professional wrestler who has won four specific championships within a promotion throughout the course of their career. National promotions that recognize this include WWE, Impact Wrestling, and Ring of Honor (ROH). Notable independent promotions include Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). The four titles typically include three singles championships plus a tag team championship. The singles championships include a primary, secondary, and tertiary championship.

National promotions[edit]

WWE[edit]

Shawn Michaels – the first WWE Grand Slam winner

In WWE (formerly WWF), the term "Grand Slam" 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]

In May 2001, 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 winner 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 winner 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. They included the WWE, World Heavyweight, World Tag Team, Intercontinental, and European Championship. The inclusion of the World Heavyweight Championship indicated that WWE considered the title to be an acceptable substitute for the WWE Championship in completing the Grand Slam.[1]

Chris Jericho (top) and Jeff Hardy (bottom) are the only two wrestlers to win all Grand Slam eligible titles in the original format, and the first two wrestlers to complete both formats separately

At ECW One Night Stand in June 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 in July 2006. Booker has held the World Tag Team, Intercontinental, and Hardcore titles.[6]

Following WrestleMania 31 in 2015, WWE (which four years earlier ended the brand extension and unified several titles before that) established an updated version of the Grand Slam consisting of the four then-active men's titles in WWE: the WWE World, Intercontinental, United States, and WWE Tag Team Championships.[7] Twelve wrestlers have been recognized as Grand Slam winners under these new parameters (including five who were already recognized as Grand Slam winners under the original guidelines).

The brand extension was re-established in 2016, and with that WWE indicated that two new championships that had been introduced, the WWE Universal Championship and the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, count as acceptable substitutes for their counterpart titles (WWE Championship and WWE Tag Team – now Raw Tag Team – respectively) as part of the Grand Slam.

Chris Jericho has completed the original format the fastest, completing it in 728 days between December 1999 and December 2001, while Kurt Angle completed the modern format the fastest, completing it in 966 days between February 2000 and October 2002.

As of February 19, 2019, there have been 19 individual Grand Slam Champions. Fourteen wrestlers have only achieved it once, seven under the original format and seven under the modern format, while five wrestlers have achieved the Grand Slam under both formats, three of whom automatically became modern Grand Slam champions at the introduction of the modern format (with the same titles they won while becoming original Grand Slam champions), and two who became modern Grand Slam champions after the modern format was introduced (with different titles won to complete both formats).

Guide[edit]

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 won the Grand Slam
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 either format

Won title as a member of the Raw brand

Won title as a member of the SmackDown brand

Won title as a member of the ECW brand
Won title when the brand extension was not in effect. According to the new format, Roman Reigns became the first and only wrestler to win the Universal Championship while being a grandslam champion

Original format[edit]

Champion Primary championships Tag team championships Secondary championship Tertiary championships
WWF/WWE World
Heavyweight
WWF/World
Tag Team
WWE/Raw
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][7] August 23, 1999 September 2, 2002 April 29, 2001
(with Stone Cold Steve Austin)
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
(Title defunct)
Rob Van Dam[6][7] 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 N/A
(Retired)
July 23, 2006 October 30, 2001
(with Test)
N/A
(Retired)
July 7, 2003 N/A
(Title defunct)
May 4, 2002
Jeff Hardy[7] December 14, 2008 June 7, 2009 June 29, 1999
(with Matt Hardy)
April 2, 2017
(with Matt Hardy)
April 10, 2001 July 8, 2002 July 10, 2001
John Bradshaw Layfield[10] June 27, 2004 N/A
(Retired)
May 25, 1999
(with Faarooq)
N/A
(Retired)
March 9, 2009 October 22, 2001 June 3, 2002
Christian[11] N/A
(Retired)
May 1, 2011 April 2, 2000
(with Edge)
N/A
(Retired)
September 23, 2001 October 30, 2001 March 17, 2002
Big Show 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

Modern format[edit]

Champion Primary championship
(one needed)
Tag team championship
(one needed)
Secondary championship
(both needed)
WWF/WWE Universal WWE/Raw Tag Team SmackDown Tag Team Intercontinental United States
Kurt Angle[12] October 22, 2000 October 20, 2002
(with Chris Benoit)
February 27, 2000 October 22, 2001
Eddie Guerrero[12] February 15, 2004 N/A
(Deceased)
November 17, 2002
(with Chavo Guerrero)
N/A
(Deceased)
September 3, 2000 July 27, 2003
Edge[12] January 8, 2006 N/A
(Retired)
November 7, 2002
(with Rey Mysterio)
N/A
(Retired)
July 24, 1999 November 12, 2001
Big Show[12] November 14, 1999 July 26, 2009
(with Chris Jericho)
April 1, 2012 October 19, 2003
The Miz[12] November 22, 2010 November 16, 2007
(with John Morrison)
January 27, 2019
(with Shane McMahon)
July 23, 2012 October 5, 2009
Daniel Bryan[12] August 18, 2013 September 16, 2012
(with Kane)
March 29, 2015 September 19, 2010
Chris Jericho[12] December 9, 2001 June 28, 2009
(with Edge)
December 12, 1999 January 9, 2017
Dean Ambrose[12] June 19, 2016 August 20, 2017
(with Seth Rollins)
December 13, 2015 May 19, 2013
Roman Reigns[12] November 22, 2015 August 19, 2018 May 19, 2013
(with Seth Rollins)
November 20, 2017 September 25, 2016
Randy Orton[12] October 7, 2007 December 4, 2016
(with Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper)
December 14, 2003 March 11, 2018
Seth Rollins March 29, 2015 May 19, 2013
(with Roman Reigns)
April 8, 2018 August 23, 2015
Jeff Hardy[13] December 14, 2008 April 2, 2017
(with Matt Hardy)
April 10, 2001 April 16, 2018

Impact Wrestling[edit]

A.J. Styles – the first Impact Wrestling Grand Slam winner

The first Impact Wrestling Grand Slam winner, then known as the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) Grand Slam, 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 winner by capturing the World Heavyweight (NWA or TNA), World Tag Team (NWA or TNA), X Division, and Legends Championships (The Legends Championship was subsequently renamed the Global, Television, and King of the Mountain Championship, before being fully retired).[14][15]

The following is a list of Impact Grand Slam winners with dates indicating when the wrestler first won the respective championship. Under TNA's definition of the Grand Slam, wrestlers are eligible to be a multiple Grand Slam winner each time they complete a new circuit. Thus far, only A.J. Styles has won the Grand Slam on more than one occasion.

On August 15, 2016, the TNA King of the Mountain Championship was once again retired when Lashley unified the title into his TNA World Heavyweight Championship. In a March 26, 2018, article on the Impact Wrestling website, the eligibility of the Impact Grand Championship, which replaced the King of the Mountain Championship, as a Grand Slam title was confirmed.[16][17]. However, on June 4, 2018 during a press conference Austin Aries unified the Grand Championship with the World Championship.[18] Thus any future Grand Slam winners will be limited to those who had already held either the Legends/Global/TV/King of the Mountain title or Grand Championship.

Text
Championships in italics The title is an alternate title from the original definition of a Grand Slam.
Dates A date indicates the wrestlers first reign with that championship.
Dates in bold The date the wrestler won the Grand Slam.
Champion Primary championships Tag team championships Secondary championship Tertiary championship
NWA
World Heavyweight
TNA/Impact
World (Heavyweight)
NWA
World Tag Team
TNA/Impact
World Tag Team
TNA/Impact
X Division
TNA
Legends/Global/TV/King of the Mountain
Impact
Grand
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 N/A
(title defunct)
Abyss November 19, 2006 February 4, 2004
(with A.J. Styles)
September 19, 2014
(with James Storm)
May 16, 2011 January 9, 2011 N/A
(title defunct)
Samoa Joe N/A
(title not under Impact control)
April 13, 2008 N/A
(title not under Impact control)
July 15, 2007 (no partner) December 11, 2005 September 27, 2012 N/A
(title defunct)
Eric Young N/A
(title not under Impact control)
April 10, 2014 October 12, 2004
(with Bobby Roode)
April 15, 2008
(with Kaz)
December 7, 2008 October 18, 2009 N/A
(title defunct)
Austin Aries N/A
(title not under Impact control)
July 8, 2012 N/A
(title not under Impact control)
January 25, 2013
(with Bobby Roode)
September 11, 2011 N/A
(title defunct)
January 14, 2018

Ring of Honor[edit]

Inaugural ROH Grand Slam winner Christopher Daniels

In 2018, Ring of Honor (ROH) established their own version of the Grand Slam, which consists of the ROH World Championship, ROH World Television Championship, ROH World Tag Team Championship, and ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship. Christopher Daniels is the first and thus far only wrestler to achieve this feat, doing so at the ROH 16th Anniversary Show, when he won the Six-Man titles to complete the Grand Slam.[19][20]

Champion Primary championships Tag team championships
(both needed)
Secondary championships
ROH World ROH World Tag Team ROH World Six-Man ROH World Television
Christopher Daniels March 10, 2017 September 21, 2002
(with Donovan Morgan)
March 9, 2018
(with Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky)
December 10, 2010

Regional/independent promotions[edit]

Explosive Pro Wrestling[edit]

In Explosive Pro Wrestling (EPW), the Grand Slam consists of the EPW Championship, the EPW Tag Team Championship, the EPW Coastal Championship and the EPW Hardcore Championship.[21][22]

Champion Primary championship Tag team championship Secondary championship Tertiary Championship
EPW EPW Tag Team EPW Coastal EPW Hardcore
Gavin McGavin August 25, 2018 March 7, 2015
(with Mike Massive)
November 19, 2016 November 7, 2009

Florida Championship Wrestling[edit]

Seth Rollins is the only wrestler to complete both the FCW and WWE Grand Slam.

In Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), WWE's former developmental territory, a Grand Slam winner was a wrestler who had won every championship that was available in FCW.[23] All FCW titles were retired when FCW changed its name to NXT.

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


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Notes: There are many superstars who have won belts required for the WWE grand slam, but in the wrong format. For example: Chris Benoit won the World Heavyweight, Intercontinental, United States and World Tag Team Championships, but won the United States Championship when it was not part of the requirements, therefore he does not technically count as a Grand Slam Champion even though he has won required belts in each category