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For a list of championship changes recognized in this list see List of World Heavyweight Championship Changes.

Regional championships are not included. Wrestlers are listed alphabetically from first name and starting from their number of reigns, wrestlers with special characters (eg Édouard Carpentier) are listed at the bottom.

Key

Symbol Meaning
Not held Championship
1 Held championship
Doppelgänger number signifies number of times held

Championships

Championship First introduced Retired
WWE Championship April 29, 1963 present
WWE World Heavyweight September 2, 2002 present
TNA World Heavyweight May 14, 2007 present
National Wrestling Alliance
NWA World Heavyweight
January 5, 1948 present
ROH World Heavyweight July 27, 2002 present
PWG World Heavyweight August 30, 2003 present
CZW World Heavyweight March 27, 1999 present
FIP World Heavyweight September 25, 2004 present
WCW World Heavyweight January 11, 1991 December 9, 2001
WCW International World Heavyweight July 18, 1993 June 23, 1994
AWA World Heavyweight May 18, 1960 December 12, 1990
National Wrestling Association
NWA World Heavyweight
January 4, 1929 November 27, 1949
ECW World Heavyweight April 25, 1992 February 16, 2010
ECW Fuck the World Heavyweight May 14, 1998 March 21, 1999

Champions

Wrestler # WWE WWE
Heavyweight
TNA NWA1 ROH PWG CZW FIP WCW WCW
International
AWA NWA1 ECW ECW
FTW
Ric Flair 23 2 11 8 2
Hulk Hogan 14 6 6 2
Triple H 13 8 5
Sting 12 2 2 6 2
Jeff Jarrett 10 6 4
Verne Gagne 10 10
Edge 9 4 5
Kurt Angle 9 4 1 4
Lou Thesz 9 5 4
The Rock 9 7 2
Harley Race 8 8
John Cena 8 6 2
Bret Hart 7 5 2
Nick Bockwinkel 7 7
The Undertaker 7 4 3
Batista 6 2 4
(King) Booker T 6 1 5
Chris Jericho 6 1 3 2
John Zandig 6 6
Justice Pain 6 6
Kevin Nash
Diesel
6 1 5
Mad Dog Vachon 6 6
Randy Orton 6 5 1
Randy Savage 6 2 4
Steve Austin 6 6
AJ Styles 5 1 3 1
The Big Show
The Giant
5 2 2 1
The Sandman 5 5
Shane Douglas 5 1 4
Bryan Danielson 4 1 2 1
Christian (Cage) 4 2 2
CM Punk 4 3 1 1
Mick Foley
Mankind
4 3 1
Sabu 4 1 2 1
Shawn Michaels 4 3 1
Sid Vicious 4 2 2
Taz 4 2 2
Adam Pearce 3 3
Big Van Vader 3 3
Bill Longson 3 2
Bob Backlund 3 3
Buddy Rogers 3 1 2
Brock Lesnar 3 3
Bruno Sammartino 3 3
The Crusher 3 3
Diamond Dallas Page 3 3
Giant Baba 3 3
Jeff Hardy 3 1 2
The Messiah 3 3
Nick Gage 3 3
Raven 3 1 2
Rick Rude 3 3
Ruckus 3 3
Terry Funk 3 1 2
Wifebeater 3 3
Austin Aries 2 2
Bill Goldberg 2 1 1
Bobby Lashley 2 2
Bronko Nagurski 2 2
Chris Benoit 2 1 1
Chris Hero 2 1 1
Dan Severn 2 2
Davey Richards 2 2
Dick Shikat 2 2
Don Muraco 2 2
Dusty Rhodes 2 2
Erick Stevens 2 2
Everett Marshall 2 2
Frankie Kazarian 2 2
Gene Kiniski 2 1 1
Homicide 2 1 1
Jack Brisco 2 2
Jerry Lawler 2 2
Jerry Lynn 2 1 1
Jimmy Snuka 2 2
Kane 2 1 1
Larry Zbyszko 2 2
Lex Luger 2 2
Low Ki 2 1 1
Mike Awesome 2 2
Mike Rapada 2 2
Naoya Ogawa 2 2
Rhino 2 1 1
Rob Van Dam 2 1 1
Roderick Strong 2 2
Samoa Joe 2 1 1
Steve Corino 2 1 1
Super Dragon 2 1 1
Tommy Dreamer 2 2
Tyler Black 2 1 1
Vince McMahon 2 1 1
Whipper Billy Watson 2 1 1
Yokozuna 2 2
Abyss 1 1
Ali Baba 1 1
André the Giant 1 1
Antonio Inoki 1 1
Bam Bam Bigelow 1 1
Barry Windham 1 1
B-Boy 1 1
Billy Graham 1 1
Blue Demon, Jr. 1 1
Bobby Managoff 1 1
Bobo Brazil 1 1
Brent Albright 1 1
Carlos Colón 1 1
Chavo Guerrero 1 1
Chris Candido 1 1
Danno O'Mahony 1 1
David Arquette 1 1
Dick Hutton 1 1
Dory Funk, Jr. 1 1
Drake Younger 1 1
Dr. X 1 1
Eddie Guerrero 1 1
Eddie Kingston 1 1
El Generico 1 1
Ezekiel Jackson 1 1
Fritz Von Erich 1 1
Gary Steele 1 1
Gus Sonnenberg 1 1
Go Shiozaki 1 1
The Great Khali 1 1
The Great Muta 1 1
Hiroshi Hase 1 1
The Iron Sheik 1 1
Ivan Koloff 1 1
Jack Swagger 1 1
James Gibson 1 1
Jim Londos 1 1
Joey Ryan 1 1
John Bradshaw Layfield 1 1
John Morrison
Johnny Nitro
1 1
John Pesek 1 1
Johnny Hotbody 1 1
Jon Moxley 1 1
Jumbo Tsuruta 1 1
Ken Shamrock 1 1
Kenny Omega 1 1
Kerry Von Erich 1 1
Kevin Steen 1 1
Leo Nomellini 1 1
Lobo 1 1
Mark Henry 1 1
Masaaki Mochizuki 1 1
Masahiro Chono 1 1
Masato Tanaka 1 1
Matt Hardy 1 1
Mighty Igor Vodic 1 1
Mikey Whipwreck 1 1
Mr. M 1 1
Mr. Saito 1 1
Nick Berk 1 1
Nigel McGuinness 1 1
Orville Brown 1 1
Otto Wanz 1 1
Pat O'Connor 1 1
Pedro Morales 1 1
Ray Steele 1 1
Rey Mysterio 1 1
Rick Martel 1 1
Ricky Steamboat 1 1
Ron Garvin 1 1
Ron Killings 1 1
Ron Simmons 1 1
Sandor Szabo 1 1
Scott Steiner 1 1
Sgt. Slaughter 1 1
Sheamus 1 1
Shinya Hashimoto 1 1
Stan Hansen 1 1
Stan Stasiak 1 1
Steve Casey 1 1
Takeshi Morishima 1 1
Tatsumi Fujinami 1 1
Tim Woods 1 1
Tito Santana 1 1
Tommy Rich 1 1
The Ultimate Warrior 1 1
Vince Russo 1 1
Xavier 1 1
Yoshihiro Tajiri 1 1
Yvon Robert 1 1
Édouard Carpentier 1 1

Notes

1.^1  National Wrestling Alliance
2.^2  National Wrestling Association