Hey everyone thanks for checking out our All-Time WWE Champion Rankings. This list includes anyone to hold the WWE/F Championship, the Universal Championship, or the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. There have been 63 men to hold the most prestigious title in the industry and we’ve seen some great Champions and we’ve seen some abysmal ones. Let’s get into our All-Time WWE Champion Rankings.
Our list was established via a draft with Big Sexy Matt Tracht, and yours truly TK.
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All-Time WWE Title Rankings
|Rank||Wrestler||Reigns||Days Held||WM Title Match Record|
|4||Stone Cold Steve Austin||6||530||3-0|
|15||Macho Man Randy Savage||2||520||2-1|
|30||Alberto Del Rio||4||307||1-1|
|54||Rob Van Dam||1||22|
|60||The Great Khali||1||61|
|61||Andre the Giant||1||0|
63.) Vince McMahon, WWE Title
No. Just no. This was unnecessary. What was the point of this? Vince won the title from HHH only to set up a match for HHH to win the title back two weeks later. This was stupid.
62.) Finn Balor, Universal Title
This was a shame. Finn Balor defeated Seth Rollins at Summerslam 2016 in a great match. However, during the match Balor was injured, thus having to relinquish the title. The biggest shame in all of this is that Balor never got back to the top of the mountain.
61.) Andre the Giant, WWF Title
On an episode of The Main Event in February of 1988, Andre the Giant battled Hulk Hogan for the title. Andre went on to defeat Hogan when referee Earl Hebner, who was bribed by Ted DiBiase, counted the three-count despite Hogan raising his shoulder at the one-count, thus costing Hogan the title. After the match, Andre handed the championship belt to Ted DiBiase, but WWF President Jack Tunney ruled this as vacating the title and therefore DiBiase’s reign is not recognized by WWE. This is the closest both Andre and Dibiase would ever get to the title. Andre was the first inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1993.
60.) The Great Khali, World Heavyweight Title
On an episode of Smackdown after Edge was forced to relinquish the title due to a legitimate injury, the Great Khali won a battle royale to win the vacant title. While Khali was a monster he just couldn’t move in the ring. He would go on to lose the title after only 61 days to Batista and thankfully never win it again.
59.) Stan Stasiak, WWWF Title
Stasiak was the second transitional champion in WWE history. Stasiak took the title from Pedro Morales and lost it 9 days later to Bruno Sammartino. Stasiak was one of only four men to hold the world title outside of Bruno between 1963 and 1977. Stasiak was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2018.
58.) Jack Swagger, World Heavyweight Title
Swagger won the Money in the Bank briefcase in 2010 at Wrestlemania and wasted no time in cashing in and winning the title. On the first Smackdown after Wrestlemania, Swagger cashed in on Chris Jericho for his first and only title reign. Swagger’s reign was quite uneventful. He lost the title after only a couple of months in a fatal four-way to Rey Mysterio. Swagger was a classic example of a guy who would have never been champion had there only been one World Championship.
57.) Christian, World Heavyweight Title
Honestly, as a fan I marked out like crazy when Christian beat Alberto Del Rio in a ladder match for the vacant title. The emotions were flowing as Christian came down with the belt that Edge had to vacate into retirement. The moment was great. The nostalgia was there. But then Christian went and lost the title to Randy Orton on Smackdown just 5 days later. All this did was show what Vince McMahon truly thought of Christian, and that is that he is a mid-carder for life. Christian did go on to win the title back from Orton only to lose it back to Orton a month later at Summerslam.
56.) Jinder Mahal, WWE Title
When Jinder Mahal came back and won a number one contender’s match to challenge Randy Orton, to say I was surprised would be an understatement. He was Jinder Mahal. Career jobber. Now he was the number one contender. He would much to my surprise go on to defeat Orton at Backlash in 2017 to become champion. Jinder’s reign would last 170 days bringing stability to a title that had changed hands 4 times the previous 4 months. Just as surprising as Jinder’s title win was, his loss was equally surprising as he lost to AJ Styles on the go-home Smackdown leading up to Survivor Series. Jinder was slated to fight Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series but clearly, when the chips were in the middle of the pot Vince didn’t think a match between Lesnar and Jinder would draw and went with Styles. Jinder hasn’t sniffed the title picture since losing to Styles.
55.) Dolph Ziggler, World Heavyweight Title
Dolph would be lower on this list but I can’t blame him entirely for his reign. Ziggler won the title in one of the best Money in the Bank cash-ins ever. The night after Wrestlemania Ziggler would cash in on Alberto Del Rio for his first title. Sadly, Dolph would go on to get injured cutting his reign short. Ziggler has had several opportunities at the title since but has never been able to come up with it.
54.) Rob Van Dam, WWE Title
Rob Van Dam beat John Cena in front of an insanely hostile crowd at One Night Stand in 2006 to claim his first WWE World Title. Many thought that this was going to be RVD’s big breakout at the top of the card for the company but due to legal issues, Vince pulled the title off him after just 22 days. RVD never saw the top of the card again.
53.) Ivan Koloff, WWWF Title
The first transitional champion!! Koloff was the buffer between Bruno and Pedro. Koloff would defeat Bruno ending Bruno’s 2800 day streak as champion. Unfortunately for Koloff, his reign wouldn’t last long as he would lose the title to Pedro Morales just 21 days later. Koloff was the only man to hold the title other than Bruno and Pedro between 1963 and 1971.
52.) Sgt Slaughter, WWF Title
The Golden Era’s transitional champ. Slaughter took the title off of the Ultimate Warrior at the 1991 Royal Rumble. At the time of his first and only title win, Slaughter was playing an anti-American sympathizer, therefore he was the perfect foe for Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 7. Sarge was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.
51.) Iron Sheik, WWWF Title
Maybe the best transitional champ of all time and a man who to this day avidly hates Hulk Hogan is the Iron Sheik. After many opportunities, Sheik finally got the belt off of Bob Backlund and ended his 1,470-day reign as champ. This was a significant moment in the business as it was at this time when the WWE ended its relationship with the NWA and the tile became the WWF Championship. Unfortunately for Sheik, his first challenger was an up-and-coming Hulk Hogan. Hogan would go on to take the title off Sheik. Sheik was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.
50.) Buddy Rogers, WWWF Title
The original! Before Bruno, there was Buddy Rogers. Rogers was The WWWF billed Rogers as their world champion since January 25, 1963, but it did not recognize him as the first-ever WWWF World Heavyweight Champion until April 11, 1963. Rogers lost the title to Bruno in May of 1963. Rogers was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1994.
49.) Jeff Hardy, WWE Title & World Heavyweight Title
Hardy had 3 title reigns that amassed 70 total days. His longest reign was for 42 days when he beat Edge and HHH in a triple threat match to win the WWE Title. Hardy would go on and lose the title back to Edge at the Royal Rumble. His World Heavyweight Championship runs were memorable solely for his feud with CM Punk. Punk cashed in on Hardy after Hardy won the title from Edge and instantly lost the title to Punk who cashed in his Money in the Bank Briefcase. Hardy got the title back from Punk and held it for a modest 28 days before losing it back to Punk.
48.) Mark Henry, World Heavyweight Title
Enter the Hall of Pain!! 13-year veteran Mark Henry finally won the big one when he defeated Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Title. However, like others on this list once Henry got the belt he didn’t do much with it. He held the title for a modest 91 days before losing it to the Big Show. Unfortunately, Henry never got back to the top of the mountain, even though he should have taken the title off of John Cena after his fantastic fake retirement promo. Henry was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2018.
47.) Dean Ambrose, WWE Title
Ambrose was supposed to be the crown jewel of the Shield. Many felt that he would be the first to win the world title, however, that was not the case. Ambrose was the last of the Shield to win the belt but his story might have been the best. At the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Roman Reigns took on Seth Rollins for the WWE Title. Rollins got the better of Roman and looked to walk out as champ but much to his chagrin Ambrose cashed in his recently won Money in the Bank briefcase and captured his first and only WWE Title. Ambrose held the title for only 84 days before losing it to AJ Styles. Ultimately, moving from Ambrose to Styles was the right decision but WWE should have pulled the trigger on him earlier. As of this writing, Ambrose is living his best life wrestling for AEW and NJPW.
46.) Braun Strowman, Universal Title
Braun Strowman was one of the hottest acts in wrestling over the past three years but Vince never pulled the trigger, that is until COVID-19 forced his hand. Braun was inserted into the Universal Title match against Goldberg at Wrestlemania 36 and he ran right through him to earn his first WWE World Title. Braun’s run was pretty uninspiring feuding with the likes of The Miz and John Morrison before losing it to The Fiend at Summerslam.
45.) Goldberg, World Heavyweight Title & Universal Title
Goldberg has had 3 title reigns in the WWE, impressively winning titles more than 13 years apart. Goldberg’s first title reign came in 2003 when he defeated HHH. He would continue to feud with HHH after winning the belt, only to lose it back to The Game 84 days later. Goldberg would leave the company not long after. Goldberg returned to the WWE in 2017 and was awarded a shot at the Universal Title against Kevin Owens at Fastlane. Goldberg squashed Owens in a move that angered many amongst the WWE Universe. From there Goldberg would go on to lose the title to Brock Lesnar only 28 days after winning it. Goldberg would return once more in 2020 in a match with The Fiend Bray Wyatt for the Universal Title and just as he did to Kevin Owens, he ended The Fiend’s title reign. If you think people were pissed when he beat Owens, that was nothing compared to the outrage when he beat The Fiend. Goldberg’s latest reign would only last 27 days when he was smashed by Braun Strowman at Wrestlemania 36. So, you ask why is Goldberg so low on this list? His first reign with the company sucked and his last two reigns ruined two promising title reigns only for him to give it up right away. Goldberg was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2018.
44.) Sid, WWF Champion
The master and the ruler of the world!!! Psycho Sid had two title reigns in the WWE that amassed a mere 97 days. Sid won his first WWE title at Survivor Series against his former buddy Shawn Michaels. Sid would go on to lose the title back to Shawn at the Royal Rumble. A month later Sid captured the title back from Bret Hart on an episode of Raw before ultimately losing it to the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 13 in the main event. Just like Sid’s title reign’s the main event of Wrestlemania 13 was lackluster at best.
43.) Bray Wyatt, WWE Title & Universal Title
After years of middling booking, Bray Wyatt finally won his first title inside the Elimination Chamber in 2017. Fans were ecstatic as the guy we wanted to be booked to the moon finally got his hands on the ultimate prize. Unfortunately, his reign didn’t last very long as he lost to Randy Orton at Wrestlemania 33. Bray didn’t touch the title picture until he reinvented himself and came back as The Fiend. The Fiend defeated Seth Rollins to win the Universal Title in October of 2019 only to lose to Goldberg at a Saudi show in 2020. As mentioned earlier, people were disgusted by this. The backlash was huge. The Fiend ended up winning the title back from Braun Strowman at Summerslam but lost it to Roman Reigns a week later when Reigns pinned Strowman in a triple threat match. I fully expect the Fiend to get the Universal or WWE Title back in the future and move up this list.
42.) Kane, WWE Title & World Heavyweight Title
Kane debuted as the Undertaker’s long-lost brother and it didn’t take him long to find himself close to the top of the card. Kane won his first and WWE Title when he beat Stone Cold Steve Austin in a First Blood Match at King of the Ring 1998. However, the next night on Raw Kane lost the title right back to Austin and never held that particular title again. Kane did hold the World Heavyweight Title once. He won the Money in the Bank briefcase and the same night he won it he cashed in on Rey Mysterio, who had just won the title from Jack Swagger. Kane’s entire title reign then was based around the Undertaker. Kane laid the Undertaker out multiple times. Kane eventually lost the title to Edge.
41.) Kevin Owens, WWE Universal Title
KO held the Universal Title for 188 days after winning it on an episode of Raw where HHH aided him. During his run he formed one of the most entertaining units of all time with Chris Jericho. Sadly, KO lost the title to Goldberg in 20 seconds at the go-home PPV to Wrestlemania. The shame of this is that an Owens and Jericho program around the title at Wrestlemania would have made far more sense. KO hasn’t reached the top of the mountain again. However, I have no doubt that he will.
40.) Chris Benoit, World Heavyweight Title
Benoit won the title in the main event of Wrestlemania 20 in a great match against HHH and Shawn Michaels. However, after winning the title Benoit didn’t do much with it. He had matches with HHH, Shawn Michaels, and Kane before losing it at Summerslam to Randy Orton.
39.) Kofi Kingston, WWE Title
Kofimania!!! Kofi Kingston has been the ultimate pro his entire career, winning every title except for the big one. Well, that all changed at Wrestlemania 35. Leading up to the big show the WWE Universe pushed hard for Kofi to be inserted into the title picture and after a hell of a performance in the gauntlet match leading to the Elimination Chamber and the Elimination Chamber match itself, Vince finally gave Kofi the chance to compete for the big one. Kofi not only competed but beat Daniel Bryan in a great bout at Wrestlemania 35. Sadly, like most before him on this list, his run was lackluster at best. He would rehash old feuds with Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler and it just didn’t work. Kofimania got stale quick and Brock Lesnar was sent in to take the strap. I don’t expect Kofi to find himself back in the title picture again.
38.) The Miz, WWE Champion
The Miz is a two-time WWE Champion. He’s tenured. He’s deserving. He main event Wrestlemania 27 and even defeated John Cena in the process.
37.) Rey Mysterio, WWE & World Champion
Talk about undeserving champions. Rey Mysterio is a 3-time World Champion, but two of those reigns lasted less than one night. Rey won the title at Wrestlemania 22 in a triple threat match as a tribute to Eddie Guerrero.
36.) Booker T., WWE World Heavyweight Title
King Booker won his first and only title from Rey Mysterio at Great American Bash. While his title reign was uneventful the real shame comes that Booker only held the belt once. Booker should have defeated HHH at Wrestlemania 19 and won his first title right there and then. That didn’t happen.
35.) Eddie Guerrero, WWE Championship
Eddie Guerrero was one of the most gifted all around superstars of all-time. When he finally got his break in 2004 it was amazing. Eddie won his first and only title from Brock Lesnar in an incredibly emotional moment. Eddie went on to defend the title against Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania XX in a fantastic match.
34.) Drew McIntyre, WWE Championship
The Chosen One was never able to get the job done, but the Scottish Psychopath did! When McIntyre left WWE and came back you almost knew that he was going to find his way to the top of the mountain and he did just that. Drew is a now two-time WWE Champion and I fully expect to move up this list as the years go. Drew did a great job of keeping shit together during the Pandemic Era.
33.) JBL, WWE Championship
From tag team specialist to World Champion and I didn’t bat an eye. JBL went from beer-drinking badass to rich stockbroker and in quick fashion, won his one and only WWE Title. JBL would go on to have a 280-day reign with the title and in the process helped get John Cena over at Wrestlemania 21.
32.) Big Show, WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion
4 title reigns for 150 total days. None of his reigns stick out to me.
31.) Mick Foley, WWE Champion
Mrs. Foley’s baby boy held the WWE Championship 3 times for a total of 47 days but his first win on Monday Night Raw that Tony Schiavone spoiled on Nitro is a night that I and many others will never forget. Not to mention, Foley, was a guy who we thought would never get to the top of the mountain and he did. He not only made it but he touched the top while doing it and that title win was an intricate part in swaying the Monday Night Wars in WWE’s favor. Bang Bang.
30.) Alberto Del Rio, WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion
4 reigns. 307 days as Champion. Defeated Jack Swagger at Wrestlemania. Had Edge’s farewell match. But ultimately, fuck this guy.
29.) Sheamus, WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion
When Sheamus put John Cena through a table to win his first world championship I was truly shocked. 10 plus years later and I get what they saw in him. Sheamus is a 4-time champ and has held the belt for over 393 days. Sitting here mid-2021 and Sheamus has never looked better. I expect to see Sheamus as a 5-time champ here sooner than later.
28.) Ric Flar, WWE Champion
Before you jump all over me, this is a WWE Championship list only. Flair probably shouldn’t even have been this high but out of respect here he is. Flair is a two-time WWE Champion but held the title for a total of 118 days. Flair’s first title win with WWE came in a legendary moment when he won the 1992 Royal Rumble. He then went on to have an epic match with Macho Man at Wrestlemania 8 while losing the title. He would eventually gain it back before losing it to Bret Hart. Flair’s run was a real shame. Flair and Hogan not having a title program was asinine.
27.) Diesel, WWE Champion
Diesel was so cool to me when I was a kid. As an adult I realize that he was very green and Vince McMahon was just trying to make him Hogan. However, I won’t take that away from him. Diesel had one run with the belt and held it over 300 days. He was saddled with some lower tier competition as well getting a not-so-ready Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 11 and King Mabel at Summerslam.
26.) Yokozuna, WWE Champion
Yokozuna held the WWE title twice for over 250 days. Yokozuna got this spot on the list for being such a big part of Wrestlemania 9 and 10. He main event back-to-back shows and I respect that spot on the card. Underrated athlete and world champ.
25.) Superstar Billy Graham, WWWF Champion
Superstar Billy Graham held the WWWF Championship one time for over 295 days. He was the man to dethrone Bruno and pass the title to Bob Backlund. That’s some great company to keep right there.
24.) Ultimate Warrior, WWF Champion
The Ultimate Warrior won the WWF Championship from Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 6 in one of the biggest main events of all time. However, things never really fell into place for Warrior. Vince thought Warrior would be the next big thing and he kind of just fizzled out. After over 290 days Warrior dropped the title to Sgt. Slaughter at the 1991 Royal Rumble.
23.) Chris Jericho, WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, First Undisputed Champion
What more can you say about Chris Jericho. He was the first average-sized guy to leave WCW and win the WWE Championship and what a way to do it as he ran through Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Rock on the same night to become the Undisputed World Champion. Jericho would then reinvent himself over the years and win the title 5 more times. In total, Jericho held the belt 6 times for over 200 days.
22.) Seth Rollins, WWE Champion, Universal Champion
The heist of the century! During the main event of Wrestlemania 31 while Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns were fighting for the title, Rollins made his way to the ring, cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase and won the WWE Championship. Rollins would go on to have a great reign before having to vacate it due to injury. Rollins would go on to win the title 3 more times. In total, he has won it 4 times for a total of over 400 days with one of the coolest title wins of all time. And he is just get started.
21.) AJ Styles, WWE Championship
The best in the world to not wrestle for WWE…is what was said about AJ Styles…can he do it in WWE…is what was asked about AJ Styles. The answer to every question is and was yes. AJ Styles since coming into WWE has been a star. He is a 2-time WWE Champion holding the belt for over 500 days and I fully expect him to get the title back again. In 2021 AJ Styles is still one of the very best in the world and has had one of the best title reigns in the past 10 years.
20.) Roman Reigns, WWE Champion, Universal Champion
There is no wrestler in the world right now better than the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns. Reigns is in the midst of a historic title reign with no end in sight. All in all, Reigns has held the title 5 times for over 400 days, and as I mentioned this reign has no end in sight. He is 2-2 at Wrestlemania in Championship matches. He defeated Edge and Daniel Bryan in a triple threat match at Wrestlemania 37 and defeated HHH at Wrestlemania 33 while losing to Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 34 and Seth Rollins (via cash-in) at Wrestlemania 31. I expect when we look back at these rankings down the road, that the Tribal Chief will move up.
19.) Daniel Bryan
YES! YES! YES!
18.) Shawn Michaels
The Boyhood Dream!
Batista destroyed HHH in the main event of Wrestlemania 21 as the master passed the torch to the student. Batista took the torch and went on to good success. Batista finished his career as a 6 time champion while holding the belt for over 500 days in the process.
16.) Kurt Angle
6 reigns, 385 days held, 0-3 at Wrestlemania
15.) Macho Man Randy Savage
2 reigns, 520 days held, 2-1 at Wrestlemania
11 reigns, 548 days held, 1-4 at Wrestlemania
13.) CM Punk
7 reigns, 615 days held, 1-0 at Wrestlemania
12.) The Undertaker
7 reigns, 445 days held, 3-0 at Wrestlemania
11.) The Rock
10 reigns, 465 days held, 0-4 at Wrestlemania
10.) Pedro Morales
1 reign, 1,027 days held
9.) Brock Lesnar
8 reigns, 1,441 days held, 3-3 at Wrestlemania
8.) Randy Orton
14 reigns, 818 days held, 2-3 at Wrestlemania
7.) Triple H
14 reigns, 1,225 days held, 4-5 at Wrestlemania
6.) Bret Hart
5 reigns, 654 days held, 1-2 at Wrestlemania
5.) Bob Backlund
3 reigns, 2,132 days held
4.) Stone Cold Steve Austin
6 reigns, 530 days held, 3-0 at Wrestlemania
3.) John Cena
16 reigns, 1,408 days held, 6-2 at Wrestlemania
2.) Hulk Hogan
6 reigns, 2,185 days held, 5-1 at Wrestlemania
1.) Bruno Sammartino
2 reigns, 4,040 days held