It was vacated and decommissioned when the ECW brand disbanded in The championship is generally contested in professional wrestling matches , in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition. Some reigns were held by champions using a ring name while others use their real name. Drew McIntyre is the current champion in his second reign. As of December 5, , there have been recognized reigns between 52 recognized champions and 11 recognized vacancies there are 4 reigns, 2 people, and 2 vacancies that are not recognized by the WWE. The first champion was Buddy Rogers , who won the championship in The champion with the single longest reign is Bruno Sammartino with a reign of 2, days while the record for longest combined reign is also held by Sammartino at 4, John Cena has held the championship a record 13 times. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
World Championship Wrestling
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World Championship Wrestling, Inc. WCW is a defunct American professional wrestling promotion founded by media tycoon Ted Turner in After initial success through utilization of established wrestling stars of the s, the company appointed Eric Bischoff to executive producer of television in Under Bischoff's leadership, the company enjoyed a period of mainstream success characterized by a shift to reality-based storylines , and notable hirings of former WWF talent. From to , WCW surpassed their rival program in the ratings for 83 consecutive weeks, threatening to severely undercut their rival and disrupting the American wrestling hierarchy. Soon thereafter, WCW went out of business, and the WWF purchased selected WCW assets in , including its video library, some wrestler contracts, and selected intellectual property, including the WCW name and championships. Its headquarters were located in Atlanta, Georgia.
The WWE Championship is a world heavyweight championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE , currently defended on their Raw brand division. The current champion is Drew McIntyre , who is in his second reign. The inaugural champion was Buddy Rogers. Since its inception, the title has undergone many name changes due to company name changes and title unifications. It is the oldest championship currently active in WWE, and is presented as being the promotion's most prestigious title, with many matches for the title having headlined pay-per-view events — including WWE's flagship event WrestleMania. From its inception until , it was promoted as WWE's sole primary championship. The titles were later unified as the Undisputed Championship. After the first brand split in and the promotion being renamed to WWE , the championship became exclusive to SmackDown, and the World Heavyweight Championship was created for Raw. The championship was again the sole world title of WWE until the introduction of the Universal Championship with the brand split.