List of current champions in WWE

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WWE is an American professional wrestling promotion based out of Stamford, Connecticut and is the world's largest promotion. The company promotes several championships and title reigns are either determined by professional wrestling matches or are awarded to a wrestler, as a result of the culmination of various scripted storylines.

WWE divides its roster between four brands, which is where wrestlers exclusively compete on a weekly basis, albeit with some exceptions. The two primary brands that WWE promotes are Raw and SmackDown. NXT serves as the developmental brand for the main roster (though was considered a main brand from 2019 to 2021),[1][2] and NXT UK is for wrestlers based in the United Kingdom and is considered a subdivision of NXT.[3]

All four brands have a primary and secondary championship for male wrestlers, a singles championship for female wrestlers, and a tag team championship for male wrestlers. There are two tag team championships for female wrestlers—one shared by Raw and SmackDown, and the other on NXT. There is also a tertiary championship, which is open to anyone, regardless of gender or WWE employment status.

There are currently 19 championships in WWE. As of January 26, 2022, among the four current brands, 25 wrestlers officially hold championships. This list includes the number of times the wrestler has held the title, the date and location of the win, and a description of the winning bout.

Overview[edit]

Men[edit]

At the top of WWE's championship hierarchy for male wrestlers are the WWE Championship on Raw, the Universal Championship on SmackDown, and the NXT Championship on NXT — all regarded as world championships. The WWE Championship is held by six-time champion Brock Lesnar, who defeated Bobby Lashley, Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, and previous champion Big E in a fatal five-way match at Day 1 on January 1, 2022. The Universal Championship is held by Roman Reigns, who is in his second reign. He won the title by defeating previous champion "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman, who Reigns pinned, in a No Holds Barred Triple Threat match at Payback on August 30, 2020.[4] The NXT Championship is held by first-time champion Bron Breakker, who won the title by defeating Tommaso Ciampa on January 4, 2022, at New Year's Evil.[5]

Secondary titles for male wrestlers include the United States Championship on Raw, the Intercontinental Championship on SmackDown, and the North American Championship on NXT. The United States Championship is held by Damian Priest, who is in his first reign. He defeated Sheamus on August 21, 2021, at SummerSlam.[6] The Intercontinental Championship is held by two-time champion Shinsuke Nakamura, who defeated Apollo Crews on the August 13, 2021, episode of SmackDown. He won the title under the ring name "King Nakamura", but relinquished the crown on October 8, 2021, out of respect for the 2021 King of the Ring tournament.[7] The North American Championship is held by first-time champion Carmelo Hayes, who defeated Isaiah "Swerve" Scott on the October 12, 2021, episode of NXT 2.0 by cashing in his NXT Breakout Tournament contract on Swerve, who had just retained the title in a match against Santos Escobar.[8]

Women[edit]

At the top of WWE's championship hierarchy for female wrestlers are the Raw Women's Championship, the SmackDown Women's Championship, and the NXT Women's Championship — all regarded as world championships. The Raw Women's Championship is held by two-time champion Becky Lynch, while the SmackDown Women's Championship is held by record six-time champion Charlotte Flair. Prior to the 2021 WWE Draft, Lynch and Flair held the opposite titles and during the draft, the two women were drafted to the opposing brands. On the October 22, 2021, episode of SmackDown, the night draft results went into effect, WWE official Sonya Deville had Lynch and Flair exchange titles to keep the championships on their respective brands.[9][10] The NXT Women's Championship is held by Mandy Rose, who is in her first reign. She won the title by defeating Raquel González in a Chucky's choice Trick or Street Fight match on October 26, 2021, at Halloween Havoc.[11]

Tag team[edit]

Men[edit]

Raw, SmackDown, and NXT each have a tag team championship for male wrestlers. The Raw Tag Team Championship is held by Alpha Academy (Chad Gable and Otis), who are in their first reign as a tag team and second for Gable individually. They won the titles by defteating RK-Bro (Riddle and Randy Orton on the January 10, 2022 episode of Raw. The SmackDown Tag Team Championship is held by The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso), who are in their fifth reign. They defeated Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio on July 18, 2021, during the Money in the Bank Kickoff pre-show.[12] The NXT Tag Team Championship is held by two-time champions Imperium (Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel), who defeated MSK (Nash Carter and Wes Lee) in a Lumber Jack-o-Lantern match on October 26, 2021, at Halloween Havoc.[13]

Women[edit]

There are two tag team championships for female wrestlers — the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship, which is shared by Raw and SmackDown, and the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship, which is defended on NXT. The WWE Women's Tag Team Championship is held by Carmella and Queen Zelina, who are in their first reign as a team. They defeated Nikki A.S.H. and Rhea Ripley on the November 22, 2021, episode of Raw.[14] The NXT Women's Tag Team Championship is held by first-time champions Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne). They defeated previous champions Io Shirai and Zoey Stark and the team of Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta in a Three-way Scareway to Hell Ladder match on October 26, 2021, at Halloween Havoc[15]

UK[edit]

The top title for male wrestlers in NXT UK is the NXT United Kingdom Championship. It is held by Ilja Dragunov, who is in his first reign. He won the title by defeating Walter at NXT TakeOver 36 on August 22, 2021.[16] The top title for female wrestlers is the NXT UK Women's Championship. It is held by first-time title holder Meiko Satomura, who won the title by defeating Kay Lee Ray on the June 10, 2021, episode of NXT UK (the actual date the match took place is unknown).[17] The secondary championship for male wrestlers is the NXT UK Heritage Cup, which has a special stipulation in which all matches are contested under "British Rounds Rules". It is held by Noam Dar, who is in his first reign. He defeated Tyler Bate on the October 28, 2021, episode of NXT UK (the actual date the match took place is unknown).[18] There is only one tag team championship in NXT UK, and it is for male wrestlers. The NXT UK Tag Team Championship is held by Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate), who are in their first reign. They defeated Pretty Deadly (Lewis Howley and Sam Stoker) on the December 9, 2021, episode of NXT UK (the actual date the match took place is unknown).[19]

Tertiary[edit]

The WWE 24/7 Championship is a tertiary championship shared across all five brands and is open to anyone regardless of gender (including non-WWE personnel). It can be defended anytime, anywhere, as long as a WWE referee is present. The title is held by Dana Brooke from Raw, who is in her first reign. She pinned Cedric Alexander on the November 22, 2021, episode of Raw.[20]

Current champions[edit]

Tables with a "Days recognized" column means that WWE officially recognizes a different number of days that a wrestler has held a title due to an event airing on tape delay. In some cases, particularly recent NXT UK events, the actual date an event took place is unknown.

Raw[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes Ref.
WWE Championship Brock Lesnar WWE Champion 2014.jpg Brock Lesnar 6 January 1, 2022 25 Atlanta, Georgia Defeated previous champion Big E, Bobby Lashley, Kevin Owens, and Seth Rollins in a fatal five-way match at Day 1. [21]
Raw Women's Championship Becky Lynch July 2019.jpg Becky Lynch 2 October 22, 2021 96 Wichita, Kansas As a result of the 2021 WWE Draft, previous champion Charlotte Flair was drafted to SmackDown, while Lynch, who held the SmackDown Women's Championship, was drafted to Raw. To keep the titles on their respective brands, WWE official Sonya Deville had the two women exchange championships. [22]
United States Championship Punishment Martinez 2017 crop.jpg Damian Priest 1 August 21, 2021 158 Paradise, Nevada Defeated Sheamus at SummerSlam. [23]
Raw Tag Team Championship Chad Gable NXT Takeover Dallas 2016.jpg
Otis Dozovic 2018.jpg
Alpha Academy
(Chad Gable and Otis)
1
(2, 1)
January 10, 2022 16 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Defeated RK-Bro (Randy Orton and Riddle) on Raw. [24]

SmackDown[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes Ref.
Universal Championship Universal Champion Roman Reigns WWE Live event 01-23-2022.jpeg Roman Reigns 2 August 30, 2020 514 Orlando, Florida Defeated previous champion "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman, whom Reigns pinned, in a No Holds Barred Triple Threat match at Payback. [25]
SmackDown Women's Championship Charlotte Flair NOLA 2018.jpg Charlotte Flair 6 October 22, 2021 96 Wichita, Kansas As a result of the 2021 WWE Draft, previous champion Becky Lynch was drafted to Raw, while Flair, who held the Raw Women's Championship, was drafted to SmackDown. To keep the titles on their respective brands, WWE official Sonya Deville had the two women exchange championships. [22]
Intercontinental Championship Shinsuke Nakamura - 2019-08-18 - 01.jpg Shinsuke Nakamura 2 August 13 2021 166 Tulsa, Oklahoma Defeated Apollo Crews on SmackDown.
Won the title as "King Nakamura", but reverted to his original ring name on October 8, 2021, out of respect for the 2021 King of the Ring tournament.
[26]
SmackDown Tag Team Championship The Usos as SD Tag Team Champions.jpg The Usos
(Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso)
5 July 18, 2021 192 Fort Worth, Texas Defeated Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio on the Money in the Bank Kickoff pre-show. [27]

NXT[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes Ref.
NXT Championship Bron Breakker 1 January 4, 2022 22 Orlando, Florida Defeated Tommaso Ciampa at New Year's Evil. [28]
NXT Women's Championship Mandy Rose WrestleMania 32 Axxess.jpg Mandy Rose 1 October 26, 2021 92 Orlando, Florida Defeated Raquel González in a Chucky's choice Trick or Street Fight match at Halloween Havoc. [29]
NXT North American Championship N/A Carmelo Hayes 1 October 12, 2021 106 Orlando, Florida Defeated Isaiah "Swerve" Scott on NXT 2.0 after cashing in his NXT Breakout Tournament contract. [30]
NXT Tag Team Championship Aichner Axxess '18.jpg
Marcel Barthel June 2018.jpg
Imperium
(Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel)
2 October 26, 2021 92 Orlando, Florida Defeated MSK (Nash Carter and Wes Lee) in a Lumber Jack-o-Lantern match at Halloween Havoc. [29]
NXT Women's Tag Team Championship Priscilla Kelly at the Summit 2019.jpg
Toxic Attraction
(Gigi Dolin (pictured) and Jacy Jayne)
1 October 26, 2021 92 Orlando, Florida Defeated previous champions Io Shirai and Zoey Stark and the team of Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta in a Three-way Scareway to Hell Ladder match at Halloween Havoc. [29]

NXT UK[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Days
recog.
Location Notes Ref.
NXT United Kingdom Championship Ilja Dragunov 2019.jpg Ilja Dragunov 1 August 22, 2021 157 157 Orlando, Florida Defeated Walter at NXT TakeOver 36. [31]
NXT UK Women's Championship Meiko Satomura 2019.07.11.jpg Meiko Satomura 1 N/A N/A 230 London, England Defeated Kay Lee Ray on NXT UK.
Aired on tape delay on June 10, 2021.
Actual date the match took place is unknown, as NXT UK has held empty arena tapings since resuming operations in late 2020 following a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
[32]
NXT UK Heritage Cup Noam Dar April 2019.jpg Noam Dar 1 N/A N/A 90 London, England Defeated Tyler Bate on NXT UK.
Aired on tape delay on October 28, 2021.
Actual date the match took place is unknown, as NXT UK has held empty arena tapings since resuming operations in late 2020 following a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
[33]
NXT UK Tag Team Championship Trent Seven and Tyler Bate enter Axxess crop.jpg Moustache Mountain
(Tyler Bate and Trent Seven)
1 N/A N/A 48 London, England Defeated Pretty Deadly (Lewis Howley and Sam Stoker) on NXT UK.
Aired on tape delay on December 9, 2021.

Shared championships[edit]

  • The 24/7 Championship is shared between all five brands
  • The WWE Women's Tag Team Championship is shared by Raw and SmackDown.

The colors indicate the home brand of the champions.

Raw SmackDown NXT NXT UK
Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes Ref.
24/7 Championship DanaBrookeLiveEvent2019.jpg Dana Brooke 1 November 22, 2021 65 Brooklyn, New York Pinned Cedric Alexander on Raw. [34]
WWE Women's Tag Team Championship SD Women's Champ Carmella crop.jpg
Zelina Vega 2018-04-07 20-50-02 ILCE-6500 DSC06809 (cropped).jpg
Carmella and Queen Zelina 1 November 22, 2021 65 Brooklyn, New York Defeated Rhea Ripley and Nikki A.S.H. on Raw. [34]

See also[edit]

Champions in WWE lists

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