List of current champions in WWE

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WWE is an American professional wrestling promotion based in Stamford, Connecticut, and the world's largest promotion. As in other professional wrestling promotions, WWE promotes several championships, with titleholders typically determined via the results of professional wrestling matches within scripted storylines. On rare occasions, a championship may be awarded to or stripped from a wrestler outside of a match, though these occurrences also fall within scripted storylines.[a]

WWE currently divides its roster between three brands. Most wrestlers compete exclusively on a single brand (with select exemptions). WWE's two primary brands are Raw and SmackDown, collectively referred to as the main roster. NXT serves as the developmental brand (although it was considered a third main brand from 2019 to 2021).[1]

There are currently 15 championships in WWE divided among the three brands. Raw has one primary and secondary championship for male wrestlers, and a singles championship for female wrestlers. SmackDown has two primary championships (jointly held and defended as an undisputed championship) and a secondary championship for male wrestlers, and a singles championship for female wrestlers. There are two tag team championships for male wrestlers on the main roster, which are held and defended jointly across both brands as an undisputed championship. NXT features a primary, secondary, specialty, and tag team championship for male wrestlers, and a singles championship for female wrestlers. There is one tag team championship in WWE for female wrestlers, which is shared by all three brands.

As of March 1, 2024, among the three current brands, 16 wrestlers officially hold championships (including three double champions). This list includes the number of times the wrestler has held the title, the date and location of the win, and a description of title victory.

Overview

The American professional wrestling promotion WWE currently divides its roster into what the company refers to as brands. The two main brands that the company promotes are Raw and SmackDown, collectively referred to as the main roster. Wrestlers assigned to the two main brands exclusively compete on the respective weekly television programs, Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown, albeit with some exceptions. The Raw brand also has a supplementary online streaming program called Main Event. Monthly pay-per-view and livestreaming events feature wrestlers from both brands.

NXT is WWE's developmental brand, which is where newer WWE wrestlers perform to potentially be promoted to the main roster. Wrestlers assigned to NXT exclusively compete on the weekly television program, NXT, albeit with some exceptions, as well as the brand's supplementary online streaming program called Level Up. NXT also has its own major livestreaming events held periodically throughout the year.

Main roster

For the men's division, Raw features a primary and secondary championship, while SmackDown features two jointly held and defended primary titles (promoted as an undisputed championship) and a secondary title. There are also two jointly held and defended tag team championships—one representing each brand—promoted as an undisputed tag team championship open to both Raw and SmackDown.

For the women's division, each brand has a primary championship. There is also a tag team championship shared between both brands as well as NXT.

Men

At the top of WWE's championship hierarchy for male wrestlers are the World Heavyweight Championship on Raw and the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship on SmackDown—regarded as world heavyweight championships. The World Heavyweight Championship is held by Seth "Freakin" Rollins, who became the inaugural champion by defeating AJ Styles in a tournament final at Night of Champions on May 27, 2023.[2] The Undisputed WWE Universal Championship is held by Roman Reigns and consists of the WWE Championship and the WWE Universal Championship, with both titles being jointly defended but retaining their individual lineages. He won his second Universal Championship 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,[3] and then became undisputed champion by defeating Brock Lesnar to win his fourth WWE Championship on April 3, 2022, on Night 2 of WrestleMania 38 in a Winner Takes All match. The Undisputed WWE Universal Championship was available to both brands but became exclusive to SmackDown as a result of the 2023 WWE Draft.[4]

Secondary titles for male wrestlers include the Intercontinental Championship on Raw and the United States Championship on SmackDown. The Intercontinental Championship is held by first-time champion Gunther, who defeated Ricochet on the June 10, 2022, episode of SmackDown; at this time, the title was part of the SmackDown brand.[5] The United States Championship is held by Logan Paul, who is in his first reign. He defeated previous champion Rey Mysterio at Crown Jewel on November 4, 2023.[6]

Tag team titles for male wrestlers include the Raw Tag Team Championship and the SmackDown Tag Team Championship—both regarded as world tag team championships. Since May 20, 2022, both titles have been held and jointly defended under the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship banner but maintain their individual lineages, with the holders of the undisputed championship allowed to appear on both brands. The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship is held by The Judgment Day (Finn Bálor and Damian Priest) from Raw, who are in their second reign, both as a team and individually with each set of titles. They defeated Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso on Raw on October 16, 2023.[7][8]

Women

At the top of WWE's championship hierarchy for female wrestlers are the Women's World Championship on Raw and the WWE Women's Championship on SmackDown—both regarded as women's world championships. The Women's World Championship is held by first-time champion Rhea Ripley, who defeated Charlotte Flair on April 1, 2023, at WrestleMania 39 Night 1. She won the title as the SmackDown Women's Championship and it was renamed as the Women's World Championship on June 12, 2023.[9] The WWE Women's Championship is held by first-time champion Iyo Sky, who defeated Bianca Belair in her Money in the Bank cash-in match at SummerSlam on August 5, 2023.[10]

The women's tag team championship is the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship, which is shared between Raw, SmackDown, and NXT. It is held by The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) from SmackDown, who are in their record tying second reign as a team. Individually, this is the record fourth reign for Asuka and second for Sane. They defeated Katana Chance and Kayden Carter on the January 26, 2024, episode of SmackDown.[11]

Developmental

NXT

NXT features four championships for men and two for women. Each gender division has a primary championship. The men's division also has a secondary, specialty, and tag team championship. The women's tag team championship (listed above) is available to Raw, SmackDown, and NXT.

Men

The top title for male wrestlers is the NXT Championship. It is held by first-time champion Ilja Dragunov. He defeated Carmelo Hayes on September 30, 2023, at No Mercy.[12]

The secondary championship for male wrestlers is the NXT North American Championship. It is held by first-time champion Oba Femi, who defeated SmackDown's Dragon Lee in his NXT Breakout Tournament contract cash-in match on the January 9, 2024, episode of NXT. [13]

The specialty championship for men is the NXT Heritage Cup. It is defended like any other championship but all matches are contested under British Rounds Rules. It is held by first time champion Charlie Dempsey, who defeated Noam Dar 2 falls to 1 to win the title on the February 27, 2024 episode of NXT.[14]

The men's tag team championship is the NXT Tag Team Championship. It is held by first-time champions Bron Breakker and Baron Corbin, who defeated The Family (Tony D'Angelo and Channing "Stacks" Lorenzo) on the February 13, 2024, episode of NXT.[15]

Women

The top title for female wrestlers is the NXT Women's Championship. It is held by first-time champion Lyra Valkyria, who defeated Becky Lynch at NXT: Halloween Havoc Night 1 on October 24, 2023.[16]

Current champions

The colors and symbols indicate the home brand of the champions.

Raw SmackDown § NXT Mixed brand

Main roster

Raw

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes Ref.
World Heavyweight Championship Seth "Freakin" Rollins 1 May 27, 2023 279 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Defeated AJ Styles in the tournament final at Night of Champions to become the inaugural champion. [17]
Women's World Championship Rhea Ripley 1 April 1, 2023 335 Inglewood, California Defeated Charlotte Flair on WrestleMania 39 Night 1.
Won the title as the SmackDown Women's Championship and it was renamed as the Women's World Championship on June 12, 2023.
[18]
Intercontinental Championship Gunther 1 June 10, 2022 630 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Defeated Ricochet on SmackDown.
Won the title as part of the SmackDown brand but was moved to Raw in the 2023 WWE Draft.
[19]

SmackDown

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes Ref.
WWE Championship Roman Reigns 4 April 3, 2022 698 Arlington, Texas Defeated Brock Lesnar on WrestleMania 38 Night 2 in a Winner Takes All match in which Reigns defended SmackDown's Universal Championship.
With both championships, Reigns is recognized as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion. He was originally allowed to appear on both brands as undisputed champion but became exclusive to SmackDown in the 2023 WWE Draft.
[20]
Universal Championship 2 August 30, 2020 1,279 Orlando, Florida Defeated previous champion "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman, who Reigns pinned, in a No Holds Barred triple threat match at Payback.
After winning Raw's WWE Championship on WrestleMania 38 Night 2 on April 3, 2022, Reigns is recognized as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion. He was originally allowed to appear on both brands as undisputed champion but became exclusive to SmackDown in the 2023 WWE Draft.
[21]
WWE Women's Championship Iyo Sky 1 August 5, 2023 209 Detroit, Michigan Defeated Bianca Belair in her Money in the Bank cash-in match at SummerSlam. [22]
United States Championship Logan Paul 1 November 4, 2023 118 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Defeated Rey Mysterio at Crown Jewel. [23]

Tag Team

Championship Current champion(s) Reign
As a team
(Individually)
Date won Days
held
Location Notes Ref.
Raw Tag Team Championship
The Judgment Day
(Finn Bálor and Damian Priest)
2 October 16, 2023 137 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Defeated Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso on Raw. With both championships, Bálor and Priest are recognized as the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions. [24]
SmackDown Tag Team Championship 2
WWE Women's Tag Team Championship The Kabuki Warriors
(Asuka and Kairi Sane)
2
(4, 2)
January 26, 2024 35 Miami, Florida Defeated Katana Chance and Kayden Carter on SmackDown. [25]
  • The Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championships—while maintaining their separate lineages—are jointly defended across both brands as the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship.
  • The WWE Women's Tag Team Championship is defended across Raw, SmackDown, and NXT.

Developmental

NXT
Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes Ref.
NXT Championship Ilja Dragunov 1 September 30, 2023 153 Bakersfield, California Defeated Carmelo Hayes at No Mercy. [26]
NXT Women's Championship Lyra Valkyria 1 October 24, 2023 129 Orlando, Florida Defeated Becky Lynch at NXT: Halloween Havoc Night 1. [27]
NXT North American Championship Oba Femi 1 January 9, 2024 52 Orlando, Florida Defeated SmackDown's Dragon Lee in his NXT Breakout Tournament contract cash-in match on NXT. [28]
NXT Heritage Cup Charlie Dempsey 1 February 27, 2024 3 Orlando, Florida Defeated Noam Dar 2–1 on NXT. [29]
NXT Tag Team Championship
Bron Breakker and Baron Corbin (pictured) 1 February 13, 2024 17 Orlando, Florida Defeated The Family (Tony D'Angelo and Channing "Stacks" Lorenzo) on NXT. [30]

See also

Championship types in WWE
Champions in WWE lists

Notes

  1. ^ In some cases, a wrestler may be stripped of a title due to a legitimate injury or other real-world circumstance. On such occasions, the storyline may be adapted around real-world events or may continue without referencing them.

References

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