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 currently divides its roster between three brands, which are where wrestlers exclusively perform on a weekly basis, albeit with some exceptions. The two primary brands that WWE promotes are Raw and SmackDown, collectively referred to as the main roster. NXT serves as the developmental brand for the main roster (though was considered a third main brand from 2019 to 2021).[1][2]

There are currently 14 championships in WWE divided among the three brands. The main roster features two jointly defended world championships, two jointly defended tag team championships, and two brand specific secondary championships for the men's division, while there are two brand specific world championships and a dual brand tag team championship for the women's division. In NXT, there is a primary, secondary, and tag team championship for the men's division, with a primary and tag team championship for the women's division.

As of December 3, 2022, 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 the winning bout.

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 weekly television programs, Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown, respectively, albeit with some exceptions. The Raw brand also has a supplementary online streaming program called Main Event. The monthly pay-per-view and livestreaming events feature wrestlers from both brands.

NXT is WWE's primary developmental brand, which is where newer WWE wrestlers perform before being 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

Men

At the top of WWE's championship hierarchy for male wrestlers are the WWE Championship and the Universal Championship — both regarded as world championships. Both titles are held and jointly defended by Roman Reigns, who is recognized as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion. In his fourth reign as WWE Champion, he won the title by defeating Brock Lesnar on April 3, 2022, on Night 2 of WrestleMania 38 in a Winner Takes All match to claim both championships.[3] In his second reign as Universal Champion, 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]

Secondary titles for male wrestlers include the United States Championship on Raw and the Intercontinental Championship on SmackDown. The United States Championship is held by Austin Theory, who is in his second reign. He defeated previous champion Seth "Freakin" Rollins and Bobby Lashley in a triple threat match at Survivor Series WarGames on November 26, 2022.[5] The Intercontinental Championship is held by first-time champion Gunther, who defeated Ricochet on the June 10, 2022, episode of SmackDown.[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. Both titles are held and jointly defended by The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso), who are recognized as the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions. In their third reign as Raw Tag Team Champions, they won the title by defeating RK-Bro (Randy Orton and Riddle) on the May 20, 2022, episode of SmackDown in a Winners Take All match to claim both championships.[7] In their fifth reign as SmackDown Tag Team Champions, they won the title by defeating Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio on the Money in the Bank Kickoff pre-show on July 18, 2021.[8]

Women

At the top of WWE's championship hierarchy for female wrestlers are the Raw Women's Championship and the SmackDown Women's Championship—regarded as women's world championships. The Raw Women's Championship is held by first-time champion Bianca Belair, who defeated Becky Lynch on April 2, 2022, at WrestleMania 38 Night 1.[9] The SmackDown Women's Championship is held by two-time champion Ronda Rousey, who defeated Liv Morgan on October 8, 2022, in an Extreme Rules match at Extreme Rules.[10]

The tag team championship for women on the main roster is the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship, which is shared between Raw and SmackDown. The title is held by Damage CTRL (Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky) of the Raw brand, who are in their record-tying second reign as team; it is also their second reign individually. They defeated Alexa Bliss and Asuka at Crown Jewel on the November 5, 2022.[11]

Developmental

NXT

NXT features three championships for men and two for women. Each gender division has a primary and tag team championship, while the men's division also has a secondary championship.

Men

The top title for male wrestlers is the NXT Championship. It is held by Bron Breakker, who is in his second reign. He won the title by defeating Dolph Ziggler on the April 4, 2022, episode of Raw.[12]

The secondary championship for male wrestlers is the NXT North American Championship. It is held by Wes Lee, who is in his first reign. He won the vacant title by defeating Carmelo Hayes, Von Wagner, Nathan Frazer, and Oro Mansah in a five-man ladder match at Halloween Havoc. Previous champion Solo Sikoa was stripped of the title as he was not originally booked in the match in which he won it.[13]

The men's tag team championship is the NXT Tag Team Championship, which is held by two-time champions Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince and Kit Wilson). They won the title by defeating NXT UK Tag Team Champions Brooks Jensen and Josh Briggs, Gallus (Mark Coffey and Wolfgang), and previous NXT Tag Team Champions The Creed Brothers (Brutus Creed and Julius Creed) in a fatal four-way tag team elimination match to unify the NXT and NXT UK tag team titles at Worlds Collide on September 4, 2022.[14]

Women

The top title for female wrestlers is the NXT Women's Championship. It 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, during the special Halloween Havoc episode of NXT 2.0.[15]

The tag team championship for women is the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship, which is held by first-time champions Katana Chance and Kayden Carter. They won the vacant championship by defeating the teams of Ivy Nile and Tatum Paxley, Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne), and Yulisa Leon and Valentina Feroz in a fatal four-way tag team elimination match on the August 2, 2022, episode of NXT 2.0; the previous champions were Roxanne Perez and Cora Jade, and the title was vacated after Jade turned on Perez.[16]

Current champions

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

dagger Raw double-dagger SmackDown § NXT

Main roster

  • The WWE and Universal Championships - while maintaining their separate lineages - are jointly defended across both brands as the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship
  • 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 both brands.
Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes Ref.
WWE Championship Roman Reigns Tribute to the Troops 2016.jpg Roman Reignsdouble-dagger 4 April 3, 2022 244 Arlington, Texas Defeated Brock Lesnar at 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.
[17]
Universal Championship 2 August 30, 2020 825 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 at WrestleMania 38 Night 2 on April 3, 2022, Reigns is recognized as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion.
[18]
Raw Tag Team Championship The Usos as SD Tag Team Champions (cropped).jpg The Usosdouble-dagger
(Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso)
3 May 20, 2022 197 Grand Rapids, Michigan Defeated RK-Bro (Randy Orton and Riddle) on SmackDown in a Winners Take All match in which The Usos defended the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
With both championships, The Usos are recognized as the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions.
[19]
SmackDown Tag Team Championship 5 July 18, 2021 503 Fort Worth, Texas Defeated Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio on the Money in the Bank Kickoff pre-show.
After winning the Raw Tag Team Championship on the May 20, 2022, episode of SmackDown, The Usos are recognized as the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions.
[20]
WWE Women's Tag Team Championship Dakota Kai Axxess 2018.jpg
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Damage CTRLdagger
(Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky)
2 November 5, 2022 28 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Defeated Alexa Bliss and Asuka at Crown Jewel. [21]

Raw

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes Ref.
Raw Women's Championship Bianca Belair (cropped).jpg Bianca Belair 1 April 2, 2022 245 Arlington, Texas Defeated Becky Lynch on WrestleMania 38 Night 1. [22]
United States Championship Austin Theory at Alpha 1.jpg Austin Theory 2 November 26, 2022 7 Boston, MA Defeated previous champion Seth "Freakin" Rollins and Bobby Lashley in a triple threat match at Survivor Series WarGames. [23]

SmackDown

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes Ref.
SmackDown Women's Championship Ronda Rousey at WM34 (cropped).jpg Ronda Rousey 2 October 8, 2022 56 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Defeated Liv Morgan in an Extreme Rules match at Extreme Rules.
Intercontinental Championship Walter 16 Carat Gold 2020 N3 (cropped).jpg Gunther 1 June 10, 2022 176 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Defeated Ricochet on SmackDown.

Developmental

NXT

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes Ref.
NXT Championship N/A Bron Breakker 2 April 4, 2022 243 Dallas, Texas Defeated Dolph Ziggler on Raw. [24]
NXT Women's Championship Mandy Rose WrestleMania 32 Axxess.jpg Mandy Rose 1 October 26, 2021 403 Orlando, Florida Defeated Raquel González in a Chucky's choice Trick or Street Fight match at Halloween Havoc. [25]
NXT North American Championship Dezmond Xavier at Alpha-1.jpg Wes Lee 1 October 22, 2022 42 Orlando, FL Defeated Carmelo Hayes, Von Wagner, Nathan Frazer, and Oro Mansah in a five-man ladder match for the vacant title at Halloween Havoc.
Previous champion Solo Sikoa was stripped of the title as he was not originally booked in the match in which he won it.
[26]
NXT Tag Team Championship N/A Pretty Deadly
(Elton Prince and Kit Wilson )
2 September 4, 2022 90 Orlando, Florida Defeated NXT UK Tag Team Champions Brooks Jensen and Josh Briggs, Gallus (Mark Coffey and Wolfgang), and previous NXT Tag Team Champions The Creed Brothers (Brutus Creed and Julius Creed) in a fatal four-way tag team elimination match to unify the NXT and NXT UK tag team titles at Worlds Collide.
NXT Women's Tag Team Championship Kacy Catanzaro, Dec. 2016.jpg
Kayden Carter posing in Largo, FL.jpg
Katana Chance and Kayden Carter 1 August 2, 2022 123 Orlando, Florida Defeated the teams of Ivy Nile and Tatum Paxley, Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne), and Yulisa Leon and Valentina Feroz in a fatal four-way tag team elimination match to win the vacant titles on NXT 2.0.
The previous champions were Roxanne Perez and Cora Jade, and the title was vacated after Jade turned on Perez.
[27]

See also

Champions in WWE lists

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