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WWE Champions

Name the wrestlers who have been crowned WWE champion.
As of April 8, 2019. This quiz will be updated once a year following Wrestlemania
Give us their ring names, not necessarily their real names
Last updated: April 08, 2019
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Last
Champion
1
2019
Kofi Kingston
3
2019
Daniel Bryan
2
2018
AJ Styles
1
2017
Jinder Mahal
9
2017
Randy Orton
1
2017
Bray Wyatt
13
2017
John Cena
1
2016
Dean Ambrose
2
2016
Seth Rollins
3
2016
Roman Reigns
9
2016
Triple H
3
2015
Sheamus
4
2015
Brock Lesnar
8
2013
The Rock
2
2011
CM Punk
2
2011
Alberto Del Rio
1
2011
Rey Mysterio
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Last
Champion
1
2010
The Miz
2
2010
Batista
4
2009
Edge
1
2008
Jeff Hardy
1
2006
Rob Van Dam
1
2004
John "Bradshaw" Layfield
1
2004
Eddie Guerrero
4
2003
Kurt Angle
2
2002
Big Show
4
2002
The Undertaker
6
2002
Hulk Hogan
1
2001
Chris Jericho
6
2001
Stone Cold Steve Austin
1
1999
Vince McMahon
3
1999
Mankind
1
1998
Kane
3
1997
Shawn Michaels
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Champion
5
1997
Bret Hart
2
1997
Sycho Sid
1
1994
Diesel
2
1994
Bob Backlund
2
1993
Yokozuna
2
1992
Ric Flair
2
1992
Randy Savage
1
1991
Sgt. Slaughter
1
1990
The Ultimate Warrior
1
1988
André the Giant
1
1983
The Iron Sheik
1
1977
Billy Graham
2
1973
Bruno Sammartino
1
1973
Stan Stasiak
1
1971
Pedro Morales
1
1971
Ivan Koloff
1
1963
Buddy Rogers
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level 12
Mar 27, 2013
Great quiz
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level 75
Apr 6, 2013
Wow. Didn't know it was such a contentious title. There were 8 different champions just in 2010 and 2011? It's harder to stay WWE champ than it is to stay Japanese prime minister. Also... had no idea that Billy Graham was a pro wrestler. What was his gimmick? He prayed until his opponent was struck by lightning?
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level 43
Aug 5, 2013
No it wasn't evangelist Billy Graham.....the guy was called "Superstar" Billy Graham. He perfomed during the 1970's and early 1980's. He wore flashy ring attire, sunglasses and was one of the first wrestlers to go for the jacked up body builder look. Hulk Hogan supposedly modelled his image after this guy.
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level 58
Jan 16, 2015
Speaking of Hogan, am I the only one who's noticed he isn't on this quiz.
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level 75
Mar 31, 2015
You probably are.
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level 82
Sep 29, 2015
@stockie-- he is. Last won in 2002.
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level 71
Apr 8, 2014
superstar billy graham
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level 75
Apr 7, 2015
I'm shocked it wasn't actually the televangelist. How did you guys do on the April Fools Quiz? Did you think any of those questions looked a bit funny?
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level 45
Nov 1, 2017
the number of titles next to there name isn't the amount of titles they won that year its the amount they have in total and the year they last won it john cena did not win 13 titles in 2017 haha
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level 75
Jan 28, 2018
okay, and? That only means that it's possible there were even more than 8 different champions in those 2 years if one of the champions gained the title again at a later date.
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level 68
Oct 24, 2018
In addition to the aforementioned TV and pay-per-view schedule being much more packed than the old days, there are other reasons the title changes hands more frequently. For one, lots of guys wrestle riskier styles than previous generations, resulting in a lot more injuries. And in their efforts to improve the company's image, WWE doesn't encourage people to work through serious injuries as much as they used to - so if someone gets hurt, they'll usually lose the title quickly or simply forfeit it. In addition, they came up with this concept called Money in the Bank where the winner gets a guaranteed title match at a time of their choosing - and most of them cash it in when the current champion has just finished a match and is exhausted. So you sometimes have people win the title and lose it just a few minutes later.
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level 34
Apr 8, 2014
wow cena 11? seriously? havent watched it in years, thank goodness it looks like its hit rock bottom
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level 48
Apr 8, 2014
Not missing anything. Cena couldn't sell it if his life depended on it. Not sure why he's so wildly popular.
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level 34
Apr 8, 2014
you and me both, its like they have taken the Greatest Superstars of the last 15 years and replaced them with nobody
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level 68
Feb 11, 2017
Cena's popular for several reasons: 1. he's super popular with kids and casual fans, 2. he's been WWE's top guy since 2005, so a lot of people who've grown up loving him are still watching, 3. WWE won't let anyone else rise to that level of popularity - when someone starts getting bigger than Cena, they cut that person's momentum off at the knees and make them look weak. Basically, WWE doesn't want anyone to be better than Cena.
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level 68
Oct 24, 2018
Ugh... just noticed my circular reasoning in the previous post... "he's popular because he's popular with kids and casual fans." Too late to edit, so let me just rephrase that part. Cena is popular with kids because he's portrayed like a superhero and younger kids don't care about stuff like whether he can sell, or getting sick of him winning all the time. Presumably casual fans are much the same.
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level 20
Apr 9, 2014
good quiz man i cant believe i remember some of those guyslike RVD and Edge
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level 44
May 24, 2014
The only 2 I DON'T remember are Stasiak and Morales - I even remember the name of Rogers, who was around before I was born.
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level 43
Apr 9, 2014
Ah, Ultimate Warrior, RIP.
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level 43
Jun 30, 2014
Cena gets another notch here...post MITB-2014.
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level 9
Jul 20, 2014
Both WWE and World Heavyweight Championships are now defunct after Randy Orton's merge of them, per WWE and Wikipedia. The new title is called the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, making it a new title. They are in the process of creating a single belt for this.
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level 43
Nov 1, 2014
Per Wikipedia, it is a continuation of the same belt...with a continued history from Buddy Rogers up to the current Brock Lesnar reign. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_WWE_World_Heavyweight_Champions
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level 19
Jul 5, 2014
44/44 i beat y'all
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level 10
Feb 7, 2015
you forgot Chris Benoit
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level 32
Apr 7, 2015
It was said earlier but Benoit was never WWE Champ. He was the World Heavyweight champ. Two different titles.
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level 55
Mar 31, 2015
Hard to believe some of the legends that aren't on this list. Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and Jake "The Snake" Roberts were two of my favs!
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level 55
Apr 1, 2015
Yup, Hogan pretty much hogged the title during their entire run near the top. Jake the Snake and Rowdy Roddy Piper should have had it for sure.
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level 75
Apr 7, 2015
I know it's all totally laughably fake, but, doesn't it make more sense to actually have one or two or a handful of champions that realistically would hold on to the title because they were better wrestlers? Rather than what it seems like they're doing now which is just giving out belts to pretty much everyone. Sort of like trophies in little league sports.
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level 75
Apr 7, 2015
I mean compare the number of names from the 80s (2) to the number from the 2000s (12) or just 2010-2015 (also 12, in half the time).
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level 55
Apr 26, 2015
Eh, if you watch regularly then it doesn't seem like it's being hotshotted to "everyone" as much as it is. You did see it get thrown around to a lot of people in the 90s (1999 had twelve different champs if I remember), but it's not as bad today. CM Punk had a 400+ day reign from 2011-13, and Lesnar recently held the title for well over half a year. They really don't just dish it out to anyone.
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level 55
Apr 26, 2015
Plus the title is defended MUCH more often now than it used to be. The WWE champ defends at least once a month and has since the mid 90s, whereas champs like Hogan would only be on TV at about the same rate, and defending the title on only rare occasions. As a fan, I like it better this way, as it keeps the stories moving and the title scene relatively fresh.
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level 55
Apr 26, 2015
A lot of comments, I know, but I wanted to clarify that '99 had 12 different title changes, not 12 different people holding the belt.
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level 68
May 28, 2015
"Plus the title is defended MUCH more often now than it used to be. The WWE champ defends at least once a month and has since the mid 90s," Except when Brock Lesnar is champ and gets to take three months off in a row, anyway...
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level 75
Jul 27, 2017
In the really old days before it was televised they would defend it weekly as part of a touring show, wouldn't they?
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level 68
Dec 4, 2017
Probably, but the title almost NEVER changed hands at non-televised events, at least since WWF/WWE has had regular weekly television. It may have been done once or twice for shock value or when they needed to move the title off of someone due to injury, but even then it was likely one of the lesser championships rather than the main title.
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level 75
Jan 28, 2018
Right. That reinforces my point... more events... but less titles changing hands.
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level 68
Oct 24, 2018
They still do just as many non-televised shows as they ever did, including international tours now. But titles generally don't change hands, nor storylines advance, so they're basically "non-canon" unless a specific exception is made.
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level 68
Oct 24, 2018
WWE's rigorous touring schedule has a lot to do with the unhealthy lifestyles a lot of wrestlers have led over the years, as well as caused several people to quit the industry or at least move to a smaller company that doesn't tour as much. Not wanting to go through the tour schedule is a big reason Brock Lesnar left in 2004 and got his ridiculous part-time contract when he returned.
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level 35
Apr 17, 2015
You missed Dolph Ziggler.
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level 32
May 13, 2015
He was World Champ, never WWE champ.
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level 6
Dec 5, 2015
Because he won it in 2011 and lost it in 2013
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level 6
Dec 5, 2015
Reigns and sheamus should be added
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level 21
Mar 28, 2016
Needs updating, Roman Reigns, Sheamus & Triple H have since won the title.
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level ∞
Apr 4, 2016
Updated now. I update this quiz once a year after Wrestlemania.
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level 68
Jun 23, 2016
You mean we have to wait 10 months before you add Dean Ambrose to the quiz?
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level 25
Apr 7, 2016
the number of titles reigns are wrong for Triple H and Roman Reigns...great quiz
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level 66
Apr 9, 2016
It's laughable that Undertaker only won as many as Edge. And there's a bunch of guys that should have never won and guys that should be on that list. Piper is the first one that comes to mind, he deserved to win one.
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level 66
Sep 25, 2016
Well, they only count the amount of WWE title reigns. E.g. Flair won the main title multiple times in WCW and NWA, but only once in WWE. Not every character needs the belt to be important, even though Piper really did deserve at least won WWE title win.
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level 21
Jul 12, 2016
Dean Ambrose?
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level 68
Jul 27, 2016
Apparently the quiz only gets updated once a year, after Wrestlemania. So it'll be quite awhile before Ambrose's name gets added.
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level 24
Jan 18, 2017
Please Update!!! :3
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level 68
Apr 2, 2017
Should be updated pretty soon, since Wrestlemania is tonight.
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level ∞
Apr 3, 2017
Updated
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level 68
Apr 4, 2017
Yay!
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level 68
Feb 17, 2017
When you update, can you accept just "Punk" for CM Punk?
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level ∞
Apr 3, 2017
Okay
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level 68
Apr 4, 2017
Thanks!
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level 82
Apr 3, 2017
Ran out of time because Koloff was accepted with one f and the second one mucked up "frogers".
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level 68
Dec 4, 2017
I think Buddy Frogers might have taken the "Nature Boy" nickname a bit too seriously.
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level 68
May 24, 2017
Wow, I can't believe I'm going to have to type in Jinder Mahal into this quiz next year. Who's next, Heath Slater?
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level 63
Apr 10, 2018
Me either, but at least it's someone new, right? Much better than typing Mr. McMahon.
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level 68
Mar 21, 2018
Hey, if you liked this quiz, why not take my (much easier) WWE Universal Champions quiz?
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level 2
Mar 23, 2018
this is easy!!
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level 68
Apr 9, 2018
AJ Styles has won the WWE Championship twice now, not once.
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level ∞
Apr 9, 2018
Fixed
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level 68
Apr 11, 2018
Thanks!
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level 75
Apr 11, 2018
Andy Kaufman should be here as the intergender wrestling champ.
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level 68
Apr 19, 2018
He wasn't WWE, WWF, or WWWF champion. Also, his wrestling stint was with a different company - Vince McMahon Sr. (father of the current chairman of the WWE) turned down Andy Kaufman when he wanted to do his wrestling vs. women thing.
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level 43
May 9, 2018
Am I the only one that recognizes Antonio Inoki's reign when he beat Bob Backlund in Japan back in 1979?
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level 68
Oct 19, 2018
You might not be, but WWE doesn't recognize it, which is why it doesn't count for this quiz.
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level 28
Jan 5, 2019
I can see why this quiz is high on the list for recommended quizzes.
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level 43
Feb 12, 2019
Time for an update, Daniel Bryan just won the title.
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level 68
Apr 1, 2019
Will we get to type Kofi Kingston in this quiz when it gets updated after Wrestlemania? I hope so!
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level 68
Apr 9, 2019
And the answer is yes, we do!
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level 68
Apr 10, 2019
I had never heard of John Cena until the prank call video a couple years ago, then all of a sudden he was everywhere in movies.
Maybe heard of 3 other people here.
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