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UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE HISTORY

July 27,2003--Present

Compiled by Earl Oliver

(Formerly known as the NWA/WCW United States Heavyweight Title)

1.Eddie Guerrero
07/27/2003-Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
Defeated Chris Benoit in a tournament final to become the first champion.
WWE Vengeance PPV
21:54

2.The Big Show (Paul Wight)
10/19/2003-Baltimore, MD (1st Mariner Arena)
WWE No Mercy PPV

3.John Cena
03/14/2004-New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
WrestleMania XX

TITLE VACANT
07/06/2004-Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA
WWE Smackdown General Manager Kurt Angle strips John Cena of the title because Cena had attacked him. Cena didn't lose the match to Booker T., so it appears the title is vacant.

4.Booker T
07/27/2004-Cincinnati, OH
Defeated Rob Van Dam in 8-man elimination match to capture the vacant title.

5.John Cena [2]
10/03/2004-East Rutherford, NJ (Continental Airlines Arena)
Wins Best of Five Series.
WWE No Mercy PPV

6.Carlito Caribbean Cool (Carly Colon)
10/05/2004-Boston, MA

7.John Cena [3]
11/16/2004-Dayton, OH
WWE Smackdown TV Taping

8.Orlando Jordan
03/01/2005-Albany, NY

9.Chris Benoit
08/21/2005-Washington, DC (MCI Center)
00:24
WWE SummerSlam PPV

10.Booker T. [2]
10/18/2005-Reno, NV
WWE Smackdown TV Taping

Title Held Up
11/21/2005-Sheffield, England, UK (WWE Smackdown TV Taping)
Title held up after a match between Booker T. and Chris Benoit went to a draw after two referees got involved and each counted a pinfall as both men had their shoulders on the mat. Teddy Long declared the title vacant and that it will be Booker T. vs. Chris Benoit at Survivor Series in the first of Best of Seven series with the winner declared the new champion.

11.Booker T. [3]
01/10/2006-Philadelphia, PA
Randy Orton (subbing for an injured Booker T.) defeats Chris Benoit in a Best-of-Seven Series to win vacant title.
WWE Smackdown TV Taping

12.Chris Benoit [2]
02/19/2006-Baltimore, MD (First Mariner Arena)
WWE No Way Out PPV

13.John Bradshaw Layfield (John Charles Layfield)
04/02/2006-Chicago, IL
WWE WrestleMania XXII PPV

14.Bobby Lashley (Franklin Roberto Lashley)
05/26/2006-Bakersfield, CA

15.Dave "Fit" Finlay
07/11/2006-Minneapolis, MN
WWE Smackdown TV Taping

16.Mr. Kennedy (Kenneth Anderson)
08/29/2006-Reading, PA
Won a 3-way match against Finlay and Bobby Lashley by pinning Lashley.

17.Chris Benoit [3]
10/10/2006-Jacksonville, FL

18.MVP - Montel Vontavious Porter (Alvin Burk)
05/20/2007-St. Louis, MO (Scottrade Center)
2/3 Falls match
WWE Judgment Day PPV

19.Matt Hardy
04/27/2008-Baltimore, MD
WWE BackLash PPV

20.Shelton Benjamin
07/20/2008-Nassau, NY (Nassau Coliseum)
Great American Bash

21.MVP [2]
03/17/2009-Corpus Christi, TX 500th
Smackdown! Taping

22.Kofi Kingston (Kofi Sarkodie-Mensah)
06/01/2009-Birmingham, AL
Monday Night RAW broadcast

23.The Miz (Mike Mizanin)
10/05/2009-Wilkes-Barre, PA
Monday Night RAW broadcast

24.Brett Hart [5]
05/17/2010-Toronto, ON
Monday Night RAW broadcast

Title Vacant
Bret Hart vacated the title when he was appointed as the General Manager of RAW

25.R-Truth (Ron Killings)
05/24/2010-Toledo, OH
Defeated the MIZ
Monday Night RAW broadcast

26.The Miz [2]
06/14/2010-Charlotte, NC
Won a Fatal Fourway match featuring R-Truth (C), John Morrison and Zach Ryder
Monday Night RAW Broadcast

27.Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson)
09/19/2010-Rosemont, IL
WWE Night of Champions PPV

28.Sheamus (Stephen Farrelly)
03/14/2011-St. Louis, MO

29.Kofi Kingston [2]
05/02/2011-Tampa, FL

30.Dolph Ziggler (Nicholas Theodore Nemeth)
06/19/2011-Washington, D.C.
11:05
WWE Capitol Punishment PPV

31.Zack Ryder (Matthew Joseph Cardona, Jr.)
12/18/2011-Baltimore, MD
WWE Tables, Ladders & Chairs PPV

32.Jack Swagger (Jacob Hager)
01/16/2012-Anaheim, CA
Monday Night RAW

33.Santino Marella (Anthony Carella)
04/05/2012-Boston, MA
Monday Night RAW

34.Antonio Cesaro (Claudio Castagnoli)
08/19/2012-Los Angeles, CA
SummerSlam Preshow

35.Kofi Kingston [3]
04/15/2013-Greensville, SC
Monday Night RAW broadcast

36.Dean Ambrose (Jon Moxley)
05/19/2013-St. Louis, MO
WWE Extreme Rules PPV

37.Sheamus [2]
5/5/2014-Albany, NY
Won 20 Man Battle Royale to win the title
Monday Night RAW

38.Rusev (Miroslav Barnyashev)
11/03/2014-Buffalo, NY
Raw Backstage Pass (WWE Network)

39.John Cena [4]
03/29/15-Santa Clara, CA (Levi's Stadium)
14:29
Wrestlemania 31

40.Seth Rollins (Colby Lopez)
08/23/2015-Brooklyn, NY
Current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, defeated John Cena in a double title match after Summerslam host, comedian John Stewart, hit Cena with a chair.

41.John Cena [5]
09/20/2015-Houston, TX (Toyota Center)
WWE Night of Champions PPV

42.Alberto Del Rio (Jos� Alberto Rodr�guez)
10/25/2015-Los Angeles CA (Staples Center)
John Cena's First US Title Open Challenge on the WWE Network

43.Kalisto (Emanuel Alejandro Rodriguez)
01/11/2016-New Orleans, LA
Mondy Night RAW

44.Alberto Del Rio [2]
01/12/2016-Lafayette, LA
WWE SmackDown broadcast on January 14, 2016

43.Kalisto [2]
01/24/2016-Orlando, FL
WWE Royal Rumble PPV

44.Rusev [2]
05/22/2016-Newark, NJ
WWE Extreme Rules PPV

45.Roman Reigns (Leati Joseph Anoa)
09/25/2016-Indianapolis, IN
WWE Clash of the Champions

46.Chris Jericho (Christopher Keith Irvine)
01/09/2016-New Orleans, LA
Monday Night Raw

47.Kevin Owens
04/02/2017-Orlando, FL (Camping World Stadium)
WrestleMania 33

48.Chris Jerico [2]
04/30/2017-San Jose, CA (SAP Center)
WWE Payback!

49.Kevin Owens [2]
05/02/2017-Fresno, CA
SmackDown Live broadcast

50.A.J. Styles (Allen Neal Jones)
07/07/2017-New York, NY

51.Kevin Owens [3]
07/23/207-Philadelphia, PA (Wells Fargo Center)
WWE Battle Ground

52.AJ. Syles [2]
07/24/2017-Richmond, VA
SmackDown Live
Won a triple threat match also involving Chris Jericho.

53.Baron Corbin (Thomas Pestock)
10/08/2017-Detroit, MI
This was a Triple Threat match including Tye Dillenger
WWE Hell in a Cell

54.Dolph Ziggler [2]
12/17/2017-Boston, MA
Clash of Champions
This was a triple threat match also involving Bobby Roode.

Title Vacant
12/26/2017-Rosemont, IL
WWE SmackDown LIVE
SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan vacated the title after Dolph Ziggler dropped and left the title in the ring on the December 19 episode of SmackDown Live.

55.Bobby Roode (Robert F. Roode Jr.)
01/16/2018-Laredo, TX
WWE SmackDown Live
Defeated Jinder Mahal in a tournament final to win the vacant title.

56.Randy Orton
03/11/2018-Columbus, OH
WWE Fastlane PPV

57.Jinder Mahal (Yuvraj Singh Dhesi)
04/08/208-New Orleans, LA (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
WrestleMania 34

58.Jeff Hardy
04/16/2018-Hartford, CT
Monday Night RAW

59.Shinsuke Nakamura
07/15/2018-Pittsburgh, PA (PPG Paints Arena)
Nakamura hit Hardy with a lox blow before the bell rang and then hit him with a Kinshasa and pinned him.
WWE Extreme Rules PPV

60.Rusev [3]
12/18/2018-Fresno, CA

61.Shinsuke Nakamura [2]
01/27/2019-Phoenix, AR
WWE Royal Rumble

62.R-Truth [2]
01/28/2019-Phoenix, AZ
WWE SmackDown

63.Samoa Joe (Nuufolau Joel Seanoa)
02/05/2019-Wilkes-Barre, PA
Fatal 4-Way match
R-Truth offered an open challenge - Rey Mystrio, Andrade and Samoa Joe responded.
WWE SmackDown LIVE

64.Rey Mystrio
05/19/2019-Hartford, CN (XL Center)
The win was controversial because Samoa Joe got one shoulder off the mat before the 3 count, but the referee missed it.
WWE Money in the Bank PPV

65.Samoa Joe [2]
06/03/2019-Austin, TX
WWE RAW
Rey Mysterio voluntarily relinquished the title back to Joe due to Mysterio suffering a shoulder injury and the controversial way he won the title at Money in the Bank.

66.Richochet (Trevor Mann)
06/23,/2019-Tacoma, WA
WWE Stomping Grounds

67.A.J. Styles [3]
07/14/2019-Philadelphia, PA
WWE Extreme Rules

68.Rey Mysterio [2]
11/15/2019-Rosemont, IL
WWE Raw
Earlier in the evening Mysterio won a Fatel Four-Way Match against Randy Orton, Drew MacIntyre and Richochet to be eligib;e to challange Styles for the title.

69.Andrade (Manuel Alfonso Andrade Oropeza)
12/26/2019-New York, NY
House Show

70.Apollo Crews (Sesugh Uhaa)
05/25/2020-Orlando FL (WWE Performance Center)
WWE RAW

71.Bobby Lashley (Franklin Roberto Lashley)
08/30/2020-Orlando FL (WWE Thunderdome)
WWE Backlash PPV

72.Riddle (Matthew Fredrick Riddle)
02/21/2021-St. Petersburg, FL (WWE ThunderDome)
This was a Triple-Threat match also involving John Morrson - Riddle pinned Morrison the win the title.
WWE Elimination Chamber PPV

73.Sheamas [3]
04/11/2021-Tampa, FL (Raymond James Stadium)
WWE Wrestlemania 37 PPV

72.Damian Priest (Luis Martinez)
08/21/2021-Las Vegas, NV (Allegiant Stadium)
WWE SummerSlam PPV

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