The WWE Championship is the company’s oldest active title. It’s lineage dates back almost 60 years and it’s first title-holder was Buddy Rogers in April 1963. WWE’s other active World title is the Universal Championship. That title was conceived in July 2016.
There have been 53 WWE Champions and eight Universal Champions. Only four men have held both titles. This feature lists them all.
5 WWE Championships, 3 Universal Championships
Brock Lesnar is the youngest WWE Champion in company history. Then dubbed ‘The Next Big Thing’, Lesnar defeated The Rock in the main event of SummerSlam 2002 at the tender age of 25.
‘The Beast’ then racked up an additional four WWE Championships between 2003 and 2019. Lesnar won his first of three Universal Championships at WrestleMania 33 on April 2, 2017. That victory earned Lesnar a rare distinction. ‘The Beast’ became the first wrestler in history to win both the WWE and Universal Championships.
3 WWE Championships, 2 Universal Championships
Roman Reigns is the second man to have achieved the feat of holding both the WWE and Universal Championships.
‘The Big Dog’ finally earned his first WWE Championship at the 2015 Survivor Series after a delayed coronation from WrestleMania 31. Fan enmity caused WWE to anoint Seth Rollins as champion on the big show instead. Reigns would win the WWE Championship on a further two occasions over the course of the next six months.
‘The Head of the Table’ would repeatedly challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship during 2018 before he finally upended ‘The Beast’ at SummerSlam 2018. Reigns captured his second Universal Title at Payback on August 30, 2020.
2 WWE Championships, 2 Universal Championships
Seth Rollins was the first member of ‘The Shield’ to win a World title. ‘The Architect’ won the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 31 when he successfully cashed in his Money in the Bank contract.
He was forced to vacate the title due to injury eight months later. Rollins would return to reclaim the belt at Money in the Bank on June 19, 2016. However, Dean Ambrose would terminate his reign moments later when he cashed in his newly won Money in the Bank contract. Rollins memorably defeated Brock Lesnar at both WrestleMania 35 and SummerSlam 2019 to win his two Universal Titles. He dropped the title to ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt at Crown Jewel on October 31, 2019.
1 WWE Championship, 2 Universal Championships
Bray Wyatt is the final wrestler to have won both the WWE and Universal Championships.
He won the Elimination Chamber to capture his first ever World title on February 12, 2017. That gave Wyatt his only WWE Championship reign, which would end just two months later at WrestleMania 33.
Reborn as ‘The Fiend’, Wyatt returned to the World title picture in 2019. He captured the Universal Title from Seth Rollins at Crown Jewel, before infamously dropping the strap to Goldberg at Super ShowDown on February 27, 2020. Six months later, ‘The Fiend’ regained the title at SummerSlam on August 23, 2020, defeating Goldberg’s conqueror Braun Strowman.
He lost the title just one week later at Payback to Roman Reigns.
You can watch all of these title changes exclusively on the WWE Network.