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The WWE United States Championship is a professional wrestling championship contested for in and owned by the American promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It was originally known as the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship and began as a regional championship created by and defended in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling run by Jim Crockett, Jr.. Following the title's introduction in 1975, Harley Race became the inaugural champion on January 1. The title quickly replaced the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship as the top singles title in the promotion. While the National Wrestling Alliance recognized only one World Heavyweight Champion, there was no single and undisputed U.S. Champion as a number of NWA regional promotions recognized their own version of the title and champion. That all changed, however, in January 1981 when the NWA territory based out of San Franciscomarker, the only other promotion that recognized its own U.S. Champion, went out of business. The title remained the primary championship within the Mid-Atlantic territory until 1986 when Crockett gained control of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. The U.S. Title then became a the secondary championship of the promotion. After Ted Turner bought the company and renamed it World Championship Wrestling in November 1988, the title continued to be used and recognized as secondary to the World Championship. In March 2001, the WWF bought the bankrupt promotions of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), which included all of its assets and titles. Due to the new acquisitions, the WWF introduced a storyline called the "The Invasion," in which WCW and ECW alumni invaded the WWF and resulted in the WCW United States Championship becoming another championship for the WWF. At Survivor Series 2001, the United States and WWE Intercontinental Championships were unified. The United States Champion, Edge, defeated the Intercontinental Champion, Test, causing the United States Championship to become inactive while becoming the new Intercontinental Champion.

In July 2003, the title was reactivated as the WWE United States Championship by SmackDown General Manager Stephanie McMahon, and was commissioned to be a secondary championship to the SmackDown! brand. This was done shortly after the WWE Intercontinental Championship was recommissioned by the Raw brand, making the title its equal counterpart. The title remained SmackDown property until June 23, 2008, when then champion, Matt Hardy, was drafted to the ECW brand as a part of the 2008 WWE Draft, in the process making the title ECW property. At The Great American Bash, Shelton Benjamin, who was drafted to SmackDown from ECW, defeated Hardy for the title, making it SmackDown property once again. On April 13, 2009, when reigning champion Montel Vontavious Porter was drafted from SmackDown to Raw during the 2009 WWE Draft, the title became property of the Raw brand.

WWE United States Championship reigns are determined by professional wrestling matches, in which competitors are involved in scripted rivalries. These narratives create feud between the various competitors, which cast them as villains and heroes. Some reigns were held by champions using a ring name, while others used their real name. The first champion was Harley Race, who won the championship in 1975, while as of the current champion is The Miz, who is in his first reign. Overall, there have been 69 different champions. Chris Benoit, Ric Flair, Lex Luger, and Wahoo McDaniel are tied for having the most reigns at five each.

Title history


Name Years
NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) 1975 – 1981
NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Undisputed) 1981 – 1991
WCW United States Heavyweight Championship 1991 – 2001
WCW United States Championship 2001
WWE United States Championship 2003 – Present


As of , .
indicates reigns and title changes not recognized by WWE.
# Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
Harley Race 1 Tallahassee, FLmarker N/A
Johnny Valentine 1 Greensboro, NCmarker Live event
Vacated 0 N/A N/A
Terry Funk 1 Greensboro, NC Live event
Paul Jones 1 Greensboro, NC Live event
Blackjack Mulligan 1 Greensboro, NC Live event
Paul Jones 2 Greensboro, NC Live event
Blackjack Mulligan 1(2)† Greensboro, NC Live event
Paul Jones 2(3)† Winston-Salem, NCmarker Live event
Blackjack Mulligan 2(3)† Greensboro, NC Live event
Bobo Brazil 1 Norfolk, VAmarker Live event
Ric Flair 1 Norfolk, VA Live event
Ricky Steamboat 1 Greensboro, NC Live event
Blackjack Mulligan 3(4)† Greensboro, NC Live event
Mr. Wrestling 1 Greensboro, NC Live event
Ric Flair 2 Greensboro, NC Live event
Ricky Steamboat 2 Toronto, ONmarker Live event
Ric Flair 3 Greensboro, NC Live event
Vacated 0 N/A N/A
Jimmy Snuka 1 Charlotte, NCmarker Live event
Ric Flair 4 Greensboro, NC Live event
Greg Valentine 1 Charlotte, NC Live event
Ric Flair 4(5)† Greenville, SC Live event
Roddy Piper 1 Raleigh, NCmarker Live event
Wahoo McDaniel 1 Greensboro, NC Live event
Vacated 0 N/A N/A
Sgt. Slaughter 1 Charlotte, NC Live event
Wahoo McDaniel 2 Richmond, VAmarker Live event
Sgt. Slaughter 2 Greenville, SCmarker Live event
Wahoo McDaniel 3 Charlotte, NC Live event
Greg Valentine 1(2)† Norfolk, VA Live event
Roddy Piper 2 Greensboro, NC Live event
Greg Valentine 2(3)† Greensboro, NC Live event
Dick Slater 1 Shelby, NCmarker Live event
Ricky Steamboat 3 Greensboro, NC Live event
Wahoo McDaniel 4 Greensboro, NC Live event
Vacated 0 N/A N/A
Wahoo McDaniel 5 Charlotte, NC Live event
Magnum T.A. 1 Charlotte, NC Live event
Tully Blanchard 1 Charlotte, NC Live event
Magnum T.A. 2 Greensboro, NC Starrcade
Vacated 0 N/A N/A
Nikita Koloff 1 Charlotte, NC Live event
Lex Luger 1 Greensboro, NC Live event
Dusty Rhodes 1 Chicago, ILmarker Starrcade
Vacated 0 N/A N/A
Barry Windham 1 Houston, TXmarker Live event
Lex Luger 2 Chicago, IL Chi-Town Rumble
Michael Hayes 1 Nashville, TNmarker WrestleWar
Lex Luger 3 Bluefield, WVmarker Live event
Stan Hansen 1 Chicago, IL Halloween Havoc
Lex Luger 4 St. Louis, MOmarker Starrcade
Vacated 0 Baltimore, MDmarker The Great American Bash
Sting 1 Atlanta, GAmarker Live event
Rick Rude 1 Savannah, GAmarker Clash of the Champions XVII
Vacated 0 N/A N/A
Dustin Rhodes 1 Atlanta, GA Saturday Night
Vacated N/A N/A
Dustin Rhodes 2 Atlanta, GA Live event
Steve Austin 1 Charlotte, NC Starrcade
Ricky Steamboat 4 Cedar Rapids, IAmarker Clash of the Champions XXVIII
Steve Austin 2 Roanoke, VAmarker Fall Brawl
Jim Duggan 1 Roanoke, VA Fall Brawl (1994)
Big Van Vader 1 Nashville, TN Starrcade
Vacated 0 N/A N/A
Sting 2 Dayton, OHmarker The Great American Bash
Kensuke Sasaki 1 Tokyo, Japanmarker Live event
One Man Gang 1 Nashville, TN Starrcade
Konnan 1 Canton, OHmarker Live event
Ric Flair 5(6)† Daytona Beach, FLmarker Bash at the Beach
Vacated 0 N/A N/A
Eddy Guerrero 1 Nashville, TN Starrcade
Dean Malenko 1 North Charleston, SCmarker Uncensored
Jeff Jarrett 1 Boston, MAmarker Monday Nitro
Steve McMichael 1 Nashville, TN Clash of the Champions XXXV
Curt Hennig 1 Charlotte, NC Monday Nitro
Diamond Dallas Page 1 Washington, D.C.marker Starrcade
Raven 1 Denver, COmarker Spring Stampede
Goldberg 1 Colorado Springs, COmarker Monday Nitro
Vacated 0 Atlanta, GA Monday Nitro
Bret Hart 1 Salt Lake City, UTmarker Monday Nitro
Lex Luger 5 Rapid City, SDmarker Monday Nitro
Bret Hart 2 Fargo, NDmarker Thunder
Diamond Dallas Page 2 Phoenix, AZmarker Monday Nitro
Bret Hart 3 Chattanooga, TNmarker Monday Nitro
Roddy Piper 3 Buffalo, NYmarker Monday Nitro
Scott Hall 1 Oakland, CAmarker SuperBrawl IX
Vacated 0 N/A Thunder
Scott Steiner 1 Tacoma, WAmarker Spring Stampede
Vacated 0 Atlanta, GA Monday Nitro
David Flair 1 Atlanta, GA Monday Nitro
Chris Benoit 1 Boise, IDmarker Monday Nitro
Sid Vicious 1 Winston-Salem, NC Fall Brawl
Goldberg 2 Las Vegas, NVmarker Halloween Havoc
Bret Hart 4 Phoenix, AZ Monday Nitro
Scott Hall 2 Indianapolis, INmarker Monday Nitro
Chris Benoit 2 Washington, D.C. Starrcade
Jeff Jarrett 2 Baltimore, MD Monday Nitro
Vacated 0 Cincinnati, OHmarker Souled Out
Jeff Jarrett 3 Columbus, OHmarker Monday Nitro
Vacated 0 Denver, CO Monday Nitro
Scott Steiner 2 Chicago, IL Spring Stampede
Vacated 0 Daytona Beach, FL Bash at the Beach
Lance Storm 1 Auburn Hills, MImarker Monday Nitro
Terry Funk 2 Amarillo, TXmarker Live event
Lance Storm 2 Lubbock, TXmarker Live event
Gen. Rection 1 Las Vegas, NV Halloween Havoc
Lance Storm 3 London, Englandmarker Monday Nitro
Gen. Rection 2 Milwaukee, WImarker Mayhem
Shane Douglas 1 Indianapolis, IN Sin
Rick Steiner 1 Tupelo, MSmarker Monday Nitro
Booker T 1 Jacksonville, FLmarker Greed
Chris Kanyon 1 Pittsburgh, PAmarker SmackDown!
Tajiri 1 San Antonio, TXmarker RAW is WAR
Rhyno 1 Pittsburgh, PA Unforgiven
Kurt Angle 1 Kansas City, MOmarker Raw
Edge 1 Boston, MA Raw
Unified 0 Greensboro, NC Survivor Series
Eddie Guerrero 2 Denver, CO Vengeance
The Big Show 1 Baltimore, MD No Mercy
John Cena 1 New York, NYmarker WrestleMania XX
Vacated 0 Winnipeg, MBmarker SmackDown!
Booker T 2 Cincinnati, OH SmackDown!
John Cena 2 East Rutherford, NJmarker No Mercy
Carlito Caribbean Cool 1 Boston, MA SmackDown!
John Cena 3 Dayton, OH SmackDown!
Orlando Jordan 1 Albany, NYmarker SmackDown!
Chris Benoit 3 Washington, D.C. SummerSlam
Booker T 3 Reno, NVmarker Friday Night SmackDown!
Vacated 0 Sheffield, Englandmarker Friday Night SmackDown!
Booker T 4 Philadelphia, PAmarker Friday Night SmackDown!
Chris Benoit 4 Baltimore, MD No Way Out
John "Bradshaw" Layfield 1 Chicago, IL WrestleMania 22
Bobby Lashley 1 Bakersfield, CAmarker Friday Night SmackDown!
Finlay 1 Minneapolis, MNmarker Friday Night SmackDown!
Mr. Kennedy 1 Reading, PAmarker Friday Night SmackDown!
Chris Benoit 5 Jacksonville, FL Friday Night SmackDown!
Montel Vontavious Porter 1 St. Louis, MO Judgment Day
Matt Hardy 1 Baltimore, MD Backlash
Shelton Benjamin 1 Uniondale, NYmarker The Great American Bash
Montel Vontavious Porter 2 Corpus Christi, TXmarker Friday Night SmackDown
Kofi Kingston 1 Birmingham, ALmarker Raw
The Miz 1 + Wilkes-Barre, PAmarker Raw

List of top combined reigns

As of , .
Rank Wrestler # Of Reigns Combined Days
1. Lex Luger 5 948
2. Ric Flair 5 626
3. Blackjack Mulligan 3 498
4. Montel Vontavious Porter 2 419
5. Greg Valentine 2 391
6. Rick Rude 1 378
7. Chris Benoit 5 357
8. Nikita Koloff 1 328
9. Sgt. Slaughter 2 305
10. Magnum T.A. 2 302
11. Wahoo McDaniel 5 289
12. Barry Windham 1 283
13. Booker T 4 271
14. Ricky Steamboat 4 263
15. Steve Austin 2 240
15. Shelton Benjamin 1 240
17. Sting 2 234
18. Jimmy Snuka 1 231
19. Dustin Rhodes 2 229
20. John Cena 3 221
21. Roddy Piper 3 220
22. Jeff Jarrett 3 184
23. Harley Race 1 183
24. Bret Hart 4 181
25. Orlando Jordan 1 173
26. Scott Steiner 2 169
27. Eddy/Eddie Guerrero 2 161
28. Konnan 1 160
29. Paul Jones 2 150
30. Diamond Dallas Page 2 147
30. The Big Show 1 147
32. Dusty Rhodes 1 141
33. Tully Blanchard 1 130
34. Dick Slater 1 129
35. Kofi Kingston 1 126
36. Big Van Vader 1 117
37. Lance Storm 3 115
38. Curt Hennig 1 104
39. Jim Duggan 1 100


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