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The Triple Crown Championship is an accomplishment in professional wrestling. It is a distinction made to a professional wrestler who has won three specific championships in World Wrestling Entertainment or Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. The three titles typically feature two levels of singles championships and a tag team championship.

World Wrestling Entertainment

In World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly the World Wrestling Federation) the term Triple Crown Champion has traditionally been used to describe a wrestler who has won the WWE Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, and the World Tag Team Championship. For a span of nearly eighteen years, from 1979 up through 1997, these were the three championships of the company, and a competitor who had won all three championships (not necessarily concurrently) was considered a "Triple Crown Champion."

On January 19, 2009, CM Punk defeated William Regal for the Intercontinental Championship in Chicagomarker, Illinoismarker on WWE Raw. When CM Punk defeated Regal, Punk became a Triple Crown Champion, having won the World Heavyweight Championship on June 30, 2008 and the World Tag Team Championship on October 27, 2008. CM Punk broke the record for completing the Triple Crown Championship (203 days), breaking Kevin Nash's (then known as Diesel) previous record of 227 days.

Following the brand extension in 2002, the World Heavyweight Championship and the WWE Tag Team Championship became alternate titles that can compose part of the Triple Crown. WWE has yet to declare the ECW Championship or WWE United States Championship to be acceptable substitutes for Primary and Secondary Championships in order to complete the Grand Slam or Triple Crown Championships, possibly for not having originated in WWE.

List of WWE Triple Crown Champions

The following is a list of WWE Triple Crown Champions with dates indicating the wrestler's first reign with the respective championship.

Champion Primary Championships Tag Team Championships Secondary Championships
WWE World

Heavyweight
World

Tag Team
WWE

Tag Team
Intercontinental
Pedro Morales February 8, 1971 no future reign possible August 9, 1980

(with Bob Backlund)
no future reign possible December 8, 1980
Bret Hart October 12, 1992 no future reign possible January 26, 1987

(with Jim Neidhart)
no future reign possible August 26, 1991
Diesel November 26, 1994 no future reign possible August 28, 1994

(with Shawn Michaels)
no future reign possible April 13, 1994
Shawn Michaels March 31, 1996 November 17, 2002 August 28, 1994

(with Diesel)
October 27, 1992
Stone Cold Steve Austin March 29, 1998 no future reign possible May 26, 1997

(with Shawn Michaels)
no future reign possible August 3, 1997
The Rock November 15, 1998 no future reign possible August 30, 1999

(with Mankind)
no future reign possible February 13, 1997
Triple H August 23, 1999 September 2, 2002 April 29, 2001

(with Stone Cold Steve Austin)
October 21, 1996
Kane June 28, 1998 July 13, 1998

(with Mankind)
May 20, 2001
Chris Jericho December 9, 2001 September 7, 2008 May 21, 2001

(with Chris Benoit)
June 28, 2009

(with Edge)
December 12, 1999
Kurt Angle October 22, 2000 January 10, 2006 no future reign possible October 20, 2002

(with Chris Benoit)
February 27, 2000
Eddie Guerrero February 15, 2004 no future reign possible no future reign possible November 17, 2002

(with Chavo Guerrero)
September 5, 2000
Chris Benoit no future reign possible March 14, 2004 May 21, 2001
(with Chris Jericho)
October 20, 2002

(with Kurt Angle)
April 2, 2000
Ric Flair January 19, 1992 no future reign possible December 14, 2003

(with Batista)
no future reign possible September 18, 2005
Edge January 8, 2006 May 8, 2007 April 2, 2000

(with Christian)
November 5, 2002

(with Rey Mysterio)
July 24, 1999
Rob Van Dam June 11, 2006 no future reign possible March 31, 2003

(with Kane)
December 7, 2004

(with Rey Mysterio)
March 17, 2002
Booker T no future reign possible July 23, 2006 November 1, 2001

(with Test)
no future reign possible July 7, 2003
Randy Orton October 7, 2007 August 15, 2004 November 13, 2006

(with Edge)
December 14, 2003
Jeff Hardy December 14, 2008 June 7, 2009 June 29, 1999

(with Matt Hardy)
no future reign possible April 10, 2001
CM Punk June 30, 2008 October 27, 2008

(with Kofi Kingston)
January 19, 2009
John "Bradshaw" Layfield June 27, 2004 no future reign possible May 25, 1999

(with Faarooq)
no future reign possible March 9, 2009
Rey Mysterio April 2, 2006 November 5, 2002

(with Edge)
April 5, 2009


Text
Championships in italics Indicates the title is an alternate title from the original definition of a Triple Crown Championship.
Dates in italics The wrestler has won that title, but does not contribute to their Triple Crown because they had already won the Triple Crown or they had already won a title at that the same level.
Dates in bold The date the wrestler became a Triple Crown Champion.
Names in bold Indicates the wrestler is also a Grand Slam Champion.
no future reign possible The wrestler cannot have a reign with this championship belt.
Name colors

Won the Triple Crown under the original definition.

Won the Triple Crown with an alternate title.

Won the Triple Crown with an alternate title, but has since won it under the original definition.
Date colors

Won title as a member of the Raw brand.

Won title as a member of the ECW brand.

Won title as a member of the SmackDown! brand.
Won title before the WWE Brand Extension.
Notes
1 The wrestler is no longer employed by World Wrestling Entertainment or retired from professional wrestling, so future reigns are not possible.
2 The wrestler is deceased, so future reigns are not possible.


List of potential WWE Triple Crown Champions

The following is a list of all WWE contracted wrestlers (with championships won at a minimum of two levels) that can complete the Triple Crown by winning one championship. Those who are deceased, retired, or otherwise not employed with WWE are not listed.

Champion Primary Championships Tag Team Championships Secondary Championships
WWE World

Heavyweight
World

Tag Team
WWE

Tag Team
Intercontinental
Batista
Big Show unneeded
Carlito
Christian unneeded
Goldust unneeded
John Cena unneeded
John Morrison
Kofi Kingston unneeded
Shelton Benjamin unneeded
The Undertaker unneeded
William Regal unneeded


The championship has been won.
The championship has not been won and is needed to complete their Triple Crown.
unneeded The championship has not been won but it is not needed to complete their Triple Crown.


Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

In Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), the TNA Triple Crown was an accolade bestowed upon those who won (not necessarily concurrently) all three championships regularly contested in TNA between 2002 and 2007 - the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, the TNA X Division Championship and (one-half of) the NWA World Tag Team Championship.

In May 2007, TNA lost the rights to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and the NWA World Tag Team Championship and introduced the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and the TNA World Tag Team Championship. On July 8, 2007, TNA stated that, should the then-TNA X Division Champion win the TNA World Tag Team Championship, this would leave him "just one step shy of becoming only the second Triple Crown Champion". This indicates that the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and the TNA World Tag Team Championship are part of the existing Triple Crown accolade.

List of TNA Triple Crown Champions

The following is a list of TNA Triple Crown Champions with dates indicating the wrestler's first reign with the respective championship. Under TNA's definition of the Triple Crown Championship, wrestlers are eligible to be a multiple Triple Crown champion each time they complete a new circuit. So far, only A.J. Styles has won the Triple Crown on more than one occasion.
Champion Primary Championships Tag Team Championships Secondary Championships
NWA

World Heavyweight
TNA

World Heavyweight
NWA

World Tag Team
TNA

World Tag Team
TNA

X Division
A.J. Styles June 11, 2003 July 3, 2002

(with Jerry Lynn)
June 19, 2002
April 21, 2004 February 4, 2004

(with Abyss)
October 23, 2002
May 15, 2005 June 18, 2006

(with Christopher Daniels)
June 9, 2004
Kurt Angle June 17, 2007 August 12, 2007

(with Sting)
August 12, 2007
Samoa Joe April 13, 2008 July 15, 2007 December 11, 2005
A.J. Styles September 20, 2009 September 24, 2006(with Christopher Daniels) January 16, 2005
Text
Championships in italics Indicates the title is an alternate title from the original definition of a Triple Crown Championship.
Dates in bold The date the wrestler became a Triple Crown Champion.
Names in bold Indicates the wrestler is also a Grand Slam Champion.
Name colors

Won the Triple Crown under the original definition.

Won the Triple Crown with an alternate title.
Date colors

Won while the company had rights to NWA championships.


List of potential TNA Triple Crown Champions

As of , the following TNA-contracted wrestlers require one more title in-order to be awarded the Triple Crown.

Champion Primary Championships Tag Team Championships Secondary Championships
NWA

World Heavyweight
TNA

World Heavyweight
NWA

World Tag Team
TNA

World Tag Team
TNA

X Division
Abyss unneeded unneeded
A.J. Styles inactive inactive
Amazing Red inactive unneeded
Christopher Daniels inactive unneeded
Eric Young inactive
Homicide inactive
Jay Lethal inactive inactive
Kaz inactive inactive
Sting inactive
The championship has been won.
The championship has not been won and is needed to complete their Triple Crown.
unneeded The championship has not been won but it is not needed to complete their Triple Crown.
inactive The championship is no longer in TNA, so potential reigns are not possible.


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