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The WWE United States Championship is a professional wrestling championship contested in the American promotion WWE on the SmackDown brand. 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. Harley Race became the inaugural champion on the title's introduction on January 1, 1975. Turner Broadcasting bought the company in November 1988 and renamed it World Championship Wrestling (WCW) after its primary television program.

In March 2001, the then-WWF bought selected assets of WCW. This resulted in the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship becoming a championship for the WWF, who referred to it as the WCW United States Championship. At Survivor Series in November 2001, the WCW United States and WWF Intercontinental Championships were unified, resulting in the United States Championship being deactivated. In July 2003, the title was reactivated as the WWE United States Championship. Since the 2018 WWE Superstar Shake-up, it is exclusively contested on the SmackDown brand.

The championship is contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition. Some reigns were held by champions using a ring name, while others used their real name. Neville is the current champion in his first reign. He defeated former champion Jinder Mahal on the April 16, 2018 episode of Raw.

Overall, there have been 92 different champions. Ric Flair holds the record for having the most reigns at six, while John Cena holds the record for most reigns under the WWE banner at five. Lex Luger holds the record for the longest reign, with his third reign lasting a total of 523 days, while Dean Ambrose holds the longest reign under the WWE banner, at 351 days (overall the third longest in the title's history). Only two men, Lex Luger and Rick Rude, have held the championship for a continuous reign of one year (365 days) or more.

Title history[edit | edit source]

Names[edit | edit source]

Name Years
NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) January 1, 1975 – January 27, 1981
NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Undisputed) January 27, 1981 – 1991
WCW United States Heavyweight Championship 1991 – 2001
WCW United States Championship 2001
WWE United States Championship 2003 – present

Reigns[edit | edit source]

Reign The reign number for the specific champion listed
Location The city in which the title was won
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title was won
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
No. Wrestler Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
121 R-Truth 1 May 24, 2010 21 Toledo, OH Raw Defeated The Miz for the vacant title.
122 The Miz 2 June 14, 2010 97 Charlotte, NC Raw This was a fatal four-way that also included John Morrison and Zack Ryder.
123 Daniel Bryan 1 September 19, 2010 176 Rosemont, IL Night of Champions
124 Sheamus 1 March 14, 2011 48 St. Louis, MO Raw This was a title vs. career match
125 Kofi Kingston 2 May 1, 2011 49 Tampa, FL Extreme Rules This was a tables match
126 Dolph Ziggler 1 June 19, 2011 182 Washington, D.C. Capitol Punishment
127 Zack Ryder 1 December 18, 2011 29 Baltimore, MD TLC: Tables, Ladders
and Charis
128 Jack Swagger 1 January 16, 2012 49 Anaheim, CA Raw
129 Santino Marella 1 March 5, 2012 167 Boston, MA Raw
130 Antonio Cesaro 1 August 19, 2012 239 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam
131 Kofi Kingston 3 April 15, 2013 34 Greenville, SC Raw
132 Dean Ambrose 1 May 19, 2013 351 St. Louis, MO Extreme Rules
133 Sheamus 2 May 5, 2014 182 Albany, NY Raw This was a 20-man battle royal.
134 Rusev 1 November 3, 2014 146 Buffalo, NY Raw
135 John Cena 4 March 29, 2015 147 Santa Clara, CA WrestleMania 31
136 Seth Rollins 1 August 23, 2015 28 Brooklyn, NY SummerSlam This was also for Rollins' WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
137 John Cena 5 September 20, 2015 35 Houston, TX Night of Champions
138 Alberto Del Rio 1 October 25, 2015 78 Los Angeles, CA Hell in a Cell
139 Kalisto 1 January 11, 2016 1 New Orleans, LA Raw
140 Alberto Del Rio 2 January 12, 2016 12 Lafayette, LA SmackDown Aired on January 14, 2016
141 Kalisto 2 January 24, 2016 119 Orlando, FL Royal Rumble
142 James Harrison 1 May 22, 2016 211 Newark, NJ Extreme Rules
143 Tyler Breeze 1 December 19, 2016 119 Columbus, OH Raw Harrison gave the title to Breeze to keep it within The Resistance.
144 Kevin Owens 1 April 17, 2017 13 Columbus, OH Raw
145 Chris Jericho 1 April 30, 2017 2 San Jose, CA Payback
146 Kevin Owens 2 May 2, 2017 66 Fresno, CA SmackDown
147 AJ Styles 1 July 7, 2017 16 New York, NY House show
148 Kevin Owens 3 July 23, 2017 2 Philadelphia, PA Battleground
149 AJ Styles 2 July 25, 2017 75 Richmond, VA SmackDown This was a triple threat match that also included Chris Jericho
150 Baron Corbin 1 October 8, 2017 70 Detroit, MI Hell in a Cell This was a triple threat match also involving Tye Dillinger.
151 Dolph Ziggler 2 December 17, 2017 9 Boston, MA Clash of Champions This was a triple threat match also involving Bobby Roode.
Vacated December 26, 2017 Rosemont, IL SmackDown SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan ruled that Ziggler had vacated the title after leaving it in the ring
152 Bobby Roode 1 January 16, 2018 54 Laredo, TX SmackDown Defeated Jinder Mahal in a tournament final for the vacant title.
153 Randy Orton 1 March 11, 2018 28 Columbus, OH Fastlane
154 Jinder Mahal 1 April 8, 2018 8 New Orleans, LA WrestleMania 34 This was a fatal four-way match that also included Bobby Roode and Rusev.
155 Neville 1 April 16, 2018 517+ Hartford, CT Raw This was also for Neville's WWE Intercontinental Championship.


Combined reigns[edit | edit source]

Rank Wrestler No. of

reigns

Combined days
1 Lex Luger 5 948
2 Ric Flair 6 785
3 Greg Valentine 3 512
4 Blackjack Mulligan 4 509
5 Montel Vontavious Porter 2 419
Rick Rude 1 419
7 John Cena 5 403
8 Chris Benoit 5 357
9 Dean Ambrose 1 351
10 Nikita Koloff 1 328
11 The Miz 2 321
12 Sgt. Slaughter 2 305
13 Magnum T.A. 2 302
14 Wahoo McDaniel 5 289
15 Barry Windham 1 283
16 Booker T 4 271
17 Dustin Rhodes 2 257
18 Ricky Steamboat 4 253
19 Steve Austin 2 240
Shelton Benjamin 1 240
21 Antonio Cesaro 1 239
22 Sting 2 234
23 Jimmy Snuka 1 231
24 Sheamus 2 230
25 Roddy Pipper 3 220
26 James Harrison 1 211
27 Kofi Kingston 3 209
30 Dolph Ziggler 1 191
28 Bret Hart 5 188
28 Jeff Jarrett 3 184
29 Harley Race 1 183
32 Daniel Bryan 1 176
32 Orlando Jordan 1 173
34 Scott Steiner 2 169
35 Santino Marella 1 167
36 Eddie Guerrero 2 161
37 Konnan 1 160
38 Paul Jones 3 156
39 Diamond Dallas Page 2 147
Big Show 1 147
41 Rusev 1 146
42 Dusty Rhodes 1 141
43 Tully Blanchard 1 130
44 Dick Slater 1 129
45 Neville 1 517+
46 Kalisto 2 120
47 Tyler Breeze 1 119
48 Lance Storm 3 115
49 Curt Hennig 1 104
50 Jim Duggan 1 100
51 Johnny Valentine 1 93
52 AJ Styles 2 91
53 Alberto Del Rio 2 90
54 Big Van Vader 1 88
55 Dean Malenko 1 85
56 Matt Hardy 1 84
57 Kevin Owens 1 81
58 Goldberg 2 78
59 Baron Corbin 1 70
60 Scott Hall 2 66
61 Gen. Rection 2 64
62 Bobby Roode 1 54
63 John Bradshaw Layfield 1 51
64 Stan Hansen 1 50
65 Bobby Lashley 1 49
Finlay 1 49
Jack Swagger 1 49
68 Chris Kanyon 1 48
69 Kensuke Sasaki 1 44
70 Carlito 1 42
Mr. Kennedy 1 42
Sid Vicious 1 42
73 Rick Steiner 1 41
74 David Flair 1 35
75 One Man Gang 1 33
76 Rhyno 1 29
Zack Ryder 1 29
78 Seth Rollins 1 28
Randy Orton 1 28
80 Steve McMichael 1 25
81 Bobo Brazil 1 22
Shane Douglas 1 22
83 Kurt Angle 1 21
Mr. Wrestling 1 21
R-Truth 1 21
86 Terry Funk 2 19
87 Michael Hayes 1 15
88 Tajiri 1 13
89 Jinder Mahal 1 8
90 Edge 1 6
91 Chris Jericho 1 2
92 Raven 1 1