List Of WWE Universal Championship
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The WWE Universal Championship is one of two world heavyweight championships – along with the WWE Championship – created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, currently jointly defended on the main rosters in the Raw and SmackDown brand divisions.
The current champion is Roman Reigns, which is in his second reign, the longest reign for the title. The reign is recognized as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion by holding both the WWE and Universal Championships concurrently.
Check out the full list below.
List of the WWE Universal Championship
|No.||Champion||Championship change||Reign statistics||Notes|
|1||Finn Bálor||August 21, 2016||SummerSlam||Brooklyn, NY||1||1||<1||The title was established for Raw after the WWE Championship became exclusive to SmackDown following the 2016 WWE Draft. Bálor defeated Seth Rollins in a pinfall and submission-only match to become the inaugural champion.|
|—||Vacated||August 22, 2016||Raw||Brooklyn, NY||—||—||—||Vacated due to Finn Bálor suffering a legit shoulder injury during his match at SummerSlam.|
|2||Kevin Owens||August 29, 2016||Raw||Houston, TX||1||188||188||This was a fatal four-way elimination match for the vacant title also involving Big Cass, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins, who Owens last eliminated to win.|
|3||Goldberg||March 5, 2017||Fastlane||Milwaukee, WI||1||28||27|
|4||Brock Lesnar||April 2, 2017||WrestleMania 33||Orlando, FL||1||504||503|
|5||Roman Reigns||August 19, 2018||SummerSlam||Brooklyn, NY||1||64||63|
|—||Vacated||October 22, 2018||Raw||Providence, RI||—||—||—||Vacated after Roman Reigns announced that he had a legitimate re-diagnosis of leukemia.|
|6||Brock Lesnar||November 2, 2018||Crown Jewel||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||2||156||156||Originally scheduled as a triple threat match in which Roman Reigns was to defend the title against Lesnar and Braun Strowman. After Reigns relinquished the championship, the match became a singles match between Lesnar and Strowman for the vacant title.|
|7||Seth Rollins||April 7, 2019||WrestleMania 35||East Rutherford, NJ||1||98||98|
|8||Brock Lesnar||July 14, 2019||Extreme Rules||Philadelphia, PA||3||28||27||Cashed in his Money in the Bank contract.|
|9||Seth Rollins||August 11, 2019||SummerSlam||Toronto, ON, Canada||2||81||81|
|10||"The Fiend" Bray Wyatt||October 31, 2019||Crown Jewel||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||1||119||119||This was a Falls Count Anywhere match that could not be stopped for any reason.
The title became exclusive to the SmackDown brand due to Wyatt's status as a SmackDown wrestler.
|11||Goldberg||February 27, 2020||Super ShowDown||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||2||27 or 28||37||WWE recognizes this reign as ending on April 4, 2020, when the following match aired on tape delay.|
|12||Braun Strowman||March 25 or 26, 2020||WrestleMania 36
|Orlando, FL||1||150 or 151||141||WrestleMania was taped on March 25 and 26, but it is currently unknown which day this match was taped. WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on April 4, 2020, when the match aired on tape delay.|
|13||"The Fiend" Bray Wyatt||August 23, 2020||SummerSlam||Orlando, FL||2||7||6||This was a Falls Count Anywhere match.|
|14||Roman Reigns||August 30, 2020||Payback||Orlando, FL||2||810+||810+||This was a No Holds Barred triple threat match also involving Braun Strowman, who Reigns pinned.
At WrestleMania 38 on April 3, 2022, Reigns defeated Raw's WWE Champion Brock Lesnar in a Winner Takes All match and became recognized as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion. Despite the match being billed as a unification match, both titles remain independently active.