The WWE Championship is one of the most prestigious titles in all of sports entertainment. It has a long and storied history, dating back to 1963.
The title has been held by some of the biggest names in wrestling history, including Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and The Rock. In this article, we will take a look at the history of the WWE Championship and some of the biggest names to ever hold it.
The WWE Championship was created in 1963 by WWE founder Vince McMahon Sr, then known as the WWWF. The inaugural champion was Bruno Sammartino, who defeated Buddy Rogers to become the first-ever WWE Champion. Sammartino would go on to hold the title for an unprecedented seven years, cementing himself as one of the biggest names in wrestling history.
The 1980s saw the rise of Hulk Hogan, who became the WWE Champion in 1984. Hogan would go on to hold the title a number of times and is considered by many to be the greatest WWE Champion of all time.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
In the 1990s, Stone Cold Steve Austin became one of the biggest stars in wrestling, and he too would become WWE Champion. Austin held the title a number of times and is also considered by many to be one of the greatest WWE Champions of all time.
The 2000s saw the rise of The Rock, who originally became WWE Champion in 1998. The Rock would not hold onto the title for anywhere near as long as Hogan or Sammartino.
The 2010s saw the return to WWE of Brock Lesnar, who became WWE Champion back in 2014. Lesnar has held the title on numerous occasions, even winning at WWE Elimination Chamber 2022.