The complex history of WWE's era of unification

The unification of the WWE Championship and WCW Championship

The most significant unification of this period was a moment that Chris Jericho won’t let anyone forget. One month after WCW was officially defeated at Survivor Series, the WCW Championship and the WWE Championship were arranged to finally be unified at Vengeance in December 2001.

A mini tournament was orchestrated to make matters as fair as possible. In the first bout, WWE Champion “Stone Cold” Steve Austin retained his title against Kurt Angle, and earned the right face the winner of the WCW Championship Match between Chris Jericho and The Rock.

Jericho defeated The Brahma Bull to win the title and was immediately faced with the task of battling Austin for the WWE Championship. Y2J emerged victorious – thanks to a bit of assistance from Mr. McMahon – and earned the right to brag that he is “the best in the world at what he does” by defeating two of sports-entertainment’s most iconic stars in one night.

After Jericho was defeated by Triple H at WrestleMania X8, the two titles were merged into the WWE Undisputed Championship. Ric Flair did the honors of presenting The King of Kings with the brand new title on the April 1, 2002, edition of Raw.