Introduced in 1997, the European Championship crowned its first title holder in a tournament. In the finals, appropriately right in the heart of Europe, in Berlin, Germany, the British Bulldog prevailed over Owen Hart. The championship didn't make regular appearances in the United States, however, until after Shawn Michaels defeated the British Bulldog in Birmingham, England at One Night Only. After Michaels won the title, the European Championship began being defended on U.S. soil more often. The European Championship was retired on April 4, 1999, after Shane McMahon defeated X-Pac, but it was then brought back and awarded to Mideon in June of that same year. The European Championship became a coveted title and was strapped around the waists of some of the top WWE Superstars including the likes of Triple H, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero. But after Rob Van Dam defeated European Champion Jeff Hardy to unify the Intercontinental and European Championships, the European Championship was once again deemed inactive.

Championship Holders over time

2000 - 2009
Championship Holders
20
Longest Reign

123 days

Shortest Reign

19 hours

ChampionDate of Reign | Time Held

Jeff Hardy

Jul 8, 2002 - Jul 21, 2002

13 days

William Regal

May 6, 2002 - Jul 8, 2002

63 days

Spike Dudley

Apr 8, 2002 - May 6, 2002

28 days

William Regal

Mar 21, 2002 - Apr 8, 2002

18 days

Diamond Dallas Page

Jan 31, 2002 - Mar 21, 2002

49 days

Christian

Nov 1, 2001 - Jan 31, 2002

91 days

Bradshaw

Oct 22, 2001 - Nov 1, 2001

10 days

The Hurricane

Aug 27, 2001 - Oct 22, 2001

56 days

Matt Hardy

Apr 26, 2001 - Aug 27, 2001

123 days

Eddie Guerrero

Apr 1, 2001 - Apr 26, 2001

25 days

Test

Jan 22, 2001 - Apr 1, 2001

69 days

William Regal

Dec 4, 2000 - Jan 22, 2001

49 days

Crash Holly

Dec 2, 2000 - Dec 4, 2000

2 days

William Regal

Oct 16, 2000 - Dec 2, 2000

47 days

Al Snow

Aug 31, 2000 - Oct 16, 2000

46 days

Perry Saturn

Jul 23, 2000 - Aug 31, 2000

39 days

Eddie Guerrero

Apr 3, 2000 - Jul 23, 2000

111 days

Chris Jericho

Apr 2, 2000 - Apr 3, 2000

19 hours

Kurt Angle

Feb 10, 2000 - Apr 2, 2000

52 days

Val Venis

Dec 12, 1999 - Feb 10, 2000

60 days

(reign began in previous decade)

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1990 - 1999
Championship Holders
17
Longest Reign

206 days

Shortest Reign

19 hours

ChampionDate of Reign | Time Held

Val Venis

Dec 12, 1999 - Feb 10, 2000

60 days

(reign ends in next decade)

British Bulldog

Oct 28, 1999 - Dec 12, 1999

45 days

D-Lo Brown

Sep 26, 1999 - Oct 28, 1999

32 days

Mark Henry

Aug 23, 1999 - Sep 26, 1999

34 days

Jeff Jarrett

Aug 22, 1999 - Aug 23, 1999

19 hours

D-Lo Brown

Jul 25, 1999 - Aug 22, 1999

28 days

Mideon

Jun 21, 1999 - Jul 25, 1999

34 days

Shane McMahon

Feb 15, 1999 - Apr 4, 1999

48 days

X-Pac

Oct 18, 1998 - Feb 15, 1999

120 days

D-Lo Brown

Oct 5, 1998 - Oct 18, 1998

13 days

X-Pac

Sep 21, 1998 - Oct 5, 1998

14 days

D-Lo Brown

Jul 20, 1998 - Sep 15, 1998

57 days

Triple H

Mar 16, 1998 - Jul 14, 1998

120 days

Owen Hart

Jan 22, 1998 - Mar 16, 1998

53 days

Triple H

Dec 22, 1997 - Jan 22, 1998

31 days

Shawn Michaels

Sep 20, 1997 - Dec 22, 1997

93 days

British Bulldog

Feb 26, 1997 - Sep 20, 1997

206 days

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