Fastest rises to the WWE World Title

The WWE World Championship is widely recognized as the most historic championship in WWE.

Dating back to 1963, the WWE World Championship was first awarded to Buddy Rogers after he defeated Antonino Rocca in the finals of a tournament in April. Since that time, the biggest names in the business have held the title, including Bruno Sammartino, Andre the Giant, Bret Hart, The Rock and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

Championship Holders over time

2010 - Present
Championship Holders
33
Longest Reign

435 days

Shortest Reign

2 minutes

ChampionDate of Reign | Time Held

AJ Styles

Sep 11, 2016 - Present

Dean Ambrose

Jun 19, 2016 - Sep 11, 2016

84 days

Seth Rollins

Jun 19, 2016

2 minutes

Roman Reigns

Apr 3, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016

77 days

Triple H

Jan 24, 2016 - Apr 3, 2016

70 days

Roman Reigns

Dec 14, 2015 - Jan 24, 2016

41 days

Sheamus

Nov 22, 2015 - Dec 14, 2015

23 days

Roman Reigns

Nov 22, 2015

10 minutes

Seth Rollins

Mar 29, 2015 - Nov 4, 2015

220 days

Brock Lesnar

Aug 17, 2014 - Mar 29, 2015

224 days

John Cena

Jun 29, 2014 - Aug 17, 2014

50 days

Daniel Bryan

Apr 6, 2014 - Jun 9, 2014

64 days

Randy Orton

Oct 27, 2013 - Apr 6, 2014

161 days

Daniel Bryan

Sep 15, 2013 - Sep 16, 2013

22 hours

Randy Orton

Aug 18, 2013 - Sep 15, 2013

29 days

Daniel Bryan

Aug 18, 2013

4 minutes

John Cena

Apr 7, 2013 - Aug 18, 2013

133 days

The Rock

Jan 27, 2013 - Apr 7, 2013

70 days

CM Punk

Nov 20, 2011 - Jan 27, 2013

435 days

Alberto Del Rio

Oct 2, 2011 - Nov 20, 2011

49 days

John Cena

Sep 18, 2011 - Oct 2, 2011

14 days

Alberto Del Rio

Aug 14, 2011 - Sep 18, 2011

35 days

John Cena

Jul 25, 2011 - Aug 14, 2011

20 days

Rey Mysterio

Jul 25, 2011

2 hours

CM Punk

Jul 17, 2011 - Aug 14, 2011

28 days

John Cena

May 1, 2011 - Jul 17, 2011

77 days

The Miz

Nov 22, 2010 - May 1, 2011

159 days

Randy Orton

Sep 19, 2010 - Nov 22, 2010

64 days

Sheamus

Jun 20, 2010 - Sep 19, 2010

91 days

John Cena

Mar 28, 2010 - Jun 20, 2010

84 days

Batista

Feb 21, 2010 - Mar 28, 2010

36 days

John Cena

Feb 21, 2010

13 minutes

Sheamus

Dec 13, 2009 - Feb 21, 2010

70 days

(reign began in previous decade)

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2000 - 2009
Championship Holders
44
Longest Reign

381 days

Shortest Reign

30 minutes

ChampionDate of Reign | Time Held

Sheamus

Dec 13, 2009 - Feb 21, 2010

70 days

(reign ends in next decade)

John Cena

Oct 25, 2009 - Dec 13, 2009

49 days

Randy Orton

Oct 4, 2009 - Oct 25, 2009

21 days

John Cena

Sep 13, 2009 - Oct 4, 2009

21 days

Randy Orton

Jun 15, 2009 - Sep 13, 2009

90 days

Batista

Jun 7, 2009 - Jun 9, 2009

2 days

Randy Orton

Apr 26, 2009 - Jun 7, 2009

42 days

Triple H

Feb 15, 2009 - Apr 26, 2009

69 days

Edge

Jan 25, 2009 - Feb 15, 2009

21 days

Jeff Hardy

Dec 14, 2008 - Jan 25, 2009

42 days

Edge

Nov 23, 2008 - Dec 14, 2008

21 days

Triple H

Apr 27, 2008 - Nov 23, 2008

210 days

Randy Orton

Oct 7, 2007 - Apr 27, 2008

203 days

Triple H

Oct 7, 2007

2 hours

Randy Orton

Oct 7, 2007

30 minutes

John Cena

Sep 17, 2006 - Oct 2, 2007

381 days

Edge

Jul 3, 2006 - Sep 17, 2006

76 days

Rob Van Dam

Jun 11, 2006 - Jul 3, 2006

22 days

John Cena

Jan 29, 2006 - Jun 11, 2006

133 days

Edge

Jan 8, 2006 - Jan 29, 2006

21 days

John Cena

Apr 3, 2005 - Jan 8, 2006

280 days

JBL

Jun 27, 2004 - Apr 3, 2005

280 days

Eddie Guerrero

Feb 15, 2004 - Jun 27, 2004

133 days

Brock Lesnar

Sep 18, 2003 - Feb 13, 2004

148 days

Kurt Angle

Jul 27, 2003 - Sep 18, 2003

53 days

Brock Lesnar

Mar 30, 2003 - Jul 27, 2003

119 days

Kurt Angle

Dec 15, 2002 - Mar 30, 2003

105 days

Big Show

Nov 17, 2002 - Dec 15, 2002

28 days

Brock Lesnar

Aug 25, 2002 - Nov 17, 2002

84 days

The Rock

Jul 21, 2002 - Aug 25, 2002

35 days

Undertaker

May 19, 2002 - Jul 21, 2002

63 days

Hollywood Hogan

Apr 21, 2002 - May 19, 2002

28 days

Triple H

Mar 17, 2002 - Apr 21, 2002

35 days

Chris Jericho

Dec 9, 2001 - Mar 17, 2002

98 days

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin

Oct 8, 2001 - Dec 9, 2001

62 days

Kurt Angle

Sep 23, 2001 - Oct 8, 2001

15 days

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin

Apr 1, 2001 - Sep 23, 2001

176 days

The Rock

Feb 25, 2001 - Apr 1, 2001

35 days

Kurt Angle

Oct 22, 2000 - Feb 25, 2001

126 days

The Rock

Jun 25, 2000 - Oct 22, 2000

119 days

Triple H

May 21, 2000 - Jun 25, 2000

35 days

The Rock

Apr 30, 2000 - May 21, 2000

21 days

Triple H

Jan 3, 2000 - Apr 30, 2000

118 days

Big Show

Nov 14, 1999 - Jan 3, 2000

50 days

(reign began in previous decade)

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1990 - 1999
Championship Holders
41
Longest Reign

364 days

(reign began in previous decade)

Shortest Reign

9 minutes

ChampionDate of Reign | Time Held

Big Show

Nov 14, 1999 - Jan 3, 2000

50 days

(reign ends in next decade)

Triple H

Sep 26, 1999 - Nov 14, 1999

49 days

Mr. McMahon

Sep 16, 1999 - Sep 20, 1999

4 days

Triple H

Aug 23, 1999 - Sep 16, 1999

24 days

Mankind

Aug 22, 1999 - Aug 23, 1999

19 hours

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin

Jun 28, 1999 - Aug 22, 1999

55 days

Undertaker

May 23, 1999 - Jun 28, 1999

36 days

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin

Mar 28, 1999 - May 23, 1999

56 days

The Rock

Feb 15, 1999 - Mar 28, 1999

41 days

Mankind

Jan 31, 1999 - Feb 15, 1999

15 days

The Rock

Jan 24, 1999 - Jan 31, 1999

7 days

Mankind

Jan 4, 1999 - Jan 24, 1999

20 days

The Rock

Nov 15, 1998 - Jan 4, 1999

50 days

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin

Jun 29, 1998 - Sep 27, 1998

90 days

Kane

Jun 28, 1998 - Jun 29, 1998

19 hours

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin

Mar 29, 1998 - Jun 28, 1998

91 days

Shawn Michaels

Nov 9, 1997 - Mar 29, 1998

140 days

Bret Hart

Aug 3, 1997 - Nov 9, 1997

98 days

Undertaker

Mar 23, 1997 - Aug 3, 1997

133 days

Sid

Feb 17, 1997 - Mar 23, 1997

34 days

Bret Hart

Feb 16, 1997 - Feb 17, 1997

19 hours

Shawn Michaels

Jan 19, 1997 - Feb 13, 1997

25 days

Sid

Nov 17, 1996 - Jan 19, 1997

63 days

Shawn Michaels

Mar 31, 1996 - Nov 17, 1996

231 days

Bret Hart

Nov 19, 1995 - Mar 31, 1996

133 days

Diesel

Nov 26, 1994 - Nov 19, 1995

358 days

Bob Backlund

Nov 23, 1994 - Nov 26, 1994

3 days

Bret Hart

Mar 20, 1994 - Nov 23, 1994

248 days

Yokozuna

Jun 13, 1993 - Mar 20, 1994

280 days

Hulk Hogan

Apr 4, 1993 - Jun 13, 1993

70 days

Yokozuna

Apr 4, 1993

9 minutes

Bret Hart

Oct 12, 1992 - Apr 4, 1993

175 days

Ric Flair

Sep 1, 1992 - Oct 12, 1992

41 days

Randy Savage

Apr 5, 1992 - Sep 1, 1992

149 days

Ric Flair

Jan 19, 1992 - Apr 5, 1992

77 days

Hulk Hogan

Dec 3, 1991 - Dec 4, 1991

19 hours

Undertaker

Nov 27, 1991 - Dec 3, 1991

6 days

Hulk Hogan

Mar 24, 1991 - Nov 27, 1991

248 days

Sgt. Slaughter

Jan 19, 1991 - Mar 24, 1991

64 days

Ultimate Warrior

Apr 1, 1990 - Jan 19, 1991

293 days

Hulk Hogan

Apr 2, 1989 - Apr 1, 1990

364 days

(reign began in previous decade)

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1980 - 1989
Championship Holders
6
Longest Reign

2.1k days

(reign began in previous decade)

Shortest Reign

59 minutes

ChampionDate of Reign | Time Held

Hulk Hogan

Apr 2, 1989 - Apr 1, 1990

364 days

(reign ends in next decade)

Randy Savage

Mar 27, 1988 - Apr 2, 1989

371 days

Andre the Giant

Feb 5, 1988

59 minutes

Hulk Hogan

Jan 23, 1984 - Feb 5, 1988

1.5k days

The Iron Sheik

Dec 26, 1983 - Jan 23, 1984

29 days

Bob Backlund

Feb 20, 1978 - Dec 26, 1983

2.1k days

(reign began in previous decade)

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1970 - 1979
Championship Holders
7
Longest Reign

2.8k days

(reign began in previous decade)

Shortest Reign

9 days

ChampionDate of Reign | Time Held

Bob Backlund

Feb 20, 1978 - Dec 26, 1983

2.1k days

(reign ends in next decade)

Superstar Billy Graham

Apr 30, 1977 - Feb 20, 1978

296 days

Bruno Sammartino

Dec 10, 1973 - Apr 30, 1977

1.2k days

Stan Stasiak

Dec 1, 1973 - Dec 10, 1973

9 days

Pedro Morales

Feb 8, 1971 - Dec 1, 1973

1k days

Ivan Koloff

Jan 18, 1971 - Feb 8, 1971

21 days

Bruno Sammartino

May 17, 1963 - Jan 18, 1971

2.8k days

(reign began in previous decade)

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1960 - 1969
Championship Holders
2
Longest Reign

2.8k days

(reign ends in next decade)

Shortest Reign

22 days

ChampionDate of Reign | Time Held

Bruno Sammartino

May 17, 1963 - Jan 18, 1971

2.8k days

(reign ends in next decade)

Buddy Rogers

Apr 25, 1963 - May 17, 1963

22 days

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