WWE RAW/SmackDown! World Heavyweight Title History WWE RAW World Heavyweight Title [September 2002 - June 30, 2005] WWE SmackDown! World Heavyweight Title [June 30, 2005 - Present]

Name Date Location Notes
Hunter Hearst Helmsley September 2, 2002 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1
Shawn Michaels November 17, 2002 New York City, New York 2
Hunter Hearst Helmsley (2) December 15, 2002 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 3
Bill Goldberg September 21, 2003 Hershey, Pennsylvania
Hunter Hearst Helmsley (3) December 14, 2003 Orlando, Florida 4
Chris Benoit March 14, 2004 New York City, New York 5
Randy Orton August 15, 2004 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hunter Hearst Helmsley (4) September 12, 2004 Portland, Oregon 6
Hunter Hearst Helmsley (5) January 9, 2005 San Juan, Puerto Rico 7
Batista April 3, 2005 Los Angeles, California
Kurt Angle January 10, 2006 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 8
Rey Misterio April 2, 2006 Chicago, Illinois 9
King Booker T. July 23, 2006 Indianapolis, Indiana
Batista (2) November 26, 2006 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Undertaker April 1, 2007 Detroit, Michigan
Edge May 8, 2007 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 10
The Great Kahli July 17, 2007 Laredo, Texas 11
Batista (3) September 16, 2007 Memphis, Tennessee 12
Edge (2) December 16, 2007 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 13
The Undertaker (2) March 30, 2008 Orlando, Florida 14
Edge (3) June 1, 2008 San Diego, California 15


1. Title was resurrected and awarded by Eric Bischoff when WWE Undisputed World Champion, Brock Lesnar, was announced to be exclusive to the WWE SmackDown! show. So, Eric Bischoff announced that Hunter Hearst Helmsley is announced as RAW's World Heavyweight Champion. Title unified with the WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight when Triple H pinned Kane on October 20, 2002 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

2. Shawn Michaels defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Booker T., Chris Jericho, Kane, and Rob Van Dam in the "Elimination Chamber" to win the title.

3. Triple H defeated Shawn Michaels in a "Best Two out of Three Falls" match to win the title. First fall was a Street Fight Match. The Second fall was a Steel Cage Match. The third fall was a Ladder Match.

4. Triple H defeated Bill Goldberg and Kane in a three-way match to win the title.

5. Chris Benoit defeated Triple H and Shawn Michaels in a Three-Way Match to win the title.

6. Title vacated by Vince McMahon on December 6, 2004 in Charlotte, North Carolina after a controversial match on November 29, 2004 in a three-way match between Edge, Triple H, and Chris Benoit.

7. Triple H defeated Randy Orton, Batista, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, and Edge in an "Elimination Chamber" Match to win the vacant title.

8. Batista vacated the title due to various injuries he sustained on January 10, 2006. Kurt Angle won a Battle Royal to win the vacated title.

9. Rey Misterio defeated Kurt Angle and Randy Orton in a Three Way match to win the title.

10. Edge defeated Ken Kennedy on May 7, 2007 in State College, Pennsylvania for the "Money in the Bank" briefcase, which contains a contract for a title shot at any WWE brand world title. He cashed it in on May 8, 2007 and defeated The Undertaker to win the title after the Undertaker's cage match against Batista. Title vacated on July 17, 2007 due to injury sustained on July 10, 2007.

11. The Great Khali won a 20 Man Battle Royal to win the vacant title.

12. Batista defeated The Great Khali and Rey Misterio in a Three-Way match to win the title.

13. Edge defeated Batista and The Undertaker in a Three-Way match to win the title.

14. The Undertaker was stripped of the title by SmackDown! GM, Vickie Guerrero on April 29, 2008 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

15. Edge defeated The Undertaker in a "Tables, Ladders, and Chairs" match to win the title.