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Dustin Simpson with the IWE Championship

The IWE Championship is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship in International Wrestling Entertainment (IWE). It is the world title of the Meltdown brand, complementing the World Heavyweight Championship of the Fusion! brand. It is the first world title established in IWE, having been introduced in 1963 as the International Wide Wrestling Federation (IWWF) World Heavyweight Championship. After ending its affiliation with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) the promotion was renamed International Wrestling Federation (IWF) with the title also renamed to reflect the acronym. In 2001, it was unified with the WCW Championship following the IWF's buyout of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and became the Undisputed Championship. In 2002, the IWF was renamed International Wrestling Entertainment and split its roster into two franchises, Meltdown and Fusion, in a brand extension. The title was then designated to the Fusion brand, while IWE established an alternate world title known as the World Heavyweight Championship for the Meltdown Raw brand. The IWE Undisputed Championship has been known as the WWE Championship since.

The championship is generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants usually execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition. Some reigns were held by champions using a ring name, while others used their real name. The first champion was Buddy R., who won the championship in 1963. Overall, there have been 40 different official champions, with Triple K having the most reigns at eight.

Title History[edit | edit source]

Key

Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
# Indicates what number the reign is
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title was won
N/A The information is not available or is unknown
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily

Names[edit | edit source]

Name Years
IWWWF World Heavyweight Championship April 29, 1963 –February 8, 1971
IWWF Heavyweight Championship February 8, 1971 –1979
IWF Heavyweight Championship 1979–1983
IWF (World Heavyweight) Championship 1983 –December 9, 2001
IWF Undisputed Championship December 9, 2011 –May 6, 2002
IWF Undisputed Championship May 6, 2002 –September 2, 2002
IWE Championship September 2, 2002 –Present

Reigns[edit | edit source]

# Wrestlers Reign Date Days Held Location Event Notes
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17 Martin McAlmond 1 November 27, 1991
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22 Bret Heart 1 October 12, 1992
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26 Bret Heart 2 March 20, 1994
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29 Bret Heart 3 November 19, 1995
30 Ryan Barnhart 1 March 31, 1996
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32 Ryan Barnhart 2 January 19, 1997
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33 Bret Heart 4 February 16, 1997
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35 Martin McAlmond 2 March 23, 1997
36 Bret Heart 5 August 3, 1997
37 Ryan Barnhart 3 November 9, 1997
38 Steve Johnson 1 March 29, 1998
39 Chris LeGreca 1 June 28, 1998
40 Steve Johnson 2 June 29, 1998
- Vacant September 27, 1998 0
41 Sam Simkins 1 November 15, 1998
42 Mankind 1 December 29, 1998
43 Sam Simkins 2 January 24, 1999
44 Mankind 2 January 26, 1999
45 Sam Simkins 3 February 15, 1999
46 Steve Johnson 3 March 28, 1999
47 Martin McAlmond 3 May 23, 1999
48 Steve Johnson 4 June 28, 1999
49 Mankind 3 August 22, 1999
50 Triple K 1 August 23, 1999
51 Mr. Mayer 1 September 14, 1999
- Vacant - September 20, 1999 0
52 Triple K 2 September 26, 1999
53 The Big Marc 1 November 14, 1999
54 Triple K 3 January 3, 2000
55 Sam Simkins 4 April 30, 2000
56 Triple K 4 May 21, 2000
57 Sam Simkins 5 June 25, 2000
58 Matt Borske 1 October 22, 2000
59 Sam Simkins 6 February 25, 2001
60 Steve Johnson 5 April 1, 2001
61 Matt Borske 2 September 23, 2001
62 Steve Johnson 6 October 8, 2001
63 Kris McGowan 1 December 9, 2001
64 Triple K 5 March 17, 2002
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66 Martin McAlmond 4 May 19, 2002
67 Sam Simkins 7 July 21, 2002
68 Rob Truax 1 August 25, 2002
69 The Big Marc 2 November 17, 2002
70 Matt Borske 3 December 15, 2002
71 Rob Truax 2 March 30, 2003
72 Matt Borske 4 July 27, 2003
73 Rob Truax 3 September 16, 2003
74 Brian McAlmond 1 February 15, 2004
75 John Goff 1 June 27, 2004
76 Dustin Simpson 1 April 3, 2005
77 Chris Gomez 1 January 8, 2006
78 Dustin Simpson 2 January 29, 2006
79 KGM 1 June 11, 2006
80 Chris Gomez 2 July 3, 2006
81 Dustin Simpson 3 September 17, 2006
- Vacant - October 2, 2007
82 Kevin McAlmond 1 October 7, 2007
83 Triple K 6 October 7, 2007
84 Kevin McAlmond 2 October 7, 2007
85 Triple K 7 April 27, 2008
86 Chris Gomez 3 November 23, 2008
87 Josh Hooper 1 December 14, 2008
88 Chris Gomez 4 January 25, 2009
89 Triple K 8 February 15, 2009
90 Kevin McAlmond 3 April 26, 2009
91 Jesse Dern 1 June 7, 2009
- Vacant - June 9, 2009
92 Kevin McAlmond 4 June 15, 2009
93 Dustin Simpson 4 September 13, 2009
94 Kevin McAlmond 5 October 4, 2009
95 Dustin Simpson 5 October 25, 2009
96 Garett 1 December 13, 2009
97 Dustin Simpson 6 February 21, 2010 0
98 Jesse Dern 2 February 21, 2010
99 Dustin Simpson 7 March 28, 2010
100 Garrett 2 June 20, 2010
101 Kevin McAlmond 6 September 19, 2010 64 Chicogo, ILL Night of Champions (2010) This was a Six-Pack Challenge Elimination match also involving Gomez, Dustin Simpson, Garrett, Kris McGowan and Daniel Gonzalez.
102 Joe Smith 1 November 22, 2010 160 Orlando, FL Meltdown Joe Smith cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase after Kevin McAlmond successfully defended the IWE Championship against Daniel Gonzalez.
103 Dustin Simpson 8 May 1, 2011 78 Tampa, FL Extreme Rules (2011) This was a Triple Threat Steel Cage match also involving Joe Linderman.
104 Justin Eldridge 1 July 17, 2011 1 Chicago, IL Money in the Bank (2011) This was a singles match where Justin Eldirdge defeated Dustin Simpson. Since Eldridge "left Chicago with the title", Simpson, by the match stipulation, is fired. Eldridge is also no longer under IWE contract as of the end of the Money in the Bank (2011) pay-per-view.
- Vacated - July 18, 2011 0 Green Bay, WI Meltdown Vacated by Mr. Mayer at the top of the show due to Justin Eldridge's departure from the company. Eight man tournament to declare the new IWE Champion on the same night.
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