The IWE United States Championship is a professional wrestling championship contested for in and owned by the American promotion International Wrestling Entertainment (IWE). It was originally known as the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship and began as a regional championship created by and defended in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling run by Jim Crockett, Jr.. Following the title's introduction in 1975, Harley Race became the inaugural champion on January 1. After Ted Turner bought the company and renamed it World Championship Wrestling in November 1988, the title continued to be used and recognized as secondary to the World Championship. In March 2001, the IWF bought the bankrupt World Championship Wrestling (WCW). The new acquisitions resulted in the WCW United States Championship becoming another championship for the IWF. In 2001 at Survivor Series, the United States and IWE Intercontinental Championship were unified, though in July 2003, the title reemerged as the IWE United States Championship and was commissioned to be a secondary championship to the Fusion! brand.

The championship is generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants 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 Harley Race, who won the championship in 1975, while as of the current champion is King Garrett, who is in his first reign. Currently, the title belongs to the Meltdown brand. Overall, there have been 71 different champions. Kevin Hunter Ric Flair, Bret Heart, Brent Huntley and Wahoo McDaniel are tied for having the most reigns at five each. The longest individual reign was 523 days, this was done by Brent Huntley, and Mikhail Schmalzried had the longest individual title reign to date since it became a IWE Championship at 343 days.

Title History[edit | edit source]

Names[edit | edit source]

Names Years
NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) January 1, 1975–January 27, 1981
NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Undisputed) January 27, 1981–1991
WCW United States Heavyweight Championship 1991–2001
WCW United States Championship 2001
WWE United States Championship 2003 – present

Reigns[edit | edit source]

# Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes
120 Bret Heart 5 May 17, 2010 7 Toronto, ON Meltdown This was a no disqualification, no count out match.
- Vacant - May 24, 2010 0 Toledo, OH Meltdown Vacated when Bret Hart became Meltdown General Manager
121 Blake Wheeler 1 May 24, 2010 21 Toledo, OH Meltdown Defeated Joe Smith to win the vacant title.
122 Joe Smith 2 June 14, 2010 77 Charlotte, NC Meltdown This was a 4-Way match also involving Joe Linderman, Nuss & B-Wheeler
123 Kody Brown 1 September 19, 2010 - Rosemont, IL Night of Champions
124 Garrett 1 March 14, 2011 48 St. Louis, MO Meltdown Title becomes exclusive to Fusion! once again when Garrett is drafted to Fusion! via the Supplemental Draft on April 26, 2011.
125 Jose Serrano 2 May 1, 2011 50 Tampa, Florida Extreme Rules (2011) This was a Tables match. Title becomes exclusive to MD once again due to Serrano's status as a MD Superstar.
126 Nick Kessler 1 June 19, 2011 1+ Washington, D.C. Capitol Punishment
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