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The World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship in International Wrestling Entertainment (IWE). It is one of the world titles of the Fusion brand, complementing the IWE Championship. It was established by IWE in 2002 after IWE bought out World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Xtreme Championship Wrestling (XCW), and split its roster into two franchises, Meltdown and Fusion, in a brand extension. IWE's original world title, the IWE Championship (then known as the Undisputed Championship), was designated to the Fusion brand, which resulted in this World Heavyweight Championship being established and designated to the Meltdown brand As affirmed by IWE, the World Heavyweight Championship is not a continuation of the WCW Championship, but rather its successor by way of the IWE Undisputed Championship, just as the WCW Championship spun off from the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. For a list of champions who have held those titles, see List of WCW World Heavyweight Champions and List of NWA World Heavyweight Champions respectively

The championship is generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants usually execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition. The inaugural champion was Triple K, who was awarded the title in September 2002 by Eric Bischoff, then General Manager of Meltdown. At 282 days, Jesse Dern's first reign is the longest in the title's history. Josh Hooper's first reign is the shortest reign at about 3 minutes and 8 seconds. As from February, 15, 2011, Chris Gomez is the champion, currently in his seventh reign. Overall, there have been 19 champions, with Chris Gomez holding the most reigns at seven.

Title History[]

Key

# Order of reigns in history
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the titles were worn
Used for vacanted regins in order to not count it as an official reign
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily

Reigns[]

# Wrestlers Reigns Date Days Held Location Event Notes
1 Triple K 1 September 2, 2002 76 Milwaukee, WI Meltdown Awarded
2 Ryan Barnhart 1 November 17, 2011 28 New York, NY Survivor Series (2002) This was the first ever Elimination Chamber Match
3 Triple K 2 December 15, 2002 280 Sunrise, FL Armageddon (2002) This was a Three Stages of Hell Match
4 Cameron 1 September21, 2003 84 Hershey, PA Unforgiven (2003) This was a Career vs. Title Match
5 Triple K 3 December 14, 2003 91 Orlando, FL Armageddon (2003) This was a Triple Threat Match
7 Kevin McAlmond 1 August 5, 2004 28 Toronto, ON SummerSlam (2004) Became the youngest World Champion
8 Triple K 4 September 12, 2004 85 Portland, OR Unforgiven (2005)
Vacated December 6, 2004 Charlotte. NC Meltdown The championship was vacated after a double fall accurred in a Triple Threat Match involving Triple K, Gomez and Kevin Hunter
9 Triple K 5 January 9, 2005 84 San Juan, PR New Year's Revolution (2005) Triple K defeated Kevin Hunter, Kris McGowan, Kevin McAlmond, Jesse Dern, and Chris Gomez in a Elimination Chamber match with Ryan Barnhart as Special Guest Referee to win the vacant championship
10 Jesse Dern 1 April 3, 2005 282 Los Angeles, CA WrestleMania 21 Jesse Dern was drafted to Fusion! brand as the final pick in the June 30, 2005 making the title Fusion! exclusive.
Vacated January 10, 2006 Philadelphia, PA Fusion! Jesse Dern vacated the title after he was sidelined with a legitmate tricept injury. This episode aired on tape delay on January 13, 2006
11 Matt Borske 1 January 10, 2006 82 Philadelphia, PA Fusion! Borske won the vacant championship in a 20 man Battle Royal last eliminating Steven Larson. This episode aired on tape delay on January 13, 2006
12 Scott Wright 1 April 2, 2006 112 Rosemont, IL WrestleMania 22 This was a Triple Threat match also involving Kevin McAlmond. Scott Wright also became the lightest World Heavyweight Champion. Also, title is referred to as the "World Championship" during this and any other time Wright will hold the championship
13 King Britz 1 July 23, 2006 126 Imdianapolis, IN Great American Bash (2006)
14 Jesse Dern 2 November 26, 2006 126 Philadelphia, PA Survivor Series (2006) This was a Last Chance Match
15 Martin McAlmond 1 April 1, 2007 37 Detroit, MI WrestleManai 23
16 Edge 1 May 8, 2007 70 Pittsburgh, PA Fusion! Edge cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to earn the right to challenge for the title. This episode aired on tape delay on May 11, 2007. Edge, a Meltdown Superstar at the time, transferred to the Fusion! roster shortly after the win.
Vacated July 17, 2007 Larendo, TX Fusion Edge vacated the title after he was sidelined with a legitimate pectoral injury. This episode aired on tape delay on July 20, 2007.
17 Reg Hageman 1 July 17, 2007 61 Larendo, TX Fusion! Hageman won a 20 battle royal, this episode aired on tape delay on July 20, 2007
18 Jesse Dern 3 September 16, 2007 91 Memphis, TN Unforgiven (2007 This was a Triple Threat Match also involving Scott Wright
19 Edge 2 December 16, 2007 105 Pittsburgh, PA Armageddon (2007) This was a Triple Threat Match also involving Martin McAlmond
20 Martin McAlmond 2 March 30, 2008 30 Orlando, FL WrestleManiaXXVI This was a title vs streak match in which the Martin McAlmond's Wrestlemania undefeated streak
Vacated April 29, 2008 Atlantic City, NJ Fusion Fusion's General Manager Lynn Lehr ordered Martin McAlmond to relinquish the title because of the danger that his Hell's Gate choke hold caused. This episode aired on tape delay on May 2, 2008.
21 Edge 3 June 1, 2008 29 San Diego, CA One Night Stand (2008) Edge defeated Martin McAlmond in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match to win the vacant title.
22 Justin Eldridge 1 June 30, 2008 69 Oklahoma City, OK Meltdown Eldridge cashed in his Money in the Bank contract in order to challenge for the title. Justin Eldridge was a part of the Meltdown brand, thus making the title Meltdown-exclusive again.
23 Kris McGowan 1 September 7, 2008 49 Cleveland, OH Unforgiven (2008) Originally, Justin Eldridge was to defend his title in a Championship Scramble Match also involving John "Bradshaw" Goff, Jesse Dern, Scott Wright and Chris LeGreca, but he was replaced by McGowan, who won the match and championship as a result of Eldridge sustainding a scrpted injury
24 Jesse Dern 1 October 26, 2008 8 Pheoinix, AZ Cyber Sunday (2008) This match involved Steve Johnson as Special Guest Referee
25 Kris McGowan 2 November 3, 2008 20 Tampa, FL Meltdown This was a Steel Cage Match
26 Dustin Simpson 1 November 23. 2008 84 Boston, MA Survivor Series (2008)
27 Edge 4 February 15, 2009 49 Seattle, WA No Way Out (2009 This was a Elimination Chamber match aslo involving Kris McGowan, Scott Wright, Alex Knox and Chris LeGreca. The title becomes Fusion exclusive as a result of Edge being apart of Fusion
28 Dustin Simpson 2 April 5, 2009 21 Houston, TX WrestleMania XXV This was a Triple Threat Match also involving The Big Marc. Becomes exclusive to the Meltdown brand once again due to Dustin Simpson being a Meltdown brand wrestler.
29 Edge 5 April 26, 2009 42 Providence, RI Backlash (2009) This was a Last Man Standing Match, The championship becomes exclusive to the Fusion brand due to Gomez being a Fusion wrestle
30 Josh Hooper 1 June 7, 2009 0 New Orleans, LA Extreme Rules (2009) This was a Ladder Match
31 Justin Eldridge 2 June 7, 2009 49 New Orleans, LA Extreme Rules (2009) Eldridge cashed in his Money in the Bank contract immediately after Hooper's victory to win the championship
32 Josh Hooper 2 July 16, 2009 28 Philadelphia, PA Night of Champions (2009)
33 Justin Eldridge 3 August 23, 2009 42 Los Angeles, CA SummerSlam (2009)
34 Martin McAlmond 3 Ocotber 4, 2009 140 Newark, NJ (2009)|Hell in a Cell (2009)
35 Kris McGowan 3 February 21, 2011 37 St. Louis, MO Elimination Chamber (2010 This was a Elimination Chamber match, also involving Joe Linderman, B-Truth, Justin Eldridge, and Scott Wright
36 Charlie Wilson 1 March 30, 2010 82 Las Vegas, NV Fusion! Wilson cashed in his Money in the Bank contrac. This episode aired on tape delay on April 2, 2010
37 Scott Wright 2 June 20, 2010 28 Uniondale, NY Fatal 4-Way This was a Fatal 4-Way Match, also involving The Big Marc and Justin Eldridge The title was referred to solely as the "World Championship" during the reign.
38 Chris LeGreca 1 July 18, 2010 154 Kansas City, MO Money in the Bank (2010) LeGreca cashed in his Fusion Money in the Bank contract in order to change for the title.
39 Edge 6 December 19, 2010 58 Houston, TX TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2010) This Fatal 4-Way Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match, also involving James Marlen and Scott Wright.
40 Nick Kessler 1 February 15, 2011 0 San Diego, CA Fusion Edge was stripped as a result of using the spear (which had been banned) in a previous match by Lynn Lehr, who then awarded the belt to Kessler. This episode aired on tape delay on February 18, 2011.
41 Edge 7 56 This episode aired on tape delay on February 18, 2011.
Vacated April 11, 2011 Bridgeport, Ct Meltdown Edge vacated the title due to his retirement from a neck injury sustained 8 years ago
42 Khristian 1 May 1, 2011 5 Tampa, FL Extreme Rules (2011) Khristian defeated James Marlen in a ladder match to become the new world champion.
43 Kevin McAlmond 2 May 6, 2011 76 Orlando, FL Fusion! Teddy Long picked McAlmond as contender the Fusion following Khristian's victory due to crowd applause and he then pinned Khristan. This episode aired on tape delay on May 6, 2011.
44 Khristian 2 July 17, 2011 0+ Chicago, IL Money in the Bank (2011)

List of Combined Reigns[]

Symbol Meaning
Indicates the current champion


Rank Wrestler #of regins Combined days
1 Triple K
2 Jesse Dern
3 Edge
4 Martin McAlmond
5 Justin Eldridge
6 Kevin Hunter
6 Chris LeGreca
6 Scott Wright
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9
10
11
12
13
13
15
16
16
16


Rank

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Wrestler[2] # of
reigns[3]
Combined
days[4]
1 Triple H 5 616
2 Batista 4 507
3 Edge 6 352+
4 The Undertaker 3 207
5 CM Punk 3 160
6 Chris Benoit 1 154
6 Kane 1 154
8 Rey Mysterio 2 140
9 King Booker 1 126
10 Chris Jericho 3 106
11 John Cena 2 105
12 Bill Goldberg 1 84
13 Kurt Angle 1 82
13 Jack Swagger 1 82
15 The Great Khali 1 61
16 Shawn Michaels 1 28
16 Randy Orton 1 28
16 Jeff Hardy 2 28
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